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March 1, 2022

Disney Advertising Takes a Collaborative and Multifaceted Approach to Measurement


Introduces New Enhanced Solutions with Samba TV, Comscore, and Nielsen ONE and Leading Agencies, Omnicom Media Group and Publicis Media

NEW YORK - Tuesday, March 1 – In response to the industry’s years-long measurement makeover, Disney is holding providers to the highest standard alongside its agency partners. Through a multifaceted and vendor-agnostic approach, Disney is pioneering solutions to meet marketers’ need for cross-platform insights and demonstrable outcomes. Measurement continues to be redefined at Disney through innovative collaboration with leading tech providers, established currencies, brands and agencies. Today, Disney Advertising is building expanded solutions with longstanding collaborators Samba TV, ComScore and Nielsen through trials with agency powerhouses Omnicom Media Group and Publicis Media.

“There is a big difference between currency and measurement and as the industry continues to evolve – the only constant is change,” said Lisa Valentino, EVP, Client Solutions & Addressable Enablement, Disney Advertising. “Disney is not in the business of scoring players. It is our responsibility to deliver the best measurement capabilities for our clients that give them visibility into effectiveness and outcomes across our vast portfolio of premium content. We are continuing to do the work to innovate on behalf of our clients based on their unique category needs; that’s our commitment.”

Working with nearly 100 providers supporting transparency and accuracy, Disney Advertising is doubling down on cross-platform measurement innovation with industry-leading tech providers to create a more client-specific view of consumption to inform future campaign planning.

Disney Advertising and Samba TV are expanding their multi-year relationship to bring Samba’s True Reach and Frequency (TRF) currency measurement to agencies and holding companies accessing Disney inventory. With major shifts in viewership occurring in the television landscape, this capability empowers advertisers across all categories to transact against true reach and impact across all Disney platforms, while enabling real-time omni-screen optimization. Disney Advertising worked with Hyundai and Samba TV to measure de-duplicated reach and frequency across the entire Disney ecosystem. TRF by Samba TV enabled Hyundai to understand which audiences they were actually reaching and provided actionable insights into how to deliver incremental audience reach. Publicis Media will also join in utilizing this solution this spring.

“Measurement has evolved to the point where true aggregation and de-duplication across Linear TV, CTV and Digital has become possible at the media channel, publishing partner and screen level,” said Ashwin Navin, CEO of Samba TV. “Disney has been a consistent early media pioneer and they are again leading the industry providing advertisers with the most comprehensive set of insights and capabilities to assess holistically how their advertising is performing in real time and to optimize on those insights. Samba TV is proud of our longstanding partnership with Disney and we are thrilled to enable transaction and measurement across all Disney platforms with the kind of depth, breadth and actionability that just wasn’t available with prior methodologies and providers.”

Last December, Disney joined Nielsen ONE Alpha to provide insight as Nielsen creates a holistic view of ad performance for the industry. Nielsen ONE Alpha will unveil the first cross-platform measurement system of its kind offering both comparability and audience deduplication across all screens. As Nielsen ONE develops, Disney Advertising and Publicis Media will work simultaneously to advise on requirements that enable more precise measurement capabilities. As a leader in delivering engaged addressable audiences at scale, Disney will inform how the platform can expand and have a bigger presence in live events, particularly in sports. Nielsen ONE Alpha ensures a comprehensive look at this critical aspect of cross platform audiences.

“In our industry, there is no singular approach to accurate measurement. Industry and company KPIs are evolving, making it difficult to measure and understand attribution across platforms. We have a responsibility to our clients to help them navigate this uncertainty, so testing and learning with Nielsen, Disney and other players remains critical to uncovering the next industry currency,” said John Muszynski, Chairman, Publicis Media Exchange (PMX) US.

Disney Advertising continues to test, learn and deliver enriched audience insights, and has begun work with Comscore and Omnicom Media Group to help advertisers access insights across the Disney portfolio inclusive of linear and digital over the next several months.

“As advertisers seek to increase the effectiveness of media investments, they are looking for accurate advanced measurement solutions to create a comprehensive, de-duplicated view of their audience,” according to Carol Hinnant, Chief Revenue Officer, Comscore. “Comscore is proud to collaborate with Disney Advertising and our advertiser and agency partners to explore methodologies for measurement that fuels insights across all screens.”

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