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23 January 2014
Twitter and GfK announce partnership
Nuremberg, 23 January 2014 – Twitter and GfK today announced an exclusive partnership to introduce GfK Twitter TV Ratings in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. The new service will provide insights into the frequency and reach of messages from Twitter users associated with television programs and campaigns. This information is essential for media groups and agencies to gain insight into the growing popularity of live social media commentary.   

While watching television, more and more people share their views and comments about the program on Twitter. The so called ‘second screen’ is making television an interactive and social experience. It also increases the reach of TV channels, as the messages are widely spread amongst the followers of these Twitter users.

With GfK Twitter TV Ratings, GfK will be able to provide data on the frequency and reach of messages concerning specific TV programs. The new service will start rolling out later this year in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands and will enable TV stations to show the additional audience they reach via social media. In addition, media agencies and advertisers will have richer analytics to plan and evaluate cross-media campaigns.

Matthias Hartmann, CEO of GfK, comments: "We are delighted with this partnership with Twitter. We are only at the beginning of the digital transformation of media and Twitter has proven itself to be the 'Social Soundtrack' of live events and television. We find the interaction between different media particularly interesting and are working on providing insights into cross-media effects, alongside our innovative new partner Twitter."

Ali Rowghani, COO of Twitter, says: “Twitter has become a live companion to the TV viewing experience for millions in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. People love using Twitter while tuned into television and to participate in the live conversation about TV. We are thrilled that GfK will be bringing its audience measurement experience to social media, to enable TV stations to measure the total audience they reach."

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