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Earthquake sites reach over a third of Cantabrians

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Auckland: 7 August 2012 – Latest figures from Nielsen, a leading global provider of information and insights, show earthquake information websites are reaching over a third of online Cantabrians.

GeoNet reached over a third of the available online population and the Canterbury Quake Live website reached a fifth. In addition, The Press website reached a third of the online Canterbury population. There are currently 431,000 active online Cantabrians aged 2+.

Amanda Wisnewski, Client Service Director, Nielsen NZ said, “With our new Online Ratings service we are now beginning to paint a more complete picture of the online consumer. We can see earthquakes remain in the forefront of Cantabrian’s minds and they are turning to these websites for information.”

With 90% of their visitors being from the Canterbury region, the Canterbury Quake Live website had the highest number of Cantabrians proportional to their total visitors in June. The GeoNet site followed, with 75% of their 204,000 unique audience (UA) being Cantabrians.

Nielsen’s demographic segmentation of New Zealand internet users identifies what websites are dominated by which particular demographic allowing websites to better serve their customers, market products and generate revenue through advertising. The Press’ website visitors were 62% Cantabrians, Pak’nSave (34%) and Dick Smith electronics (30%) which completed the top five websites for the highest proportion of visitors from the Canterbury region in June.

Canterbury Quake Live and GeoNet have consistently had a very high number of their visitors from Canterbury since Nielsen Online Ratings service began tracking in February 2012.

Wisniewski adds, “These monthly unique audience figures to earthquake information sites are boosted by frequent quakes in the region and the spike in May was likely impacted by a number of comparatively larger quakes that month that ranged from magnitude 4.1 to 5.2.”

About Nielsen Online Ratings
Nielsen Online Ratings tracks online usage and deliver monthly reporting on people-centric audience metrics, demographic information and detailed site analytics. A hybrid methodology is used which combines the benefits of a representative metered panel (covering demographics and reach) with tagging data (providing accurate measurement of activity). The panel has approximately 3,000 individuals recruited online and is weighted to match the New Zealand internet population.

About Nielsen
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