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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Research
Aug 2012

  • A face in the crowd

    21-Aug-2012

    It’s not the technology behind human interaction that matters, says ScenarioDNA’s Tim Stock and Marie Lena-Tupot. It’s the culture networks that drive it.

  • A head start for a kick start

    14-Aug-2012

    Ben Bose, founder of Mavens of London, crunches some Kickstarter data to help budding entrepreneurs formulate strategies for successfully raising money on the web’s hottest crowd-funding site.

  • ABN Research rebrands and adds Hong Kong office

    17-Aug-2012

    HONG KONG— ABN Research has opened a new office and changed its name to ABN Impact as it focuses on collaborative research.

  • AbsolutData gets $20m investment from Fidelity

    23-Aug-2012

    INDIA/US— Data analytics services firm AbsolutData is set to receive a $20m investment from venture capital group Fidelity Growth Partners India to boost its delivery capabilities.

  • Ace Metrix and Kantar to track political ad performance

    1-Aug-2012

    US— Ace Metrix has partnered with Kantar Media’s Campaign Media Analysis Group (CMAG) to launch Ace Metrix Politics, an analytics platform to measure the effectiveness of US political advertising campaigns.

  • Ad spend forecasts turn gloomy

    6-Aug-2012

    UK— The advertising industry is growing increasingly pessimistic about ad spend prospects, with global growth estimates having been revised down almost a full percentage point since April.

  • Aegis acquires analytics firm D2D

    1-Aug-2012

    UK— Aegis has acquired marketing effectiveness analytics consultancy Data2Decisions (D2D) in a bid to bolster its global technology and data offerings for marketers. The company will become part of Aegis Media.

  • Aegis shareholders approve Dentsu's deal

    17-Aug-2012

    UK/JAPAN — Dentsu has announced that Aegis shareholders have approved its planned £3.16bn acquisition bid and that it has received notice from the German regulatory body Bundeskartellamt that it will not be prohibited legally.

  • Affectiva raises $12m to extend emotional insight technology

    8-Aug-2012

    US— Affectiva, an emotion measurement technologies company, has secured $12m in Series C financing led by Horizons Ventures and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

  • All tooled up

    17-Aug-2012

    Daniel Hansen on how Bosch Professional Power Tools applied social CRM software to work out the value of its social media presence

  • An end to old struggles

    24-Aug-2012

    Creatives and researchers are long-time adversaries, but the commercial realities of 2012 are forcing them to settle their differences.

  • App Annie receives $6m finance boost

    15-Aug-2012

    US— App Annie has closed $6m in Series B financing. The round was led by Greycroft Partners, with participation from a global network of investors, including e.ventures, Infinity Venture Partners, Kii Capital, and IDG Capital Partners.

  • Arbitron adds Manish Bhatia to new product innovation role

    29-Aug-2012

    US— Arbitron has appointed Symphony Advanced Media’s president and CEO Manish Bhatia to the newly created position of EVP for new product innovation.

  • Arbitron names NPR's Delman as CFO

    15-Aug-2012

    US— Radio ratings firm Arbitron has hired National Public Radio’s chief strategy officer Debra Delman as chief financial officer.

  • ARSGroup sale likely as ComScore sees digital pre-tests fall flat

    3-Aug-2012

    US— ComScore is planning to sell some or all of the ARSGroup copy-testing business it acquired two years ago after failing to convince advertisers to buy into the idea of pre-testing their digital creative.

  • AT&T tool to fuse TV and mobile audience data

    28-Aug-2012

    US— AT&T AdWorks is launching a new behavioural offering called AT&T AdWorks Reflection, which it claims will provide advertisers with insights for online campaigns, garnered from TV and mobile contextual audience behaviour.

  • Atkins & Zementis partner on predictive analytics for infastructure firms

    31-Aug-2012

    US — Predictive analytics specialist Zementis has partnered with engineering and design consultancy Atkins to deliver real-time predictive analytics to the infrastructure industry.

  • Baltimore Ravens hires football analytics director

    9-Aug-2012

    US— Gridiron football team the Baltimore Ravens has hired Sandy Weil as director of football analytics to produce and study data about game trends, statistical analysis, NFL scouting and player production.

  • Barbara Adams OBE dies aged 89

    17-Aug-2012

    UK— The social scientist and former government researcher Barbara Adams has died aged 89.

  • Basis picks Showman to lead quant team

    20-Aug-2012

    UK — Basis Research has hired Lynsey Showman to lead its quantitative team and oversee the firm’s in-house data process and analytics team.

  • Best of the web – July 2012

    13-Aug-2012

    Articles on the Analytiks app, data visualisation, disruptive change and survey quality were among the 10 most popular research-related links from the rest of the web in July, as shared by the MR community on Twitter.

