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FreeWheel Markets Chooses the Nielsen DMP to Fuel Audience-Based TV Advertising Across All Screens

3 minute read | February 2019

Advertisers can now seamlessly reach CTV, OTT-TV and digital video audiences at scale to improve brand experiences and marketing outcomes

New York, NY – Feb. 12, 2019 – Nielsen (NYSE: NLSN) and FreeWheel, A Comcast Company have expanded their relationship to include the Nielsen Data Management Platform (Nielsen DMP), Nielsen’s industry-leading omnichannel marketing technology. Using the Nielsen DMP, Freewheel Markets can now seamlessly analyze, build and target advanced audiences across connected TV (CTV), over-the-top (OTT) and digital video.

The Nielsen DMP provides FreeWheel Markets with Nielsen media and purchase data segments, deep audience insights and segmentation that improve targeting accuracy by automatically adapting to changes in consumer media and buying behavior. The Nielsen DMP and FreeWheel’s server-to-server integration enables delivery of campaign optimizations in real time across all CTV, OTT and digital video channels, thereby improving campaign responsiveness and performance.

FreeWheel Markets will offer these Nielsen advanced audience building and media activation capabilities through DRIVE—a suite of advanced advertising solutions designed to help marketers harness the power of data and measurement to reach consumers across emerging forms of TV.

“This integration with the Nielsen DMP strengthens our DRIVE solutions suite and represents an important step toward our end goal of data unification across linear and digital TV,” said Neil Smith, GM of FreeWheel Markets. “This will help our clients more effectively plan, buy and measure audiences across all new forms of TV, with the scale, sophistication, and ease of use needed to drive superior results for advertisers as TV viewing continues to migrate across screens.”

“Nielsen and FreeWheel are making omnichannel, audience-based TV advertising a reality.  We’re first movers when it comes to the tectonic shift that’s happening in the industry – one that will soon connect advertising delivery across digital and linear TV ecosystems,” said Damian Garbaccio, EVP at Nielsen. “Our next-generation DMP enables advertisers to easily deliver more relevant, timely and consistent brand experiences across all screens at scale, which will result in better and more attributable marketing ROI.  This is one of the most comprehensive advanced TV offerings available in the market today.”

This announcement comes just three months after FreeWheel Publishers announced that it would adopt Nielsen’s Qualified Ad Audience solution in Nielsen Digital Ad Ratings to demonstrate the success of their digital campaigns among intended audiences based on both viewable and demographic measurement. By bringing a persons-based approach to viewability, fraud and key demographics, Nielsen is providing greater clarity into how effectively advertising is connecting with digital audiences. This provides marketers with greater confidence in their digital advertising and content investments.

About Nielsen

Nielsen Holdings plc (NYSE: NLSN) is a global measurement and data analytics company that provides the most complete and trusted view available of consumers and markets worldwide. Our approach marries proprietary Nielsen data with other data sources to help clients around the world understand what’s happening now, what’s happening next, and how to best act on this knowledge. For more than 90 years Nielsen has provided data and analytics based on scientific rigor and innovation, continually developing new ways to answer the most important questions facing the media, advertising, retail and fast-moving consumer goods industries.

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ABOUT FREEWHEEL FreeWheel, A Comcast Company, empowers all segments of the New TV Ecosystem. We are structured to provide the full breadth of solutions the advertising industry needs to achieve their goals. We power the technology, data enablement, and convergent marketplaces required to ensure buyers and sellers can transact across all screens, across all data types, and all sales channels, in order to ensure the ultimate goal – results for marketers. With offices in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, London, Paris, Beijing, and across the globe, FreeWheel, A Comcast Company, stands to advocate for the entire industry through the FreeWheel Council for Premium Video. For more information, please visit, and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.



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