How to Develop Creative Campaign Concepts with AI in 2024

Published May 1
Roger Match
Roger MatchContent Marketer
TL;DR

AI is revolutionizing creative campaign development, offering a range of innovative tools to enhance this exciting creative journey. Learn how cutting-edge technology can help you generate game-changing campaign ideas—and find out why Superside is at the forefront of merging human creativity with machine intelligence.

The most effective creative concepts become cultural references, staying in consumers’ hearts and minds long after the campaigns have ended. So many of us can still recall Nike’s iconic “Just Do It” ads or the 90s classic “Got Milk?” campaign.

However, developing bang-on successful creative concepts can be challenging, even for the most creative teams. On days when your team can’t dream up any good ideas, AI can be a lifesaver. In fact, the latest tools are already changing how marketers work, with nearly two-thirds using AI tools in some capacity in 2023.

At Superside, we equipped our creatives with cutting-edge AI tools to enhance the creative process. While machine intelligence certainly isn’t replacing their brilliant minds, AI has become a strategic tool to help them generate ideas, connect data-driven dots and streamline processes.

Read on to discover how AI assists in the creative campaign ideation process, then scroll down for advice from Bianca Pieterse, AI Creative Lead at Superside, on using the latest tech to elevate your marketing campaigns.

The Basics of Campaign Concept Development

Effective campaign concept development is where creative spark meets real-world impact and conversions. Keep these points in mind as you start gathering ideas for your next creative campaign.

1. Creativity is an underrated skill

Creativity is often underrated in the workplace. Many people report feeling pressured into productivity over creativity and feel they’re not fully reaching their creative potential. The tide is shifting, though, with over 70% of businesses identifying creative thinking skills as a must-have for the 21st-century workplace.

Creativity is the lifeblood of marketing and branding, but a high level of creativity and out-of-the-box thinking can be difficult to achieve day after day. Crafting a winning campaign concept backed by strong creative ideas requires a careful balance of creative energy, innovative ideas and targeted productivity.

2. Creative concepts are critical to economic success

Creativity isn’t just a marketing “nice-to-have,” but a major driver of economic success. In fact, 90% of business leaders say creativity is essential for business competitiveness.

The stats back up this sentiment: Creative, award-winning campaigns result in an 11 times higher return on investment compared to their lackluster counterparts. In a landscape where capturing attention is increasingly challenging, creativity can be the secret weapon that makes your creative concepts and brand stand out.

3. Where creativity meets marketing strategies

The best creative campaigns balance data-driven strategies and creative spark. Humor, novelty and storytelling can turn views into purchases and drive lasting brand loyalty—but only when these creative elements are firmly rooted in strategy and market research. If you don’t combine human creativity and data, your campaign risks joining the unfortunate 95% of product launches that ultimately fail.

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Why is Having a Creative Concept Important?

Differentiating your product, project or idea is crucial for attracting your audience's attention and offering a unique perspective that drives engagement. However, I know that this task is often easier said than done. Let's examine three factors that highlight why campaign concept development is as critical as any design or marketing strategy for businesses.

The Rise of AI in Campaign Concept Development

AI is a powerful tool for personalization and customization in all landscapes, including the SaaS industry. The latest tech can gather precise insights into what consumers and markets respond to best. This data revolution is moving fast: 71% of marketers who use AI say it allows them to personalize customers’ individual experiences to a degree beyond any previous possibilities.

Additionally, outsourcing mundane tasks like note-taking and summaries to AI frees up creative time and energy that’s better spent on developing creative concepts. A massive 63% of marketers report using AI to lighten administrative loads and free up brainpower for creative ideation.

Does this mean robots are coming for our creative jobs? Not at all.

AI tools are inherently predictive, generating words or images based on patterns and probabilities. While the algorithms can produce impressive results, they often lack the nuance, emotional depth and unexpected connections that characterize truly remarkable creative work. Creative human brains remain indispensable in infusing campaigns with subtlety, empathy and innovative thinking that resonates with audiences.

Superside embraces a strategic and ethical approach to crafting AI-enhanced creative solutions. We continue to be amazed by the possibilities AI offers when integrated with the insights and creative energy of our world-class talent. AI technology kickstarts brainstorming sessions, streamlines processes, analyzes data, saves time and helps us unpack what our customers’ audiences will respond to. Our customers benefit from greater efficiencies, cost savings, scalability and brand consistency.

Take, for instance, Amsive, for which Superside created compelling AI-enhanced visuals that were 100% on brand, achieving excellence in customer satisfaction.

Innovative Campaign Concept Ideation with Superside

We at Superside are known for our concept creation capabilities, and now we’re supercharging this process with AI. In fact, we’ve already helped many of the world’s top brands execute sensational campaigns with the use of machines.

Creative campaign concepts can revitalize performance sections of marketing strategies. For instance, for Boomi, we reimagined lead generation with a campaign concept worthy of catching the attention of our customer's audience. This resulted in over 75 unique images generated and an increase in creative output three times higher, all thanks to Superside's approach of AI-enhanced design blended with the unmatched creativity of our skilled designers.