  • Cash for questions

    23-Aug-2012

    With panel companies under pressure to cut costs, Research Now’s Chris Dubreuil and Mike Murray set out to quantify the impact that lower incentive levels would have on drop-out rates and respondent experience.

  • CBS Outdoor UK launches London Worker Planning Tool

    21-Aug-2012

    UK— Advertising firm CBS Outdoor UK has launched a qualitative study that examines the behaviour of London workers so they can be targeted and understood by advertisers.

  • Chime Insight appoints O2's Bates as board director

    20-Aug-2012

    UK— Chime’s Insight and Engagement Group has appointed Caroline Bates as a board director. Bates’s previous position was head of brand and marketing strategy at Telefonica O2.

  • CIE sees 18% growth in operating income

    29-Aug-2012

    UK— Chime Insight and Engagement (CIE) has reported a strong first half to the financial year with operating income growing by 18% and operating profit up 148%. The company also says margin has improved from 9.1% to 19.0%.

  • Cint and Voxco partner to boost global reach

    31-Aug-2012

    SWEDEN — Cint has formed a partnership with Canadian software company Voxco, which will help the latter to provide its customers with access to the opinions of over seven million individuals worldwide.

  • CMI Research to offer Toluna communities to clients

    10-Aug-2012

    US— CMI Research has partnered with Toluna to provide online panels and branded communities to its customers.

  • Companies to collaborate on indoor positioning technologies

    24-Aug-2012

    FINLAND— A group of 22 companies have formed an alliance aimed at developing more accurate technologies for working out where people are within indoor locations.

  • ComScore earns certification from two industry bodies

    9-Aug-2012

    UK— ComScore has achieved industry certification for its audience measurement tools from the UK’s Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC) and Spain’s Informacion y Control de Publicaciones (OJD).

  • Condé Nast launches Style Society online community

    21-Aug-2012

    US— Condé Nast has launched an online community, Style Society, which it describes as a “social hub for forward-thinking, style-focused women”. Run in conjunction with Ipsos North America, it aims to collect brand insights, product testing and co-creation opportunities from 2,000 women.

  • Confirmit buys MarketTools' CustomerSat

    22-Aug-2012

    US/NORWAY— Confirmit has acquired CustomerSat, the enterprise feedback management software and services provider which was previously part of MarketTools.

  • COO Creamer joins Arbitron board

    30-Aug-2012

    US— Arbitron EVP and chief operating officer Sean Creamer has been appointed to the board of directors of the media measurement firm.

  • Corporate communicators

    29-Aug-2012

    Who’s up, who’s down, who’s in and who’s out in our monthly ranking of the most influential market research voices on Twitter, including new corporate rankings.

  • Crowdlab adds FreshMinds' Smith as research and tech director

    9-Aug-2012

    UK— Mobile research software provider Crowdlab has appointed Niall Smith as research and technology director.

  • Davis-Swing joins MediaVest as analytics director

    3-Aug-2012

    US— MediaVest USA has hired Larry Davis-Swing as senior vice president and director of analytics, reporting to CEO Brian Terkelsen.

  • Decipher adds TrueSample to Beacon platform

    23-Aug-2012

    US— Decipher has integrated SurveyMonkey’s TrueSample panel cleaning tool into its Beacon market research platform.

  • Deltek acquired by Thoma Bravo for $1.1bn

    28-Aug-2012

    US— Deltek, a project management software firm that owns research agencies Washington Management Group and Input, is to be acquired by private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo for $1.1 bn.

  • DemystData gets funding for data analysis

    30-Aug-2012

    US— Data analysis firm DemystData has received an undisclosed amount of Series A funding from venture capitalist Arbor Partners Asia and global non-profit Accion.

  • Discovery's Ken Parker elected AQR chair

    3-Aug-2012

    UK— Discovery Research founder Ken Parker has been elected chairman of the Association for Qualitative Research (AQR).

  • Edentify hires Maxus' Gaines to lead data planning offering

    28-Aug-2012

    AUSTRALIA— David Gaines, CEO of Maxus Australia, is to leave the media planning agency to become a managing partner at research and insights agency Edentify.

  • Editor's note: August Bank Holiday

    24-Aug-2012

    It’s a public holiday in the UK on Monday 27 August. Normal service will resume on the 28th but in the meantime check back for some fresh new feature content.

  • Effective Measure appoints Java to MD post in Philippines

    13-Aug-2012

    PHILIPPINES— Online intelligence specialists Effective Measure have appointed Mindshare’s Maria Rodriguez Java to the newly created role of managing director of its Philippines bureau.

  • Envirosell opens Istanbul office

    17-Aug-2012

    TURKEY— Paco Underhill’s consumer behaviour research and consulting firm Envirosell has opened an office in Istanbul, which will be led by former Samsung executive Melik Karabiyikoglu.

