MediaVest Moves Millions from Broadcast to Hulu.com
NEW YORK: MediaVest,
the ad agency that handles clients like Coca Cola, Kraft, CapitalOne, Wendy’s
and Walmart is taking money out of broadcast and into the Internet. MediaVest
said this week it cut its first large-scale, upfront deal based on targeted
demographic mixes, moving “millions of broadcast dollars into the digital
The deal involves moving several unnamed clients over to Hulu.com, the Web site that streams TV shows from ABC, NBC, Fox,
PBS, as well as several cable networks and syndicators. Hulu is a joint venture
of Disney, NBC Universal, News Corp. and Providence Equity Partners.
Hulu.com was the fourth most visited
site for online video during August, according to ComScore. The Web site had
488,255 video views during the month. Google, which owns YouTube, was No. 1
with more than 10 million.
The arrangement with Hulu allows MediaVest to get a better handle on the
efficacy of Web advertising.
“The MediaVest deal is the first agency-wide Hulu upfront that relies solely on
demographic targeting mixes and holds the promise to deliver more precise
audiences of consumer targets,” the ad firm said in its announcement. “It also
looks to provide improved accountability compared to traditional online video
metrics and move the industry closer to cross-platform buying and delivery.”
MediaVest executive Amanda Richman said, “Smarter targeting, expanded metrics,
and the opportunity to test new ad experiences and their effectiveness--these
are all critical ingredients for unlocking the full potential of online video
and key drivers of this partnership.”
More on Hulu.com:
June 29, 2009: “Broadcasters
Generate Half of Ad-Supported Online Video Revenues”
NBC, ABC, Fox and CBS, along with Hulu.com--co-owned by the first three,
churned out 53 percent of the $448 million ad-supported online video market for
2008. The remaining revenues were generated by major sports leagues,
traditional online portals, and direct services from other major channel groups
and content owners.
May 28, 2009: “Video: Someone’s Got to
“In five years old guys like me will still call it ‘television,’ but it
will come from anywhere, in many formats, via many distribution channels.
Anything anywhere in increasing quality and quantity and decreasing costs.
That’s the trend,” said Liberty Media Chairman John Malone.
April 14, 2009: “Broadcast TV Versus
Online video tracker OVGuide.com compared what people watch on
broadcast TV versus network fare viewed on the Web. The overall result was
logical--the so-called “reality” genre did better on TV, while scripted fare
was preferred online. The gist is that reality loses its bite once the outcome
February 23, 2009: “Hulu and CBS Spat”
CBS said it could stream its content anywhere it darn well pleased after
online aggregator Hulu asserted otherwise. Hulu.com the online TV
repurposer owned by News Corp and NBC Universal, last week pulled CBS shows
licensed to Hulu from CBS’s own stream site, TV.com.