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Hulu: Advertisers need to be creative

March 5, 2008

The head of online video site Hulu has called on advertisers to think outside the 30-second box for web video ads. In comments made at an Interactive Advertising Bureau meeting, Hulu CEO Jason Kilar suggested advertisers adopt different models for streaming video ads.

Instead of simply repurposing 30 second TV spots, Kilar said, advertisers must build shorter, more creative and interactive ads that draw users in rather stimulating a bathroom break.

Kilar cited comments from Hulu users to back up his points, observing that they view shows on Hulu differently than on TV. Hulu mixes video overlay ads with shorter breaks in shows that contain just a single ad.

Warner Bros. recently agreed to feature programming on the site, which is co-owned by Fox and NBCU. Hulu launches to the public next month.

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