Amazon Pilots AI-Powered Image Generation Tool for Advertisers

In a bid to revolutionise the way advertisers create marketing content, Amazon has embarked on a pioneering venture, integrating cutting-edge AI technology into its advertising and marketing tools. This groundbreaking development empowers advertisers to transform mundane product images and copywriting materials into captivating advertising visuals.

Amazon Ads, a subsidiary of the e-commerce giant, revealed that it has initiated trials for an advertising image generation AI tool. This tool promises to breathe life into lacklustre product photos, enhancing them into dynamic advertising images that resonate with consumers.

A survey commissioned by Amazon earlier this year illuminated a critical pain point for advertisers: nearly 75% of respondents expressed that their primary challenge in executing successful marketing campaigns was centred around crafting compelling ad creatives and selecting the right creative formats. Amazon’s preliminary tests underscore the importance of this issue. For instance, when marketing the same toaster in a sponsored brand ad on a mobile device, the choice between featuring the toaster against a blank background or within a kitchen setting resulted in a 40% higher click-through rate for the latter.

The team emphasised that producing engaging and distinctive advertising creatives often entails significant costs and may require additional expertise. In response to this challenge, Amazon has introduced an image-generation AI tool that empowers advertisers of all backgrounds to effortlessly create compelling visuals without needing technical expertise.

Utilising this tool is a straightforward process for advertisers. They select their products within the Amazon Ad console and click ‘Generate’. The tool then automatically generates a curated set of images incorporating brand identity and lifestyle elements. Additionally, advertisers can input text prompts to customise the image content further.

Amazon Ads primarily serves a diverse range of stakeholders, including sellers, suppliers, booksellers, publishers, program developers, and advertising agencies registered on the Amazon platform. The reach of this image generation tool is currently limited to a select group of trial advertisers, as it remains in the testing phase. However, plans are underway to expand its availability in the near future.

In a parallel endeavour to facilitate seamless content creation for sellers, Amazon also introduced a text generation service in September of this year, accessible through Seller Central. This service streamlines the process of crafting compelling product descriptions. Sellers can input a few words or sentences describing their products, and the system automatically generates high-quality text that can be further edited to meet specific preferences.

Amazon’s foray into AI-powered content creation marks a significant stride towards democratising advertising creative processes. By offering advertisers intuitive tools that leverage the power of AI, the e-commerce behemoth is poised to reshape the landscape of digital advertising, making it more accessible and effective for businesses of all sizes. As this technology continues to evolve, it holds the promise of revolutionising the way products are marketed and sold in the digital realm.

Niharika is a Technical consulting intern at Marktechpost. She is a third year undergraduate, currently pursuing her B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology(IIT), Kharagpur. She is a highly enthusiastic individual with a keen interest in Machine learning, Data science and AI and an avid reader of the latest developments in these fields.

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