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Dec 9th 2011

Jim Norton Named New Head of Sales


We're excited to announce that Jim Norton will be assuming the role as Head of AOL Sales. Norton will help drive strategy and tactical execution through the organization. He is responsible for sales on all of our owned and operated properties, including sites like The Huffington Post, Engadget, Stylelist and MapQuest. Additionally, he will also lead the sales of all cross platform marketing solutions, including Project Devil, video and mobile. He not only has deep knowledge and incredible expertise in the marketplace, but a real ability to effect change.

Jim joined AOL in 2009 and was SVP, AOL Advertising's Advance Sales team, which focuses on national and regional advertisers across all categories, as well as new business. He was also VP of Product Sales working with AOL product teams on maximizing their offerings to advertisers. Jim has over 20 years of experience in the media business.

To learn more about Jim and his new role, check out the official press release here.

Oct 3rd 2011

New Partnership To Help Accelerate Online Video Ad Spend

We are excited to announce a new collaborative partnership with agency holding company VivaKi that will revolutionize the future generation of video advertising, creating a personalized interactive video experience that consumers will want to share with their networks.

Through the partnership, we will tap into VivaKi's online video ad research effort called The Pool and work with the company to innovate and identify top-performing ad models that provide more personalization and social components in the online video user experience.

Building on last year's launch of Project Devil in display, which helped us rethink how content and advertising should be viewed on the Web, we now want to explore what the Devil principles and philosophies could mean for video ad formats. There is still so much opportunity for growth and innovation. Learn more by reading the press release here.

Sep 21st 2011

AOL Launches Ecommerce App within Premium Format Ad Units

Picture this: you're sitting at your computer and see a display ad to your right for an outfit that you must have. You click on it, get caught up in the shopping experience and totally forget what you were reading in the first place. Do you try to jog your memory by clicking the back button? Or would you prefer to experience something a little more seamless...

Today, Pictela launched a new product enhancement we've made to AOL's Premium Formats - the "window shopper", an ecommerce experience within the ad unit.

It has been AOL's mission to clean up the Web from the beginning of Project Devil. To start, you may recall that one of the most unique features of our ad units is that users don't need to leave the page when they want to engage with an ad – all of the content is viewable within the unit. The new "window shopper" feature allows a retailer's ecommerce experience to take center stage, on the same page, over the content a user is currently engaging with. (The user can choose to open this page in a new window at any time.)

Results from our recent IPG Media Labs research study showed that purchase intent grew 263% after viewing an IAB Portrait ad. This shows that consumers are focused on the final step of the purchase funnel, so we're making it as easy as possible to go from awareness to purchase without affecting their online experience.

Most importantly, this application still drives brand awareness. Marketers are the experts when it comes to the look and feel of their pages, and no publisher can recreate that on their own. We are bringing advertisers the ability to take their technology and time spent creating a beautiful web experience as they've imagined them, into functional display units across our properties.
Important to note, AOL does not track what happens inside the window; the data from the user's ecommerce experience is not shared with AOL.

This new feature is also available for auto manufacturers who wish to showcase their car builder experiences in the Premium Format executions, and is called the "car customizer".
Stay tuned for even more updates from the Premium Formats team.

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