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October 13, 2010

comScore ARS Study Finds User-Generated Video Reviews Exhibit Elements of Sales Effectiveness Usually Found in Professionally Produced TV Ads

Study Conducted with EXPO Communications Shows Persuasive Elements of User-Generated Video Have Potential to Complement Traditional TV and Digital Ad Campaigns

New York and Reston, VA, October 13, 2010 – comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, and EXPO Communications, Inc., a leading consumer-generated video platform, today announced the results of a study on the marketing potential of user-generated video content. The results indicate that the highest performing user-generated product reviews contained many of the sales effective elements seen in professionally-produced television commercials. Furthermore, the rates of presence of many of these elements were greater than those typically seen in the rival digital format of banner and rectangle display ads. Videos were scored using comScore ARS’s content assessment methodology, ARS Zipline, which is used in the marketing industry as a means of quantifying the potential of advertising creative to be recalled and to persuade consumers.

“The results of our research suggest that user-created video is a format that not only yields promising persuasive executions, but does so in a way that complements traditional forms of media,” said Frank Findley, Vice President of comScore ARS. “When advertisers think of user-generated content, they mostly consider the impact of creative going viral. By applying our research methods to EXPO consumer product review videos, comScore ARS is helping to develop a broader understanding of this unique marketing format.”

User-Generated Video Reviews Exhibit Sales Effective Content

In the research, a sample of twenty-five video product reviews across various categories (including electronics and consumer packaged goods) was selected and evaluated according to their inclusion of content known to be key drivers of persuasiveness and memorability. The product reviews were drawn from the EXPO online product review database in a manner similar to that used by advertisers when searching the database for marketing content. The TV and digital ads were selected from the ARS database, which includes ads that were pre-screened by clients and then submitted for qualification via copy-testing.

To further quantify the results, the videos were scored on a scale of 1-100 based on comScore ARS’s validated elements of video persuasiveness and memorability, such as the presence of rational, emotional and structural attributes. The distribution of scores for the 25 select cases demonstrated that there is potentially much marketing value to be mined from user-generated video content. Among the highest performing videos were reviews for Clairol, Gain, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, LG Electronics and Apple. (See example videos here: http://corp.expotv.com/comscore-ars-ugc-video-study)

ARS Zipline Technical Scores for User-Generated Video
Total U.S.
Source: comScore ARS
ARS Zipline Technical Score % of User-Generated Videos (n=25)
Below Average Range (0-29) 0%
Average Range (30-50) 68%
Above Average Range (51-100) 32%

“It’s no surprise that consumers can persuade each other, but it is surprising that in consumer-produced video, people are naturally exhibiting behaviors that years of research have found to be persuasive in professional television commercials,” said Joe Torpey, Director, Digital Marketing for LG Electronics USA, Inc. “Brands are only beginning to uncover the value that lies in giving consumers their own voice on the social web.”

User-Generated Video Reviews Complement Television and Display Advertising

The study also revealed that the user-generated videos displayed their greatest strengths in areas different from other forms of media. When conveying their experiences, the product reviewers were naturally more apt to focus on the product and its attributes. This resulted in a strong branding presence and communication of such elements as product convenience and quality, which are key rational elements in increasing an ad’s persuasiveness to a prospective buyer.

“We have always believed that the sincerity and real-world experiences demonstrated by our members in their videos would be persuasive to other consumers,” said Daphne Kwon, co-founder and CEO of EXPO. “The amazing thing is that these results weren’t the outcome of the investment in time and money advertisers spend on perfecting their TV commercials. These videos were created by EXPO members who were just trying to convey their actual, unbiased product experiences to other consumers.”

EXPO and comScore ARS will be conducting a webinar on Wednesday, November 3 at 1 p.m. ET to further explain the methodology and results of the study. To register for the webinar please visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/286541209

About comScore
comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR) is a global leader in measuring the digital world and preferred source of digital marketing intelligence. For more information, please visit www.comscore.com/companyinfo.

About EXPO
EXPO is a leading video commerce platform generating and distributing authentic consumer video for the world’s premier manufacturers and retailers. EXPO’s video community has built the largest catalog of product videos with over 300,000 user-generated product reviews covering electronics, home, parenting, and consumer packaged goods. The company provides manufacturers including Procter & Gamble, Kraft and LG Electronics with fresh, authentic videos and also distributes the informative video content to high-impact digital points of purchase. EXPO’s turn-key ecommerce syndication network has delivered over 40 million video views for leading sites such as Sears.com, shopping.com, and drugstore.com, social media sites such as Facebook and YouTube, manufacturer brand sites, and at www.expotv.com. For more information and access to case studies, visit http://corp.expotv.com.

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comScore, Inc.
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