AOL Inc. (AOL) today launched ONE by AOL™, an open, unified programmatic platform enabling marketers to optimize against campaign goals across all screens, formats and inventory types. ONE delivers a consolidated, holistic view of marketing spend and performance across all screens – including TV – and is unprecedented in market today. The launch of ONE represents a meaningful step in the simplification in the marketplace for marketers, agencies and publishers. In conjunction with the launch, AOL will consolidate most of its programmatic brands to align with the ONE platform.
“AOL’s mission has at its heart the ‘simplification’ of the digital space by unleashing the world’s best builders of culture and code, and today’s launch of ONE furthers that mission significantly,” said Tim Armstrong, Chairman and CEO, AOL.
The full ONE by AOL programmatic platform is available today in North America. Various programmatic modules (eg. ONE by AOL: Display, ONE by AOL: Video) are available in regions around the globe.
ONE by AOL is a truly differentiated offering in the marketplace today and its benefits include:
- Simplification: ONE integrates in one place all buying channels, audience management platforms, and best-in-class multi-touch attribution (MTA) and seamlessly connects data throughout the entire process.
- Single view of the user: ONE unifies multiple data sources and provides marketers a holistic view of the consumer journey through the entire marketing funnel; improving targeting, message sequencing and ROI.
- Speed to activation: MTA is the foundation for ONE and its deep integration with online and offline buying tools allows for unparalleled speed from insight to action.
- Premium at scale: ONE combines best-in-class technology with premium content brands and a world-class rich media offering that allows clients to create premium experiences across all screens, formats and inventory types at scale.
- Open: Clients can use AOL’s full stack or any of its platform components combined with those of third parties, enabling brands to customize their own programmatic platforms while maintaining control of their own data.
“Our marketing strategy is predicated on resonating with the everyday challenges our customers face; being able to plan, reach, engage with and measure audiences across the myriad of channels and screens our customers live on is key,” said Cathleen Ryan, Director of Marketing at Intuit. “AOL has been a strong technology partner over the years, and we look forward to further leveraging ONE to help drive elevated brand awareness, consideration and usage of our products and services.”
Elizabeth Bridenstine, VP Account Director at Havas Media, said, “The ability to truly uncover and map the consumer journey across multiple screens, in a single unified view in a simplified way, will allow marketers the ability to deliver relevant and personalized messages at the right place and time, in a more meaningful way. This opportunity by ONE by AOL enables us to adapt and refine our marketing to help build the brand over time and drive sales overnight.”
“With the launch of ONE, we are helping solve real business problems for marketers,” said Bob Lord, President, AOL. “ONE allows advertisers and agencies to use data as the foundation of their marketing strategy, looking at consumers through a single, media-agnostic lens, from Web to TV. Connecting audience data to media exposures throughout the purchase path lets brands accurately measure return on their marketing dollars.”
For advertisers and agencies, ONE provides a much more simplified and focused platform portfolio. On the unified platform, media, creative, audience management and attribution are integrated with buying tools for all channels (display, mobile, video and TV) to give advertisers more control and the ability to shift marketing investments to the most effective tactics in real time. This level of optimization translates into more effective and sophisticated targeting, and it provides workflow efficiencies and increased speed of insight to execution.
Consolidating the brand portfolio
Today AOL also began consolidating its brand portfolio within the technology stack to help simplify the offerings. Point solution brands that have been in market will consolidate and rebrand under ONE by AOL*, including:
- ONE by AOL: Video (formerly Adap.tv)
- ONE by AOL: Video Marketplace (formerly Adap.tv Marketplace)
- ONE by AOL: Display (formerly AdLearn Open Platform)
- ONE by AOL: TV (formerly Adap.tv)
- ONE by AOL: Audience (formerly AOL’s data management platform)
- ONE by AOL: Attribution (formerly Convertro**)
*Other brands in the platform ecosystem will sunset on a rolling basis as their functionality becomes available within ONE (ie. Gravity, Pictela, ADTECH, MARKETPLACE by ADTECH)
** The Convertro offering will also be sold as a standalone solution under the brand name Convertro
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