12 Best AI Tools for Content Creation
Disclaimer: Our top picks are based on our editors’ independent research, analysis, and/or hands-on testing. Editorial policy
Please note that because these are not deep-dive reviews, we’ve ordered the following platforms by category and listed them alphabetically rather than in order of preference.
ChatGPT is Open AI’s seminal natural language processing (NLP) chatbot that understands and generates text based on the prompts it receives.
This AI writing tool can write full-fledged blog posts, website copy, product descriptions, programming code, customized emails, social media captions, ads, taglines and meta descriptions. It can also translate text.
Besides writing, ChatGPT creates minor visual outputs, such as charts, tables and calendars, which can be useful for content strategy.
ChatGPT’s UI can incorporate plugins without damaging the overall simplicity of the layout. Source: Open AI
The paid version, ChatGPT Plus, includes many plugins by users and companies. These plugins enable ChatGPT to read documents, communicate with external apps, and perform data analysis and tasks.
As of September 2023, ChatGPT Plus and Enterprise editions have access to current events and the Internet thanks to the Microsoft Bing engine.
ChatGPT offers three pricing plans:
Grammarly started life as a revision tool for grammar and plagiarism but has since included generative AI that uses text prompts to write content.
The revision section of Grammarly AI corrects punctuation, grammar, style and overall clarity in real-time.
As for the generative component, Grammarly suggests alternative word choices or writes paragraphs that correspond to the user’s style and context.
The plagiarism checker isn’t available in the Chrome/MacOS extension, being restricted to the Grammarly website dashboard. Here the user receives a full overview of sources and plagiarism percentages.
Grammarly dashboard checks for grammar, style and plagiarism, while GrammarlyGO is the platform’s generative AI tool. Source: Grammarly
Grammarly pricing depends on the number of members and frequency of payment. For monthly subscriptions, the price is locked at $25 per month per person, regardless of the users a company has.
However, annual subscriptions offer some discounts:
Jasper AI (formerly Jarvis) focuses on writing long-form content, such as blog posts and articles, although it can also produce social media posts, emails and marketing copy.
Jasper’s biggest advantages are a thorough understanding of context and advanced tone output. Compared to other popular writing tools, Jasper excels in tailoring the requested tone throughout the copy.
Because of its integration with SurferSEO, the tool produces high-quality content that is SEO-optimized.
Because Jasper is run by a chatbot, the user interface (UI) is relatively easy to use, navigate and edit. Besides writing, the software can also produce AI art.
Jasper’s UI is clean with plenty of useful tools and templates for marketing writing and campaigns. Source: Jasper AI
Jasper has following pricing plans:
Narrato is a one-stop AI solution that helps businesses and individuals through the entire content creation lifecycle: from ideation, planning and drafting to editing and publishing.
The software’s AI content assistant provides content briefs, checks writing, grammar and readability, and schedules finished pieces. There is also an integrated plagiarism checker. The platform also has hundreds of templates for content generation.
Narrato shows LSI keyword frequency and density to ensure SEO-optimized writing.
On the management side, the software comes with a content calendar, workflow automations, and task management, not unlike Airtable or ClickUp.
Narrato is also a collaborative platform, so content managers, editors and writers can use a single dashboard for all revisions and tweaks. In fact, the platform can also connect clients with writers that best suit their needs and market niche.
Narrato combines content management items with AI content writing. Source: Narrato
Narrato offers three pricing options:
Midjourney is an AI art-generating Discord chatbot that creates images based on text prompts.
The latest Midjourney V5 brings hyper-realistic images and increased responsiveness to users’ inputs.
Besides generating different photos — landscape, portrait and fantasy art – Midjourney users also leverage the tool to design marketing visuals, product mockups and social media posts. Users can specify the resolution, aspect ratio and style.
The UI consists of a public Discord channel, which, upon being prompted, returns the requested images and offers further fine-tuning.
Midjourney Discord bot generates images and encourages learning from other creators. Source: Midjourney
Midjourney offers four pricing plans:
Canva is a graphic design veteran with many practical features, templates and a huge library of visual elements. Last year, Canva rolled out its AI-powered content creation add-on, also known as Magic Design.
Magic Design is a text-to-image generator that leverages millions of stock images and videos to produce high-quality designs.
All the core functionalities of Canva are, of course, still there. The AI output can be combined with multiple templates, edited or used as a standalone.
Canva also allows for specific styles, aspect ratios, effects, stickers, font customization and brand-defined palettes.
The company takes data safety very seriously. Canva Shield is an AI data and protection system within the software that ensures privacy and content safety.
By sharing the workspace link, this platform becomes a collaborative graphic design space.
Canva has two pricing options:
The company offers special discounts to teachers, schools and school districts, once verified.
Synthesia is a tool that creates AI-generated videos based on text prompts. The tool is particularly helpful in creating video content for marketing and sales departments, learning and development, and customer service.
Synthesia offers 125 stock AI avatars and generated voiceovers in 120 languages, solving the problem of camera shyness.
Industry-specific templates shorten the time needed to create scripts. Shared spaces, meanwhile, allow team members to pitch suggestions and feedback.
Among video editing tools, Synthesia is one of the more user-friendly and easy to use. The video output is high-quality and can be customized to accommodate brand guidelines.
