Online video offers what was once limited to expensive TV advertising: reach and emotional engagement with potential customers. But unlike expensive TV advertising, it’s relatively cheap and can provide almost immediate response and measurable feedback.
Importing television-style advertising is not the solution. That’s because Internet and television are two completely different video experiences. Television is a “lean back”, essentially passive “sit down and watch” experience. The Internet is “lean forward” — users are actively controlling their experience. Interactivity means the viewer is in control. With TV, viewers can just change the channel, but with the internet, they just might talk back.