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Nielsen Revolutionizes How Product Placements in Programs are Measured and Valued

Standardized metrics for branded integrations will help media owners, marketers and brands capitalize on additional advertising opportunities

New York — Feb. 6, 2018 — Nielsen (NYSE: NLSN) announced today the launch of Nielsen Branded Integration Intel, an innovative solution that seeks to standardize the way product and brand exposures are valued across screens and devices. While media owners, brand and advertisers recognize that branded integrations are a valuable way to reach consumers, many have lacked the tools and understanding needed to accurately compare, measure and ultimately monetize their true value.

By introducing the industry’s first standardized metrics, Nielsen’s Branded Integration Intel—which will capture, measure and, finally evaluate these brand exposures—will enable networks and marketers to effectively research within an ecosystem that provides qualitative, apples-to-apples comparisons across devices, integration and content over linear TV, subscription-based video on demand (SVOD) and short-form video.

The solution will also allow the industry to uncover insights into how these campaigns compare to that of media exposure via traditional TV advertising—an over $61 billion business during the last full TV season.

Specifically, Nielsen’s Branded Integration Intel solution will analyze every exposure to understand quality, including such factors as size, location, duration, brand hits and impact. It will then evaluate and “score” the resonance of the exposures as a way to value these exposure(s) at both individual and aggregate levels. For instance, Nielsen’s Branded Integration Intel will determine the marketing impact if a cast member of a sitcom sips a popular soft-drink with only a partial logo visible on the bottle and appropriately score this impact alongside an integration of an automobile in the background of a scene from a streaming series.

“We worked with Nielsen and a leading global agency to develop YouTube-specific integration scoring using Nielsen’s Branded Integration Intel solution. This allowed us for the first time to quantitatively assess the value of brand placements for YouTube creators and brands. We scored hundreds of videos across a range of product categories, finding that brand integrations with YouTube creators drive lifts in brand familiarity, brand affinity, and purchase intent,” said Matthew Williams, Global Head of Creative Impact for YouTube.

“Influencer marketing can be very powerful but it is not paid media or even earned media as we know it. Subsequently it requires a different set of rules. Through our exclusive partnership with YouTube we leveraged Nielsen Branded Integration Intel for a study that was specifically designed as the first of its kind to analyze in detail hundreds of brand and creator videos in the U.S. and the U.K. in order to understand in more detail the impact of Influencers for brands. The findings from this research represent a critical first step in establishing a business-led rulebook for this new world and provides the beginnings of building a strategic approach to unlocking the power of Influencers for our clients,” said Marie Clayton, Global Strategy, Carat.

“On-screen branded integrations represent a unique opportunity for media owners and marketers alike to cut through the clutter and we are seeing brands take advantage of this relatively untapped inventory. Last TV season we saw 611 different brands engaged in on-screen branded integrations, up from 574 during the 2013-14 season. Nielsen’s Branded Integration Intel offers media owners a monetizable revenue stream and gives brands a chance to reach their best consumer, build brand loyalty and drive ROI,” said Renee Plato, SVP, Media Solutions and Innovation, Nielsen.


Nielsen Holdings plc (NYSE: NLSN) is a global performance management company that provides a comprehensive understanding of what consumers watch and buy. Nielsen’s Watch segment provides media and advertising clients with Nielsen Total Audience measurement services for all devices on which content—video, audio and text—is consumed. The Buy segment offers consumer packaged goods manufacturers and retailers the industry’s only global view of retail performance measurement. By integrating information from its Watch and Buy segments and other data sources, Nielsen also provides its clients with analytics that help improve performance. Nielsen, an S&P 500 company, has operations in over 100 countries, covering more than 90% of the world’s population. For more information, visit


Press: Sal Tuzzeo, Sal Tuzzeo
Media Analytics: Renee Plato, Mark Henderson
Product Marketing: Courtney Rac