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Oct 24th 2012

New Research from AOL Advertising: "The 7 Mom Archetypes Online"

We're excited to share with you some of our latest consumer insights from an AOL proprietary research study - this time it's all about Moms! (and for purposes of this study, we give them the capital M they deserve!)

Moms are consuming and sharing content online at exciting rates. Did you know that Moms are online every day and spend nearly 1 ½ hours each day with content?* And, did you know at AOL, over 73% of our Moms are sharing online content every month?** Knowing what busy lives Moms lead, this is a considerable amount of time for them to spend with digital content.
So, what content are Moms sharing and consuming online?

As marketers and publishers, we tend to have a very traditional view of Moms. Armed with this traditional view, there is a tendency to think that the content that matters most to Moms is primarily parenting content.

At AOL, we know that she is more than a mother. Moms play many roles in their lives, in addition to the role of parent. We felt that by learning more about their needs and motivations - both as Moms and as Women – it would lead us to a deeper understanding of the online content they value. And it would be this understanding that, in turn, would help AOL and our advertising partners program SMARTER for Moms.

What we uncovered through our research was truly exciting. We learned there are 7 distinct archetypes of Moms online. All of them have unique personalities, priorities, passion areas, and most importantly, content needs.

After months of researching and analyzing, here is the list we have compiled of the 7 Mom Archetypes online:

1. Social Expressionista: Community-oriented, this Mom relies heavily on her social networks to express her views, fuel her creativity, and share her latest projects.
2. Alpha Trendsetter: The "IT" Mom all the other Moms look up to. She is a fashion trendsetter, a leader, and an influencer. But, this Mom understands she can always be better so she looks to educate herself with the latest information on everything.
3. Shopsessive: She may be a bit of a know-it-all but she actively shares and spreads her expert knowledge with everyone around her. This Mom is tapped into ALL the latest products.
4. Business-wired: Classic and sophisticated, she balances her life as a businesswoman and a Mom. She's online for work and to stay connected to home. She goes offline when she is with her family.
5. Mom-centric: Being a Mom means everything to her. She strives to be the best Mom she can be. Everything she does, she does with her kids in mind.
6. Intelligentle: Simple, practical and informed describes this Mom best. Actively contributes to bettering the environment for her & her family.
7. Spiritual Provider: She takes pride in providing for her family. She is a traditional and spiritual Mom. Sometimes she's so focused on being a good provider, she forgets about herself.
I had the great pleasure of unveiling the 7 Mom Archetypes and their unique digital content needs at the 8th annual Marketing to Moms Conference this week in Chicago, IL. AOL was proud to be a speaker and an associate sponsor of this year's event. In addition to outlining the 7 Mom Archetypes, we offered marketers three key strategies that they can execute in order to deliver content that is more meaningfully suited to each of these Moms. You can download the presentation here.

We took our rich learning around Moms' content needs and applied it not only to our programming approach within our Women's Lifestyle brands - such as StyleList and Homesessive - but also to our advertising solutions.

We are proud to announce that we have a brand new advanced targeting advertising solution - the first of its kind at AOL. This targeting solution goes beyond demographic targeting and enables advertisers to target these unique and distinct 7 Mom Archetypes based on their psychographic mindsets.

AOL has been connecting with Women and Moms throughout our 27-year history. This history is built upon a rich foundation of insights and a deep desire for learning more about our consumers.

In 2011, we partnered with Bovitz Inc. to conduct a quantitative and qualitative research study of Women. In this study, we surveyed over 6,000 Women online and followed up with a portion of them through a series of in-depth interviews. Following the success of the Women's segmentation, we further mined this robust research to extract the most relevant and compelling insights around Moms.

We hope that this unique learning will benefit our advertisers as well as the 45 million Moms* that visit our AOL brands each month.

To download this study in PDF form, click here. To learn more about AOL's Advertising products and solutions, visit http://advertising.aol.com/.


*Source: comScore Inc., Q3 2012
**Source: AOL Women's Segment A&U Survey, August 2011

Apr 30th 2012

Carla Buzasi and HuffPost UK Scoop British Media Award!

