Advanced Television

Adobe, Nielsen team for cross-platform measurement

October 22, 2014

Digital experience expert Adobe and global information and measurement company Nielsen have formed a strategic alliance that is expected to deliver the industry’s first comprehensive, cross-platform system for measuring online TV, video and other digital content across the web and apps.

The collaboration will integrate Nielsen’s digital audience measurement products, the most trusted ratings system in the industry, with digital analytics and online TV delivery platforms Adobe Analytics and Adobe Primetime.

As a result, both companies will jointly market Nielsen’s Digital Content Ratings, Powered by Adobe, which will deliver analytics and currency-grade content metrics that enable smarter buying and selling decisions. Customers will have comparable metrics to measure audiences accurately and consistently across every major IP device, including desktops, smartphones, tablets, game consoles and over-the-top boxes.

Nielsen’s new Digital Content Ratings will be supported by certified Adobe Analytics census data. The aggregated and anonymous data will measure content of all types, including online TV, videos, games, audio and text. The technology integration is expected to accelerate the adoption of a digital ratings currency, allowing advertisers to better allocate marketing dollars across platforms, and enabling media companies to benefit from insights into the performance of TV and other digital content across screens.

Nielsen’s Digital Content Ratings data will be available in the Adobe Marketing Cloud, allowing media companies better to monetise their inventory and brands to better optimise their marketing campaigns. Adobe Analytics customers will be able to quickly activate Nielsen’s insights and link their own analytics data to widely accepted currency-quality metrics to better reach specific audiences. In addition, Nielsen’s measurement data will be embedded in Adobe Primetime to give broadcasters and pay-TV service providers the ability to quickly measure audiences and viewing behaviors across a broad set of devices. The integration also seeks to drive deeper engagement through the delivery of personalised content and ads.

“Online TV consumption is at an all time high and Adobe and Nielsen are two leaders coming together to standardise audience measurement for digital content,” said Brad Rencher, senior vice president and general manager, digital marketing at Adobe. “Major media companies and broadcasters already depend on Adobe to bring TV across screens and better understand digital viewer engagement. Once complete, our partnership with Nielsen will provide analytics tied with ratings—benefiting advertisers, media companies and consumers alike.”

“This alliance is expected to accelerate the adoption of consistent and comprehensive measurement in digital,” said Megan Clarken, executive vice president, global product leadership, at Nielsen. “By integrating our technologies, together we’ll be able to offer our customers a more seamless and efficient way to plan and deliver against their audiences.”

Media companies and advertisers will be able to use the new Nielsen Digital Content Ratings, Powered by Adobe, starting in 2015. ESPN, IPG Mediabrands, Sony Pictures Television, Starcom MediaVest Group, Turner Broadcasting, Univision Communications Inc., Viacom and others will be part of the rollout of the new ratings.

“As consumers expand their video consumption across screens, the media industry needs stronger digital and cross-platform measurement to accurately track consumers and better monetise cross-screen audiences.” said Howard Shimmel, Chief Research Officer, Turner Broadcasting. “Adobe’s strength in analytics and history in bringing together video and complementary content across platforms, combined with Nielsen’s strong audience measurement capabilities, will accelerate development and adoption of a single digital currency, which is what the industry needs. We look forward to collaborating with both companies to encourage roll out of this new rating system in 2015.”

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