  • EthniFacts appoints author to monitor consumer culture

    8-Aug-2012

    US— Consumer research agency EthniFacts has appointed author and journalist Guy Garcia to the newly created role of president of ‘new mainstream’ initiatives.

  • EyeTrackShop and Majestic MRSS agree distribution deal

    1-Aug-2012

    INDIA— Majestic MRSS has agreed a deal to distribute and sell EyeTrackShop’s services throughout Asia and the Middle East.

  • Facebook gets Sway with Threadsy acquisition

    28-Aug-2012

    US— Facebook is acquiring Threadsy, the start-up company behind the Swaylo social influence measurement service.

  • Facebook unveils data-matching tool for advertisers

    31-Aug-2012

    US — Facebook is working on new advertising technology that will allow businesses to upload their customer lists and compare data with the social media site’s encrypted user database.

  • Finlayson joins Relish Research from Nestlé

    22-Aug-2012

    UK— Relish Research has appointed former Nestlé Confectionery brand insight manager Carol Finlayson to the newly created role of qualitative research manager. She will be based in the agency’s Relish North office.

  • Fizziology appoints West Coast sales director

    8-Aug-2012

    US— Social media research agency Fizziology has appointed Greg Buell as director of sales for the West Coast and added Carter Weiss to its advisory panel.

  • FourthWall Media launches data division

    8-Aug-2012

    US— Interactive television agency FourthWall Media has launched a new MassiveData division to mine set-top box viewing data for audience insights.

  • Gamer analytics firm iQU installed in US

    10-Aug-2012

    US— Netherlands-based gamer data and analytics firm iQU has expanded to the US, opening a Los Angeles office with Jeannette Weinstein as CEO.

  • Gartner reports 9% rise in second-quarter sales

    6-Aug-2012

    US— IT market analyst Gartner has reported second-quarter revenue up 9% to $397.5m while net income rose 29% to $41m.

  • General Mills names Jeanine Bassett as new insights VP

    2-Aug-2012

    US— General Mills has named Jeanine Bassett as its new vice president of global consumer insights following the retirement of Gayle Fuguitt after 15 years.

  • GfK creates digital ROI measurement division

    3-Aug-2012

    US— GfK has formed a new global practice to help give clients a complete picture of their return on digital marketing and advertising spend.

  • GfK posts 'sharp' rise in first-half sales

    14-Aug-2012

    GERMANY— GfK has posted an increase in sales for the first half of 2012 but reported a slight decrease in income for the period. In the first six months of 2012, sales were up 9.1% to €720.1m from €660.1m but its adjusted operating income for the period fell 3.1% to €81.4m from €83.9m.

  • Gilding to lead Gannett brand research and strategy

    7-Aug-2012

    US— The Gannett media group, publisher of USA Today, has appointed Emma Gilding as vice president of brand research and strategy.

  • GlobalEdge colleagues launch Beyond Insights

    6-Aug-2012

    SOUTH AFRICA— Former GlobalEdge executives Andrew Johnson and Catherine Read-Fletcher have launched Beyond Insights, offering research and strategic consulting services to clients in South Africa and the sub-Saharan region.

  • GMO Research to open Indian operations centre

    23-Aug-2012

    INDIA— GMO Research and its subsidiary GMO Japan Market Intelligence are to open an operations centre in India by the end of the month.

  • Goldman Sachs shuts Hudson Street Services

    17-Aug-2012

    UK — Goldman Sachs Group has confirmed it is to close its research company Hudson Street Services, which offered data and independent research to investors and it will sell its minority stakes in most firms producing research.

  • Gongos appoints Camille Nicita as president and CEO

    22-Aug-2012

    US— Camille Nicita has been appointed president and CEO at Gongos Research, replacing its founder John Gongos, who died in July.

  • Google acquires Wildfire for social insight

    2-Aug-2012

    US— Google has acquired Wildfire, a start-up that uses social media to connect brands with consumers.The deal adds to Google’s involvement in social engagement measurement range.

  • Google fined $22m by FTC over Safari cookie drops

    10-Aug-2012

    US— Google has agreed to pay a record $22.5m fine to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that it dropped tracking cookies on the computers of Safari browser users who thought they were opted out.

  • Govt 'to probe TV ratings fraud allegations' – report

    3-Aug-2012

    INDIAN— Reports from India suggest the government is preparing to investigate the fraud allegations levelled against TV ratings supplier TAM Media Research.

  • Hall & Partners names Dukes and Schaumann to managing partners

    13-Aug-2012

    US/UK— Hall & Partners has promoted Caroline Dukes and Joann Schaumann to managing partners in London and New York respectively.

