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AOL Unveils Plan to 'Mechanize' Ad Purchases

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Maybe you haven't thought about AOL in a decade or so, but Tim Armstrong has thought about little else.

Today the company's CEO unveiled the culmination of the company's four-year string of acquisitions of advertising technology companies -- a new cross-channel platform called One that he vows will do for ad sales what containerized cargo did for shipping.

The company not only unveiled a "mechanized" platform, but rebranded AOL Networks to AOL Platform just to ensure that the 600-plus marketers in the audience at ad:tech San Francisco got the point. The formal launch of One will follow later this year.

For our 20-something readers, AOL got  big -- really, really big -- when you and the World Wide Web just still toddlers. As use of the Web soared in the late '90s, as many as 30 million people relied on America Online to get onto the Internet.

Content Marketing Myths and Truths

content marketing.jpgSomehow, "Content Marketing" has hit the jackpot in terms of business memes, with every marketing person tossing the term around like it's some sort of magic elixir.

But what exactly is content marketing? And how do you do it? I've cooked up a list of myths and truths of content marketing to help you wade through the hype.

10 Books Every Great Digital Content Creator Must Read

10 Books Every Great Digital Content Creator Must ReadOh, one of those lists, Ahava. Really?

Wait. Just hear me out. There’s an immense amount of dialogue right now in the content creation, content marketing, content strategy, content space. Some of it is important. Some of it will sink to the bottom, hopefully washed away by the pixels of the Interwebs. But, if you’re following closely, you’ll see that best practices still rise to the top, like the proverbial cream.

Content Strategies Built for Revenue

Content Strategies Built for RevenueIt’s only the start of a new year, and already there is quite a bit of chatter about content and how it can affect the success of a business. There are debates about the continued effectiveness of content marketing as a strategy, and arguments over whether technology can actually fix anything.

But as we look at marketing -- and how the use of content plays into that -- one of the drivers we have to examine is changing the way we think of success. Rather than looking at “more engagement” -- whether it be “visitors,” “likes” or “followers” -- we should start to examine how content can be tied together to generate revenue.

Content Marketing and CRM: How Shared Content Can Shape Customer Relationships

Content and CRM: How the Content You Share Can Shape Customer RelationshipsThe content you share with customers and potential customers makes an enormous difference in the way prospects see your business and the degree of confidence and trust they have in you, both before and after the sale. The cynics say CRM is about feeding the sales machine, and while this is important, it really sets the stage for what CRM’s really good for --  building relationships and extending the customer lifecycle. Nothing helps in doing this better than sharing knowledge that helps your customers succeed.

All Content Must Prove Value

helpfulcontent.jpgSome believe that because they are not involved in commercial websites they don’t have to prove value. That’s not true. 

What Content Farms Teach Us About Content

On the Web, content is an enabler. 

How Did 2013 Change Content Marketing?

How Did 2013 Change Content Marketing?The call for relevant and quality content reached a near fever pitch in the lead up to 2013. Were the proclaimers of content right? Yes. Throughout 2013, marketers sharpened their pencils to help produce content that would set them apart from competitors and show them as leaders in their chosen field.

Content Curation Challenges Persist for Marketers

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Content marketing is never as easy as it sounds. First you have to identify your key audiences, messages and platforms. Then you have to create the content.  A new report sheds light on the challenges marketers face when it comes to creating unique content experiences. 

Content Strategy: On the Web, Context Kills, Speed Saves

A key difference between web writing and writing for print is that on the Web you need to avoid context and instead focus on instructional, how-to, task-based content. 

Social Media Briefs: Facebook Wants Your Money, Tumblr's Sponsored Trends

shutterstock_148618595.jpgSocial media was once considered a free medium where brands could organically build their networks of fans and followers. But it has become a competitive marketplace where sponsored content reigns supreme. Will it pay off?

2014 Wish List ... from Ahava Leibtag

Social Business, 2014 Wish List ... from Robin DanielsMy wish is that businesses start breaking down siloes and sharing information across departments. Content is a shared asset and we can only bubble up robust content experiences for our customers when we treat it that way. -- Ahava Leibtag, president of Aha Media Group, LLC

Title image by Amodiovalerio Verde (Flickr).

Content Strategy: When Content Audits are Not a Good Idea

When dealing with a large, complex, old and out-of-date website, a content audit can be a waste of time and money.

Content Strategy: Great Web Teams Are Highly Collaborative

Great web teams facilitate collaboration between disciplines and across organizational silos. 

How To Measure the Value of Internal Communications [Infographic]

All month long, we've been investigating the company intranet. We've defined it, considered its relevancy and secrets for strategic success, as well as examined a possible intranet identity crisis. But how do you measure its value — that is, how do you know if your intranet is working? 

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