Publicis invests $326 million into Generative AI
By Oluwaseyi Lawal
The advertising and PR firm Publicis, headquartered in France, has injected $326 million (€300 million) into generative AI (GenAI) as the technology gears up to revolutionize the industry. Established in 1926, Publicis stands as one of the most enduring and extensive media agencies globally, boasting approximately 75,000 employees.
The company affirmed that its venture into AI aligns with a broader initiative to establish itself as a trailblazing agency powered by AI. Publicis clarified that the funds are internal, assuring that this new AI investment won’t impact its operational margin.
The $326 million will be allocated over three years, with the initial half of 2024 devoted to the internal implementation of Publicis’ AI system and enhancing the skills of its workforce.
GenAI holds the potential to revolutionize the advertising sector by enabling the creation of highly personalized real-time advertisements. Utilizing GenAI, advertisers can execute large-scale and targeted campaigns at significantly reduced costs.
GlobalData, a research and analysis firm, predicts that GenAI will experience the most rapid growth within the global AI market. It is anticipated to generate revenues exceeding $33 billion and constitute 10.2% of the entire AI market by 2027.
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