Marketing Agency Jobs That AI Will Replace, Enhance, or Create

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According to the AgencyAnalytics Benchmarks Report, 78% of marketing agencies are already using AI for content creation. The next year, that number will jump to 91%. If your agency isn’t already leveraging AI, chances are it’s on the horizon for the near future.

AI technologies have taken many industries by storm, and it’s left marketing agencies both exhilarated and exasperated as we all navigate these new changes. It’s easy to see the benefits of adopting AI within the agency environment (namely, efficiency and time savings). But the addition of AI to agency workflows isn’t without its concerns. Suffice it to say, we’re all feeling cautiously interested. 

This article covers everything you need to know about the current state of artificial intelligence within the agency context, and how AI tools like ChatGPT are impacting marketing agency jobs in 2023.

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The Current Impact of Automation on Marketing Agency Jobs

If you find yourself tempted to Google “What jobs will AI replace in marketing?”, don’t worry–you’re not alone. From graphic design to content creation and copywriting, the possibility of AI replacing creative jobs and the far-reaching implications of this shift cannot be overlooked.

While it’s true that past iterations of AI creativity have generated unimpressive results, recent developments have improved by leaps and bounds. The subtle nuances of emotion and colloquial sentiment that were previously attributed strictly to human creativity can now be mostly achieved by AI. 

Take a look at the evolution of images generated by artificial intelligence between 2014 and 2022: 

A timeline of AI-generated faces from 2014 to 2022

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Compare the pixelated, black-and-white images of 2014 to the technological advancements of 2022 AI generated images. It’s clear that the results have improved substantially, both in complexity and realism. Care to see a pomeranian king and some tiger soldiers? AI’s got you covered.  

But ask AI to create an image of what a cross between a shark and a horse would look like, and you end up with the stuff of nightmares. 

SHORSE AI Generated half horse half shark meme

Copywriting is another area that has already seen shifts. Chase Bank recently signed a five-year deal with the AI tool Persado Inc. to supplement their copywriters. The decision follows initial trials in which machine learning outperformed human copywriters. In one case, Persado’s AI-generated headline resulted in 47 applications for home equity lines of credit vs. 25 for the human-generated headline.

We are at the forefront of a revolution in how we work in all industries and live our lives. This is an exciting time that should be embraced, not feared. AI can make digital marketing agencies look smarter and deliver better returns for clients than we ever have before.

Bill Hipsher,  President of Hurrdat

In 2023, AI is making strides in comprehending colloquial nuances in language that can also be applied to translation services. Microsoft, for instance, has been working on its artificial intelligence translator for a while now. It can now translate 129 languages (and counting). Or take a look at these glasses from a UK company, XRAI, which caption and translate conversations in real time.

AI applications relevant to their business 2023 statistics show that chatbots are the most popular

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While it’s clear that AI is here to stay, it’s worth noting that in 2023, there are still some significant traits that generative AI technology currently lacks: it struggles with tasks that require emotional intelligence, grasping situational context, making nuanced judgment calls, and interpreting meaning in the same way humans do. 

To this extent, we can say that while some agency jobs are likely to be eventually replaced by AI, in the current marketing landscape most jobs will be simply enhanced. We can also currently see how AI is creating brand new roles, opening up brand new possibilities for any marketers that may eventually be displaced. 

One thing is clear: change is in the air, and marketing agencies need to be ready to embrace that change. 

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What Jobs Will AI Replace, Enhance, or Create? 

Let’s take a closer look at how AI is currently impacting specific marketing agency jobs, and make some predictions about how it may affect jobs in the near future. 

We’re looking at using automation to help huge publication clients who want to create thousands of pieces of content and how our team can achieve that at scale. There are clients who need that amount of content to rank and stay competitive. We want to help them reach their target audience but not put their business at risk.

Brock Murray, Co-Founder and COO of seoplus+ 

What Jobs Will AI Replace At Marketing Agencies? 

We’ll begin by addressing the elephant in the room: the jobs most likely to be replaced by AI. The good news is that for many a role likely to be replaced, there is a near equivalent utilizing AI that is available to job seekers who are willing to pivot. 

