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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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    • 08/02/16
    • Media and Entertainment
    • Media Measurement
    • Greece
    • English

    The future of media

    The media industry will never stand still and you need to keep up to date with current and future media consumption patterns. Whether you need to measure advertising efficiency, analyze customer loyalty, or develop and schedule content, we can help. Discover why our experts continue to be at the forefront of media measurement globally.
    • 01/21/16
    • Media and Entertainment
    • Technology
    • Media Measurement
    • Greece
    • English

    Is it a Netflix world after all?

    Netflix’s recent announcement of their international expansion in 2016 is not unexpected, but still somewhat breathtaking in its scope. While it may seem natural to those in the United States, where Netflix holds a dominant position in the Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) space and in other early markets where it is a well-known brand, but this latest overseas growth is not as much “a sure thing” elsewhere.

    Eight key concerns for entering developing markets

    Certainly Netflix will enter these new markets with a well-known brand name, which may be less connected to its actual content than to the fact that US-originating digital brands often have a leg-up on local brands. Netflix will generally appeal to affluent, Western-oriented consumers outside of the North American and Western European markets. But Netflix will have a number of concerns when entering these other developing markets that make up much of the dozens being added. These include:
    • Local competitors in the Pay TV or streaming space may themselves have a dominant position. GfK works with a number of providers in the markets in which Netflix has newly launched to understand how their services are consumed. We often see a large cohort of subscribers actively viewing the kind of on-demand content that Netflix dominates in the US. These are consumers who are well served by streaming or on-demand content. For example, local South East Asian player iFlix has already built up an impressive half million subscribers in a short space of time.
    • The streaming rights to local content of interest may be held exclusively by other services.
    • The streaming rights to even Netflix’ own content may still be controlled by other providers, based on older agreements.
    • Netflix’ original, exclusive Western-focused content may not have an appeal in different cultures. Again, GfK’s work in providing Return Path Data (RPD) services have taught us that local content is absolutely crucial in building a strong customer base – even in markets where the kind of Western-oriented programming in which Netflix concentrates is popular. Netflix itself recognizes this by focusing much of its strategy on creating local content for its various markets.
    • There may be local laws regarding a certain level of locally originating content.
    • Internet access in certain countries may be limited across the population or intermittent.
    • The governments or entities controlling Internet access may arbitrarily cut access based on disagreement with content, or may use such power to censor or control what content is offered.
    • In many markets, particularly in APAC, advertiser-supported or illegal websites are often well established as sources for watching video content. So there may be resistance to paying for content that consumers have traditionally accessed by other ‘free’ means.

    Netflix’s big data advantage

    That being said, Netflix has consistently outperformed expectations of industry experts and those in the financial markets. Its daring moves in the past have mostly panned out. And, aside from content, it has an understanding of its consumers – through the use of its own collected big data – with which few of its potential competitors can hope to compare. As for its competitors, frenemies, and partners – some being all three – the growth of Netflix raises questions that only third-party accounting of Netflix can answer. This way their competition or partnership with Netflix is on a more level playing field. What do you think about Netflix’s expansion? Do you see other challenges? I would like to hear your opinion as well.
    For more information, please contact me at david.tice@gfk.com.
    • 01/21/16
    • Media and Entertainment
    • Technology
    • Media Measurement
    • Greece
    • English

    Is it a Netflix world after all?

    Netflix’s recent announcement of their international expansion in 2016 is not unexpected, but still somewhat breathtaking in its scope. While it may seem natural to those in the United States, where Netflix holds a dominant position in the Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) space and in other early markets where it is a well-known brand, but this latest overseas growth is not as much “a sure thing” elsewhere.

    Eight key concerns for entering developing markets

    Certainly Netflix will enter these new markets with a well-known brand name, which may be less connected to its actual content than to the fact that US-originating digital brands often have a leg-up on local brands. Netflix will generally appeal to affluent, Western-oriented consumers outside of the North American and Western European markets. But Netflix will have a number of concerns when entering these other developing markets that make up much of the dozens being added. These include:
    • Local competitors in the Pay TV or streaming space may themselves have a dominant position. GfK works with a number of providers in the markets in which Netflix has newly launched to understand how their services are consumed. We often see a large cohort of subscribers actively viewing the kind of on-demand content that Netflix dominates in the US. These are consumers who are well served by streaming or on-demand content. For example, local South East Asian player iFlix has already built up an impressive half million subscribers in a short space of time.
    • The streaming rights to local content of interest may be held exclusively by other services.
    • The streaming rights to even Netflix’ own content may still be controlled by other providers, based on older agreements.
    • Netflix’ original, exclusive Western-focused content may not have an appeal in different cultures. Again, GfK’s work in providing Return Path Data (RPD) services have taught us that local content is absolutely crucial in building a strong customer base – even in markets where the kind of Western-oriented programming in which Netflix concentrates is popular. Netflix itself recognizes this by focusing much of its strategy on creating local content for its various markets.
    • There may be local laws regarding a certain level of locally originating content.
    • Internet access in certain countries may be limited across the population or intermittent.
    • The governments or entities controlling Internet access may arbitrarily cut access based on disagreement with content, or may use such power to censor or control what content is offered.
    • In many markets, particularly in APAC, advertiser-supported or illegal websites are often well established as sources for watching video content. So there may be resistance to paying for content that consumers have traditionally accessed by other ‘free’ means.