  • Hall & Partners opens The Room in London and NY

    29-Aug-2012

    US/UK— Hall & Partners has opened new qualitative research viewing facilities called The Room in London and New York.

  • Harris Interactive reports revenue fall of 8.2% for 2012

    17-Aug-2012

    US— Harris Interactive has reported a $13.2m fall in revenues for the 2011/12 financial year - equivalent to an 8.2% decline compared to the same period in the last full-year results.

  • Havas bumps Creston shareholding to 6%

    7-Aug-2012

    UK— Havas has increased its holdings in marketing services group Creston to 6%, according to an after-hours regulatory filing yesterday.

  • Havas buys 5% of Creston shares

    6-Aug-2012

    UK— French advertising group Havas has bought a 5.18% shareholding in marketing services group Creston, owner of research agencies ICM and Marketing Sciences.

  • Hiptype aims to be 'Google Analytics for e-books'

    1-Aug-2012

    US— A startup company called Hiptype is setting out to be a Google Analytics for e-books with a platform that reports audience data for publishers and authors.

  • HSBC launches Viewpoint customer community

    20-Aug-2012

    UK — HSBC has launched an online community called Viewpoint, which will let customers participate in a variety of discussions and surveys about banking with the firm. The site is being managed by online community research specialists Verve.

  • IBM acquires Kenexa for $1.3bn

    30-Aug-2012

    US— IBM is to acquire employee management specialists Kenexa for approximately $1.3bn. The deal will include the Kenexa Research Institute created after Kenexa acquired Gantz Wiley Research in 2006.

  • ICM creates three new roles

    15-Aug-2012

    UK— ICM Research has appointed Ipsos Mori’s Peter Cornick (pictured) as project director for its government and social research unit. The position is one of three recently created at the business.

  • IgnitionOne opens in Brazil

    3-Sep-2012

    BRAZIL— Digital marketing and analytics technology firm IgnitionOne has appointed Edmardo Galli as managing director of its new office in Brazil.

  • iMotions adds Affectiva biometrics to eye-tracking platform

    6-Aug-2012

    US— Eye-tracking software firm iMotions is to add insights from Affectiva’s Q Sensor biometric testing service to its offering.

  • IMS Health acquires TTC to bolster pharma analytics offering

    16-Aug-2012

    US— IMS Health has acquired TTC, a Philadelphia-based benchmarking and analytics company which helps global life science organisations plan for and negotiate the costs of clinical trials.

  • IMS Health buys PharmaDeals in latest analytics push

    21-Aug-2012

    UK— IMS Health has acquired PharmaDeals, the UK-based subsidiary of PharmaVentures, which specialises in storing online information about business transactions, licensing, and mergers and acquisitions activity within the global pharmaceutical industry.

  • Initiative hires Nielsen duo to bolster analytics offering

    9-Aug-2012

    US— Media agency group Initiative has hired Nielsen’s Michael Heberle (pictured) and Richard Sussman as senior VPs and directors of US performance analytics. The move forms part of a restructuring of the agency’s performance analytics unit.

  • Inmar hires John Ross to lead new shopper analytics division

    15-Aug-2012

    US— E-commerce specialist Inmar has hired Interpublic Group’s (IPG) John Ross to lead a new division focused on providing data analytics for shopper behaviour and consumer promotions.

  • Innovation fund invests in analytics startup

    14-Aug-2012

    INDIA— The India Innovation Fund has invested an undisclosed amount in analytics agency iKen Solutions, which specialises in developing artificial intelligence analytics to help companies create personalised experiences for their customers.

  • Insight Research Group bolsters senior team

    17-Aug-2012

    UK— Insight Research Group has announced two senior appointments with Gracie van Kemenade (pictured) joining from Kantar Health as quantitative research director and Paul O’Meara joinig from Ipsos Healthcare as regional head of syndicated studies.

  • Insult or injury?

    30-Aug-2012

    Discussions about the wording of the referendum question on Scottish independence have been branded a waste of time and an insult to the public’s intelligence. No offence, says Ruth Stevenson, but the question is too important to get wrong.

  • Ipsos Healthcare names biz dev director for syndicated services

    6-Aug-2012

    MALAYSIA— Ipsos Healthcare has appointed Richard Clarke as global business development director for syndicated services, based in Kuala Lumpur.

  • Ipsos InnoQuest names new global MarketQuest boss

    16-Aug-2012

    SINGAPORE— Ipsos InnoQuest CEO Lauren Demar (pictured) has named David Lansanah as global managing director of MarketQuest, the product research and development division it acquired with the takeover of Synovate last year.

  • ITVx partners with Rentrak for product placement viewing data

    8-Aug-2012

    US— ITVx, a company that specialises in measuring the impact of TV product placement, is partnering with Rentrak to add viewing data to its campaign reports.

