Nielsen Trades Pocket Pieces For Facebook, Will Conduct Research Via Online Social Network

Nielsen and Facebook this morning announced a multi-year deal that will enable the media and marketing research firm to tap the "consumer reach" of the online social network. The first product from the collaboration, not surprisingly, measures the effectiveness of advertising on Facebook.

Dubbed BrandLift, it will launch in the U.S. with select test partners this week and will be rolled out to all Facebook advertisers in the coming months, the companies said in a statement released early this morning.

They said the research utilizes "opt-in" polls on Facebook's homepage to measure consumer attitudes and purchase intent from display advertising that has appeared on the site.

Nielsen said the research will measure "aided awareness, ad recall, message association, brand favorability and purchase consideration" via a set of short, specially designed one or two question surveys.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, nor the cost associated with Nielsen or Facebook clients participating in the program, but Nielsen said it would conduct "hundreds" of Nielsen BrandLift tests over the coming months.



"The frequency of the surveys will be carefully controlled to limit any one user from being asked to participate too often. No personally identifiable information will be collected as part of this program," Nielsen said.

This is not the first time Nielsen has experimented with social media to conduct media research online. A couple of years ago, Nielsen mounted its own quasi social network, dubbed "Hey! Nielsen" and amassed a considerable user group base that supplied Nielsen with their views on a wide range of media, entertainment, advertising and personality subjects. After conducting the research as part of an open forum, Nielsen mysteriously pulled the plug on the social media platform, and never disclosed to its users what became of that research.

Nielsen Online CEO John Burbank and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, are scheduled to discuss the new alliance via a live webcast at 11 a.m. (EST) today at

2 comments about "Nielsen Trades Pocket Pieces For Facebook, Will Conduct Research Via Online Social Network".
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  1. Bill Hildebolt from Expo Communications, September 22, 2009 at 8:34 a.m.

    Awesome! We need more people working on ROI proof points in social media. And with a name like, "BrandLift" it seems like we are already know what the results are going to be :)

  2. Barton C. Brassil from Mediaocean LLC, September 22, 2009 at 1:14 p.m.

    If the research utilizes "opt-in" polls, how will this end up being any different from the skewed polls that end up on every website which gives us a "Dewey Wins!" result?

    Someone, please educate me here, or do I have this right?

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