Programmatic ads: AOL partners with Havas

AOL Platforms, a division of AOL, has announced a strategic partnership with Affiperf, Havas’ global trading desk for programmatic buying, to deliver the simplicity, efficiency and effectiveness of automation across the media group’s global footprint.

Affiperf will be a charter customer of ONE by AOL, announced earlier this year as the first global, cross-screen programmatic advertising platform for brands, agencies and publishers. Once live in 2015, ONE will enable Havas’ use of data and technology to create new models for media transactions, operations and investments across their countries.

Affiperf’s commitment to ONE as its primary platform builds upon the vision Havas Group and AOL share around automation. With the growth of the video RTB environment and, furthermore, of private programmatic deals, Affiperf estimates programmatic spending will grow to $35 billion as soon as 2017.

“The media business today is a chaotic endeavour and often means managing multiple teams, tools and metrics for display, mobile, video and TV, across screens. Operating through niche offerings and specialised services is not sustainable for our industry,” said Toby Gabriner, CEO of Adap.tv and ONE by AOL. “Affiperf and AOL Platforms share a vision of advertising where direct response and brand budgets can interact together and where unified, automated platforms drive economic efficiencies and media effectiveness. We are excited to be working with Affiperf to continue moving towards that reality.”

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