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Sep 11th 2013

AOL Networks Announces Pictela Product Enhancements and the Launch of its New Global Innovation Lab

Rich, interactive ads with high quality content and engaging features offer a compelling way for brand advertisers to connect with digital audiences-especially as more and more people are tuning out static banners. AOL Networks cloud-based Pictela platform simplifies and streamlines the creation of premium formats. The Pictela platform also empowers users to create and launch beautiful, highly engaging content-led advertisements for display, mobile and tablet efficiently and at scale.

Today, aligning with our goal of simplifying advertising at scale for advertisers, publishers and agencies, we are announcing a number of product enhancements to Pictela that make working with premium formats easier and more efficient than ever:
  • Turbo boost the creation of custom ads. Pictela has always been distinguished by its library of premium, award-winning templates (like the IAB's Rising Star formats including the 300x1050 Devil unit) that can be used to launch rich ads quickly and easily-no coding required. Now, Pictela also provides a platform for bringing custom formats of any size to life, allowing valued in-house developers and designers to automate some of the more basic and mechanical aspects of ad building so that they can shift their focus to creative innovation.
  • Cloud-based collaboration. Pictela's new centralized, browser-based workflow tool enables designers, producers, clients, traffickers and other key stakeholders to collaborate on ad design, testing and approvals in real-time. This feature helps reduce the inefficiencies involved in endless email chains and back and forth phone calls, resulting in fewer errors, more effective collaboration and faster time-to-market.
  • Real-time control. Advertisers and publishers want to be able to act on incoming data about how premium ads are performing. Pictela now allows users to update or publish changes to live campaigns in real-time, in order to optimize impact. Pictela also supports greater control of cross-platform ad development, ensuring that premium messages look great whether they are appearing on a desktop, smart phone or tablet.
The new Pictela platform puts publishers, agencies and advertisers on the fast track to building rich, high-impact premium ad formats, at scale.

AOL Networks is also launching a global Innovation Lab. The Lab will bring together top tier advertising tech talent from AOL Networks and marketing brand and technology executives to solve core business challenges they face in the ad technology space. The goal is to run hackathon style collaborations and deploy a creative solution within a 48-hour timeframe that delivers on the clients marketing business objectives, using AOL's mix of scalable solutions, technology and platforms. The lab aims to challenge the status quo in internet advertising by delivering premium, industry first solutions for brands at scale.
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Feb 5th 2013

AOL's Advertising.com Group Becomes AOL Networks

Today I'm proud to announce to that the Advertising.com Group has officially been renamed AOL Networks. This new brand better aligns with AOL, and should help all of our stakeholders to better understand the rich stack of assets and robust technology we bring together nearly 20,000 publishers and 4,000 advertisers. We believe this new name clearly represents the recognized cross-screen offerings across premium, programmatic and performance advertising.

Since our formation in April 2011, our mission has always been to simplify digital advertising at scale. AOL Networks will continue to offer global advertising solutions that help increase yield through a rich and broad set of platforms, formats, and technologies. We have heard from many clients that there are an increasing number of systems and partners they need to do business with to accomplish their online marketing objectives. AOL is synonymous with premium. And in the network space, there is a real need for premium experiences. With our established leadership in video, performance and now programmatic, plus AOL's foothold in premium advertising, we are better positioned than ever to define and own a transcending solution.

AOL Networks enables the world's top marketers and media brands to reach consumers across desktop, mobile, tablet and connected TVs with impact through premium experiences, programmatic buying and performance driven campaigns. It is the global partner of choice for leading publishers, advertisers and agencies seeking to maximize the value of their online brands.

The brands within AOL Networks will continue to operate under their existing names, including:


Additionally, BuySight, the recently acquired dynamic creative optimization firm, will be packaged into the Advertising.com product suite.

The new gateway, www.aolnetworks.com, launches today, providing publishers and marketers with information on, and access to, all of the offerings in the AOL Networks premium advertising suite.

*Source: comScore December 2012
**Source: comScore December 2012

Dec 4th 2012

AOL's Advertising.com Group Acquires Buysight, Inc.