  • Jeff Green opens Stone Door Media Lab in Nashville

    24-Aug-2012

    US— Music industry veteran Jeff Green has stepped down from his post as VP operations for Country Aircheck to launch Stone Door Media Lab – a Nashville-based think tank providing ratings research, customer data, digital media consumption analytics and market analysis.

  • Kantar Media Custom hires Morioka as associate director

    13-Aug-2012

    UK— Kantar Media Custom has bolstered its director team with the appointment of Emma Morioka as an associate director. She joins from P\S\L Group where she was a director of brand voice.

  • Kicktraq to analyse Kickstarter project performance

    28-Aug-2012

    US— A new analytics tool has been launched to track and analyse the performance of projects seeking financing on the crowd funding site Kickstarter.

  • KJT Group reveals European expansion plans

    3-Sep-2012

    US— Healthcare research agency KJT Group is gearing up for a European expansion in 2013, according to CEO and founder Kenneth Tomaszewski.

  • Knowledge bass

    16-Aug-2012

    When bass music label UKF wanted to expand its output, it turned to research to make sure it was on the same wavelength as its biggest fans.

  • Kraft's Alvarado to lead insight for Mondelez snacks business

    10-Aug-2012

    US— Kraft Foods’ Maria Alvarado is to become vice president of consumer insight for Kraft’s rebranded snack food business, Mondelez, when the company splits in two later this year.

  • LBi adds new head of research

    8-Aug-2012

    UK— Global marketing and technology agency LBi has appointed Michele Chang-McGrath as head of research. She will lead the existing research team developing a new proposition to help build business value for clients.

  • L'Oréal USA turns to text analytics for Voice of Beauty

    1-Aug-2012

    US— L’Oréal USA has chosen Clarabridge to manage and analyse its social media data to gain insight into what customers are thinking and feeling.

  • L'Oréal wants social media analysis to make fans feel 'worth it'

    3-Aug-2012

    Céline Dumais on how the cosmetics giant’s tie-up with Clarabridge will open up a new form of dialogue with customers.

  • Madano to scrutinise service design industry for Design Council

    13-Aug-2012

    UK— The Design Council has appointed the Madano Partnership to undertake a detailed research study into service design.

  • Market Force Information launches ID checking service

    20-Aug-2012

    UK — Customer intelligence firm Market Force Information has launched a new customer intelligence programme that focuses on the identification checking process.

  • Market Probe adds Jill Rogers as vice president

    16-Aug-2012

    US— Market Probe has hired Jill Rogers as vice president of its agriculture and animal health market research practice.

  • Marketing expenditure falls but adspend predictions remain positive

    23-Aug-2012

    GLOBAL— Marketing expenditure levels continue to decline around the world but experts are predicting that global advertising expenditure will grow overall in 2012 and 2013, though this will be slower than previously estimated.

  • Marketing Workshop adds research manager

    20-Aug-2012

    US — Research and consulting agency Marketing Workshop has hired Ashley Goode, formerly of DunnhumbyUSA, as research manager.

  • Maxus strikes Effective Measure deal

    22-Aug-2012

    SINGAPORE— Communications services group Maxus has struck a deal with online intelligence firm Effective Measure to offer the latter’s new campaign measurement tools to its clients.

  • McDowell Group founder dies

    17-Aug-2012

    US — Eric McDowell, the founder of the McDowell Group, has died aged 69 following a brief illness. McDowell, who worked in Alaska, was praised as a “brilliant researcher, consultant and facilitator” by agency managing principle Jim Calvin.

  • Mississippi stations sign up for Rentrak ratings

    7-Aug-2012

    US— Two local TV stations in Columbus-Tupelo-West Point, Mississippi, have signed up to receive ratings numbers from Rentrak’s StationView Essentials service.

  • MM-Eye reorganises London management team

    6-Aug-2012

    UK— Research agency MM-Eye has reorganised its London management team, promoting Anne Bolingbroke to chairman and Damien Field to managing director.

  • Mobile Posse and Annik strike mobile research partnership

    15-Aug-2012

    US— Research outsourcing firm Annik and mobile advertising and CRM agency Mobile Posse have formed a partnership which they claim will provide brands and researchers with access to 15 million consumers.

  • MoJ's Teresa Williams to join Nuffield Foundation

    9-Aug-2012

    UK— The Nuffield Foundation has appointed government researcher Teresa Williams as director of social research and policy. She will take up her new post on 29 October after almost a decade in senior research roles within the civil service.

  • Morris Hargreaves McIntyre adds international clients to roster

    14-Aug-2012

    UK— Research consultancy Morris Hargreaves McIntyre has broadened its client roster to include its first international clients, the Qatar Museum Authority, 92Y New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Australia Museum and Te Papa, New Zealand.

