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Founded 1998
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ADTECH is a digital marketing company, providing publishers, agencies and ad networks the ability to manage, serve and evaluate online advertising campaigns, including display, video and mobile formats. Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany, ADTECH is the ad serving platform of AOL's digital advertising business. Globally, ADTECH works with customers in more than 25 countries. It was acquired by AOL on May 15, 2007.[1]



ADTECH was founded in 1998 in Frankfurt, Germany. In 2000, the American Internet holding company CMGI acquired a controlling interest (80%) in ADTECH. During the same year, ADTECH became a private limited company.


ADTECH’s ad serving technology has its roots in 1994 in Silicon Valley when Imgis Inc. established the basis for centralized ad serving using high-speed servers from Silicon Graphics (SGI). In 1998 Imgis Inc. was renamed AdForce Inc. Based on AdForce Inc.’s technology, ADTECH opened its first data center in Frankfurt (Germany) in 1998.


In the fall of 2000, ADTECH delivered its billionth banner ad since the opening of the original data center in September 1998. By 2001, ADTECH had delivered its ten billionth banner ad. In 2002 ADTECH supplied its 100,000th advertising campaign and delivered more than 100 million banners every day. In the first quarter of 2009, volume increased to over 125 billion ads per month.

Ad Serving Technology

In 2004, the AdForce technology was replaced by ADTECH’s own ad serving solution. Shortly after, the second ad serving data center was launched in Frankfurt.

Global Expansion

In 2006, ADTECH began to strongly focus on global expansion and growth, opening additional sales offices in the United States, Australia, Thailand and South Africa. In the years before, several offices had been opened in Austria, UK, Italy, France and in Scandinavia.

AOL Acquisition

On May 16, 2007, AOL announced its acquisition of ADTECH AG. ADTECH was acquired to provide AOL with an advanced ad serving platform that includes an array of ad management and delivery applications, enabling Website publishers to manage, traffic and report on their online advertising campaigns. ADTECH now operates as an independent and wholly-owned subsidiary of AOL's division. ADTECH is the ad serving platform for AOL Advertising (previously Platform-A).


ADTECH’s flagship product is its ad management platform. Under the umbrella of the platform A parent company, ADTECH is able to combine all digital ad technology, including displays, video and mobile, to offer an integrated package solution. It enables publishers, agencies and ad networks to manage, serve and evaluate virtually any kind of online ad campaign – including display, video and mobile formats. ADTECH’s ad management solution offers near instantaneous campaign deployment, inventory management, live monitoring, user tracking and targeting, interactive reporting, and more.

According to ADTECH, its ad serving platform differentiates itself from other ad serving companies like DoubleClick and Microsoft Advertiser via its scalable, enterprise-class infrastructure and user-friendly tools – providing intuitive and feature-rich user interfaces, superior inventory management and forecasting capabilities, and robust and flexible reporting.

Adservers at ADTECH respond flexible and prompt to every AdRequest (banner requests, prompted by user’s browser) through XML. ADTECH delivers with the adserver to any end terminal: PC, TV, Iphone, mobile phones, advertising pillar, playstation / web compatible game consoles, radio streams, advertising panels for sports stadiums and billboards. The only precondition: all end terminals have to be online.

The open conceptual design of the ADTECH Adservers allows for the implementation and fusion of external technologies. In the discipline of targeting, ADTECH collaborates with specialized vendors, such as Nugg and Wunderloop.

Integrated Ad Management: Display, Video and Mobile

In the fall of 2007, ADTECH presented a new integrated suite of display, video und mobile ad serving technologies for digital publishers at ad:tech London and ad:tech New York. The new suit provides a one-stop solution for all three forms of digital advertising. According to ADTECH, incorporating video and mobile advertising into the existing ad serving platform creates significant new marketing opportunities for their customers.

As with display solution, the two new systems provide exceptional consistency and simplicity for publishers, ad networks and agencies. Working in collaboration with technology partners Lightningcast and Third Screen Media, ADTECH is merging the new video and mobile applications directly into the existing user interface and reporting system.[2]

The video solution appeals to Web publishers that want to manage and control ads displayed in on-demand videos, live streams and video downloads. Through its integration into the ADTECH video ads are simultaneously created, tracked and managed analog to the ad management of display ads. ADTECH supports all common video ad formats as well as ads synchronized with video plays. The solution also offers smart playlist functionality, which allows customers to specify the sequence of requested content and ads.

According to ADTECH, through the solution’s mobile advertising component, digital advertisements can be distributed to mobile devices of any type, including mobile and smart phones. ADTECH customers are also able to apply selective targeting options to address advertiser needs.[3]


In Summer 2007, ADTECH was compliance-certified with the International Advertising Bureau (IAB) standards, confirming that ADTECH’s ad management solutions meet the guidelines of this highly-regarded industry association, BPA Worldwide has validated the certification.


Since 2004, ADTECH interprets the banner requests to their ad servers for periodical Web analyses in Europe. ADTECH surveys document different aspects of Internet usage, ranging from browser trends to click-through rates.[4] They often serve as a reference in professional articles about trends in the digital marketing industry.[5]

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