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May 31, 2017

Kantar Millward Brown and Samba TV Partner to Introduce the Industry’s Largest and Most Precise TV Advertising Effectiveness Analytics Platform


Partnership offers marketers verified passive TV exposure data integrated into TV advertising effectiveness measurement

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kantar Millward Brown today announced that it has partnered with Samba TV in the U.S. to launch the largest and most precise single-source measurement solution for television advertising effectiveness. The partnership combines Samba’s TV dataset, one of the industry’s broadest and most representative, with Kantar Millward Brown’s Ignite Network®, a leading brand marketing analytics platform, to provide marketers the same level of precision and granularity in TV effectiveness measurement that they are accustomed to from digital measurement.

The joint initiative matches Kantar Millward Brown’s Ignite panel, which includes 8 million PC users and 3 million mobile users, with Samba TV’s 13.5 million smart TV and connected device households, to create a single-source verified passive measurement of TV advertising.

The integration of Kantar Millward Brown and Samba TV data assets makes it possible to track exposure data at a TV set level and links it with claimed exposure at the individual level, creating a unique and much more rigorous standard for measurement of TV ad exposure than previously available.

Brand Lift Insights for TV, powered by Samba TV, helps advertisers answer key questions such as:

  • Which elements of the TV ad campaign are most successful?
  • How does the campaign benchmark against the industry?
  • How can optimizations be made in market to improve campaign effectiveness?

In addition, marketers can fuel media and creative planning decisions with insight into which networks, programs, and dayparts are the most successful in accomplishing the brand’s objectives, which creative tactics excelled at capturing audience attention, and which demographic or behavioral audiences were most receptive to the campaign.

“Our clients have been clamoring for verified passive data in linear television ad effectiveness measurement for quite some time. We’re thrilled to partner with Samba to address this need and bring to market a solution that is precise, scalable, and privacy compliant,” said Marc Ryan, Chief Product & Innovation Officer, Media & Digital at Kantar Millward Brown. “Through partnership with Samba TV, the most comprehensive source of real-time viewership data, we’re bringing clients the high level of insight and accuracy they’ve come to expect from digital ad effectiveness to television measurement.”

“Despite the rise of digital and social channels, TV advertising remains the most influential medium in driving brand awareness and influencing purchase decisions. But, thus far, our inability to precisely measure its impact has frustrated marketers and researchers,” said John Livanos, Vice President, Global Consumer Insights at HARMAN International. “The partnership between Kantar Millward Brown and Samba TV addresses the massive need for precise measurement by marrying passive TV exposure data with proven Brand Lift Insights to deliver a more nuanced understanding of the what/how/why of TV ad effectiveness.”

“TV is no longer an island operating with a different set of tools than the rest of the media industry. Marketers need to understand reach and frequency across platforms and how that exposure to all forms of activation impacts brand, in one integrated research platform,” said Ashwin Navin, CEO and co-founder of Samba TV. “In partnership with Kantar Millward Brown, we now offer clients a powerful approach for measuring TV and digital advertising within a holistic methodology trusted by the world’s largest brands.”

To learn about how Brand Lift Insights for TV, powered by Samba TV, can help you measure the effectiveness of your linear TV campaigns, register now for a free webinar on Wednesday, June 21 at 2pm ET or in the meantime, contact digitalsolutions@millwardbrown.com.

About Kantar Millward Brown

Kantar Millward Brown is a leading global research agency specializing in advertising effectiveness, strategic communication, media and brand equity research. The company helps clients grow great brands through comprehensive research-based qualitative and quantitative solutions. Part of Kantar, WPP’s data investment management division, Kantar Millward Brown operates in more than 55 countries. Learn more about Kantar Millward Brown’s Media and Digital practice at www.millwardbrowndigital.com.

About Samba TV

Samba TV is a data and analytics company providing essential television insights by leveraging the world’s most comprehensive source of real-time viewership data across broadcast, cable TV, OTT and digital media. Through software embedded in smart TVs and set-top boxes and mapped to connected mobile devices, laptops and PCs, Samba TV helps marketers activate cross-screen campaigns and measure the impact of their media investment by bridging the gap between digital and television. Samba TV is headquartered in San Francisco with offices across the United States and Europe with plans for continued global expansion. For more information, please visit www.samba.tv or follow @samba_tv on Twitter.

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