Nielsen and CBS announced today the results of the first ever proof of concept (POC) for local television plus radio audience measurement. Leveraging Nielsen’s proprietary local television and audio panels, Nielsen and CBS collaborated to demonstrate the additive power of combining media buys for major advertising campaigns. The POC combined audience data from CBS’ local TV and radio assets in order to build a foundation that measured combined and unduplicated reach across both media. Nielsen intends to open participation in the pilot across a wider group of clients to further strengthen cross-media selling models.

 

Creating a measurable foundation gives advertisers using marketing mix models as a basis for their media planning the tools they need to accurately account for how local television and radio together contribute to driving sales. This POC begins the conversation into the data needed by those models to correctly value local television and radio.

 

In some cases, using local television and radio together doubled the reach in certain markets. In the five markets measured in the POC, an advertiser could reach anywhere from 84% to as high as 93% of all adults 18+ within a month by leveraging local television and radio together. Advertisers would be able to see the benefits of combining the buying of these media and dayparts together.  For instance, combining television prime time and late news all week with morning drive on weekdays, an advertiser could reach 75% of A18-49 in Boston within four weeks.  In this example, a local media buy could make sense for fast food advertisers. Full results of the study will be presented at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show on Tuesday, April 8 “Local Measurement: All Media/All Users/All the Time.”

 

Using data from October 2013 in five key CBS markets, the POC fused Nielsen Audio’s Portable People Meter listening data with Nielsen’s Local People Meter television data.  Matching consumers across the two panels in each of these markets allowed for modeling cross-platform media consumption. By finding characteristics common across both Nielsen’s audio and television panels in each of these markets, the listening behavior was ascribed to those panelists with known viewing behavior.

 

“Industry-standard measurement is a first step toward showing large advertisers what local advertisers already know–there is a lot of value to combining local television and radio in a media buy,” said David F. Poltrack, Chief Research Officer, CBS Corporation. “We will continue working with Nielsen to bring to the industry the rich analytics, reporting tools, and planning software needed to prove these benefits to advertisers. The long-term plan is to include online as well. This proof of concept demonstrates the power of broadcasting quickly and frequently reach mass audiences.”

 

“The consumer is in the driver’s seat and engages with media and marketing messages in an increasingly dynamic way,” stated Lynda Clarizio, President U.S. Media, Nielsen.  “Developing representative and industry-standard models of cross-media measurement allows the industry to have confidence in their planning decisions and empowers a healthy marketplace.”

 

Integrating measurement of reach, frequency and ultimately sales response across both local television and radio platforms will benefit the industry as a whole. POC test results will inform Nielsen’s cross-media product development strategies, expand local media planning analytics by contributing more robust inputs for marketing mix modeling.

 

 

ABOUT CBS CORPORATION

CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS) is a mass media company that creates and distributes industry-leading content across a variety of platforms to audiences around the world. The Company has businesses with origins that date back to the dawn of the broadcasting age as well as new ventures that operate on the leading edge of media. CBS owns the most-watched television network in the U.S. and one of the world’s largest libraries of entertainment content, making its brand – “the Eye” – one of the most recognized in business. The Company’s operations span virtually every field of media and entertainment, including cable, publishing, radio, local TV, film, outdoor advertising, and interactive and socially responsible media. CBS’s businesses include CBS Television Network, The CW (a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment), Showtime Networks, CBS Sports Network, TVGN (a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Lionsgate), Smithsonian Networks, Simon & Schuster, CBS Television Stations, CBS Radio, CBS Outdoor, CBS Television Studios, CBS Global Distribution Group (CBS Studios International and CBS Television Distribution), CBS Interactive, CBS Consumer Products, CBS Home Entertainment, CBS Films and CBS EcoMedia. For more information, go to www.cbscorporation.com.

 

ABOUT NIELSEN

Nielsen Holdings N.V. (NYSE: NLSN) is a global information and measurement company with leading market positions in marketing and consumer information, television and other media measurement, online intelligence and mobile measurement. Nielsen has a presence in approximately 100 countries, with headquarters in New York, USA, and Diemen, the Netherlands. For more information, visit www.nielsen.com.