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Media Measurement

Consumers have more media content, channels and more choice of devices than ever before.

Advertisers, media owners and media buyers need to identify which digital and traditional channels are most successful at attracting the right audiences.

Our audience measurement solution is the trading currency for television (e.g. TV ratings), print, radio, out-of-home, online and mobile media. We track which consumers are using what channel, how they are engaging with content across each medium and what is driving their behavior.

With this detailed view of consumers’ content appreciation our clients not only get ratings of what people are watching or listening to – they also know why. Our cross-media measurement shows what devices your audiences are using for each channel and type of content, and we evaluate your marketing efficiency and performance across the whole spectrum of channels.

We help you optimize your channel selection and content to deliver increased audience engagement, end-to-end.

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Success Stories
  • Connecting the dots between digital and traditional media

    Connecting the dots between digital and traditional media

    15.03.2016

    We investigated the role of social media chatter in generating awareness and readership of Vanity Fair’s Caitlyn Jenner issue.

    Vanity Fair is an influential and iconic magazine published by Condé Nast.

    Situation

    Most media planners crave insight and data about how digital and traditional media can work together. The much talked about issue with Caitlyn Jenner on the cover offered us a perfect opportunity to explore this topic. We wanted to investigate what impact, if any, the social media buzz can have on the readership of the July issue in its traditional printed format.

    Approach

    Over a nine-week period, we surveyed 1,798 adults online who said they had read the July issue of Vanity Fair.

    Outcome

    • Four in ten adults who read the magazine first heard about the Jenner cover on social media
    • 40% of adults (ages 18+) who read the July issue had not read Vanity Fair in the previous 12 months
    • Nearly half (47%) of those readers were aged 18 and 34, indicating that the coveted millennials do read print magazines, contrary to the conventional wisdom
    • The big challenge for publishers is generating awareness among these younger readers – and it looks like social media can help with this

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  • Optimizing TV content for a demanding audience

    Optimizing TV content for a demanding audience

    31.01.2016

    Our research helped this TV network shape its new television show featuring a Brazilian icon.

    Situation

    A broadcaster needed information about how viewers would respond to a popular entertainer’s return to the airwaves after a short absence. After the launch of the program, the company wanted to track the audience’s response to its format and content.

    Approach

    We explored social media conversations to determine which elements viewers might value in the show, and how these aligned with the host and the network. A subsequent quantitative study gauged the target audience’s intention of watching the program.

    After the launch, we tracked viewers’ behavior and opinions by integrating social media insights with audience data from the broadcaster and data from our online panel.

    Outcome

    We found that Brazilians were receptive to a new show because television program options during the evening time slot were limited.

    After the launch, we tracked user-generated content on social networks to see what elements of the show were resonating with the audience. This information helped producers strengthen the show’s content.

    Our advice also helped the commercial team to target sponsors with brands that would be a good match for the profile of the program and its audience.

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Latest insights

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    • 01/18/18
    • Media and Entertainment
    • Media Measurement
    • Global
    • English

    Why is cross-media so important?

    Why do we need to track consumers across all channels and devices? Why can’t we just track their behaviour on one device, for example? Well, the answer is that we can, but then we’d be getting a false view of their real behaviour. We’d only see one aspect of how, where and why they are interacting with your own, or your competitors’, promotional content, products or services. A typical customer journey usually involves many stages from discovery to purchase, using many different touchpoints across multiple devices. Unless we analyse all of those data traces, we will not get a truly accurate single consumer view. The challenge is to think ‘cross-media’ right from the start, and to break up silos by using digital as the connector.

    Recent cross-media trends from 8 countries:

    We run regular research looking at device use and online behaviour in 15 countries. This is passively collected behavioural data, which creates a valuable and easy-to-use round-up of the cross-media metrics that matter. In this blog, we’ll share some top trends from eight very different markets: Germany, Mexico, UK, Poland, Russia, Indonesia, Brazil and Netherlands. hbspt.cta.load(2405078, '6bd01b10-fc09-4b4c-9251-70a83828189a', {});

