Youku and Tudou to keep separate brand identities but integrate ad teams to offer scalable reach to advertisers.
Youku and Tudou, China's popular video platforms, have kicked off a campaign called "True Dou" to differentiate the brands following the merger of their parent companies in August.
While the campaign suggests that Youku and Tudou aim to keep their websites and brand identities separate to target different audiences, the online video platforms have joined forces to offer scalable reach for brands.
When combined, both Youku and Tudou reach out to more than 310 million unique viewers per week, with daily user overlap at 14 percent daily, and 18 percent weekly, based on iResearch stats.
In May, Unilever embarked on a web campaign for its ice cream to produce four episodes of video clips based around the theme of love, titled "Dive In," which broadcast on both Tudou and Youku websites.
The campaign received 98 million views on Youku and 96 million views on Tudou.
According to a senior Tudou exec, it was successful because Unilever had saved costs from paying double to broadcast on both platforms.
For advertisers, conventional video ad buys for Youku and Tudou will be integrated to "eliminate unnecessary duplicate reach for maximum efficiency and effectiveness." However, the content marketing teams for both companies will continue to function independently.
Japanese automobile brand Hyundai is the second brand advertiser after Unilever to broadcast its web movie serials on both video platforms. Since its initial rollout, Hyundai has received close to 5 million views on Youku alone.
"Tudou's new design and identity position it to appeal to younger, more independent audiences than the more general audience served by Youku," Victor Koo, CEO and Youku Tudou chairman said in a press statement.
While it is not a new feature, companies are able to launch official brand channels on Youku. A number of top luxury brands have come on board as well as broadcast their events live on the Youku branded channels.
For instance, Gucci, Chanel, and Tiffany & Co. are among some of the luxury brands with their own channels on Youku.
Want to learn more? Join us at ClickZ Live New York 2015
[ALERT] Super Saver Rates Expire January 30. With over 15 years of experience delivering industry leading events, ClickZ Live brings together over 50 expert speakers to deliver an action-packed, educationally-focused agenda covering all aspects of digital marketing. Quick! - Register today to secure your place at the best rate.
Adaline Lau, ClickZ Asia editor, oversees day-to-day editorial operations covering digital marketing from search to social media, mobile to analytics in the region. Before ClickZ, she was senior reporter at Marketing Magazine and has worked as a journalist for The Singapore Marketer and Asia Pacific Broadcasting. Connect with her @adalinelau or Google+.
Singapore, 5-6 March
Bangkok, 17-18 March
Hong Kong, April 2015
Google My Business Listings Demystified
To help brands control how they appear online, Google has developed a new offering: Google My Business Locations. This whitepaper helps marketers understand how to use this powerful new tool.
5 Ways to Personalize Beyond the Subject Line
82 percent of shoppers say they would buy more items from a brand if the emails they sent were more personalized. This white paper offer five tactics that will personalize your email beyond the subject line and drive real business growth.
January 29, 2015
1:00pm ET/10:00am PT