comScore Announces U.S. Launch of MMX® Multi-Platform to Deliver Unified View of Desktop, Smartphone and Tablet Audiences
Stand-Alone Reporting of Tablet Audiences Also Now Available in comScore Mobile Metrix®, Providing Critical Component of Multi-Platform Audience Reporting
RESTON, VA, March 25, 2013 – comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today announced the official U.S. launch of MMX® Multi-Platform, the next generation of digital audience measurement and media planning. Building on MMX®, Mobile Metrix® and Video Metrix® from comScore’s Audience Analytics suite, this first-of-its-kind product – originally released to clients in Beta with September 2012 data – offers unduplicated accounting of audience size and demographics that reflects today’s multi-platform digital media environment.
“We are excited to formally introduce MMX Multi-Platform, a revolutionary development that combines comScore’s flagship products to accurately account for unduplicated audiences across the desktop, smartphone and tablet platforms,” said Jeff Hackett, executive vice president of comScore. “This unified view of digital audiences not only establishes a new measurement standard for the industry, but also has the potential to unlock insights that can deliver substantial, currently unrealized value to our publisher, advertiser and agency clients.”
To learn more about MMX Multi-Platform, click here: www.comscore.com/multiplatform. Those interested in requesting a live product demonstration can click here: www.comscore.com/MMX_Multi-Platform_Demo_Request
Multi-Platform Reporting Drives Value for Marketers and Media Companies
MMX Multi-Platform provides unduplicated audience reporting across the various media platforms, in addition to different content delivery vehicles, whether those are websites, videos or apps. The synthesis of these platforms and content assets delivers new value to the digital media ecosystem in the following ways:
- Facilitating Content Monetization- Publishers and media companies can now get credit for their entire unduplicated audiences across computers, smartphones and tablets – including the incremental audiences reached only via mobile platforms. Demonstrating the reach and value of these audiences to advertisers helps facilitate the monetization of mobile channels.
- Improving Content & Marketing Strategies– Understanding demographic differences between audiences across channels can help publishers and media companies devise acquisition strategies and develop content that better engages their different audiences.
- Enhancing Media Planning Efficiency– Independent media platform reporting in addition to synthesized, unduplicated views of audiences enables media planners to optimize audience reach and frequency both within and across channels. The full palette of media platforms offers more options to maximize efficiency.
- Reaching High-Value or Difficult-to-Reach Demographics– Smartphones and tablets can be more efficient at reaching high-value demographic targets, such as younger males and upper-income audiences. The availability of multi-platform audience reporting provides data that supports more efficient ways of reaching these important demographic segments.
- Understanding Media Usage Trends– Publishers, media companies and marketers all need to understand how the consumer media mix is changing over time as a result of the continued adoption of mobile platforms. By illuminating the shifting dynamics, particularly within different segments of consumers, businesses can respond to their customers’ changing needs and better plan for the future.
The Top 50 Digital Media Property Ranking: A New View of the Digital World
Multi-platform audience measurement immediately changes the established view of the digital landscape, with media properties’ audience sizes increasing, in addition to changes occurring within content category rankings. The average property within the Top 100 increased its audience size by an average of 38 percent, and 19 of those properties had incremental mobile (i.e. smartphone and tablet) audiences that extended the reach of their desktop audiences by at least 50 percent. The properties with the greatest incremental percentage gains from mobile were Groupon (223 percent), Zynga (211 percent) and Pandora (183 percent).
MMX Multi-Platform Top 50 Properties
Total U.S. (Age 18+ on iOS & Android platforms for Mobile)
Source: comScore MMX Multi-Platform
|Unique Visitors/Viewers (000)|
|Total Digital Population||Desktop*||Mobile**||Mobile-Only||Mobile Audience Incremental % to Desktop|
|Total Internet : Total Audience||235,855||221,379||127,106||14,475||7%|
|9||Wikimedia Foundation Sites||109,523||85,856||49,296||23,667||28%|
|18||The Weather Company||76,642||56,120||37,368||20,522||37%|
|27||Federated Media Publishing||54,607||39,577||24,297||15,030||38%|
|33||Meredith Women's Network||45,533||32,253||19,771||13,280||41%|
|36||New York Times Digital||44,206||33,175||19,869||11,031||33%|
|37||YP Local Media Network||43,191||30,112||17,539||13,079||43%|
|43||Discovery Digital Media Sites||37,590||30,504||10,622||7,085||23%|
|45||Fox News Digital Network||37,340||29,829||15,276||7,512||25%|
|46||Scripps Networks Interactive Inc.||37,050||26,514||15,469||10,536||40%|
|50||Time Warner (Excl. Turner/WB)||35,142||25,729||13,693||9,413||37%|
*Note: Desktop includes audience reached via video and will therefore differ from standard MMX rankings
**Mobile includes smartphone and tablet platforms
comScore Clients Support Multi-Platform Measurement
“Mobile and video are central to how we deliver content to our readers, so having an audience measurement platform that accounts for this was essential. We are excited that comScore's MMX Multi-Platform will now be providing that for us.”
- Dan Abrams, CEO, Abrams Media Network
“ESPN’s mission is to serve sports fans, anytime, anywhere, so it’s critically important that we are able to represent the audience of our entire digital footprint. Measuring user behavior across platforms provides us better insights to most effectively build products, serve content, market our offerings and develop innovative advertising solutions.”
- David Coletti, VP, Digital Media Research & Analytics, ESPN
“With the growth of tablets and smartphones, media consumption has become fluid throughout the day. These numbers demonstrate how well Gannett has been able to leverage its digital focus to grow our consumer base through our mobile and tablet products. We applaud comScore for addressing the industry's need for accurate multi-platform audience measurement.”
- Matt de Ganon, VP, Mobile Product and Operations, Gannett Digital
“Given the trends we’re experiencing in this new multi-screen world with more of our audience engagement with us across mobile devices, it’s critical to our future to capture this activity accurately. comScore is leading the industry in methodologies to realistically represent all the audience who’s coming to our sites across all these new devices.”
- John Denny, VP, Marketing, Advance Digital
“comScore’s new Multi-Platform service provides invaluable data to help navigate today’s tumultuous digital landscape. It is crucial to holistically quantify the unduplicated exposure and engagement of all our digital assets moving forward.”
- Michael Gratz, VP, Research & Insights, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
“Consistent multi-channel reporting of audience reach and demographics is an important underpinning of cross-platform media planning. We look forward to leveraging MMX Multi-Platform to improve side-by-side comparisons and gain a more holistic view of audiences that will help increase the efficiency and performance of our clients’ campaigns.”
- Brian Quinn, Chief Revenue Officer, Triad Retail Media
“With mobile representing such a large segment of our digital audience, we knew that traditional web-based audience measurement was not giving us credit for the significantly larger audience we’ve been delivering to our advertisers. By addressing that critical piece of the landscape, this product is bringing a more realistic view of the true digital media universe to the market.”
- Radha Subramanyam, EVP Insights, Research & Analytics, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment
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Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including, but not limited to, expectations regarding the impact and benefits to comScore from the MMX family of products, financial or otherwise. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially, including, but not limited to: the features and characteristics of the products, the rate of development of the digital marketing intelligence, Internet advertising and e-Commerce markets; the growth of the Internet as a medium for commerce, content, advertising and communications; and the acceptance of new products and methodologies by the industry, including existing and prospective clients.
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