The Huffington Post is gaining momentum. A lot has been written in the media world about Ms. Huffington and Mr. Armstrong, the politics of bringing these two companies together and the lack of harmony. Most of the press has been bad. Sadly, all the falderal has taken the public’s eye off the ball. It appears that AOL and the Huff Post have been moving forward regardless. Ms. Huffington has recently been given more responsibility at the company for most everything but advertising. That too, may move to her at some point.
The Huff Post started as an online media company. Online created and defined it. Now it is just a good, improving media company in a digital world. By June it will offer steaming TV content on the web 12 hours a day. It is also growing internationally with a number of global news bureaus. The company has also invested in new heavyweight marketing and comms talent. The two companies are integrating, sharing a vision and evolving. Apparently, while all the backchannel stuff was going on and the funky press bouncing around, there was a plan.
The Huff Post is a great media property and will be quite a success story. AOL’s days as a brand may be numbered. Kudos to Tim Armstrong and Arianna Huffington. Happy coo-king. Peace!