  • MRG and ScreenPlays Information strike partnership

    31-Aug-2012

    US — Multimedia Research Group (MRG) has struck a partnership with ScreenPlays Information Marketplace to provide immediate access for MRG’s clients to industry intelligence, thought leadership and market updates from ScreenPlays and vice versa.

  • National Schools Partnership names Holland as research head

    17-Aug-2012

    UK— National Schools Partnership has named former Ipsos director Mike Holland as its head of research. He will be responsible for reshaping the initiative’s research and evaluation strategy.

  • NDA hires ORC Int'l to scrutinise supply chain strategy

    16-Aug-2012

    UK— The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has appointed ORC International to help it conduct a company-wide review of its supply chain strategy. The research firm will conduct a number of interviews on the authority’s behalf over the next two months.

  • New Balance taps Crimson Hexagon for social insight

    28-Aug-2012

    US— Shoe and trainer brand New Balance has selected data analysis firm Crimson Hexagon’s ForSight platform to give its sales team consumer insights from social media conversations.

  • News broadcasters want gov't intervention on TAM ratings

    24-Aug-2012

    INDIA— A coalition of news broadcasters in India have asked the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to order TAM Media Research to suspend reporting of TV audience data amid concerns over the accuracy of its ratings.

  • News Group makes double measurement buy

    3-Aug-2012

    UAE— News Group International has created what it calls a “measurement powerhouse” through the acquisitions of Report International and KDPaine & Partners.

  • Nielsen teams with Microsoft to scrutinise online audience segments

    8-Aug-2012

    US — Nielsen is partnering with Microsoft to help advertisers reach TV audiences online using its new Nielsen Online Audience Segments – TV’.

  • Nielsen wins Indian school dinners survey task

    31-Aug-2012

    INDIA— The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has hired Nielsen to study the eating habits of schoolchildren as part of its plan to ensure that quality meals are served in schools.

  • Nielsen wins new Indian Readership Survey contract

    29-Aug-2012

    INDIA— The Media Research User’s Council (MRUC) has awarded Nielsen the contract to carry out the new Indian Readership Survey (IRS), which kicks off next year.

  • Norweigan investigation considers banning Google Analytics

    21-Aug-2012

    NORWAY— Google Analytics is facing a potential ban in Norway after the Norwegian Data Protection Bureau declared that the service is not compliant with a recent EU directive on the collection of IP addresses by search engines.

  • NRS confirms launch date for fused print and online dataset

    20-Aug-2012

    UK— The National Readership Survey (NRS) will launch its new print and digital data dataset NRS PADD on 10 September. It combines print data collected by Ipsos Mori with website readership figures from UKOM/Nielsen.

  • 'Our users are small businesses that can't afford MR'

    7-Aug-2012

    Research meets Guy Potter – one of the men behind Usurv, the latest DIY survey tool to hit the market.

  • Owners roll Nqual into new agency Netfluential

    15-Aug-2012

    UK— The founders of online qualitative software firm Nqual have launched a new full-service agency which will offer the Nqual suite of DIY tools as part of its offering to clients.

  • P&G's Chien joins Ipsos ASI China as MD

    30-Aug-2012

    CHINA— Eddie Chien, a 20-year research veteran of Procter & Gamble has left the consumer goods giant to join Ipsos ASI.

  • P&K Research appoints ex-MarketQuest pair

    15-Aug-2012

    US— Full-service marketing and sensory research agency P&K Research has hired former Ipsos pair Mary Beth Lake (pictured) and Paul Holtzman as senior vice presidents.

  • Pamro conference goes ahead despite Ebola outbreak in Uganda

    2-Aug-2012

    UGANDA— The Pan-African Media Research Organisation (Pamro) has told members that its conference in Uganda will proceed as planned this month, despite an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the country.

  • Pappas Telecasting signs station roster to Rentrak ratings

    14-Aug-2012

    US— Broadcasting group Pappas Telecasting has signed up to receive Rentrak audience figures for its entire roster of five TV stations.

  • Peak Answers celebrates £1m sales in first year

    23-Aug-2012

    UK— Data collection agency Peak Answers has celebrated its first year in business by reporting sales of more than £1m, double what the firm had been expecting to bring in.

  • People on the move

    7-Aug-2012

    The latest appointments and promotions in the global market research and consumer insight industry.

  • Pinfluencer gets $1.4m for Pinterest analytics

    1-Aug-2012

    US— A new Pinterest analytics platform called Pinfluencer has emerged from private beta with $1.4m in seed funding behind it.

  • Pinterest analytics tool sold at auction

    16-Aug-2012

    US— Pinterest analytics tool PinReach has been sold in an online auction after founder Chris Fay took up the offer of a new job with Google.