Synthesia’s free video demo lets users get a taste of natural-sounding, AI-generated video clips. Source: Synthesia
There are two pricing plans available:
For those who want AI voice generation or to enhance their own audio recordings without going to a fully-equipped studio, Murf can be very helpful.
Murf uses natural language processing (NLP) technology to create voice overs from text inputs. The AI can produce studio-quality recordings in 20 languages. It can even sample an individual user’s voice and use it for audio generation.
Recordings can further be improved by adding pauses, effects and emphasis for a more natural-sounding output.
Finally, Murf also allows users to add images, text and videos to the project, which can be useful for TikTok and Instagram reels, podcasts, learning platforms and explainer videos.
Murf’s Studio is a clean, intuitive platform with lots of functionalities and voices to choose from. Source: Murf
Murf comes with three different pricing plans:
The plans limit the number of voice generation hours. For example, Pro allows for 48 hours of voice generation per year, so Murf is not always the best long-term solution, depending on production needs.
Podcastle lets users plan, create, edit and promote their podcasts. The platform generates high-quality audio and video recording that can be further enhanced by features such as AI noise canceling, semi-automated audio clipping, minimizing noise, and auto-leveling.
The reverse is also possible: Podcastle can transcribe uploaded audio into text, which is useful for generating captions.
Similarly to Murf above, there is also the option of voice cloning. For vloggers and video podcasts, this tool can record the stream while simultaneously conducting interviews with up to 10 people.
However, it doesn’t allow for special video effects, so it might not be the best solution for YouTubers used to the feature.
A screenshot of Podcastle’s main dashboard, with dedicated tabs for recording, audio editing, AI voice generation and transcription. Source: Podcastle
Podcastle has three pricing plans:
For individuals and businesses wanting to create social media posts and build a strong presence, Lately can repurpose long-form content, schedule new social media content, and provide feedback on trending topics.
The platform takes the uploaded content — blog posts, videos, audio recordings — and the AI slices them into bite-sized posts based on the potential engagement metrics. In some cases, the AI will rewrite the content to optimize results further.
One great thing about Lately is that the audio and video content is instantly turned into transcripts with matching recordings.
Moreover, the tool can schedule a drip feed of selected posts, which builds into a successful launch, marketing campaign or PR piece, spanning over a period of time. The platform also tracks and analyzes social media engagement, while simultaneously proposing content ideas that could result in higher engagement and conversion rates.
Upon inserting a text, audio or video file into Lately’s engine, the AI takes over and analyzes social media posts’ engagement potential. Source: Lately
Lately has three pricing plans for Small Businesses, depending on their needs:
There is also an Enterprise edition for large companies.
GetResponse’s dashboard contains easy-to-use templates for various forms of email marketing. Source: GetResponse
GetResponse is an AI tool for complete email marketing management that includes email marketing automation, autoresponders and an AI email generator.
The email builder features multiple layouts, sections, and templates, along with GIFs and stock photos. A sizable library of professionally designed email templates is another useful add-on and the inclusion of a drag-and-drop editor is a welcome feature.
The AI email writer uses GPT technology to generate keyword-optimized emails that adhere to tone of voice guidelines.
GetResponse also contains signup forms, landing pages and integrations to collect emails more easily and build subscriber lists. The paid version offers SMTP-triggered emails for delivery receipts and reminders.
GetResponse offers three pricing plans:
These prices cover the first 1,000 contacts, with prices scaling in line with designated subscriber landmarks such as 5,000, 50,000 and 100,000.
SurferSEO is one of the most popular tools for SEO optimization of long-form articles and blog posts.
Surfer’s key features include a content editor for keyword research and optimization, an outline builder and an AI writing tool.
Besides these, SurferSEO can also perform a site audit to identify technical SEO issues and rank pages against their competitors. By surveying top-ranking pages and analyzing the content being written, the software produces a real-time SEO score.
Surfer is not limited to English-speaking markets, with a multilingual interface that helps localize content and rankings in different languages.
Additionally, the company strives to educate content writers by providing a free SEO writing masterclass.
SurferSEO offers subscribers the ability to generate drafts using keywords and regions targeting. Source: SurferSeo
SurferSEO has a four-tiered pricing plan:
While artificial intelligence (AI) content creation tools can be practical and helpful, it’s important to remember they’re not the end-game. Each tool has its shortcomings and needs human supervision.
When it comes to content creation and content management, it’s good to keep a few things in mind:
Artificial intelligence (AI) has come a long way in the last few years. ChatGPT and subsequent AI models have revolutionized the way we look at AI content creation and productivity.
With content creation budgets increasing worldwide, AI tools could be a deciding factor in market positioning in the years to come.
Still, many employees don’t receive proper training on AI-powered tools. In an economy where much seems to hinge on said tools, it’s important to begin learning how to use these tools as early as possible to ensure they increase brand value rather than dilute it.
Human creators have a keen eye for the mistakes that AI can introduce into the content creation process and it’s important to recognise this before going all in on these tools. Yes, they may hold the key to unlocking that next level of productivity, but in the wrong hands — or simply untrained hands — they can inflict serious reputational deluge.
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