Anheuser-Busch Exec: The Future of Bud.TV- Adweek
Speaking at the Association of National Advertisers TV conference in New York yesterday, Tony Ponturo, president and CEO of the Busch Media Group, was less than enthusiastic about the service's prospects.
Feb 29, 2008
-By Steve McClellan
NEW YORK The future of Anheuser-Busch's Bud.TV, which the brewer introduced with much fanfare early last year, remains in limbo, according to the company's top media executive.
That said, Ponturo noted that the service was "flawed," in that it tried to be too "hip and cool" for its own good. The feedback from consumers, said Ponturo, was, "We really like your ads," but the other site content wasn't especially popular. (The company's ads have helped it grow its share of the U.S. beer market from 30 percent in 1982 to the current 49 percent. The brewer's Super Bowl spots have consistently ranked high in popular polls, such as the USA Today survey.)
"We think TV is as strong as ever," said Ponturo. Integrating TV with online is a priority at the St. Louis-based company, he said. And TV clearly drives traffic to the Web, he said, noting the company's Super Bowl spots generated 32 million online views after they aired in the game.