John Burbank, CEO, Nielsen Online Division
This week, Nielsen announced the creation of a joint venture with the Catalina Marketing Corporation. This venture is a major advancement for marketing ROI as well as a milestone in the evolution of online advertising. The next phase of the Internet— what we call the "audience-centric Web"— will be characterized by three things:
Nielsen has been the pursuing this for years: we have invested more than a billion dollars acquiring companies and developing products that help our clients better understand and measure their online audiences. In everything we’ve done, we’ve had an unwavering commitment to data quality and an openness to working with others who bring assets or capabilities we don’t have ourselves.
We've been a pioneer in online/offline CPG sales measurement since 2004. We acquired engagement-leader IAG in 2008. We launched a brand effectiveness partnership with Facebook.
Most recently, we announced that Internet meters would be added to our television panel. This is a huge step forward in understanding and measuring Web audiences, as every demographic and geographic group in America is carefully recruited in proportion to the population. Matched with hundreds of thousands of other online panelists, Nielsen will now be able to even more precisely report usage of the Internet, TV and games—and give new insights to advertisers on how these platforms work with one another.
Our joint venture with Catalina will be the most robust effectiveness measurement platform in the industry. It will allow Nielsen clients to match online audiences with a representative base of 50 million shoppers from a cross section of retailers from across the country. Not only will advertisers know where their potential customers like to surf, but also they can measure whether exposure to online advertising turns those consumers into actual buyers.
By anonymously matching Nielsen’s data with Catalina's, we can be even more granular than ever before in our description of the offline purchase behavior of online audiences.
Now, advertisers will be better able to measure who actually saw their ads, and how effective they've been in driving purchases.
And publishers – particularly those who invest in quality content or services – will now be able to deliver confidence to their advertisers that online advertising plays a fundamental role in meeting their overall brand objectives.
More information will be forthcoming throughout 2010 and beyond as this joint venture continues to innovate, and enrich the solutions we offer clients.
Meanwhile, get ready for the audience-centric Web!
2010 U.S. Outlook
Part 1: Cross Media
- Big Screen, Smart Screen, Small Screen: Top 5 Cross-Media Trends
- You Can Take It With You: Future Trends In Media
Part 2: Consumer
- Winner Winner Chicken Dinner - Top 5 Consumer Goods Spending Trends
- Innovation Creates Opportunities for CPG Growth
- Aging Puts a Wrinkle in U.S. Marketplace
Part 3: Advertising
- Talking Back - Top Five Advertising Trends
- Get Ready for the Audience-Centric Web
- What Would John Wanamaker Say Today?