MEC’s Shenan Reed: Cultivating Walled Gardens, Watching For The Next Behemoth

CANNES – So many video ad units and platforms, so many ways to attribute value to those units. “Trying to figure out the value of a video ad unit depending on where it runs seems to be one of our challenges as an industry,” says Shenan Reed, MEC’s Chief Digital Officer for North America. And […]

 
 

Oath’s Pledge To Advertisers: Trusted Brands, Data And Distribution

CANNES – Sailing against companies like Facebook and Google, Oath—the combined AOL-Yahoo entity—finds itself navigating deeply competitive waters. So it’s apt that the person chosen to pilot the new vessel, John DeVine, not only ran Yahoo’s global operations but also is a former U.S. Navy officer. Oath is a portfolio of more than 50 media […]

 
 

AOL Brings Self-Serve Ad Options To Small App Makers

The world of ad-tech is tipping steadily from platforms that are managed by vendors for clients, to those that clients use themselves, and AOL is the latest provider to move with the tide. AOL has just turned on self-service capability for the supply-side platform inside its AOL ONE digital advertising offering. It makes it easier for small-scale […]

 
 

Condé Nast Entertainment Eyes Programmatic Video, Plants ‘Big Stick’ In VR

Condé Nast Entertainment—which produces about 5,000 unique premium videos each year—is testing programmatic ad sales in what could be a prelude to a big programmatic push in 2017. It’s a seemingly inevitable path for Condé Nast, having dived into video production just over three years ago for its 19 properties, from GQ to Glamour. “Any […]

 
 

Verizon Digital Media Services: The ‘Supply Chain’ For AOL And Yahoo

The integration of Verizon Digital Media Services with AOL and Yahoo is “just the beginning” of a path that could see VDMS build its own dynamic ad decisioning technology. Until then, the company is happy to be agnostic with its integration decisions, says President Ralf Jacob. “A lot of people have asked why AOL, why […]

 
 

FreeWheel Co-Founder Diane Yu: Big Tech Platforms Need To Be Agile, Anticipate Customer Demands

COLOGNE-Being a big ship that cannot turn quickly is not a ship you want to be piloting when it comes to technology platforms, according to Diane Yu, CTO and one of three co-founders of premium video solutions provider FreeWheel. Unless you are agile enough to grow while anticipating all customers’ demands, “You then fall behind […]

 
 

AOL’s Content Team Takes Charge To Clean Up Ads

CANNES — If consumers are revolting against advertising because ad-tech has been too aggressive, why would anyone trust ad-tech to clean up the mess? That seems to be the rationale at AOL, whose content division is now taking a stronger role in making ad formats that don’t piss off its readers and viewers. “People are pushing back […]

 
 

Multi-Screen Ad Delivery Critical, And Challenging: AOL, FreeWheel & Tremor Discuss

VIEQUES, PR — The media ecosystem has become fragmented, with viewers demanding to watch their favorite content on the most appropriate device for their current context. That means advertisers, too, must catch up to deliver messages across multiple platforms, a panel debate convened by Beet.TV heard: FreeWheel FourFronts VP Neil, Smith AOL Head of Video Sales & Strategy, […]

 
 

AOL to Up Video Production for its Media Brands In 2016, Maymann

LAS VEGAS — AOL wants to make more video this year to catch up with unmet demand for watching online content, says AOL content and consumer brands EVP Jimmy Maymann. The publisher  has a host of productions on the go, but Maymann says appetite is voracious. “When people log on to the internet, a third of what they do is watching […]

 
 

Verizon Is An ‘Oil Field’ Of Data For AOL Ads, Content Delivery

What will AOL and its users get out of the company’s recent acquisition by Verizon? Better content and better ads, says the outfit’s ad tech chief. Integration plans have recently been reported, but tentatively centre around using Verizon customer data for personalization. “Verizon feels they have an oil field filled with valuable data, AOL has […]

 
 

We Are Building a Mobile Programmatic Tech Stack, AOL’s Bob Lord

COLOGNE –  With the recent announcement to buy Millennial Media, AOL is moving aggressively in building a mobile tech stack, explains Bob Lord, President of AOL, in this interview with Beet.TV.  We spoke with him earlier this week at DMEXCO. Also in the interview he speaks about recent acquisition of AOL by Verizon. This video […]

 
 

Tim Armstrong’s Personal Mantra: Make Other People Successful

These days, Tim Armstrong may be best known for running one of the world’s leading digital media businesses. But, two decades ago, when online media were just getting going, Armstrong made his first business foray by launching a print media business. It didn’t work out so well. In fact, the newspaper he launched with a friend, “Beginnings of Boston,” […]

 
 

Old Media Resurface In A World Of Change: Susan Lyne

In the narrative of media evolution, what was once new becomes old and, ultimately, becomes obsolete. But vinyl music is enjoying a bounce – so what chance a return for other media formats? “I’m seeing people beginning to pick up formats that were considered dead and reimagine them,” says Susan Lyne, the veteran media executive who […]

 
 

Success And Failure Are Two Sides Of Same Coin: AOL’s Armstrong

Today, Tim Armstrong is credited with having turned around one media company, as the resurrection and recent sale of AOL suggests. But, in 1993, when a 23-year-old Armstrong was embarking on his first foray in to the media business, things weren’t quite so rosy. Fresh out of a six-month stint in investment banking, after realizing the […]

 
 

Susan Lyne on Consumer Behavior, Women in Business, & Magazines

Watch the consumer. Always keep an eye on how she is changing. That’s the advice on how to thrive and survive in the media business from a veteran and a luminary who has shepherded TV networks, designer goods e-commerce sites and now a venture fund. “I am always struck by how much has changed, not just […]

 
 

AOL Readies Documentaries with Engadget, TechCrunch and Huff Post

As part of its new slate of web originals unveiled at its NewFront, AOL is reading three documentary series for its marquis brands Engadget, TechCrunch and Huffington Post.  For explanation of the series’ content and format, we interviewed Nate Hayden, VP for Originals and Branded Content. Hayden also talks about the changing form factor for […]

 
 

AOL CEO Armstrong Looks Ahead to a Consumer-Centric Economy

If you heard the economy was about to go in to “reverse”, you would probably be pretty worried. But consumers should actually welcome the coming era with open arms, according to AOL CEO Tim Armstrong – for, what he dubs “the reverse economy” will leave them richer. “Corporations make a tremendous amount of profit from individual consumers giving […]

 
 

“Persistence And Pivoting:” Keys To Success For Videology’s Scott Ferber

This time last year, Forbes magazine wrote Scott Ferber “has what it takes to be world-class business builder”. After all, six years after founding the online ad network Advertising.com with his brother in 1998, a 35-year-old Ferber sold the company to AOL for a hefty $495m. Many a founder would have taken the opportunity to cash […]

 
 

AOL Goes Short At Prime-Time To Reach Viewers: Martinez

AOL is learning the unique ways in which consumers want to watch its original video line-up via mobile devices. In this video interview, Marta Martinez, Global Head Video Sales at AOL Platforms, tells Beet.TV that the company’s videos are available on 166 devices… “(Consumers) normally watch three shows – in 65% of the cases, they watch […]

 
 

Making the “Media Revolution:” IPG’s Roth, WPP’s Sorrell, AOL’s Armstrong and GroupM’s Gotlieb

The role of the media agency is dramatically changing with entrance of “biased” tech companies, says Michael I. Roth, CEO of Interpublic Group. He says the role of the unbiased, “agnostic”  media agency is more important than ever. Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP, says that there will be an increasing “blurring of the lines” […]

 
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