• Rethinking Traditional Audience Measurement Through A Digital Framework
    What would a video measurement system look like if one were to zero-base such a solution today, with the tools we have at hand, given the measurement challenges we face, while unencumbered by legacy systems?
  • Rethinking The Single Currency Model
    One of the long-standing assumptions in audience measurement has been the notion of currency - and more to the point, of a single currency. I learned about the one-currency model in a very real way working at Arbitron in the '80s and '90s. We won one single-currency battle: spot radio measurement, where we competed with Birch Radio. And we lost one: spot TV, where we competed with Nielsen. But I'd like to offer a radical opinion. In the digital age, multiple transactional media currencies can, do, and will continue to exist. Indeed, they need to exist.
  • UX And The Art And Science Of Measurement
    Last week at the IAB MIXX Conference, I had the pleasure of leading a spirited discussion on UX (user experience) measurement. Historically, in the media business, the consumer has - or should always have - been at the center of every decision about content and advertising. In the digital age, that idea has real-time relevance. Technology enables real-time collection of behavioral and biometric data that tell us about the user experience with an interface.
  • Hey, What About Metrics For Brand Marketers?
    Recently, I was talking to the CMO of a large brand who expressed his frustration with the current state of brand marketing measurement. He wants to prove that his brand marketing dollars are having an impact, but believes that traditional tools and methodologies lack the ability to do so with the accountability his company demands.
  • Going Beyond Viewability
    On Sept. 11, the 4As hosted a Town Hall on digital measurement, the centerpiece of which was the latest from the Making Measurement Make Sense (3MS) initiative. The MRC presented an update on measurement standardization and covered viewability and beyond, all in keeping with the steps put forth by 3MS. The market is adapting and adopting the new standard and looking forward to what its institutionalization can bring. What had once seemed like confusion over "opportunity to see" and the precise rationale for the viewable impression standard just a short time ago was conspicuously absent at this gathering.
  • Embrace Organizational Change To Adopt New Marketing Technology
    Getting an entire marketing organization to adopt a new technology or methodology and incorporate it into their day-to-day is hard. Here are a few change management tips for success that have worked for other organizations:
  • Programmatic Pain Points And The Measurement Cure-All
    Last week AdExchanger put out a research report on "The State of Programmatic Selling, 2015." What interested me in particular were the pain points that have emerged in the programmatic space, and the extent to which measurement can remedy this pain (or, conversely, the extent to which absence of measurement may be a source of pain).
  • Building The Orchestra And Conducting The Symphony
    In 2014, the IAB released a whitepaper entitled "Defining and Measuring Digital Ad Engagement in a Cross-Platform World." The paper was published under the auspices of the cross-ecosystem initiative Making Measurement Make Sense (3MS) and developed by a group of agency and publishing executives, with review by marketing executives. 3MS has become almost synonymous with viewability. That notion is incorrect. 3MS is, in fact, more than just viewability. It is a robust program that advocates for digital media measurement transformation and proposes solutions.
  • Building A Single Currency For Marketing Measurement
    Though recently there has been criticism of the single-currency model, a single currency drives standardized measurement across your company. Standardized and accurate measurement drive more effective optimization. And effective optimization helps you buy the right media to give you the best returns for your marketing spend.
  • Rethinking The Single Currency Model
    One of the long-standing assumptions in audience measurement has been the notion of currency - and more to the point, of a single currency. I learned about the one-currency model in a very real way working at Arbitron in the '80s and '90s. We won one single-currency battle: spot radio measurement, where we competed with Birch Radio. And we lost one: spot TV, where we competed with Nielsen. But I'd like to offer a radical opinion. In the digital age, multiple transactional media currencies can, do, and will continue to exist. Indeed, they need to exist.
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