Last Call For Bud.TV
from the bottom-of-the-bottle dept
Last year, Budweiser announced that it would launch its own online video channel called Bud.TV, featuring a range of original content targeted to the company’s young male demographic. While the project was hailed as ambitious, it was always going be a challenge to make it a site that users would actually want to go to on a regular basis. Making things even harder was the issue of age verification, which had lawmakers breathing down the company’s neck. So it doesn’t come as much of a surprise to see that the company may soon pull the plug on the site and redeploy its content elsewhere around its web properties. Still, while Bud.TV may have been a failure in terms of brand building, the company now has more experience about what works (or at least what doesn’t work) on the web. If it takes this lesson and keeps on experimenting, which it sounds like the company wants to do, the project won’t represent a total waste.