Today we announced the Advertising.com Group has acquired Buysight, Inc., a leading provider of retargeting and intent-based targeted advertising. The acquisition strengthens our premium product offering and expands the Group's position in the performance display market by significantly improving our retargeting and intent-based targeted advertising solutions. This transaction further solidifies the Advertising.com Group as a global leader in advertising technologies across display, mobile and video.

Formed in May 2011, the Advertising.com Group is the global partner of choice for leading publishers, advertisers and agencies seeking to maximize the value of their online brands, and includes Advertising.com, ADTECH, The AOL On Network, goviral and Pictela. The Group brings together end-to-end platforms and solutions for publishers and advertisers spanning ad serving, monetization, optimization, and premium advertising formats across all mediums including desktop, mobile, tablets and connected TVs.

We strongly believe that both brand and performance display, mobile and video campaigns benefit from dynamic, targeted creatives and messaging. The acquisition of Buysight brings proven Dynamic Creative Optimization and machine learning capabilities which will further enhance AdLearn, our market-leading optimization engine, and its ability to provide brands and performance marketers a comprehensive and integrated optimization solution across channels.

Based in Sunnyvale, California and founded in 2008, Buysight is a performance advertising company focused on retargeting using intent-based Dynamic Creative Optimization and its advanced machine learning technology. They deliver real-time behavioral advertising that drives incremental retail sales. Its Buyer Targeting platform is built on three core strengths: real-time modeling and prediction of purchase intent, real-time dynamic advertising with intelligent product selection, promotions, and creative, and real-time media buying optimized to calculate every impression's precise client value. Buysight's client advertising services include retargeting previous site visitors, acquiring new customers, and targeting relevant, personalized brand advertising to likely shoppers. More specifically, Buysight transforms online data into actionable knowledge, and uses it to connect people and advertisers in an automated, real-time marketplace to unlock significant value for both consumers and businesses.

Jun 27th 2012

AOL Launches Premium Formats for Smartphones and Tablets



Today AOL announced that we have expanded our Premium Formats suite to the smartphone and tablet. After launching Project Devil for desktop just eighteen months ago, the beautiful, engaging, content-rich ad formats that are powered by the award-winning Pictela technology will now be available on mobile devices. We are simplifying premium digital advertising and offering marketers the ability to serve the same brand content experience across multiple devices.

Mobile Premium Formats are built using applications similar to those currently available for the desktop. Each ad unit includes three apps. At launch, the applications for an advertiser to choose from are:

  • Photo Gallery – Allows advertisers to tell their brand story through beautiful, high-quality images of products or messages. Up to nine images can be featured in a carousel that can be swiped through to see the next image.
  • Video Gallery - Displays stunning HD content and provides advertisers with another platform to utilize TV spots and other video content that has already been produced.
  • Content feed – Advertisers can include proprietary feeds to highlight company news and updates for consumers.
  • Facebook feed - Displays content from a brand's Facebook page in a scrollable-list to provide real-time conversation updates.
  • Twitter feed - Displays content from a brand's account or a chosen hash-tag in a scrollable-list to provide real-time conversation updates.


Additional apps will be incorporated into this mobile offering in the coming weeks. Similar to the desktop browser experience, every high-definition experience within the ad unit can be navigated without leaving the page. The functionality takes into account the tactile nature of mobile devices, and allows users to swipe and tap to see more content which can be updated instantly during a campaign.

Advertising inventory will be available across AOL's Owned & Operated mobile web properties and apps, as well as across third party mobile inventory through Advertising.com. This technology is available for iOS 4.0+ and Android 2.2+ in the U.S. and Canada.

Apr 17th 2012

AOL Wins Three Digiday Publishing Awards


Last night, Digiday announced the winners of the Digiday Publishing Awards at their gala in New York City and AOL nabbed three awards:

Best Advertising Innovation by a Publisher
AOL Premium Formats / Smart Apps

Best Use of a iPad/Tablet by a Publisher
AOL / Editions

Best Editorial Achievement by a Publisher
The Huffington Post

Honoring overall excellence and breakthrough achievements in digital publishing, branded content and advertising technology, the Digiday Publishing Awards also named Cambio's CliffNotes Films as a finalist in the Best Branded Content Integration by a Publisher category. The winners and finalists were selected by a judging committee made up of leading media and marketing experts, journalists, industry insiders, marketers, publishers, and technology visionaries. To read the full list of winners click here.

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