    4 cross-media trends from our full report

    1. Multi device is the norm What is abundantly clear is that tracking data from single device use cannot provide a full enough picture to be reliable or truly useable. While we track the use of smartphones, tablets and PCs, it is interesting to see how these devices are used in combination. For example, how many smartphone users also use tablet and/or PC? Singular device usage still exists, but nearly three quarters of the online population in the eight markets we have analysed use at least two or more devices There is a higher percentage of single device use in some emerging markets. For example, in Indonesia, almost 4 in 10 (37%) of the online population use smartphone only. This is largely due to limited availability of fast landline internet, so that desktops and PCs have not penetrated the market in the same way as in Europe. The price decrease for smartphones and cheap data has been much faster than investments in landline infrastructure. Not only is a high share of mobile usage for smartphones, but also smartphones and tablets – 28% of the online population in Indonesia use these two devices combined. In addition, Poland stands out as having the highest percentage of PC-only users (30%) compared to the on other markets. However, in a developed market such as the UK, nearly 4 in 10 (39%) of the online population use smartphone, PC and tablet, while only 7% use tablet and PC. In Italy, half the online population use both PCs and smartphones. 2. Most popular online activities – by country, and by device Based on net reach, the top activity that people perform across all devices (PCs, smartphones and tablets) is reading news or information, or accessing search sites. The exceptions for this are Indonesia, where shopping is the top activity across all devices, and Brazil, where communication is most popular. In Brazil, communication apps are particularly popular for messaging and emailing. When we view devices separately, there is clear division in use between PCs and mobile devices. People are using PCs for reading news or information and performing web searches, and using their tablet or smartphone for communication and shopping. A key takeout here is that shopping is the top activity on mobile devices in four out of the eight countries, highlighting the importance of mobile advertising for eCommerce and in-store shopping in these markets. This prevalence of mobile highlights the importance of mobile-enabled webpages and apps with good UX to support eCommerce. 3. Looking at duration shows key differences between countries Looking at duration of activity (average hours per month, per user) for each category, we see that social networking and communication are the top ranked categories in terms of time spent across all three devices. However, there is a lot of variation between the different countries. For example, ‘communication’ is the top activity on mobile devices in both Indonesia and Germany. But in Indonesia, the duration is 27 hours – compared to 16.4 hours in Germany. And people in Mexico spend more than twice as much time on social networking as people in Poland (30.3 hours compared to 14.6 hours, respectively). By looking at duration, we also see that, while we are all addicted to our smartphones, this is especially true in certain countries. In Poland, the average online user spends 34 hour per month on their smartphone – but in Netherlands this rises to nearly double that, at 64 hours per month. 4. Most-used websites and apps (based on reach) It’s probably no surprise to see that Google is the number one most-used website or app, based on reach, in seven of the eight countries presented in this blog. The exception is Russia, where Yandex takes the top spot (Yandex is a similar platform to Google which includes Yandex Search, Yandex Mail, Yandex Maps, Yandex Images, Yandex News etc, and even includes a taxi app very similar to Uber). Similarly, Facebook is the number one social network site, except for Russia where it is VKontakte (VK). When it comes to streaming, however, the top site is the same across all eight countries: YouTube.

    Achieving a single customer view

    Integrating data from all sources in one platform allows us to connect the dots and gain a true picture of our consumers. Ultimately, data trails are generated by real people that leave data in many different silos. Digital is the connecter that helps open these silos as all the data traces are left in the digital world. By opening these silos and integrating data from different sources we can achieve that all important single customer view. Pawel Gershkovich is a Global Senior Product Manager at GfK. To share your thoughts, please email pawel.gershkovich@gfk.com or leave a comment below. hbspt.cta.load(2405078, '6bd01b10-fc09-4b4c-9251-70a83828189a', {});
    • 01/11/18
    • Media and Entertainment
    • Media Measurement
    • TV Audience Measurement
    • Global
    • English

    TV Azteca launches GfK Appreciation Panel integrated with digital behavior data

    After a successful pilot, TV Azteca has signed a contract with GfK Mexico for a content appreciation panel. This is the first GfK Appreciation Panel in LATAM and the first Appreciation Panel to be integrated with digital behavioral data.
    • 01/04/18
    • Financial Services
    • Media and Entertainment
    • Retail
    • Technology
    • Media Measurement
    • Shopper
    • Trends and Forecasting
    • Consumer Life
    • GfK-MRI
    • Global
    • English

