AI for Advertising Professionals

So you’re an advertising professional, whether that’s in an agency, an independent, a freelancer or client-side. Over the last year or so, you’ve heard all the hype about artificial intelligence, and how it’s transforming the creative and communications industries (and many more), and you think you definitely should learn more about it, to see if it can really help you do your job more effectively.

But where do you start?

That’s who this course is designed to help, with informative hands-on training designed to demystify AI and make it accessible to NZ marketers and advertising professionals. It’s been developed by a New Zealand advertising professional with decades of experience in both traditional and digital marketing.

Welcome to this ten-part course on AI FOR ADVERTISING PROFESSIONALS.

AI for Advertising – Course Contents

Here’s what the course covers:

Lesson One: Prompt Engineering

“Prompt engineering” refers to the process of writing briefs (“prompts”) for AI software, in order to generate the desired output. A well-crafted prompt helps guide the AI model to produce more accurate, relevant, and contextually appropriate responses. The lesson covers:

  • Understanding Prompt Engineering: Learn what prompt engineering is and why it is crucial in AI-powered marketing.
  • Hands-On Practice: Participate in practical exercises to design prompts for various marketing scenarios, providing you with first-hand experience.

Lesson Two: AI for Content Creation (Writing)



Content creation is a vital aspect of marketing, and AI can make this process more efficient and effective. This lesson will introduce AI content generation tools (specifically, ChatGPT, Google Gemini, Claude and Meta AI, all with free versions) and demonstrate how they can be used to write persuasive copy, generate content ideas, and proofread and edit content. We will also discuss methods for measuring content effectiveness.

Lesson Two covers:

  • AI Content Generation Tools: Get introduced to the latest AI tools that can automate and enhance the process of content creation.
  • Writing Persuasive Copy: Learn how AI can be utilized to craft compelling and persuasive marketing copy.
  • Content Idea Generation: Discover AI-powered methods for generating fresh and engaging content ideas to keep your marketing strategy dynamic and relevant.
  • Proofreading and Editing: Understand how AI can assist in proofreading and editing content, ensuring high quality and professionalism.

Lesson Three: AI for Design


Design plays a crucial role in marketing campaigns, and AI-powered tools can simplify the design process. In this lesson, we will explore various AI design tools (such as MidJourney, DALL-E3, Stable Diffusion, Leonardo and AI additions to Canva, Microsoft Designer and the Adobe suite of products) for creating custom visuals, branding, and logo designs. We will also discuss best practices and guidelines for personalizing designs using AI technology.

In Lesson Three, we feature:

  • AI Design Tools: Learn about various AI-powered tools (such as MidJourney, DALL-E3, Stable Diffusion, Leonardo and AI additions to Canva, Microsoft Designer and the Adobe suite of products) that can assist in creating custom visuals, branding, and logo designs.
  • Creating Custom Visuals: Discover how AI can simplify the process of generating unique and eye-catching visuals for your marketing campaigns.
  • AI for Branding: Understand how AI can be used to create cohesive and professional branding elements, ensuring consistency across all marketing channels.
  • Logo Design with AI: Explore AI’s capabilities in logo design, enabling you to create impactful logos that resonate with your target audience.
  • Design Personalization: Learn best practices for personalizing designs using AI, enhancing customer engagement and brand recognition.
  • AI-Powered Website Builders: Learn about AI-powered website builders and their capabilities in creating professional and optimized websites.

Lesson Four: AI for Video


Video creation can be amongst the most labour-intensive of marketing tasks. AI has been at work behind the scenes of many video programs for a number of years but now the curtain has been lifted, many new tools have been released, and marketers can leverage AI to dramatically enhance the creation process. In this lesson, we take you through some of the latest tools and techniques available to help you make marketing magic.

Lesson Four examines:

  • AI-assisted videomaking tools that will turn a small amount of information (even just a keyword or web page URL) into complete videos
  • Instant AI video generation applications that transform your text prompts into immediate visual content.
  • AI-enhanced video editing solutions designed to accelerate the editing workflow.
  • AI-Powered video productivity tools for swift content creation and distribution across various marketing outlets and platforms.

