As part of an ongoing campaign to reboot the way the ad industry thinks about measuring audiences in a multi-screen environment increasingly dominated by often incompatible devices and streaming services, GroupM Executive Director-U.S. Investment Strategy Adam Gerber Thursday called on the industry to pressure the major TV set manufacturers to begin pooling the ACR (automatic content recognition) data they market to measure viewers.
During a keynote interview opening the Television Bureau of Advertising's (TVB) annual "Forward" conference Thursday morning, Gerber asserted that the future of TV and streaming measurement must be done "at the glass level" -- meaning the TV set, because there is no other practical way to unify the disparate technologies -- MVPDs, connected TV and other devices and streaming services' server data -- to create a "holistic" view of actual viewing behavior.
"I think that's the biggest challenge for the industry going forward," Gerber told TVB President-CEO Steve Lanzano during the interview, adding that the only way to get that "glass-level" view is from the major providers of ACR data, but they are currently providing it only disparately.
“The problem you have with measurement at the glass-level is that none of them are working together," he explained, adding, "My action call to the industry would be to get Samsung, get Vizio, get LG, get Sony, and get all the others to understand that their ACR data is not a competitive strategic asset for them. It’s only valuable if they pool it in a national footprint of data for advertisers and sellers to use and understand."