Year-Old Hulu Sees Major Growth and Adds Social Features

  |  March 13, 2009   |  Comments

In the wake of its Super Bowl spot Hulu lays claim to the number two traffic ranking among video sites, according to one measure.

Hulu added social networking features and other extras to its site to mark the one-year anniversary of its public launch. The video site also formed a distribution deal with Condé Nast Digital to distribute content from multiple properties across the publishing brand.

The initiatives come as Hulu lays claim to the number two traffic ranking among video sites, behind only YouTube, according toNielsen Online's VideoCensus figures reported by several outlets.

During what it calls Fan Appreciation Week, Hulu announced Hulu Friends, a way for users of the site to connect with their friends to share videos, comment on recent shows and content, and view each others' rankings. Hulu is integrated with Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Hotmail, Facebook, and Myspace, and will allow users to find and invite friends using those tools. Once a network of friends is formed, individuals can view how active their friends are on Hulu's scorecard by hovering over the person's name with the mouse. Users can see how many videos their friends have watched and rated.

Friends is one of a list of features and bonuses Hulu intends to roll out over the next week. Each day more will be revealed on the Fan Appreciation page. Already the site revealed a content package called Hulu Awards Winners, a roster of the top-played and top-rated videos on the site, along with the most viewed embedded videos, most e-mailed videos, most searched shows, and most searched people on Hulu.

Meanwhile Condé Nast Digital formed a distribution agreement with Hulu to provide content from several of the publisher's platforms, including Style.com, Epicurious.com, Wire.com, and Men.Style.com. Each of the channels will update with new videos weekly. Hulu will be able to distribute Condé Nast's content to partners including AOL, MSN, MySpace, and Yahoo, under the terms of the agreement.

The agreement is in addition to existing relationships Condé Nast Digital has with YouTube, Adobe Media Player, Sony Bravia Internet Video, and Verizon V-Cast.

Added content from Condé Nast will mean more ad inventory. In the year since Hulu became available to the public, it has grown from a base of 30 advertisers to close to 200 advertisers. Regular sponsors include Johnson & Johnson, Honda, McDonald's, and Visa.

ClickZ Live New York What's New for 2015?
You spoke, we listened! ClickZ Live New York (Mar 30-Apr 1) is back with a brand new streamlined agenda. Don't miss the latest digital marketing tips, tricks and tools that will make you re-think your strategy and revolutionize your marketing campaigns. Super Saver Rates are available now. Register today!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Enid Burns

COMMENTSCommenting policy

comments powered by Disqus

ClickZ Today is our #1 newsletter.
Get a daily dose of digital marketing.

COMMENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS

UPCOMING TRAINING

Featured White Papers

Google My Business Listings Demystified

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

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.

WEBINARS

Resources

Jobs

    • Customer Service Consultant
      Customer Service Consultant (Bonner and Partners) - Delray BeachBonner & Partners: Full-time Customer Service Consultant Position Who we are...
    • Financial Editor
      Financial Editor (Confidential) - DurhamSIX FIGURE EDITORS WANTED: To enforce lofty NEW editing standards. Easy Conditions Unlikely. Promotion and...
    • Information Processing Specialist
      Information Processing Specialist (Agora Inc. ) - BaltimoreInformation Processing Specialist – The IP specialist position ensures the successful...