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Mar 13th 2013

AOL Wins Four Digiday Awards!


(Accepting the awards: Emily Tanczyn and Daryn Strauss for MAKERS; Alex George for Moviefone, and Brian Sirgutz for HuffPost Impact)

We're happy to share that AOL topped this year's Digiday Publishing Awards finalists! AOL and Huffington Post were nominated in eight different categories and, last night, took home four of those awards. The awards honor excellence and breakthrough achievement in digital publishing, branded content and advertising technology.

Here are AOL's Digiday award-winners:

• Best Editorial Achievement by a Publisher: AOL for MAKERS.com
• Best Use of Video by a Publisher: AOL for MAKERS.com
• Best Use of Mobile by a Publisher: Moviefone iPhone App
• Best Branded Content Integration by a Publisher: Huffington Post Media Group for Cisco Impact

Additionally, AOL's TechCrunch was nominated for Best Editorial Achievement by a Publisher, Homepage for Heroes was up for Best Content Marketing Program, the Huffington Post iPad app was a finalist for Best Design and the HuffPost Live iPad app was nominated for Best Use of a iPad/Tablet by a Publisher.

See the full list of Digiday nominees and winners here. Congrats to all of the digital brands that were selected by Digiday, including the amazing AOL brands!

Feb 7th 2013

Boxee TV Giveaway With its Launch of AOL On


Today, AOL On is proud to announce that our premium content will be available on Boxee TV! Now Boxee TV owners will be able to enjoy over 300,000 premium videos from across AOL brands. Get the latest news, exclusive interviews and watch the most important people from the tech industry from TechCrunch, Engadget and CNET.

To celebrate, we're giving away three Boxee TVs on AOL On's Facebook page. Enter to get all of AOL On's great content streamed straight to your TV!

Nov 14th 2012

Presenting: Electric Holiday

Today, AOL and StyleList launch a partnership with two iconic brands: Barneys New York and Disney. Electric Holiday will be unveiled in the legendary window of the Barneys New York flagship store featuring fashion heavyweights and Disney characters alike. StyleList is thrilled to be the exclusive digital partner in launching the much-anticipated Electric Holiday animated short featuring Minnie Mouse and some of her pals.

During Electric Holiday we get to see Minnie Mouse live out the fashion fantasy of a lifetime in Paris. She rubs elbows with high fashion favorites like Naomi Campbell, Lady Gaga and Sarah Jessica Parker, ultimately joining her friends down the runway in a stunning Lanvin design.
If you're in New York, stop by the window to get in the holiday spirit on Madison Avenue between 60th and 61st street. No matter where you are this holiday season, you can view Electric Holiday exclusively on StyleList.com at 9:00PM tonight.

To watch a sneak peek of Electric Holiday click here. Check back for behind-the-scenes making of the video and the window through the month of November on StyleList.

Sep 6th 2012

Homepage for Heroes Seeks to Create Opportunity for our Troops

Homepage for Heroes relaunched today with the new goal of creating opportunity for our troops. Homepage for Heroes partnered with Hire Heroes USA and AOL Jobs to give veterans tools and skills to use as they adjust to the civilian workplace after their time of service. On the site, veterans will find resume examples for each division of the military. Thanks to the editors at AOL Jobs, veterans will also find an article each day exploring topics like modernizing the resume and the best employers for veterans. AOLers who come to AOLHeroes.com will be encouraged to set their homepage to AOL.com for a chance to win their own laptop – a key job searching tool. AOL will also be donating a mobile computer lab (eight laptops in all) to Hire Heroes USA to aid veterans in their job search.

Homepage for Heroes is AOL's yearlong initiative to recognize, honor and support those who dedicate their lives to protecting and bettering ours. Launching in May of 2012, AOLHeroes.com raised 1M minutes of talktime through user engagement for the USO's Operation Phone Home connecting deployed troops to their family and friends back home. This past July and August, users wrote deployed troops, veterans and wounded warriors almost 20,000 letters which AOL is sending via Operation Gratitude Care Packages. Since its launch in May, Homepage for Heroes has been nominated for a PR News' Digital PR Award, and has also been featured in the daily web design galleries of Awwards.com and the FWA.com.

Hire Heroes USA (Hire Heroes) is dedicated to creating job opportunities for US military veterans and their spouses through personalized employment training and corporate engagement. Hire Heroes' services are provided at no cost to the veteran.

Learn more about how Homepage for Heroes is helping our troops by clicking here.

Jul 24th 2012

Homepage for Heroes Earns Design Nominations

Exciting news! The AOL Homepage for Heroes microsite is being featured in the daily web design galleries of Awwwards.com, a site that recognizes and promotes the talent and effort of the best developers, designers and web agencies in the world, and theFWA.com, a site that highlights inspirational portals with industry recognition and awards.

Homepage for Heroes
is AOL's yearlong project to recognize, honor and support our troops. On May 18th, 3,000 AOLers got together for a day of service to celebrate our company's birthday - Monster Help Day. We assembled care packages for Operation Gratitude to be sent to troops overseas. In addition to sending snacks, toiletries and entertainment items, we wanted to give our users a chance to get involved by creating personalized letters of support and gratitude from compassionate Americans. We've taken our efforts one step further with the microsite, which turns a potential logistical nightmare into a fun, interactive and efficient way to collect letters. Try out the website for yourself and see how easy it is to send personalized letters to deployed troops and veterans!

Help us spread the word and vote for AOL's Homepage for Heroes on Awwwards.com and theFWA.com.