If you find your job title in this list, don’t fret. Set the intention to learn more about AI within your specific tasks and begin familiarizing yourself with relevant tools. This way, you’ll be prepared for whatever the future holds.

Data and Market Analysts

Automation tools powered by AI are transforming the game by taking over data analysis tasks. Not only do these tools handle tasks more efficiently, but they also eliminate human error and deliver a degree of accuracy that surpasses manual tracking. As a result, it’s feasible to predict that market research analysts will become increasingly uncommon in the coming years.

AI strategists, on the other hand, are likely to emerge at the forefront of job growth. These experts, skilled in understanding and harnessing AI capabilities, will be crucial in extracting relevant data, developing strategies to effectively utilize AI analysis to achieve marketing goals, and will guide agencies in adopting AI systems to drive efficiency and generate superior results for clients.

Marketing agencies should embrace automation, invest in data-driven strategies, and utilize AI-powered analytics. AI can help marketing agencies become more efficient and effective, it can help better understand their customer base, measure the performance of their campaigns, and deliver insights.

Anatoly Zadorozhnyy, Director of Search at Softline Solutions

Junior Copywriters 

AI has proven its ability to create engaging, creative content. Anyone who has used ChatGPT to drum up some headline options can attest to the fact that the tool can deliver. For this reason, we can predict that most minor copywriting tasks will be outsourced to AI in the future. 

That being said, currently, human creativity and editing skills are still crucial to ensure the quality, relevance, and brand alignment of AI generated copy. That’s where your AI Content Curator (or AI Editor, if you will) comes into play. 

AI content curators and editors will collaborate with AI systems to fine-tune and enhance the content generated, providing a human touch and maintaining the brand's voice. Rather than employing an army of junior content writers, it’s reasonable to predict that agencies may choose to retain a handful of AI Editors who can utilize their keen eye to polish AI-generated content before it reaches the market.

Admin and Virtual Assistants

The ability to leverage AI to create and execute custom workflows means that many of the tasks previously delegated to virtual assistants may be at risk. Now that it’s possible to program a process that automatically pulls data from desired sources and inputs it into others, or to book appointments and manage schedules, virtual assistants could become increasingly less common.

Further, as chatbot technology evolves and continually improves its ability to intelligently respond in a “human” manner to requests, email correspondence will theoretically become outsourced to bots. Given that 97.5% of marketing agencies work remotely at least some of the time, we can safely say that the days of keeping a permanent receptionist at the front desk of a brick-and-mortar office are likely over. Similarly, many of the tasks recently assigned to VAs may soon follow suit. 

The value curve and deliverable quantities for agency pricing models will change for a lot of people due to AI. It will more directly impact productized services and will have a lesser effect on more bespoke/consultative agencies.

Austin Benoit, Founder of Search Prestige

Marketing Agency Jobs That Will Be Enhanced With AI 

Now let’s dive into the largest percentage of jobs affected by AI–those that will simply be enhanced by artificial intelligence.

Content Creator

Automation tools like Jasper AI and ChatGPT have disrupted many content creation roles. As we’ve explored above, copywriters and social media marketing managers will continue to leverage AI to develop and improve headlines, captions, and even snappy video script copy. Content creators can use AI to create blog outlines that take desired SEO goals into account, integrating important keywords and saving time.

Leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) is likely to become an increasingly integral part of content creation and is probably one of the jobs AI will have the largest impact on. AI has the potential to eliminate writer’s block and keep the train moving forward, becoming a support system to generate content faster using well-crafted prompts.   

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But no matter how efficient automation tools are, not all content creation tasks can currently be replaced by AI. A large amount of human creativity and judgment is still necessary with all AI-generated content to review for quality, errors, and emotional intelligence. This may change down the road, but AI is not quite there yet.

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Bill Hipsher, President, Hurrdat

Web Development and Hosting

Currently, there are many back-end AI tools that are helping web developers speed up processes. In 2023, human web developers are using AI when they’re frustrated or need a quick solution. 

