On Thursday, July 3rd, PubMatic was delighted to attend and participate as a Headline Partner at this year’s renowned Association of Online Publishers (AOP) Awards in London. It was without a doubt one of the best AOP award ceremonies yet, as media heads from across the capital came together in their slick tuxedos and elegant cocktail dresses to celebrate the industry’s top performers.
A total of 11 publishers and digital agencies shared the trophies across 18 categories. PubMatic would like to extend a huge congratulations to the following winners:
- The Drum Editorial Team
- Vice UK Editorial Team
- Hearst Digital Pureplay Team
- Jonathan Kitchen from Dennis Publishing
- Unruly UK Operations Team
- Kate Lucey from Hearst Magazines UK
- The Native Age by AOL UK
- XFM and Bulmers by Global Radio
- Radio Times by Immediate Media
- Madeforums & Heinz Baby by Immediate Media
- Global Radio and Bulmers
- IPC Media and Radium One
- Immediate Media Marketing Team
- Vice UK Social Media Team, Procurement Leaders Website Team
- Digital Spy by Hearst Magazine
- Carnyx Group Digital Publishing Team
- Dennis Publishing Digital Publishing Team
With just under 700 delegates in attendance, the Roundhouse played host to a full night of entertainment, including British Comedian Josh Widdicombe, who co-presented the awards alongside the evening’s sponsors. The sheer success of the evening’s event was in no small part due to the fantastic sponsors in partnership with the AOP, which included Blinkx Media, Google, Celtra, OpenX, Theorem, Sailthru, SpotXchange, Vibrant, YuMe and of course, PubMatic!
As delegates entered the Roundhouse, they were greeted with superb reception drinks hosted by Blinkx Media and slowly made their way up the blue AOP- and PubMatic- branded staircase to the main hall. Everyone in attendance shared fun photo ops while posing in front of the sponsors’ logo backdrop. PubMatic also played host to a prize drawing that offered select winners a chance for instant champagne delivery to their table. Our lucky winners included the Telegraph and CBS Interactive. As an added bonus, the drawing also included a chance to win an iPad mini, which was awarded to Bryony Drage, from Mail Online! Another huge congratulations from the PubMatic team!
The night’s ceremony kicked off after dessert, and celebrated many individuals and teams across all areas of our industry; from digital marketers to technology providers, the awards were well deserved and celebrated. The AOP Awards shone a light on all sectors of the online landscape, playing home to innovative and forward thinking experts.
As the ceremony drew to an end and the champagne bottles were cleared from the tables, the evening entertainment began with the opening of PubMatic’s VIP bar, bringing together guests from the Telegraph, Dennis Publishing and many more. We were thrilled to create a warm and inviting environment by providing signature VIP drinks and making sure the dance floor was complete. PubMatic’s Bill Swanson, Country Manager, UK, and Laura Fordham, Advertiser Solutions Manager networked throughout the room, sharing laughs and deep conversations until the late hours.
Representing members from this ever-evolving industry, the awards truly do recognise the excellence in online publishing, reflecting the innovation and creativity that traditionally has characterized this fast paced environment. As a longstanding associate member of the AOP, PubMatic rejoiced in accepting the chance to be a headline partner and participate in the celebration of all of the monumental achievements in the media space this year.