Nearly three-quarters of creative leaders in India view generative AI as an essential part of their toolkit: Canva survey

Nearly three-quarters of creative leaders in India view generative AI as an essential part of their toolkit: Canva survey

A new survey from Canva reveals how they're embracing AI to elevate creativity.


Mumbai: Canva, the world’s only all-in-one visual communication platform, has released new insights from more than 4,000 marketing and creative leaders on their attitudes towards  generative AI. The company commissioned Morning Consult to survey marketers and creatives from India,  US, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, and Australia, to understand how AI is transforming their  organizations and their roles.

The top findings specific to India include:

Generative AI is fast becoming a fixture in the modern workplace. Ninety-seven percent of  marketing and creative leaders are comfortable with the rise of generative AI, with 72 per cent already  considering it an essential part of their creative toolkit.  

AI is unlocking productivity and unleashing creativity. The majority (84 per cent) agree that AI-powered  tools reduce the minutiae of repetitive tasks, freeing them up to focus on the more creative and  meaningful parts of their role. Seventy percent say generative AI tools are enhancing their team's  creativity with 72 per cent reporting time savings of at least 2-3 hours per week. Thirty-nine percent of  teams are saving between 4-5 hours per week on creative projects. Of the minority (15 per cent) who feel  generative AI tools are limiting their team’s creativity, the most common objection (53 per cent) was  preventing the development of original ideas.

The AI ecosystem is fragmented and complex. Seventy-four percent believe there are already too  many generative AI tools, with 75 per cent overwhelmed by the learning curve. While most are excited  about the opportunities to elevate creativity, 62 per cent feel pressured to use it to keep pace with change  and 58% say they don’t know how to get the most value out of the technology.

Generative AI is transforming the content creation process. With marketers and creatives tasked  with creating huge volumes of content, many are turning to AI for assistance. Most respondents  have used generative AI to create written content (88 per cent), generate unique images 84 per cent or edit  images and videos (83 per cent). Looking five years ahead, more than half (55 per cent) believe generative AI tools  will be better than humans at creating visual images.

Concerns about data privacy persist. The ability of generative AI tools to process data and  generate sensitive information has raised some concerns. Marketing and creative leaders ranked  customer data (77 per cent), company data (76 per cent), and personal data (74 per cent) risks as their top concerns, over job loss, plagiarism, and bias. Organisations are addressing these risks, with more than half  (56 per cent) saying their company has established strict guidelines for the use of generative AI.

Canva global head of brand marketing Natalie Schwartz said, “Tighter budgets, increased content  demands, and non-stop deadlines have led marketers to embrace generative AI tools to scale their output.  Our findings reinforce the fact that AI-powered tools are breathing new life into creativity and productivity  for marketers, a profound impact we see firsthand as a visual communication platform. In India, we’re  seeing an overwhelming acceptance of generative AI amongst marketing and creative leaders. Clearly,  they’re excited to see how this technology will impact the larger marketing ecosystem.”  


Canva commissioned Morning Consult to survey 4,050 business leaders in marketing and creative roles.  These individuals are decision-makers for purchasing software in their department or company.  Specifically, Canva surveyed 505 business leaders in the United States, 500 in the United Kingdom, 513 in  Spain, 503 in Germany, 497 in France, 524 in Brazil, 315 in Mexico, 377 in India, and 316 in Australia.