    Netflix’s big data advantage

    That being said, Netflix has consistently outperformed expectations of industry experts and those in the financial markets. Its daring moves in the past have mostly panned out. And, aside from content, it has an understanding of its consumers – through the use of its own collected big data – with which few of its potential competitors can hope to compare. As for its competitors, frenemies, and partners – some being all three – the growth of Netflix raises questions that only third-party accounting of Netflix can answer. This way their competition or partnership with Netflix is on a more level playing field. What do you think about Netflix’s expansion? Do you see other challenges? I would like to hear your opinion as well.
    For more information, please contact me at david.tice@gfk.com.
    • 11/05/19
    • Media and Entertainment
    • Technology
    • Media Measurement
    • Global
    • English

    How can local TV brands prepare for the new competitive video landscape in 2020?

    Digital devices offer new ways for audiences to engage with content. Latin Americans are using their laptops, mobiles and tablets to consume a wealth of online media from short clips, streamed music and radio, as well as TV and print content. In Mexico, mobile video content is driving the web. When audiences turn to their devices for mobile or web viewing of online media content, we observe brands such as YouTube, Spotify and Netflix – as well as local TV brands and radio channels in the top 10 most used media channels.

    The rise of online TV brands

    The popularity of YouTube across the globe is well known, and the Latin American markets are no exception to this general rule. What is stark however, is how much time Latam audiences spend with Netflix online, particularly when contrasted to the local TV services. Of course, Netflix offers long-form content and so a high level of time engagement would be expected. However, its prominence does raise questions about how well local media organizations are adapting to this new landscape. The new video consumer is hungry for content and will seek out services that deliver the entertainment they desire. Local players have developed VOD app services, but with continued threats from global players like HBO Go and Amazon Prime Video, how can local media organizations deepen their content and digital strategies to better engage their audiences?

    Local TV brands deliver the reach but there are opportunities to build more time spent

    Across all markets, Netflix is in the top 5 media brands in terms of its reach for both the total Media Broadcasting and Media On-Demand activities. It also dominates time spent, along with YouTube and Spotify. However, in all markets, there is a strong presence from local TV brands and in some markets, they deliver as much reach as Netflix (Globo in Brazil, Canal 13 in Chile and Caracol TV in Colombia). In Brazil, Globo.com reaches 88% of the online population, 13.cl in Chile reaches 94%, Caracoltv.com in Colombia reaches 88%, Unotv.com in Mexico reaches 60%. These brands now have the opportunity to better convert their audience reach into increased time spent with their digital services. The only exception to this pattern is in Argentina where Netflix, despite its high reach, is not engaging audiences in terms of time spent. Here the key local TV brand competitor, EltreceTV, only reaches half of the online population, so there is an opportunity for a dual strategy to build reach and time engagement.

    How are Amazon Prime Video and HBO Go performing in the region?

    It is not just Netflix that local TV brands compete with, there are emerging services that will diversify the viewing choices further in the region. While Netflix reach in Latam has been strong for a couple of years, our data demonstrates that Amazon Prime Video is beginning to cut through, mainly in Mexico and Brazil. In Q2 2019, Amazon Prime Video reached 24% of online adults in Mexico and 12% of online adults in Brazil. HBO Go is also now cutting through in Brazil, Chile and Mexico. We can measure how people are accessing it, via their browser or the app.

    How well are the local VOD app players performing?

    The leading media organizations each have a VOD app service. Claro Video has achieved a presence across the region, with reach being strongest in Mexico (28%). It outperforms Amazon Prime Video currently. In response to Amazon Prime Video’s growth, Claro Video will want to build on its existing reach to continue to offer a unique service. The second strongest market for Claro Video is Colombia (17%), followed by Chile (12%) and Argentina (7%). Globo Play has gained strong traction in Brazil at 17% reach, outperforming HBO Go and Amazon Video. Movistar Play reaches one in 10 online adults in Argentina and Colombia, and marginally higher at 13% in Chile.

    2020 will demand a deeper audience, content and digital strategy

    It’s evident that Latam audiences are seeking new ways to engage in content. Whilst the market has become used to Netflix dominating, new global entrants are emerging and will increasingly compete with local media players as consumers expectations evolve and increase around content and its delivery. The year 2020 will be a pivotal year not only for local TV brands but for the rest of the local media organizations to see how well they can protect, build and capture audience engagement.

    How we work with clients

    GfK helps clients navigate through disrupted consumer markets. We respond to client challenges through our expertise in consumer insight, media measurement and digital analytics. Our passive behavioral data gives us a unique opportunity to deliver a consumer-centric, cross device view of audiences and their attitudes and behaviors. We understand who is using different media services, the devices they use and how frequently. We can also evaluate cross media usage and track emerging behaviors or shifts in how your audience is consuming different media and apps. This data provides a wealth of insight but can also be applied to monitor ongoing performance, making insight more actionable within an organization.

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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

    Click here to download the success story

  • 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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