Lesson Five: AI for Audio

Audio creation has developed dramatically in recent years. We introduce you to various AI tools designed to transform your audio expectations, including:

  • Text-to-speech AI tools that will bring your words to life using either your own AI-cloned voice increasingly realistic human-sounding voices.
  • AI music creation tools that will allow you to create background music or even full-blown songs (including composition, lyric writing, vocals and full performances), based on text prompts.

Lesson Six: AI for Search



Search engine marketing is critical for online visibility, and AI can enhance marketers’ efforts in this area. This lesson will cover AI applications for keyword research, search engine optimization (SEO), voice search, and search advertising strategies. We will learn how AI can improve search performance and increase organic traffic.

Lesson Six reveals:

  • AI and Keyword Research: Learn how AI can simplify and enhance keyword research, leading to more effective search engine marketing strategies.
  • AI for SEO: Discover how AI tools can optimize your website for search engines, improving your website’s visibility and ranking.
  • AI and Voice Search: Understand the role of AI in optimizing for voice search, a rapidly growing trend in the digital world.
  • AI in Search Advertising: Explore how AI can enhance search advertising strategies, maximizing the return on advertising spend.
  • Improving Search Performance: Learn how AI can improve overall search performance, resulting in increased organic traffic and potential customer base.

Lesson Seven: AI for Social Media


Social media is a powerful marketing platform, and AI can help marketers optimize their social media efforts. This lesson will discuss AI’s role in social media content creation, management, social listening, and sentiment analysis. We will also explore AI’s potential in influencer marketing and audience targeting.

Lesson Seven drives the conversation about:

  • AI and Social Media Content: Learn how AI can assist in creating engaging and relevant social media content, increasing audience engagement.
  • AI for Social Media Management: Understand how AI can simplify and enhance social media management, leading to more efficient and effective campaigns.
  • Social Listening and Sentiment Analysis: Discover how AI can be used for social listening and sentiment analysis, providing valuable insights into your audience’s needs and opinions.
  • AI and Influencer Marketing: Explore the role of AI in influencer marketing, including identifying potential influencers and measuring their impact.
  • AI for Audience Targeting: Understand how AI can enhance audience targeting on social media, resulting in more personalized and effective marketing efforts.

Lesson Eight: AI for Email


Email marketing continues to be a highly effective marketing channel, and AI can help maximize its potential. In this lesson, we will explore AI applications for email subject line generation, personalization, segmentation, and targeting. We will also discuss AI-driven strategies to improve email deliverability and performance.

Lesson Eight delivers:

  • AI and Email Subject Lines: Discover how AI can craft compelling email subject lines, leading to higher open rates and engagement.
  • Email Personalization with AI: Learn how AI can enhance email personalization, increasing relevancy and improving customer relationships.
  • AI for Segmentation and Targeting: Understand how AI can streamline segmentation and targeting in email marketing, ensuring your messages reach the right audience.
  • Improving Email Deliverability: Explore AI-driven strategies to improve email deliverability, maximizing the reach of your email marketing efforts.
  • AI-Driven Performance Improvement: Learn how AI can optimize your email marketing performance, leading to higher click-through rates and conversions.

Lesson Nine: AI for Media Buying



In this lesson, we will explore both existing and fast developing AI tools designed to enhance advertising performances, offering such capabilities as:

  • Hyper-targeting: AI can analyze vast amounts of customer data to identify ideal audiences with laser precision. This allows you to target your ads to users most likely to convert, maximizing your return on ad spend (ROAS).
  • Automated bidding and budget allocation: AI algorithms can continuously analyze campaign performance and adjust bids and budget allocation in real-time. This ensures your ads are shown at the most opportune moments and in the most cost-effective way.
  • Dynamic creative optimization: AI can personalize ad copy, landing pages, and creatives based on user data and behavior. This ensures your message resonates with each individual user, leading to higher click-through rates (CTRs) and conversions.

Lesson Ten: AI Metrics



Understanding and measuring AI marketing metrics is essential for evaluating the success of AI-driven marketing efforts. In this lesson, we will discuss key AI marketing metrics, explore how AI can aid in marketing data analysis and insights, and examine the potential of AI in predictive analytics and forecasting. Lastly, we will learn how to measure the return on investment (ROI) of AI in marketing, ensuring that marketers can optimize their strategies and justify the adoption of AI technologies.

