Kristin Kovner

Founding Principal, K-Squared Strategies

Seasoned digital media and marketing professional:

  • VP of Marketing (B2B & B2C) at AOL during turnaround
  • Head of Industry Marketing at YouTube
  • Product Marketing Manager at Google
  • Winner, Digiday Best B2B Brand Campaign
  • Published author (Mashable, ClickZ, Newsweek)
  • Frequent Industry Speaker (Forbes Summit, SES)
  • Intel/Westinghouse Science Talent Search Finalist
  • Yale graduate, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa


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Kristin KovnerKRISTIN KOVNER is a seasoned marketing professional specializing in marketing strategies for high-growth tech and media companies. An industry veteran, Kristin has extensive experience in online video, social media, B2B marketing, media planning and budgeting, customer acquisition, product launches, and brand management. She has a proven track record of developing and executing best-in-class marketing strategies that grow product adoption and drive revenue.

Prior to starting her own consultancy, Kristin successfully built and led numerous high-performing marketing and sales development teams at AOL, Google and YouTube. As the VP of Marketing at AOL during a turnaround, Kristin led the business brand’s repositioning efforts, overseeing seven straight quarters of revenue growth, and the launch of three consumer-facing websites that each grew to become Top 5 within their respective categories. Kristin’s marketing creates markets. As the Head of Industry Marketing at YouTube, Kristin helped launch that company’s first advertising products, fueling demand for a then-nascent video advertising market and advancing the company’s trajectory on the road to profitability.

Kristin deeply understands the challenges facing high-growth companies in today’s marketplace. She excels at developing strategies that quickly bring step-level change to her clients, from go-to-market strategies and sales development efforts to the deployment and optimization of social media, content marketing, and paid media campaigns. Her approach is hands-on, collaborative, grounded in data, and geared toward action.

Kristin’s early background in journalism (she wrote for both Newsweek & SmartMoney magazines) and economic consulting (where she worked with large data sets to discern trends) affords her clients a unique perspective on the use of data in effective marketing and on successful brand storytelling.

Kristin is passionate about digital marketing, and shares her views on today’s trends as the Media Columnist at ClickZ. In addition, she is a sought after speaker by organizations ranging from Forbes to iStrategy. She was recently awarded Digiday’s “2012 Best B2B Brand Campaign” for her work managing and growing the AOL Advertising brand.

Kristin is a graduate of Yale College, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude. She lives in New York City, and you can follow her on Twitter @kristinkovner or contact her here.

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