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May 22nd 2014

AOLers Log 10,000 Volunteer Hours on Monster Help Day

We came; we saw; we volunteered.

Last week celebrated our 5th Monster Help Day - AOL's annual service day in which employees across the globe volunteer together to make a difference in local communities. From cleaning up the beach in Santa Monica to gardening at Concrete Safaris, it was an amazing day for all involved.

Equipped with bold volunteer shirts, bountiful energy and a ubiquitous giving-spirit, over 3,000 AOLers - spanning from Beverly Hills to Bangalore - volunteered to support charities around the world.

So, what does a day of service- including thousands of employees, 24 offices and 63 charities - look like? Read what some of our employees had to say:

AOL Advertising: Lauren Goldfaden
AOL Advertising: Jordan Gillman
AOL Platforms: Alyssa Stone
AOL On: Chelsea Cousins
MapQuest: Christina Johnson

Plus, check out the breakdown of our incredible Monster Help Day from our family of brands:

Nov 5th 2013

AOL 2013 Third Quarter Results

AOL Accelerates Revenue & Adjusted OIBDA Growth
Today, AOL announced 2013 Q3 financial results. Highlights Include:

  • Growth in all advertising revenue lines YoY for the third consecutive quarter
  • 19% Adjusted OIBDA growth YoY

  • 14% global advertising revenue growth drives total revenue growth
  • 32% growth in Third Party Network revenue, which includes contribution from AOL's recent purchase of Adap.tv
  • 5% growth in global display revenue
  • 3% growth in global search revenue
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  • Brand Group grows revenue 9% YoY and returns to positive Adjusted OIBDA
  • AOL Networks grows revenue 19% YoY powered by 32% growth in Third Party Network revenue

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Oct 9th 2013

ESPN and AOL Strike Premium Video Syndication Agreement

As of October 8, ESPN Video will be featured across AOL's owned & operated and partner sites - providing our audience the majority of ESPN's video, including news, highlights and analysis.

ESPN's leadership in high-quality sports content is second to none, and the premium video syndication agreement will deepen our leading collection of online video content, while significantly boosting our sports-related offerings.

Highlights of the deal include:

  • ESPN will provide AOL with ESPN-branded news, highlights and analysis, including video content seen on SportsCenter and other ESPN programs, covering a wide array of sports.
  • AOL will syndicate ESPN video content across both its owned and operated sites (such as AOL.com and The Huffington Post) along with its vast network of partners that includes 1,700 publishers such as Cox, Gannett, and the Boston Globe, as well as mobile phones, tablets and connected TV devices.
  • In conjunction with AOL editors, ESPN's state-of-the-art production facility will help program content across the AOL network so that consumers reading text articles on both AOL's family of sites and its partners' sites will be served relevant ESPN videos providing an optimal consumer experience.
  • The library of ESPN videos will also be housed in a brand-specific channel on the AOL On Network (on.aol.com/espn), AOL's video platform that launched in 2012 and exclusively features curated, premium video content.
  • Ad sales for this video content will be led by ESPN, and revenue will be shared by both parties along with AOL's syndication partners.

Currently, AOL is the number two video property on the Internet reaching more than 71 million unique visitors and attracting 992M streams per month through the AOL On Network*.This is an important moment for ESPN, AOL and our partners, who can now take advantage of compelling sports video content in order to deepen engagement with their readers.

*comScore Video Metrix – Content Only, August 2013

For updates and the latest news from AOL, follow @AOLPR on Twitter.

Sep 17th 2013

AOL is a Working Mother 'Top 100' Company for 2013

What do you get when you combine parenting programs, fitness centers, and the AOL Get Fit program? A place on Working Mother's Top 100 Companies for 2013!

The "100 Best Companies" list – which AOL has been a part of for five years in a row – highlights the top companies in the U.S. offering family-friendly benefits.

But, don't just take our word for why AOL is a great place to work – here's what Working Mother had to say:

"Pregnancy regimens, school volunteering issues, college tuition worries...the Parents Group meetings at this Web services company sure cover a lot of ground-and with 300+ babies born to employees every year, they're a big hit. Videoconferences and webinars led by parenting coach Hazel Osborn further plumb complex subjects, from bullying and gifted children to picking the right summer camp and proper scheduling of afterschool activities. Moms are grateful for the company's ubiquitous lactation rooms, backup dependent care and expansive parenting programs and leaves (used by 15% of the population annually). In 2012, more than 26% of employees worked from home full-time."

As part of the application process, we requested nominations for a Working Mother of the Year. The response was fantastic, and we ultimately selected Kacinda Belk. Kacinda – who's described as "extremely detail-oriented, relentless and sharp" – is an outstanding mom and mentor alike, and her contribution and dedication to AOL is recognition-worthy. We're so proud to have her represent us as Working Mother of the Year 2013!

For updates and the latest news from AOL, follow @AOLPR on Twitter.

Aug 28th 2013

AOL ANNOUNCES 200th MAKER

One of AOL's proudest achievements is launching MAKERS.com: the multiplatform video initiative that recognizes the pioneering contributions by women over the last 50 years – both known and unknown – from trailblazing women of today and tomorrow.

This week marked a milestone, as Lisa Leslie was released as the 200th MAKER. The Olympic gold medalist, three-time WNBA MVP and co-owner of the Los Angeles Sparks joined other groundbreakers that have initiated change, been firsts-in-their-fields and paved the way for those who followed. Now on MAKERS.com, Leslie's 16 short-form videos offer intimate accounts of her journey from a six-foot seventh grade basketball player, how she changed the game of women's professional basketball as the first female to dunk the ball, and how she overcame the challenges of competing in a male-dominated sport. Leslie's stories will be part of the online living library that highlights a new generation of women who are driving social change today.

The premiere of Leslie's video coincided with Women's Equality Day on August 26 – the date when the 19th Amendment officially granted American women the right to vote in 1920. To mark this occasion, MAKERS has showcased key moments in women's history – from Carol Burnett becoming the first woman variety TV show host to Nancy Pelosi becoming the first female Speaker of the House in US history – in this infographic.

MAKERS is also asking people everywhere a question: Why do women's stories need to be told? Print the MAKERS PDF, write in your answer, and post a picture of you with your answer to the Facebook page with your name, age, and where you're from, or share it on Twitter with hashtag #200MAKERS.
For updates and the latest news from AOL, follow @AOLPR on Twitter.

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