Cover of The AI Marketing Canvas by Raj Venkatesan and Jim Lecinski
The AI Marketing Canvas
A Five Stage Roadmap to Implementing Artificial Intelligence in Marketing
Raj Venkatesan and Jim Lecinski


May 2021
184 pages.

Hardcover ISBN: 9781503613164



This book offers a direct, actionable plan CMOs can use to map out initiatives that are properly sequenced and designed for success—regardless of where their marketing organization is in the process. The book is also a call to action for marketing leaders to confront and decide how they will address this critical pivot point in marketing.

The authors pose to marketers the critical questions of (1) "How should modern Marketers be thinking about Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning?" and (2) "How should Marketers be developing a strategy & plan to implement AI into their marketing toolkit?"

Opening chapters provide marketing leaders with an overview of what exactly AI is, how is it different than traditional computer science approaches; then proposes a best practice 5 stage framework for how to implement what the authors term the "AI Marketing Canvas." This is based on research and interviews the authors did with leading Marketers, and offers many tangible examples of what brands are doing at each stage of the AI Marketing Canvas. By way of guidance, Venkatesan and Lecinski provide examples of brands currently, successfully, weaving AI into their marketing strategies, including Google, LYFT,, and Coca-Cola. The book ends with a discussion of important implications for marketing leaders, for your team, people and culture. Strategically sound, application-focused, and customer-centric, this book fills a lacuna in actionable marketing strategy guidance at a time when it is most needed.

About the authors

Raj Venkatesan is the Ronald Trzcinski Professor of Business Administration in the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia. His writing has appeared in the Journal of Marketing and Harvard Business Review, among others, and he is the co-author of Marketing Analytics (UVA Press, 2021).

Jim Lecinski is a Clinical Associate Professor of Marketing at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. His thirty years of experience as a marketing adviser for prominent global brands includes a 12-year stint at Google where he was Vice President of Customer Solutions. He is the author of Winning the Zero Moment of Truth (Vook, Inc., 2011).