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Duda Releases ‘2024 AI Outlook for Digital Agency Leaders’: Agencies Project 134% Surge in AI Savings and Enhanced Operations for 2024

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Digital agencies prepare for transformative year with AI, expecting major cost savings, improved operational efficiency amid rising AI investment

DENVER, CO – December 6, 2023 – Duda, the professional website builder for digital agencies and SaaS platforms, today released its 2024 AI Outlook for Digital Agency Leaders report, offering insightful analysis of AI usage by owners of digital agencies specializing in web design or development. The report also highlights the technology’s business impact in 2023 — a disruptive year for digital marketers due to generative AI — and anticipated investments in AI for 2024.

There is a strong sense of optimism for 2024 as agencies anticipate a significant increase in cost savings due to AI and a commitment to investing in AI in the coming year. Key findings include:

  • Agency owners expect their AI-driven savings to increase by 134% year over year: Agencies prioritize cost savings (operational efficiency, including faster turnarounds and reduced costs) as the leading metric for AI success, a focus for 32% of agencies. Projections for 2024 indicate an average annual savings increase of 134% from AI across all agency sizes – suggesting that agencies expect a substantial improvement in their financial efficiency due to AI integration. Notably, 25% of large agencies (100+ employees) anticipate over $25,000 in savings in 2024, a tenfold increase from the number of large agencies reporting a similar range of savings in 2023. Though the use of AI was emerging in 2023, 90% of agencies already reported savings of up to $10,000, with 33% of larger agencies surpassing the $10,000 savings mark.
  • When it comes to 2024 AI spend, content is (still) king: The findings reveal a surge in planned AI investment for 2024, covering tool costs, training, consulting fees, and more. Over half of agencies (53%) plan to invest between $5,000 and $10,000 in AI in 2024, with 24% considering investments between $10,000 and $25,000. Notably, 50% of large agencies are preparing for significant AI adoption, aiming for allocations of $10,000 to $25,000, indicating a more proactive approach compared to smaller agencies. Content-related AI capabilities are a major focus, with content strategy (40%), content editing (29%), and content writing (26%) ranking as the top three out of five investment priorities.

Beyond AI-driven annual savings and future investment, Duda asked agencies for their sentiments on the most valuable current AI tools, how they are leveraging AI for specific client services, where they believe AI will improve their agency capabilities, and more. Other key findings include:

  • The fear of missing out is real, driving widespread AI adoption: While 100% of agency owners surveyed are already using AI and seeing savings from AI-driven efficiencies, there is still concern about keeping pace with AI developments in 2024 as the digital landscape evolves. 84% of agencies express concern about keeping pace with AI developments in 2024, with 58% being slightly concerned and 26% being very concerned. Only 16% of agency owners remain unworried.
  • Agency owners expect AI to transform how they do business: In 2024, a majority of agency owners anticipate AI will significantly optimize workflows and speed up content creation, aligning with survey insights on 2024 primary focus areas of AI investment. 89% expect AI to accelerate business scaling, 87% to streamline time-consuming tasks, such as content creation, and 86% believe it will aid in client acquisition, expanding their total addressable market (TAM). However, opinions vary on AI’s impact on high-level business decision-making — such as strategy and client management — with 24% (almost 1 in 5) doubting its effectiveness in this area for 2024.
  • AI already yields positive results for digital agencies and their clients: Digital agencies report the most positive outcomes from AI usage in areas such as updating existing content (59%) and content generation (55%). The top AI tools of 2023 include ChatGPT (53%), DALL-E (47%), and Bard (43%). Although 53% of agencies are using AI for SEO optimization, they have not yet seen significant results in 2023.

“The rapid advancement of AI in marketing has already reshaped digital agency operations,” said Duda CEO Itai Sadan. “In 2023, agencies faced inflation, pricing pressures, and challenges around hiring top talent, leading to tighter margins. It’s now essential for businesses, particularly agencies, to embrace AI as a strategic necessity – not just a tool – to optimize operations and stay competitive.”

The report’s findings are based on the analysis of responses from 200 owners of small (2-10 employees), medium (10-100 employees), and large-sized digital agencies (100+ employees) across the US, Canada, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands.

Additional findings from the “2024 AI Outlook for Digital Agency Leaders’ report include:

  • AI integration challenges emerge in agencies: 35% of agencies grapple with scalability issues, struggling to efficiently expand AI capabilities. For 30%, data privacy – protecting sensitive information within AI systems – is a key concern. Moreover, 29% encounter difficulties integrating AI into their existing systems, a process frequently complicated by the use of third-party tools.
  • Minimal concern among agencies about AI’s impact on creativity: Only 15% are concerned about AI leading to reduced work quality, only 13% fear a loss of creativity, and just 9% worry about client awareness of AI.
  • Diverse AI success metrics: Agencies measure AI implementation success using varied metrics. They prioritize cost savings (32%) as the top indicator of success, followed by operational efficiency (26%) and client satisfaction (25%). Larger agencies assess customer retention to measure successful AI implementation, while medium and smaller agencies focus on ROI and operational efficiency, respectively.
  • Reinvestment in AI extends beyond content strategy for 2024: As agencies plan to reinvest their 2023 savings in AI, 35% are prioritizing personalization for delivering bespoke content at scale. Meanwhile, 32% will focus on AI for efficient image creation, and 26% are gearing up to invest in AI-assisted SEO.
  • Other sectors lag behind in 2024 AI investment: Code generation, UX/UI design, and translation/localization, which involve adapting content for various regions and languages, are receiving less investment focus in 2024.
  • Rising interest in AI for code generation: 53%, or over half of agencies, show a growing interest in exploring using AI for code generation in 2024.

To access the full report, visit: 2024 AI Outlook for Digital Agency Leaders.

About Duda
Duda is the leading website development platform empowering digital marketing agencies and SaaS companies to build and manage their customers’ digital presence. Duda’s award-winning no-code platform enables agencies and SaaS companies to reach higher productivity and unprecedented growth with an extensive range of capabilities spanning ecommerce, client management, SEO, automation, and white labeling. Backed by leading investors, Duda has raised more than $100 million in funding since its founding in 2010. With offices in the US, Israel, Canada, and Brazil, Duda has enabled more than 20,000 agencies and web professionals to publish over 1 million websites. For more information, visit

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– 💰Agencies anticipate a 134% increase in cost savings in 2024 from AI-driven efficiencies 📈
– 💰50% of large agencies plan to invest $10K-$25K in AI in 2024
– 🤔84% of agencies express concern about keeping pace with AI developments in 2024
– 🤔89% expect AI to accelerate business scaling & 87% to streamline time-consuming tasks
– 🤔59% of agencies report the most positive outcomes from AI usage in updating existing content & 55% in content generation
– 🤔35% of agencies grapple with scalability issues & 30% with data privacy
– 🤔53% of agencies are interested in exploring using AI for code generation in 2024