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Adobe Announces GenStudio, Its GenAI-First App for Marketing Teams

Adobe Announces GenStudio, Its GenAI-First App for Marketing Teams

The News: Adobe announced GenStudio, its generative AI-first application designed to help marketing teams manage the content supply chain from end to end, at the company’s annual Adobe Summit user conference. The self-service app is designed to accelerate the planning, creation, distribution, activation, and measurement of on-brand content and assets. As a completely new application, GenStudio is designed to make the content management process more efficient, and does not replace any existing Adobe application. GenStudio will be available to customers in Q3 2024, according to Adobe. You can read the latest release from Adobe on the expansion of its offerings on the company’s website.

Adobe Announces GenStudio, Its GenAI-First App for Marketing Teams

Analyst Take: As part of a series of announcements made at its annual Adobe Summit event, Adobe announced the release of a new application, GenStudio, a generative AI-infused, end-to-end application designed to let marketers more efficiently and effectively manage the content production and distribution supply chain. The new application does not replace any existing Adobe application; rather, it is deeply integrated with other Adobe applications used to create, manage, or distribute content, and optimizes the processes involved managing content while adhering to brand guidelines.

GenStudio Designed to Improve Efficiency, Productivity of Content Teams

Organizations today are challenged by the need to produce personalized content at scale. Adobe mentioned on an analyst call discussing the new product that one of its manufacturing customers had 1,000 products in its catalog. To create personalized campaigns, the company would typically generate upward of 25 assets per product, resulting in the need to create 25,000 assets.

Further, should the company want to distribute those assets to its 15 global regions, each of these assets would then need to be localized, resulting in a need for nearly 400,000 variations. And that mammoth asset count likely would grow even further, as it assumes that each of those 400,000 variations has only been produced in one aspect ratio and format. Were an organization to make each product asset and all of its variations available for use across all print, web, and social formats, they would need to generate millions of variations.

To address this need, Adobe created GenStudio, which harnesses the power of Adobe’s generative AI technology to enable content designers and managers to easily create variations of assets quickly and efficiently within a single application, thereby reducing the labor demands and costs typically associated with creating highly personalized and localized omnichannel campaigns.

Creating a Centralized Hub for Managing Content

Adobe says that GenStudio will feature a new interface through which all content creation and production tasks can be taken. In addition, it features direct integrations with other Adobe content creation and management tools to enable organizations to enable workers who are comfortable with a specific application to continue using it, with GenStudio pulling in relevant content and assets as needed.

According to Adobe product managers, the product will both provide one single application-based, end-to-end view of a campaign’s content and insights and let users share, remix, and re-use approved assets. It will also support self-serve content creation while applying brand style and usage guidelines, further enabling non-creatives to create content or variations quickly and safely.

The most interesting aspect of Adobe GenStudio is the applications analytics piece, which Adobe says will allow content managers to understand content performance attributes, such as the color, style, tone, or other attribute, which can then be used as feedback for creating follow-on campaigns that incorporate those insights. Instead of simply doing a traditional A/B campaign, marketers will be able to drill down to very detailed aspects of assets to see what is resonating ― or not, and within GenStudio, make the appropriate changes.

GenStudio: Streamlining Workflows, Not Redundant with Other Adobe Applications

Adobe took great pains to emphasize that GenStudio is a new application that does not replace any other Adobe product. Instead, it is positioning GenStudio as a workflow-focused application geared at marketers, who will still be able to get the primary features or functions that are incorporated into other Adobe applications, such as generative AI for content variations (Firefly), content management and approval functions (Workfront), and activation (Marketo Engage), for example, but in a single interface.

This approach appears to be aligned with the general trend in the software-as-a-service (SaaS) application market of focusing on workflow optimization. Instead of forcing campaign managers and marketers to rely on the services of people within other departments (who may well be overwhelmed by this surge in content demand), it is giving them the power to handle many of the tasks involved in asset creation and management themselves, which can be a key driver of efficiency and productivity.

I suspect that Adobe customers will see value in this type of application for some roles, but it will not supplant or cannibalize existing product licenses, a solid strategy given the company’s focus on maintaining and increasing license revenue. Assuming GenStudio functions smoothly in client deployments, the product could be a winner for both content managers and Adobe.

Disclosure: The Futurum Group is a research and advisory firm that engages or has engaged in research, analysis, and advisory services with many technology companies, including those mentioned in this article. The author does not hold any equity positions with any company mentioned in this article.

Analysis and opinions expressed herein are specific to the analyst individually and data and other information that might have been provided for validation, not those of The Futurum Group as a whole.

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Keith has over 25 years of experience in research, marketing, and consulting-based fields.

He has authored in-depth reports and market forecast studies covering artificial intelligence, biometrics, data analytics, robotics, high performance computing, and quantum computing, with a specific focus on the use of these technologies within large enterprise organizations and SMBs. He has also established strong working relationships with the international technology vendor community and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and events.

In his career as a financial and technology journalist he has written for national and trade publications, including BusinessWeek, CNBC.com, Investment Dealers’ Digest, The Red Herring, The Communications of the ACM, and Mobile Computing & Communications, among others.

He is a member of the Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP).

Keith holds dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Magazine Journalism and Sociology from Syracuse University.

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