There was a combination of both upbeat and downbeat takeaways from the anchor commentators on the last day of the conference.
Howard Shimmel of Janus Strategy & Insights, LLC. guided this expert panel through the critical questions surrounding the importance of calibration panels to the measurement industry. Howard asked why calibration panels are needed, what they bring to measurement, and what is sacrificed if the industry does not support them moving forward.
Big data’s power can only go so far, as cautioned in this presentation from Nielsen. Envisioning a future where big data’s integration in measurement is calibrated with panel assets, Nielsen’s Kimberly Gilberti addressed big data’s gaps in TV sources and usage, like CTV, video games, and smart TV’s native apps. This brief overview of how Nielsen uses big data detailed the enrichment needs for MVPDs and ACR in addition to the power of people-based panels that fill in the missing pieces.
Truthset was founded 18 months ago to address the concern that attributes in Big Datasets used to define target audiences were not always accurate. Aaron reported that a female audience segment from a data provider that Truthset had examined turned out to be only 58% female. Truthset receives data on 2.6 billion IDs from 19 data providers each quarter and provides them with “truth scores” for the demographic attributes of each ID. The truth scores, which range from 0 to 1, represent Truthset’s estimate of the probability that an assigned attribute is correct.
Xandr’s Peter Doe reinforced the omnipresence of bias in TV measurement as he outlined four key areas of bias in assessing DirecTV’s (DTV) set-top box (STB) data for its national data-driven linear TV advertising. Noting DTV’s relatively low sampling size (7M STB homes) has a high level of bias when measuring for national TV viewing, Peter provided a top-line overview of Xandr’s viewership data methodology relevant to advertisers and marketers working with big datasets.
The major challenge to measurement is the vast amount of content to measure and the ability to deduplicate across the many screens. Inclusiveness is the second major challenge – showing the face of America. But this is an opportunity also. The third is chasing identity and privacy at the same time.
Return Path Data. Set Top Box Data. Millions of Consumer Devices. Server Logs. In an era where big data is being tapped for decision making, and each source has a limited and often unrepresentative view, what is the role of a representative panel? What will and should panels look like in the future? After all, TV is converging with digital, the rise of CTV has ushered in content and marketing opportunities for businesses, and consumers have decision-making power unlike ever before. At this ARF Insights Studio, industry leaders Jane Clarke (CIMM), Pete Doe (Xandr), Mainak Mazumdar (Nielsen) and Paul Donato (ARF), discussed where single source panels may fit in the media measurement landscape of the future and how they can work alongside big data to benefit both.
Programming researchers are not getting the data they need to make informed decisions and Joan FitzGerald (Data ImpacX) uses streaming’s complex ecosystem to explain the conundrum facing programmers. Key insights into monetization and performance are not supported despite the inundation of new forms of data, leaving programmers without a comprehensive picture of their audience. Together with Michael McGuire at MSA, Joan outlined a methodology funnel that combined 1st, 2nd and 3rd party data to create equivalized metrics that, once leveraged, could meet critical programming research demands.
Data clean room technology has had a place in the advertising ecosystem for years but has become increasingly prominent in today’s landscape where major disruptions in data governance and privacy are emerging. Data cleanroom companies provide environments for two or more companies to share first-party data in a neutral, secure, privacy-compliant manner. They are used for activation, media measurement, and insights. At this event, Working Group Chair Sable Mi (VP of Analytics, Epsilon) moderated a powerful discussion with guests Alya Adelman (Director of Product, Blockgraph), Devon DeBlasio (VP of Product Marketing, InfoSum), Matt Karasick (Chief Product Officer, Habu), and Alysia Melisaratos (Head of Solutions Engineering, LiveRamp) to unpack the value that data clean rooms can provide.