In the latest such deal, ITN Networks, which aggregates TV audiences to create customized national “networks” for advertisers, has struck a deal with Nielsen Catalina Solutions, giving it access to NCS’ database of consumer purchase behavior to help advertisers reach their desired audiences.
ITN will incorporate NCS consumer purchase data for CPG, pharma and OTC products into its proprietary AdVantage platform, an automated system that allows advertisers to plan, execute and track performance of geographically targeted TV and online ad buys.
Altogether ITN has relationships with over 800 local broadcast stations, satellite TV providers and regional and local cable channels, and these relationships extend to their Web sites, enabling cross-channel campaigns.
As part of the deal, NCS’ measurement of ITN’s aggregated TV networks will be reported in NCS’ AdVantics On Demand service, which enables advertising clients and agencies to identify audience segments most likely to purchase their goods and target them across networks, dayparts, genres, and programs.
The AdVantics On Demand data set covers around 664,000 U.S. households, drawn from 70 million frequent shopper households tracked by Catalina and 2.7 million TV viewing households measured by Nielsen.
According to the companies the integration of NCS data will bring ITN closer to its goal of offering true programmatic TV ad sales. ITN CEO Tim Connors stated: “The ITN AdVantage platform will be able to ingest all big data sources and first-party data sets, combine them with real-time and near-time data, and make them actionable to identify, plan, buy, measure, optimize and steward schedules.”
As noted, NCS has struck a number of deals in recent months linking TV ad buys to consumer purchase behavior.
In October, it announced a deal with Crossix Solutions, which specializes in healthcare marketing analytics, to help pharmaceutical marketers craft more targeted TV ad campaigns. In September, Starcom MediaVest Group struck a deal to integrate NCS data into its TV planning and buying system. Also, Simulmedia struck a deal to license NCS data to help CPG marketers target their TV advertising buys based on actual consumer product purchasing data.