    At CES, GfK will help brands target a new generation of "beyond digital" consumers

    At this month’s CES, GfK will draw on exclusive research into the Now Generation (ages 15 to 25) to help brands succeed with tomorrow's most valuable consumers.
    • 11/10/17
    • Media Measurement
    • Global
    • English

    Re-evaluate, Optimize, Innovate: Rethinking ROI for your media mix

    Over the last 10 years, the media landscape has been hit by a full-blown digital revolution. The backdrop is more complex, not just because it has changed, but because it never stops changing. These days, consumers are increasingly difficult to reach, the media diet is more fragmented every day and the touchpoints have multiplied. One of the most visible effects of this change? The difficulty in knowing how effective advertising has or hasn’t been, how the pieces of the puzzle need to be arranged. Without properly quantifying the results based on the “right” information, the investment in your marketing budget will lack the elements to support the optimal choice of the media mix from the possible levers. This matter was discussed at the GfK@ROI Conference: Re-evaluate, Optimize, Innovate. Creators of the conference for GfK Italy were Enzo Frasio (Commercial Director), Roberto Borghini (Product Head) and Sabrina Melinu (Account Manager, Value Added Services). However, our role was different from usual, the experts steered the audience towards the event’s ambitious goal: to provide retailers and manufacturers with the tools to be able to make 360° measurements of the ROI of their business activities. All based on some key questions to assess their marketing mix: Have they led to a sales uplift? Have they been able to drive traffic on their digital platforms? Have they influenced the brand’s KPIs positively? And the intention to buy?

    3  key ways to rethink your marketing strategies

    • Re-evaluate: Move away from subjective “perception” of campaign success towards precise measurement, that identifies actions put into place for your brand that bring a real return on investment from the results to be connected to external factors.
    • Optimize: Define the optimal marketing mix, ensuring the maximization of sales in both the short term and the long term, taking all touchpoints (below the line and above the line) and demographic profiles into account.
    • Innovate: Testing fresh ways to exploit new synergies between media and touchpoints is often the key to identifying the most powerful mix.
    Some particularly innovative case studies were presented at the event by three exceptional guests: Samsung, Google and Facebook.

    How much of my sales come from in-store initiatives and how much from the media mix?

    The collaboration between Google and Samsung that has come about from the meeting of two needs: to measure the impact of digital platforms (YouTube, Google Search) on off-line sales and to identify the optimal mix between above the line (ATL) and below the line (BTL) initiatives for the Samsung TV market. Using the Marketing Mix Modelling (MMM) model combined with different data sources, it was possible to measure the uplift and ROI of each marketing lever. Baptiste Tougeron, Head of Marketing Mix Models SE at Google EMEA, explained in his speech that the success of this project also depended on the use of granular data:
    • Clicks and Impressions of the campaigns for over 1000 Italian cities from Google
    • Sales per POS analytics data from GfK
    Commenting on the results of the study, Claudia Guardamagna (Consumer Insight Manager at Samsung Italy), emphasized how beneficial the results were to the company in establishing the key points of its strategies and the importance of embarking on structured research to optimize the media mix in the long term.

    Measure reach, frequency, and effects on the demographics with MME

    An innovative example of ROI measurement of digital campaigns was provided by Stefano Cirillo (Head of Marketing Science at Facebook Italy). A meta-analysis carried out with the aim of measuring reach, frequency and effect on the targets of six campaigns for brands of the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry. Using our Media Mix Efficiency (MME) model, the study demonstrated the positive impact on the sales of Facebook campaigns analyzed, with a comparison with TV commercials run at the same time. The analysis also allowed for measurement of the extra-reach generated by the digital campaigns, including for older age groups.

    Conclusions: the virtuous circle of effectiveness

    The measurement of the effectiveness of a campaign requires a series of steps: the starting point is to measure past campaigns, then optimize the new marketing activities (demographic analysis, strategic planning) and finally, re-measure the results of the campaign defined on the basis of the previous analysis. We’ve developed innovative solutions (MMA, MME, POS Analytics, Consumer Insights) to help our customers in all steps of the virtuous circle of effectiveness. hbspt.cta.load(2405078, '9ed9a2c5-717f-4c57-aa83-493725e329e8', {});
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