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Feb 21st 2013

AOL Advertising Welcomes Marta Martinez As Head of Sales Strategy and Operations

AOL Advertising is excited to welcome Marta Martinez to the team as Head of Sales Strategy and Operations. In this newly developed position, she will play an instrumental role in continuing to execute our sales strategy.

Marta joins AOL Advertising from MediaMath, serving as both Senior Vice President of Business Development & Operations and Chief Marketing Officer. Previously she was SVP, Global Corporate Development at HavasDigital.

Marta is a well-known, seasoned executive with deep programmatic and marketing solutions experience and a true innovator in the world of online advertising. She has a proven ability to translate complex advertising technology solutions into tangible benefits for marketers and agencies. We are lucky to have her on our team!

To learn more about AOL Advertising, visit http://advertising.aol.com.

Feb 13th 2013

AOL, Microsoft and Yahoo! Announce Advertising Agreement in Canada

Following our announcement of a display advertising partnership agreement between AOL, Microsoft and Yahoo! in the United States; and between AOL and Yahoo! in Canada, we are excited to announce this deal has now been extended to include Microsoft in Canada.

We have partnered with Microsoft and Yahoo! to meet advertiser demand and provide easier access to high quality online display inventory. This agreement should dramatically improve the process of buying and selling premium online inventory in Canada. Under terms of the deal, AOL will soon have the ability to offer premium non-reserved owned and operated display inventory from Microsoft and the Yahoo! Network Plus to our advertising customers.

Similarly, Microsoft and Yahoo! will also be able to offer AOL's owned and operated, and third party non-reserved inventory to their own advertising customers, and deliver commensurate value to their publisher partners, as well.

For more information, please read the AOL corporate blog post from when the deal was formally announced in the US.

Jan 3rd 2013

Erika Nardini Joins AOL Advertising as Vice President, Head of Marketing Solutions

We're thrilled to announce that Erika Nardini has joined AOL as Vice President, Head of Marketing Solutions for AOL Advertising. In this role, Erika will drive marketing and creative strategies for AOL's advertising business.

Erika Nardini is an industry leader who's worked with major digital brands in key marketing roles. She was previously with Demand Media, where she served as Senior VP of Sales and Marketing and helped develop brand partnerships with The Home Depot, L'Oreal, Johnson & Johnson and more.

Earlier in her career, Erika was the VP of Brand Packaging & Solutions with Yahoo!, Inc., where she managed the marketing strategies and publishing capabilities across the company's leading properties and products. She also spent time with Microsoft building the global capabilities of its branded entertainment and experiences business while opening several offices for that unit across the globe. Erika earned a BA from Colby College.

Learn more about Erika Nardini by reading the full press release here.

Nov 16th 2012

AOL UK Wins Two Prestigious IPA Media Owner Awards

Earlier this week, the AOL UK sales team attended the IPA Media Owner Awards, where we won two awards for Most Innovative Online Campaign and Best Partner. Our team was also nominated for the Best Media Owner and Best At Innovation awards.

We won the Most Innovative Online Campaign for our Inspired by Iceland campaign, which was a huge cross-departmental effort in covering editorial, sales, publishing, creative solutions, research, go viral, Advertising.com and communications. It was our first sponsored channel on Huffington Post, the first Project Devil unit to use a live camera feed and our first Pan European campaign using our whole range of advertising products.

The Best Partner award is significant in that it is voted for by the advertising agencies in the IPA Spring and Autumn surveys. In the survey, we were the best received online publisher with agencies, marking a return to the top spot. The judges praised AOL stating:

"To understand why AOL does so well, you only need to look at the breadth and strength of their performance across all questions on the Spring and Autumn 2012 surveys. It is difficult to find any criteria in either survey where AOL does not appear in the Top Five places."

To learn more about what AOL UK Advertising can do for you, click here.

Jul 31st 2012

AOL Sponsors Ad Age Conference

For the third year in a row, AOL was the premier sponsor of the Ad Age Small Agency Conference and Awards in Minneapolis. This one-day conference brings together 100 senior leaders from agencies all around the U.S. to network, share and celebrate their accomplishments over the past year.

During a fireside chat with John Coleman, CEO of last year's Small Agency of the Year, Via, AOL advisor and Chairman Emeritus of IPG, David Bell, shared how technology has leveled the playing field. He described its impact on agencies who no longer need to be big or part of global networks to deliver great work to big brands at home or around the world. A Minneapolis native himself, David has taken small agencies and turned them into major growth engines for global holding companies. Growth is a hot topic for all small business, and David shared his 4 Ps of growth: "People, Position, Projection and Pipeline."

Since David usually asks the questions (see our popular Voices video series spotlighting ad industry thought leaders), it was a real treat to hear him share his insights. He also emphasized the importance of corporate culture and shared some of his favorite new business pitches from his agency days, including having someone dress as General Patton to inform the client they "are going to war." The audience was thrilled to have him, and David acknowledged the special atmosphere in the room arguing, "Running a small agency is the best job in the world."

Following David's chat, AOL Director of Social Media Matt Knell gave a fun and enlightening presentation during lunch on telling brand stories through social media. To engage the audience early on, Matt announced an Instagram contest to win headphones -- attendees simply needed to deliver a creative image and tag it #thingsandpeople. "Things and people," Matt maintains, is what brings us together on the Internet, which is trending away from text and towards images. Online, a picture is not just worth 1,000 words, but 1,000 shares.

The day wrapped up with the annual awards at a nearby jazz club and this year's winner was Baldwin&.

Take a look at Matt's presentation and check out the AOL Advertising Blog for more research and insights.

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