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” […]

 
 

Ad Creatives Going Through Renaissance: AOL’s Martinez

FORT LAUDERDALE — Online ads aren’t just banners anymore. Recent developments in digital marketing mean the discipline is beginning to create richer, more engaging advertising experiences, says an AOL ad exec. “There is already a renaissance of creative,” Marta Martinez, Global Head Video Sales at AOL Platforms, tells Beet.TV in this video interview. “Advertisers are going in […]

 
 

Real-Time Not Essential For Programmatic TV, AOL’s Ackerman

FORT LAUDERDALE — Companies in the TV advertising business don’t need to adopt all of the so-called “programmatic” technologies vendors tout to benefit from some of their key efficiencies, says one such vendor in the chain. “You don’t have to have complete automation, dynamic ad insertion,” Adap,tv programmatic SVP Dan Ackerman tells Beet.TV in this panel […]

 
 

AOL Ad Chief: Unified Programmatic Platform Launching Soon

LAS VEGAS — As more ad targeting and buying platforms come online, planners and buyers are having to use a growing number of software suites to place messages. Last year, AOL announced its bid to simplify the landscape – and its own offering – by combining its programmatic platforms under the “One” banner. Now company […]

 
 

Brands Aim for Global Video Strategies, McDonald’s, AOL, iJustine, Havas explain

CHICAGO — Marketers are beginning to explore opportunities to integrate brands globally into digital videos, says Marta Martinez, AOL’s Head of Global Video Sales, in a panel discussion for Beet.TV. While the Internet has made true global marketing possible in a way that is more difficult with TV’s localized ecosystem, brands are only beginning to tap […]

 
 

Tech Means ‘Creative Renaissance’ For TV: SMG’s Scheppach

CHICAGO — The internet may have displaced newspapers, magazines and radio in many consumers’ lives. But advertising execs – even those from technology backgrounds – don’t believe TV is about to croak any time soon, a Beet.TV panel heard. DigitasLbi’s programmatic strategy and analysis VP Brian Zaben: “It’s not going anywhere. It will just be more informed. […]

 
 

Video Touches TV-Shy Millennials: AOL’s Anderson

CHICAGO — As young adults increasingly look at their mobile screens instead of their TV screens, advertisers can reconnect with tomorrow’s consumers by delivering video executions, says AOL video sales VP Margee Anderson. “Broadcast is certainly not going to go away (but), with millennials ageing, we’ve got to be able to reach them where they are – […]

 
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