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Nielsen strengthens global footprint for mobile campaign measurement

Nielsen Digital Ad Ratings mobile measurement launches in UK, offering comparable metrics to meet the needs of rapidly-growing digital advertising marketplace

Measurement shows mobile ads in the US reach their intended audience 49% of the time

London, Mon 12 Oct 2015 – Today Nielsen has added six countries to its global footprint for mobile measurement in Digital Ad Ratings, the industry-standard for independent, TV-comparable digital campaign measurement.  In addition to the US and Canada, mobile campaign measurement will now be unlocking value for clients in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Australia – with Brazil to launch by the end of the year.

Leading global agencies, ad platforms, and industry organisations, including Videology, Unilever, TubeMogul, ROIx, Mobile Marketing Association, Microsoft, Melt DSP, GroupM, Amplifi and AdAudience now maximise their campaigns with a “total digital” view of audiences across computers, smartphones and tablets.  This will allow for a clearer picture of how online and mobile interact together and independently, in a way that is comparable to TV.

“We have enabled the marketplace to transact on media with the highest quality, independent, apples-to-apples metrics across all devices,” says Nielsen EVP for Global Watch Product Leadership, Megan Clarken.  “Adding mobile measurement to Digital Ad Ratings allows us to bring this same level of comparability to more markets, enabling a deeper understanding of campaign effectiveness.”

As mobile usage continues to explode around the world, Digital Ad Ratings measurement offers clarity to clients who want to maximise their mobile advertising.  For example, an analysis of mobile campaigns in the US from July 2014 to March 2015 found that mobile campaigns reached their intended audience 49% of the time, on average.  Similarly, the on-target percentage of Canadian ads viewed on mobile during May 2015 was nearly the same as it was on desktop computers: 44% and 47%, respectively. 

With the addition of mobile measurement in Digital Ad Ratings internationally, the solution will measure all ads, including video and display, for iOS and Android platforms.  Nielsen will continue to roll out additional mobile measurement capabilities throughout 2016.

The extension of Digital Ad Ratings to mobile has received a warm welcome from advertisers and agencies. Unilever senior communications planning manager Paul O’Grady says: “The introduction of mobile measurement in Digital Ad Ratings is another step forward in digital accountability. The accurate people-based measurement that Digital Ad Ratings delivers has already brought a lot more transparency to digital media and allowed Unilever to make significant efficiencies to our media buys; both traditional and programmatic.  The launch of mobile measurement will bring the same transparency and accountability to the mobile space, with metrics that help us ensure our ads are getting to the right people.”

Advertisers, agencies and trade bodies around the world give their support to Digital Ad Ratings mobile measurement

Mobile Marketing Association (MMA): “The Digital Ad Ratings extension to mobile is very good news for the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA), which seeks to demonstrate the effectiveness of mobile advertising,” said Nicolas Rieul, Rapporteur Mobile Advertising Committee at the MMA. “Mobile can thus be measured today in the same way as its big brother Desktop.”

GroupM: “Up until now the mobile market has been slightly hamstrung by measurement issues in relation to audience and performance campaigns. But now, being able to capture mobile audience verification data through Nielsen Digital Ad Ratings, it has the potential to be a game changer for the mobile market,” said John Miskelly, chief digital officer, GroupM in Australia. “It allows planners to measure across desktop and mobile without having to isolate each channel. From a GroupM point of view we have unparalleled insight into audience trends on desktop through Nielsen Digital Ad Ratings. We now look forward to overlaying mobile audience data to understand reach and frequency across multiple devices.”

Videology:  “In a converging media landscape, mobile plays a vital role for our clients as they target the rapidly growing number of consumers watching TV content on their portable devices. Data pulled from our platform showed a threefold increase in mobile video campaigns in Q2 2015 versus Q1 2015, but despite rapid growth, client feedback still cites measurement as a barrier to increased investments,” said Chris Mooney, Head of Product Strategy APAC, Videology. “The arrival of mobile measurement in Nielsen Digital Ad Ratings changes that. We have been eagerly awaiting its launch and look forward to working with Nielsen to provide our clients with robust data on total audience reach.”

TubeMogul: “TubeMogul was the first ad tech platform to integrate Nielsen Digital Ad Ratings (formerly OCR) into our software in 2013. This provided brands and agencies with the unprecedented ability to plan, buy, optimise and report against verified audiences for desktop campaigns,” said Sam Smith managing director, Australia and New Zealand, TubeMogul. “The launch of mobile measurement in Digital Ad Ratings is an exciting development, as it brings the market another step closer to the cross-screen dream. Our strategic alliance with Nielsen means Digital Ad Ratings will be available directly in the platform and is key to providing advertisers with the best tools to execute cross-screen brand campaigns.”

Amplifi: “Mobile has become the first screen of media consumption for several of our advertisers’ audiences and we support the introduction of Digital Ad Ratings on the mobile. This is an important step towards a cross-channel and de-duplicated audience planning,” says Marina Coche, publishing director at Amplifi Display, the Dentsu Network Aegis trading entity.

GroupM: “Nielsen Digital Ad Ratings gives our customers the ability to connect desktop and mobile audiences. This is an important step forward and in line with the group’s ambitions,” said Alexandra Chabanne and Olivier Mazeron, co-presidents of GroupM CONNECT in France.

Melt DSP: “Mobile has been exponentially growing, with the ability to precisely measure reach, frequency and target assertiveness on mobile devices,” said Guilherme Mamede, CEO, Melt DSP. “For us at Melt, who currently use Nielsen Digital Ad Ratings, there are only reasons to celebrate the new functionality of this product.”

ROIx: “The mobile market has grown at high speed in the last few years in Brazil. It’s an essential tool to impact consumers with offers and services in an intelligent, relevant and measurable way,” says Giovanni Faria, Roix’s business development director. “The correct mobile measurement with Nielsen’s Digital Ad Ratings will substantially contribute for the understanding of customers’ behaviour on its cross-channel journey, helping advertisers to better distribute their investments on advertisements.”

Unilever (Brazil): “Mobile is an unquestionable communication tool and with exponential smartphone penetration we need a more accurate measurement of audience and, especially, a platform that can evaluate together the efficiency of PC and Mobile campaigns with the same metrics,” said Sonia Leme, Media Research Manager, Unicell.



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