Lesson Ten crunches the data about:

  • Understanding AI Marketing Metrics: Gain a deep understanding of the key metrics used to evaluate the success of AI-driven marketing efforts.
  • AI for Marketing Data Analysis: Learn how AI can aid in the analysis of marketing data, providing insightful and actionable findings.
  • AI in Predictive Analytics and Forecasting: Explore the potential of AI in predictive analytics and forecasting, improving your ability to make strategic marketing decisions.
  • Measuring ROI of AI in Marketing: Understand how to measure and optimize the return on investment (ROI) of AI in your marketing strategies.
  • Justifying AI Adoption: Learn how to present a strong business case for the adoption of AI technologies in your organization.




Any advertising professional who wants to take advantage of the latest developments and insights in AI for Advertising. Leverage the knowledge gained from this course to drive your business and advance your career.



Here’s a sampling of the recent feedback we’ve received:

  • It is great that we have managed to get an external perspective on marketing in the digital space – your expertise in this area is greatly appreciated. – Hazel T.
  • I really enjoyed the [Digital Marketing Workshop] today and got a lot out of it  – Nikki H.
  • Thanks for a great [Digital Marketing] session yesterday, really enjoyed it and learnt lotsIzi W
  • Thanks for an informative and interesting course. Your presentation held a good balance of theoretical and practical information and was clear and simple enough for a non IT Facebook novice like me to follow. There are many ideas that I have gained that I will attempt to incorporate in the overall marketing plan my team is currently developing for our brand. Facebook can offer so much more than I thought as a medium for communicating with our current and prospective customers. Julie D
  • I found this course fantastic, i started off knowing very little about Facebook (just how to run my own personal page) to now having a thorough understanding of ALL the things you can (and there is a lot). The course format was great and allowed knowledge to be built up over time. Course length was great and this will definitely be something i come back to constantly as we develop our Facebook pages more within my company. Aleisha H
  • I have really enjoyed the course and the way it was structured. It was informative and interesting – liked the way you incorporated slide-shows, video, statistics and different forms of media to provide information. Lisa C


This course has been created and is tutored by Michael Carney, who heads up Netmarketing Courses.

Michael is a veteran marketer with an insatiable passion for whatever’s new, different, exciting or interesting in the world of communications (and especially in the digital space). Michael has decades of experience in marketing and has been online since 1987. He can be variously described as a digital marketing trainer, adman, media director, strategist, researcher, copywriter, consultant, playwright and dad.

Michael is probably best known for his many years as Media Director of a number of leading NZ advertising agencies, including MDA Mackay King (now Saatchi & Saatchi) and HKM Rialto (since merged with Colenso BBDO). More recently he worked in strategic roles with MediaCom New Zealand and Grey Worldwide and was Strategic Planning Director for the Media Counsel before setting up Netmarketing Courses in 2010.

Michael is also the author of “Trade Me Success Secrets: How To Buy and Sell Effectively on NZ’s Favourite Auction Site”, now in its second edition.

Michael was chairman of the NZ Marketing Association’s Network of Digital Marketers from 2009 until  2013.

In addition to his duties at Netmarketing Courses, Michael is also the Digital & Strategy Director at the Good Gravy advertising collective.



This course is browser-based and can be accessed through Chrome, Firefox or other web browsers.

The course is a blend of text, images and videos.

Each section includes recommended Action Steps and Exercises to help you implement what you have learned.

Individual advice and assistance is available if required from the course tutor, Michael Carney, typically in the first instance via email.



Once you complete the course, we provide you with a certificate of achievement confirming your participation in the course. We can also provide certified CPD hours if required.



The next course begins on Thursday 25 July, 2024.

We release course lessons every week, on Thursdays (we operate on a timed-release timetable so that we can ensure the content is as up-to-date as possible, since AI marketing changes so much).

We typically recommend that you allow an average of 2-3 hours per lesson — less in the early stages of the course, more in latter stages as we explore more detailed topics.

Once you have access to a course lesson, you can take it whenever you wish, anytime 24/7. There is no requirement to complete the course over any particular timeframe.



This ten-part online training course is available for $897+GST. However we offer an EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT of $100 — pay just $797+GST for bookings received by the end of Thursday 18 July, 2024. Bookings are confirmed on receipt of payment. We can raise an invoice in advance if you need it.

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