I would use ChatGPT whenever I felt stuck installing a plugin on a WordPress site, and I needed some guidance. I pasted in snippets of code, and it actually helped me work through a challenge.

Brock Murray, Co-Founder and COO of seoplus+

Consider this scenario: Your client finds a broken link, the site is throwing 502 errors and you don’t know where to start. Leaning on AI software helps provide some guidance and direction you may not have thought of on your own. 

Companies like Wix have created new AI-based services to create websites with the click of a button. However, a human is still currently needed to input the choices, give guidance and direction, and then optimize it on an ongoing basis.

Coder/Software Developer

Advanced automation tools produce code faster than humans. Although ChatGPT wasn’t initially designed to write code, it’s fully capable of assisting software developers with coding tasks. Using machine learning, it comprehends and generates code snippets based on specific inputs it receives. 

Although it generates actual programming codes, a human is still needed to ensure the code doesn’t contain any errors or mistakes. 

Agencies may hire fewer employees to complete the same amount of coding tasks, but for now,  AI will remain an enhancement and not a replacement of job roles for coders and developers.

Translation Services 

If your agency does a lot of business spread across multiple geographic markets, you may have an in-house or freelance translator to ensure brand consistency across languages. As we’ve already explored, AI translation tools now provide impressive results, quickly and accurately translating text into various languages. Since automation tools learn from large amounts of data, their ability to recognize and interpret different languages is continuously improving. 

However, it’s not time to let go of your human translator just yet. Currently, you’ll still want to have eyes on AI generated translation before publishing to ensure that cultural nuances have not been missed and to guarantee that the copy is as compelling as possible (and not just an exact 1:1 translation).  

Human Resources Management 

Repetitive HR tasks can now be streamlined with AI-powered tools, like resume screening. ATS (Applicant Tracking Systems) has been able to do this for a while, although perhaps not with today’s level of sophistication. Artificial intelligence helps by matching candidate qualifications with open roles at your agency using specific prompts.

AI chatbots are also being used in 2023 to match current employees with access to HR information like benefits and company policies. 

Take the example from the HR chatbot called Mya. It streamlines communication with freelancers and provides information on PTO policies for full-time employees.

An example of an HR Chatbot called Mya, that uses AI

While AI tools can streamline and automate many HR tasks, they’re unlikely to replace HR personnel entirely. A large responsibility for HR professionals is employee relations, conflict resolution, and decision-making–something AI does not yet have the social or emotional intelligence to execute in a way that a human would. 

Strategic Planners

Whether you’re creating new marketing strategies for your clients or strategies for growing your marketing agency, artificial intelligence helps streamline the process. 

For example, public relations managers ask ChatGPT to use predictive analysis to gain a better understanding of customer behavior and buying habits, revealing new avenues for your agency to pursue. This helps your agency create marketing strategies that generate a personalized experience and increase conversions. 

Think about other platforms that do something similar. Netflix, Google, and Instagram are always making suggestions based on their customers' previous experiences. 

With access to tools that automate, monitor, and organize tasks and data on your behalf, strategic planners have more time to spend developing creative and cutting-edge strategies to fuel business growth. 

AI tools are a great addition to our team. Will they start replacing the actual workforce? Not anytime soon, but we incorporate AI in our daily tasks to make everybody's job more efficient.

Anatoly Zadorozhnyy, Director of Search at Softline Solutions

Now, picture how this role might diversify across your agency’s organization chart. For each unique domain, there could be an AI Strategist specializing in that field. We may see roles such as AI Strategist - Graphic Design, AI Strategist - Content, and so forth.

These experts, skilled in understanding and harnessing AI capabilities, will be crucial in developing strategies to effectively utilize AI for marketing goals and will guide agencies in adopting AI technologies to drive efficiency and generate superior results for clients.

💡This may also lead to the emergence of a specialized niche of marketing agency. Let’s call them an “AI agency”. They would create a symbiotic relationship between AI and human expertise. In these agencies, AI strategists would set up generative AI models based on their clients’ specific business goals and needs. 