Carla Buzasi, Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post UK, has scooped the top individual award -- Media Innovator of the Year -- at the British Media Awards, recognizing innovation and excellence across the British media industry.


The judges deemed that Carla and The Huffington Post UK showcased a mixture of old-fashioned and modern editing, "incorporating original reporting and comments with a chorus of contributions from the audience in real-time." The Huffington Post UK was also highly commended in the 'Social Media and Marketing Innovation' and 'Digital Media Innovator of the Year' categories.


"I'm very proud that, just nine months after launch, HuffPost UK is being recognized in this way. The team works tirelessly to ensure we're creating the very best original reports, news stories and blogs, and it's great that the rest of the British media scene are sitting up and taking notice," Carla said.


Last November, The Huffington Post UK was honored by the Lovie Awards with a Gold Award in the news category.

Apr 9th 2012

Help AOL "Make the Stage" at Internet Week




Where's the one place that journalists, advertisers and hilarious Internet memes gather each Spring? Internet Week New York, of course! This year's conference will be held May 14-21, and in the spirit of the open web, IWNY is putting the power in the hands of the people.

As part of their extensive schedule of programming, IWNY has held 8 panel slots open allowing industry experts to Make The Stage by submitting their own panel ideas in the following areas: Advertising, Entertainment, Fashion & The Arts, Impact, Mobile, Social Media, Start Ups and Technology.

This year, AOL has submitted two panels that are up for voting:
  • "Building Social Content & Taking It Places" - A look at how AOL is uniquely positioned to create social content by mixing premium content and conversation with AOL's Senior Vice President and Head of Sales Strategy, Marketing and Partnerships Janet Balis.
  • "True Tales From The Interest Graph: Big brand perspectives on how to leverage what people like" – Join AOL's Social Media Director Matthew Knell, along with Katie Richman from ESPN, Katie Morse from Billboard Magazine and Katy Kelley, VP at Cohn and Wolfe, for a panel called focused on how big brands are starting to use the new generation of interest graph sites (such as Pinterest, Tumblr, and Instagram) to focus their communications on things people like.
Now, we'd love YOUR help to make these panels happen! The panels that receive the most votes will secure spots on the Stage at Internet Week NY.

To vote for "Building Social Content & Taking It Places", click here.

To vote for "True Tales From The Internet Graph", click here.

Please note, you will be required to create a login/password and users are allowed to vote only once.

Learn more about Make the Stage and Internet Week 2012 here, and stay tuned for more news about AOL at Internet Week NY in coming weeks.

Feb 23rd 2012

AOL Partners with Promote Iceland to Launch Inspirational Campaign


In partnership with Promote Iceland, today we've launched an innovative cross-platform campaign, Inspired by Iceland, that will raise awareness around Iceland as a year-round holiday destination by delivering inspirational content spanning our editorial sites and AOL advertising platforms.

Inspired by Iceland is the first Europe-wide marketing campaign that fully integrates a comprehensive suite of AOL advertising products, creative solutions and innovative platforms – including the first Project Devil ad with a live camera feed. Working hand-in-hand with the client and agencies from the outset, we've been able to push the envelope in our creative efforts in delivering a campaign that's groundbreaking and sure to make an impact with our users.

The campaign also marks the launch of The Huffington Post UK Inspiration, a new section of HuffPost UK that enables brands to communicate directly with prospective consumers via video, blogs and social media. The section goes live today with a number of exclusive blogs and interactive competitions lined up to begin next week.

To learn more about the program, visit the Inspired by Iceland sponsored page on HuffPost UK.

Dec 19th 2011

Big in 2011


What was big in 2011? We all know the main news stories-Oprah ends her iconic daytime talk show, uprisings inspire change across the globe, Will and Kate say "I do" at Buckingham Palace.

But what was big for marketers and advertisers this year? Our friends from the AOL Advertising Blog are launching a series of posts highlighting the biggest stories in the industry.

Each day this week they will explore what was big this year for consumers and advertisers in different industries-retail, technology, finance and autos to name a few. Check out the AOL Advertising blog or look for a recap here later this week.

To see what we thought were the biggest news events this year, check out 11in2011.aol.com.

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