Platform-A rebrands as AOL Advertising

AOL is scrapping its Platform-A advertising services brand just ten months after launching, following a 100-day review by new CEO Tim Armstrong.

AOL and Tacoda logos

The ad sales division of Platform-A – which includes behavioural targeting service Tacoda, display ad network, mobile network Third Screen Media and ad serving platform Adtech – will be renamed AOL Advertising.

As part of the changes, AOL Advertising will look to automate more services, introducing a self-serve system similar to the model that has proved successful for Google.

AOL is also planning to focus on hyper-local sites as it looks to build on its editorial reach, which extends to a wide range of topic areas including lifestyle and motoring.

There will be a renewed push into innovation, including a move to strengthen AOL’s content management system to allow it to publish text, video and images more efficiently.

AOL announced its plans following a 100-day review of the business by Armstrong, which has already resulted in the departure of European CEO Dana Dunne and Joanna Shields, its people network president.

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