Increase in creative output

3X

Unique images generated

75+

Customer satisfaction

5/5

In a more classic approach to campaign development (without AI), we assembled a team of designers, art directors and video producers for electronic instrument producer Roland to breathe new life into two of their lead generation campaigns: “Sounds Like Home” and “Find Your Rhythm.” Our work delivered a 4x growth in ad inventory volume and left the customer with a brand-new library of creative assets.

 
 

Our concept creation services also don’t end here. If you sign up for our services, you’ll have access to a fully plugged creative team and a wide range of design services, from social media and web design to video production, brand identity design and more. We keep our costs low and our impact high with transparently priced subscription packages starting at $5,000 a month.

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How to Develop a Creative Campaign Concept with AI in 5 Steps

Marketing is one of the sectors with the highest potential for AI-driven transformation. Human ingenuity is the critical ingredient for a brilliant campaign, but AI can unleash your full creative power.

Here are a few practical ways AI can help you develop a winning creative concept.

Before starting: AI tools for creative campaign concepts

Before starting, let’s take a look at a collection of tools that can help you streamline the creative campaign development process. These AI tools can help you determine what you want your creative campaign to do, who you’re speaking to, and how best to address them. They can also save time and energy by helping you take meeting notes, write summaries and format your documents and discussions.

However, as our expert Bianca Pieterse says:

We should always remember that AI tools aren’t infallible, so becoming overly reliant on them could be dangerous.

Bianca Pieterse
Bianca PieterseAI Creative Lead

There’s a wealth of AI tools out there for creative ideation, research and data analysis. You’ve probably already experimented with the best-known generative platforms like ChatGPT and Midjourney, but some other options worth exploring include:

  • Albert: Specifically designed to support digital marketing campaigns through data analytics and suggestions for improving campaign performance.
  • Peak.ai: Data analysis and predictive modeling to simplify customer segmentation and targeting.
  • Whimsical: Mind-map maker with AI capabilities to generate new information, summarize information and help your team come up with unexpected ideas and connections.
  • CustomFit.ai: Designed to help marketers create customer journeys, run A/B testing and optimize campaigns. No coding skills required.
  • Mutiny: Targets B2B buyers with the aim of driving conversions through highly personalized, targeted experiences.
  • On Page AI: AI-powered content audits and recommendations for better SEO, letting you supercharge your content for both SEO results and engagement.
  • Boardmix: Collaborative tool for online brainstorming, which helps you make connections and generate new ideas.
  • Tableau: An analytics and insight visualization tool that helps you interpret data patterns and visualize and explore data for clearer understanding and communication.

Step 1: Defining your objectives

Every campaign starts with a clear set of objectives, whether persuading someone to buy your product, launching a new brand or gathering support for a cause. Setting measurable goals (for example, “increase ad reach by 20%”) will help you identify the right AI tools for the job.

Clear objectives also require a solid understanding of your audience’s needs and behavior. AI data analytics tools can reveal who your audience is, how they feel about your brand and how they engage with content. Tools like User Evaluation can also tell you whether you should prioritize brand awareness, lead generation, customer service, or building on existing loyalties and connections.

Step 2: AI-powered target audience analysis

AI algorithms are harnessing big data to revolutionize market research and target audience analysis. AI can process and interpret vast amounts of complex information at unprecedented speed, uncovering deep insights and patterns that might otherwise remain hidden.

As a consumer, it’s always cool and useful to get an ad that feels very tailored to you. As a conceptual creative, the insights provided by AI tools for target audience analysis make your life much easier when ideating for your campaign. However, it’s important to be aware of the ethics involved when it comes to using AI to scrape personal data on that type of level. 

Bianca Pieterse
Bianca PieterseAI Creative Lead

A host of new AI tools can help you gain a deeper understanding of your audience’s demographics, interests and behavior. Some tools can identify buyer personas, engagement patterns, browsing habits, social media sentiment and interactions and more. They also let you segment your target audience with greater precision, ensuring campaigns land exactly where they’re intended. This opens up exciting possibilities across the board, but especially in direct-to-consumer advertising.

Step 3: Brainstorming with AI assistance

One of the most exciting uses of AI is brainstorming new ideas and concepts. AI is brilliant at sparking new ideas and unconventional connections you might never think of. One study found AI produces ideas 40x faster than humans and 7x more top-rated product ideas than elite business school students.

Advertising is an intensely deadline-driven industry, and text-to-text AI tools like ChatGPT, Gemini and Claude can significantly speed up the brainstorming step of your campaign concept process.

Bianca Pieterse
Bianca PieterseAI Creative Lead

The machines also free up human creativity by reducing the performance pressure associated with brainstorming with peers. People generate more ideas (and more unusual ones) when they believe they’re talking to a bot instead of human colleagues.

