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BARC India ropes in Nielsen for digital measurement

Nielsen was selected on the strength of its demonstrated capabilities from among 3 shortlisted cos

Urvi Malvania  |  Mumbai 

BARC India ropes in Nielsen for digital measurement

The Broadcast Audience Research Council of India (BARC India) has appointed India as its primary partner. 

will merge its global experience with India-specific adaptations to meet unique needs of the Indian market. 

The joint industry body’s service will be launched in a couple of years under the brand

was selected on the strength of its demonstrated capabilities from among the three that were shortlisted by the viewership measurement agency. 

BARC India’s digital products will be powered by Nielsen, which will help integrate the and digital service eventually. The suite of products will enable comprehensive video measurement, ie, all video (and content) played across and  

The first product (Pulse) will measure video ad campaigns to enable daily evaluation and optimisation opportunities. With EKAM, the industry will be able to transact on a common currency with transparency. 

The range of products, which will be launched in a phased manner, will also address the issue of viewability and ad fraud. 

intends to offer consistency, comparability and enhanced ability to de-duplicate audiences across sites, platforms and devices. 

In order to meet the needs and challenges of digital measurement, is guided by its digital technical committee that has representation from all major players in the sector, including Google, Facebook, Hotstar, Voot, Ditto, P&G, HUL, Group M, IPG and Omnicom Media Group.

“With large expected growth in digital as well as increased local and global industry demand for robust and digital measurement, it becomes essential that the country moves to a cohesive third-party measurement system. There is a need for uniformity where all sides of industry are in agreement on the right metrics, measures and definitions. methods are still evolving globally and is attempting a few things which are a global first,” said Partho Dasgupta, CEO,

According to Steve Hasker, global president and chief operating officer, Nielsen, most Indians who are getting online today are using a mobile device to do so and, 92 per cent of the smartphone users are using video streaming services. “These consumers will drive digital ad spends of marketers in India, likely to get close to Rs 30,000 crore by 2020. Measuring this and building a currency around this to understand the reach and return of interest of the marketer's most important future spend is an imperative," Hasker said.

“Thinking of occasions when we have had an opportunity to be part of truly path-breaking measurement, this would rank amongst the best. Combining BARC India's maverick vision and our expertise in digital measurement, we are helping build an advanced solution uniquely tailored for India,” added Prasun Basu, president, South Asia,

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