  • Placed to provide location analytics for mobile websites

    29-Aug-2012

    US— Placed has expanded its location analytics services beyond mobile apps to include mobile internet sites.

  • Playing the online video game

    20-Aug-2012

    Online video measurement firm Visible Measures has closed a $21.5m funding round led by DAG Ventures. Joe Fernandez caught up with Brian Shin (pictured), founder and CEO, to find out about the company’s progress and ambitions.

  • Predilytics gets $6m to grow analytics offering

    5-Sep-2012

    US— Healthcare data analytics firm Predilytics has raised $6m in a round of Series A funding led by Flybridge Capital Partners and Highland Capital Partners with investment from Google Ventures.

  • Prophet acquires (r)evolution to bolster strategic portfolio

    13-Aug-2012

    US— Brand consultancy Prophet has acquired insight and brand positioning specialists (r)evolution for an undisclosed amount. The firm’s offices and staff will be maintained in the latter’s existing Atlanta headquarters.

  • Qualtrics unveils first product expansion since $70m funding

    7-Aug-2012

    US— Online survey software firm Qualtrics has launched its first new product since receiving $70m in funding from Accel Partners and Sequoia Capital.

  • QuestBack builds development teams with senior hires

    16-Aug-2012

    UK— QuestBack has hired Tom Meyritz, Ciao Surveys’ former head of business development for Europe, as its head of business development in the UK. He is joined by new client development directors Julian Zammit and James Riley (pictured).

  • QuestionPro acquires PollBob

    21-Aug-2012

    US— Web survey specialist QuestionPro has acquired PollBob, a community polling startup with a website and iPhone app used by over 350,000 registered users. The deal comes two years after PollBob was created.

  • QuestionPro enters the social polling space

    22-Aug-2012

    Chief executive Vivek Bhaskaran tells Research how QuestionPro’s acquisition of PollBob will accelerate the firm’s investment in social polling.

  • Rentrak hits milestone: AMI division overtakes home entertainment

    10-Aug-2012

    US— Rentrak has reported a 31% rise in its Advanced Media and Information (AMI) revenue for the three months ended 30 June.

  • Republican Party makes LexisNexis online research provider

    17-Aug-2012

    US— The Republcan Party has appointed LexisNexis as its official online research provider for the 2012 Republican National Convention.

  • Repucom wins Omega Pharma–Quick Step cycling sponsorship deal

    21-Aug-2012

    UK— Pro cycling team Omega Pharma–Quick Step has signed up sports research agency Repucom to help optimise its key sponsorship deals.

  • Revelation hires SSI director to head Atlantic NE sales

    29-Aug-2012

    US — Online qualitative research software provider Revelation has hired Survey Sampling International’s (SSI) Julie Gagliardi as the company’s director of sales for its Atlantic North-East region.

  • Revelation launches text visualisation and search tool

    24-Aug-2012

    US— Online qualitative research software and tools provider Revelation has released a text visualisation and search tool, Word Trees.

  • Roy Morgan Research explores 'The Digital Universe'

    21-Aug-2012

    AUSTRALIA— Roy Morgan Research has added a new module to its Single Source customer research databank with the aim of helping marketers explore how digital touchpoints are affecting Australians’ daily lives, including their media consumption, shopping habits, socialisation and expectations.

  • Selinna Chin appointed general manager for GfK Malaysia

    7-Aug-2012

    MALAYSIA— Selinna Chin has been appointed general manager of GfK Malaysia, responsible for the day-today running of the business and leading the local team.

  • Sentia Media acquires BuzzNumbers

    23-Aug-2012

    AUSTRALIA— Media intelligence firm Sentia Media has acquired social media monitoring platform BuzzNumbers, the company’s first acquisition since rebranding from Media Monitors Group in February.

  • SEOmoz snaps up Twitter tool Followerwonk

    16-Aug-2012

    US— Search engine optimisation firm SEOmoz has acquired Twitter analytics platform Followerwonk for an undisclosed amount.

  • Service Management Group buys Locately

    17-Aug-2012

    US— Customer loyalty research agency Service Management Group (SMG) has acquired Locately, an agency specialising in consumer location analytics.

  • Seven hires Emelia Millward as head of research

    2-Aug-2012

    AUSTRALIA— Seven Network has appointed Special Broadcasting Services’ Emelia Millward as its head of research. She joins after eight years with SBS as head of research and insights.

  • Singapore office for AIP Corporation

    1-Aug-2012

    JAPAN— Online sampling and data collection firm AIP Corporation has opened a new office in Singapore, and will establish a local panel management and resource development team to support it.

  • Sky's Danny Russell to join Paddy Power

    20-Aug-2012

    IRELAND — Paddy Power has appointed BSkyB’s Danny Russell as its first insight director. He starts at the company on 15 October and will report to Paddy Power’s marketing director, Christian Woolfenden.

