AOL to Launch Video Audience Measurement, Powered by Nielsen Online Campaign
New Measurement to Help Advertisers Buy Across TV and AOL Digital Video
NEW YORK -- April 30, 2013
AOL today announced a collaboration with Nielsen to measure the audience
viewing AOL’s library of over 620,000 premium videos. The custom AOL Video
Reach (AVR), powered by Nielsen Online Campaign Ratings, will express audience
measurement in the language of TV, enabling comparisons between the audience
of AOL’s high-quality original programming and curated premium partner content
to TV viewership. AOL’s Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong and Nielsen’s President
of Strategic Initiatives John Burbank made this announcement on stage at AOL’s
Digital Content NewFront in New York City.
Measuring audiences instead of just streams is a significant innovation. While
the online industry has traditionally been able to measure the number of video
streams, it has been difficult to accurately measure audiences at a
meaningfully granular level. Meanwhile, brands are looking to reflect
consumers’ multiscreen, screen-agnostic approach to viewing programming and
make online content an integral part of their video buys.
AVR will be a custom solution powered by Nielsen Online Campaign Ratings that
provides demographic breakouts with reach and frequency for each of AOL On’s
content channels. Nielsen Online Campaign Ratings will run on all ads served
through AOL and be used to produce audience reach numbers. This will provide
comprehensive and granular audience measurement online.
In April 2012 Nielsen announced AOL as the first premium publisher to leverage
Nielsen Online Campaign Ratings to offer gross rating points (GRPs) for ad
campaigns run across its properties.Adding AVR will demonstrate AOL’s
audience composition across viewership of all of AOL’s video. The announcement
follows AOL’s recent partnership with FreeWheel and Mediaocean that enables
marketers to extend their existing television buying workflow to reach
scalable audiences across premium digital video inventory.
“Video is a huge focus for AOL, and we have consistently worked with industry
leaders like Nielsen to pioneer initiatives that will bridge the gap between
TV and premium digital video,” said Tim Armstrong, Chairman and CEO. “By
facilitating comparisons between AOL’s massive audiences across high-quality
original programming and curated premium partner content to TV, we're showing
marketers that the screen on which consumers watch is far less important than
the quality of the content itself and the scale of the audience it reaches.”
“We’re committed to offering media buyers and planners the tools they need to
reach audiences in the most efficient way possible. Increasingly, this means
facilitating comparisons between TV and digital video so that they can make
more informed buying decisions,” said Nielsen’s Burbank. “Our work with AOL
expands upon the work we’ve done with Nielsen Online Campaign Ratings to
create a framework for marketers to easily buy across both mediums. We are
committed to continuing to evolve our measurement capabilities to deliver
metrics that match the true multi-platform video eco-system.”
AOL is also participating in the pilot program, announced earlier today, for
Nielsen Digital Program Ratings. Nielsen Digital Program Ratings will measure
audiences for TV content viewed online, delivering overnight data, including
unique audience and reach by age and gender.
The AOL On Network, the #1 premium curated video network on the web, is
committed to bridging the gap between premium digital video and TV. Through
its original production, curated programming, and video distribution across
partners and screens, The AOL On Network is creating a seamless, high-end
video experience for advertisers and consumers.
AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL) is a brand company, committed to continuously innovating,
growing, and investing in brands and experiences that inform, entertain, and
connect the world. The home of a world-class collection of premium brands, AOL
creates original content that engages audiences on a local and global scale.
We help marketers connect with these audiences through effective and engaging
digital advertising solutions.
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, mobile
measurement, trade shows and related properties. 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.
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