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Sep 23rd 2013

AOL is Leading a Movement

Tonight is a milestone moment for the industry. AOL will hold the first-ever Programmatic Upfront for more than 800 digital and traditional marketing executives.

The movement is about simplifying digital advertising at scale – this is our mission at AOL Networks. It's about using technology, data and automation to free up marketers and agencies to do breakthrough creative work. It's about tearing down the inefficiencies that today prevent our industry from competing in earnest for TV budgets. It's about automating what can and should be automated. And it's about defining a new way of buying in the digital space.

For traditionalists, it's easy to claim that 'programmatic' and 'upfront' don't go together; to label 'programmatic' and 'premium' as opposites. This is an empty claim - an attempt to pigeonhole automation as remnant bidding. Many benefit from keeping the industry confused because it fuels feature-based vs. solution-based businesses. But the truth is that programmatic is only synonymous with automation. That it has nothing to do with inventory quality. The fact is that the agencies, brands and publishers that leverage automated programmatic technologies take back huge budget percentages currently lost to 'features'. They lock in better brand results and they create business efficiencies that ultimately drive competitive advantages.

As an industry, we can and should make this easier than we do. As evidenced by the number of marketing executives attending the Programmatic Upfront, buyers want to double down on digital. And they want us to make it much easier and simpler than it is to do so.

With a complete, premium cross-screen and format tech platform that we are investing more and more in each day (i.e. recent acquisition of Adap.tv), AOL is doing its part to draw a line in the sand. We are asking the industry to join us. Tonight, we will demonstrate that the market is ready for change; clients will show that creativity can be the star that rises out of automation.

Check out the AOL Networks programmatic platform video below: For updates and the latest news from AOL, follow @AOLPR on Twitter.

Nov 13th 2012

Goviral Reveals Best 100 Brands in Branded Content

With the overflow of viral videos and branded digital stunts, it is becoming more and more difficult for anyone to make a splash in the social market. The goviral team have released the top 100 brands in branded content for 2012, highlighting the companies and brands that are leading the way with their social content.

The first goviral Social Video Equity Report evaluated these brands based on their volume, total views and engagement for content uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo and Facebook. Goviral then weighed the quality, purpose, innovation and audience relevance, before calculating the final social video equity score. From the report:

"The results of goviral's Social Video Equity Report prove that when it comes to branded content, fortune favors the brave", said Mads Holmen, Planning Director, goviral. "Brands like Red Bull, Old Spice and Nike are risk-takers, constantly disrupting what's expected to spark agenda-setting conversation. An effective social video strategy can elevate a brand beyond the product, creating an experience consumers really want to part of."

Click here for additional details on goviral's research and findings. For the full list of the top 100 brands in branded content, visit goviral.com

Feb 22nd 2012

Introducing the Digital Content NewFronts: Where "Brands, Meet Content"

Today AOL announced it has joined forces with Digitas, Hulu, MSN, Yahoo! and YouTube to bring the first-ever Digital Content Newfronts (DCNFs) to the market April 19-May 2, 2012. This incredible partnership has been formed by the marketplace leaders and will showcase online content for consumers, brands and their investments, and agencies. It's no secret that online advertising spend is on an upward trajectory and expected to grow 23% in 2012 to $39.5 billion in the US, surpassing print*. With this in mind, six titans on the Web are partnering to create a meaningful marketplace between brands and native digital content.

For brands and advertisers there is an urgency to invest in quality content at scale, and the power of the AOL network is three-pronged: we enable them to tell stories, we take those stories places by distributing them across our network, and we get people talking. Given our range of branded, premium, social and video-centric programming, we expect to deliver a rich experience to our audience and while continuing to differentiate our value in the advertising marketplace.

Following AOL's showcase on April 24 we are confident brands will truly be energized by the quality and depth of our offerings, and the level of differentiation we offer in the marketplace.

*Source: eMarketer

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