However, the output of an AI-powered brainstorming session is only as valuable as the input. It’s crucial to develop some basic prompt engineering skills to ensure your AI brainstorming tools provide you with targeted ideas that you can further develop with your team.

AI tools are also great at suggesting different ways of brainstorming together, like mind mapping, reverse brainstorming and question-storming. They can also help you validate your ideas by keeping you on track to make sure your ideas are answering the brief.

Bianca Pieterse
Bianca PieterseAI Creative Lead

Step 4: Personalization and targeting

Marketers have always depended on research into consumers’ behavior, desires and choices to get a sense of who they’re talking to. Using AI, personalization is now taken to an unprecedented level, involving real-time responses and personally tailored content. These advances are thanks to AI’s data-crunching capabilities, which can analyze patterns and behaviors with exceptional accuracy and detail at lightning speed.

A study by Statista on the primary reasons for using artificial intelligence in marketing personalization revealed that 82% of industry professionals use AI to enhance customer experience. Additionally, 64% of respondents employ AI to improve the performance of content offers and experiences. Also, 34% of respondents use AI to achieve more accurate personalization and to identify more valuable audiences. Only 1% of respondents see no benefits from using AI in personalization efforts.

Source: Statista.

Step 5: Creative concept development and optimization

The processes and tools we’ve listed so far are helpful for gathering information, crunching numbers and gaining insights to make more strategic, data-backed decisions.

While AI can give you access to a world of knowledge in an instant and suggest strategies and ideas you might have otherwise missed, it can’t do the hard, creative work. Optimizing your campaign and completing it is where the hard-won expertise of a seasoned creative team comes into play.

Our creative brains and lived experiences are still what makes good creative truly special, and using AI tools serves to complement and enhance that ability. It’s about striking a fine balance, knowing the difference between what makes good and bad creative and learning to use the tools to keep that high standard, not bring it down.

Bianca Pieterse
Bianca PieterseAI Creative Lead

At Superside, we take our partnership with AI to the next level, using it to iterate and test campaigns and examine what viewers respond to best. Our unique mix of creative human insight, AI-enhanced processes and a Creative-as-a-Service (CaaS) model continues to give us an edge over our competitors.

Challenges: Ensuring Brand Alignment in AI-Driven Concepts

While AI has massive benefits for marketing and creative concept development, there are also legitimate concerns. These include fears that it will hamper rather than enhance creativity, the realities of AI bias and over-reliance on machines.

At Superside, we’re deeply aware of the ethical considerations and challenges AI presents in the creative process. That said, our team is well-versed in navigating these complexities, recognizing the vital role human intervention and interaction play throughout the creative journey.

But what, you may ask, are the challenges?

1. Creative risks

Nearly two-thirds of marketers are concerned generative AI could hamper or alter the creativity of those using it. This is a real worry in a sector where 42% of high-growth companies rely on the marketing department for their most creative ideas.

However, this fear stems from misunderstanding AI’s capabilities and limitations. AI excels at analyzing vast amounts of data, uncovering hidden patterns, and generating novel combinations of ideas, serving as a powerful catalyst for creative thinking. Yet, it is not a substitute for the depth, nuance and EQ human creativity brings.

At Superside, our team of expert marketers, designers, and producers uses AI intelligently to speed up processes and enhance our work. But humans lead the creative concept process every step of the way.

2. AI bias

AI technology isn’t human, but human input determines the data it relies on and the way it interprets it. This makes AI bias a real concern, as it can hard-bake prejudice and stereotypes into its outputs. It’s a key reason not to rely solely on AI for creative concepts and other ideas.

At Superside, our project managers oversee the entire campaign creation process, and all creative concept decisions and iterations are run through our highly experienced creative teams. This means we catch and eliminate problems resulting from AI bias before they spiral.

3. Over-reliance on AI

Over-reliance on AI can result in boring, insipid and inaccurate content and concepts, which simply won’t have the impact you desire. The reality is that AI-generated content can’t be treated as a finished product.

AI might help get our creative juices flowing, but our talented teams are the alchemists who turn the concepts into impactful campaigns.

Embrace the Future of Creative Campaigns With Superside

AI is transforming how we process and consume information. If you’re to AI to create your next creative concept, you now know there’s a comprehensive suite of tools that can help you elevate your campaigns.

Keep in mind, though, that all the cutting-edge tech and information wizardry in the world can’t replace human creative thinking. Superside has mastered the art of leveraging the power of AI for creative concept creation—without sacrificing the human touch.

Book a call today and let Superside revolutionize your next creative campaign.

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Roger Match
Roger MatchContent Marketer

Meet Roger, a content marketer driven by his love for online search, digital marketing, and performance marketing. When he's not immersed in the latest updates on Google, AI and social media, you'll find him passionately crafting strategies to simplify online searches for people, sparing them the frustration of navigating through endless pages. As a marketer, Roger Match has turned into the perfect match for Superside, helping us showcase our purpose, objectives and essence to the world.

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