SEO Specialist

SEO agencies are adapting their strategies for a new AI-powered search experience. 

Going beyond traditional tactics to get their client’s content to appear in snippets on the SERPs, SEO agencies are currently researching ways to make it into a chatbot’s answers. While it may be surprising, many SEO specialists are finding that the results being put forward in organic search vary substantially from those picked up by chatbots. 

Moving forward, in addition to meeting existing Google requirements, a client’s website will also need to be optimized so that chatbots will deliver the brand in response to user questions. Experiments with long-tail keywords and phrases that are being picked up by AI chatbots will likely become part of SEO strategies in the future.

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New Marketing Agency Roles With an AI Focus

While many people are wondering, "What jobs will AI replace?", those with an eye to the future are thinking, "What jobs will AI create?" 

People will fear that this tech will take their job. Unfortunately, those people who do not adapt will fall behind those who do, bringing less value to the company.

Bill Hipsher, President of Hurrdat

The job market is poised for significant transformation as AI continues to evolve. We’ve only begun to scratch the surface of the vast array of roles that AI will generate across industries, including the field of marketing. Instead of fixating on the fear of AI taking away jobs, we should embrace the immense potential it holds to create millions of new opportunities. 

A quick search on LinkedIn shows that there are already over 4,000 jobs in the US alone for AI engineering. 

An example of AI Prompt Engineer jobs listed on LinkedIn

To navigate this changing landscape, strategic skill investment becomes crucial. By adapting and upskilling ourselves, we harness the power of AI to augment our capabilities, foster innovation, and unlock unprecedented levels of productivity in the workforce. 

Here are some of the top artificial intelligence jobs that will likely soon be coming to a marketing agency near you:

AI Educators/Trainers

AI educators help agencies learn how to use AI tools and implement them into daily workflows.

AI trainers train the AI tool itself. An AI tool needs to be trained in things like the tone you want it to use, the audience you want it to address, the format of response you’re looking for, and more. An AI trainer trains the tool, analyzes the responses for accuracy, ensures the quality meets specific standards, and fine-tunes the outputs. 

AI Prompt Engineer 

AI Prompt Engineers write text-based prompts that go into the back end of AI tools, helping the tools generate a blog post or sales email copy with the proper tone and accurate information.

This role seems to be a particularly promising one; estimates indicate that AI Prompt Engineers can earn a salary of up to $335K without a computer engineering background. 

There is also a significant opportunity for marketing agencies to tap into this need and provide prompt creation solutions for clients. 

Chatbot Designers

There will be a growing need for creative individuals to develop conversational agents and chatbots, crafting engaging and personalized user experiences that mimic human assistance–all while leveraging AI-powered natural language processing.

As the field of chatbot design evolves, chatbot designers must stay up to date with advancements in AI technologies and conversational user interfaces. They continuously monitor user feedback, conduct usability testing, and iterate on the chatbot's design to enhance its performance and optimize user satisfaction.

Summary & Key Takeaways 

While AI will continue to shake things up, it also presents a great opportunity to enhance your marketing agency’s efficiency, productivity, and overall client experience. 

For a final say on the future of marketing agency jobs, we turned to the source itself and asked ChatGPT for its opinion. Here are its predictions for which agency jobs will be replaced, enhanced, and created following the AI revolution.

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Machine Learning Engineer

Even though ChatGPT is saying it’s coming for some of these jobs, instead of focusing on potential loss, it’s time to start exploring and embracing the opportunities AI provides. 

It's essential to note that our success with AI implementation is not solely attributed to technology. The driving force behind our growth has been our team's adaptability, innovation, and dedication to mastering AI tools and applying them creatively to meet our clients' needs.

Jessica Crist, Production Manager, High Five Media

It’s a very exciting time as we see job growth emerge from this advancement in technology and the way digital marketing agencies execute strategies for their clients. The key is to stay in the loop about any industry changes, embrace new technologies, invest in deep learning regarding AI's capabilities (and drawbacks), and adapt during turbulent times. 

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