  • Splunk revenue up 71% in fiscal Q2

    31-Aug-2012

    US— Data analytics software firm Splunk has posted a 71% increase in revenue for its fiscal second quarter.

  • SSI partners with Interresearch in new Danish venture

    30-Aug-2012

    DENMARK— Sample and data provider SSI has bolstered its presence in the Nordic market with the launch of SSI Denmark, a joint venture with local company Interresearch.

  • Stingray Digital expands Rentrak deal

    17-Aug-2012

    US— Digital media group Stingray Digital has added The Karaoke Channel to its ratings contract with Rentrak.

  • Storey joins Zaicom Research Plus as director

    24-Aug-2012

    UK— Zaicom Research Plus, part of the Zaicom International group of companies, has appointed YouGov’s John Storey as research director with immediate effect.

  • StrategyOne names Emily Hunt as director of insights

    29-Aug-2012

    UK— Edelman’s insights and analytics subsidiary StrategyOne has appointed ICM’s Emily Hunt as director of insights. She will join the firm on 31 August.

  • SymphonyIRI appoints P&G VP to lead retail solutions

    22-Aug-2012

    US— SymphonyIRI Group has appointed Procter & Gamble VP Beverly Grant as president of its retail solutions arm. She joins the firm after 26 years with P&G and will report to Mark Parise, president of IRI, SymphonyIRI.

  • TAM Media Research reveals six-point ratings plan

    20-Aug-2012

    INDIA — TAM Media Research has outlined a six-point plan at a joint meeting of the Indian Society of Advertisers (ISA) and the Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI) to meet concerns over the accuracy of its TV ratings.

  • Tempus Fuguitt

    2-Aug-2012

    Gayle Fuguitt, the General Mills consumer insights VP, reflects on 30 years at the forefront of clientside research as she takes early retirement.

  • The joy of six

    27-Aug-2012

    Dominic Twose, global head of knowledge management at Millward Brown, on the benefits of creativity in advertising.

  • The Modellers launches ModHub for MR agencies

    23-Aug-2012

    US— Predictive analytics agency The Modellers has launched a new division called ModHub specialising in multivariate analytics services for research agencies.

  • The Olympics effect

    6-Aug-2012

    With emotions running high, Crawford Hollingworth says the Olympics are a good time to put behavioural economics to work.

  • The Research Partnership adds biz dev VP and research director

    10-Aug-2012

    US— Healthcare market research consultancy The Research Partnership has appointed Paul Dick (pictured) as VP of business development and Phil Rosenberg as research director.

  • TNS names Grace Liu as Malaysia managing director

    7-Aug-2012

    MALAYSIA— TNS has hired former Nielsen executive Grace Liu as its new managing director in Malaysia.

  • Topsy launches analytics tool

    22-Aug-2012

    US— Data analysis firm Topsy has launched a new social analysis service, Topsy Pro Analytics, which provides real time and multi-year access to posts across social media sites.

  • Trendrr hires Nielsen's Elrhoul as analytics VP

    8-Aug-2012

    US— Trendrr.TV, a social TV measurement, insight and social curation service, has named Meghann Sills Elrhoul, former manager of analytics at Nielsen, as its new VP of client services and analytics.

  • Twitter launches partner programme for analytics firms

    30-Aug-2012

    US— Twitter has rolled out a certified products programme to work with service providers that use its data to help companies engage with customers and understand what people are saying about them.

  • Twitter unveils Political Index

    2-Aug-2012

    US— Twitter has launched a new tool to analyse user sentiment towards Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in the race to become the next US president.

  • Umbel and Akamai join up for audience analysis

    2-Aug-2012

    US— Digital audience measurement specialist Umbel has formed a partnership with cloud platform provider Akamai to provide digital publishers with a bundled measurement and analytics service.

  • US Census Bureau appoints chief scientist

    14-Aug-2012

    US— The Census Bureau has appointed Johns Hopkins University professor Thomas A Louis as the new associate director for research and methodology and chief scientist. He will join the Bureau through an inter-agency personnel agreement on 7 January 2013.

  • UX firm Foviance merges with service design shop Seren

    23-Aug-2012

    UK— User experience and analytics consultancy Foviance is merging with service design agency Seren Partners.

  • ValueClick looks to Vizu for online ad guarantee

    6-Aug-2012

    UK— Online ad network ValueClick has tapped Nielsen-owned research firm Vizu to support its new advertising effectiveness guarantee.

  • Verve raises £750k in extra capital

    1-Aug-2012

    UK— Online community and research panel provider Verve has closed a £750,000 expansion capital fundraising from the its shareholder group to invest in accelerated growth.

  • Visible Measures bags $21.5m investment

    14-Aug-2012

    US— Online video measurement firm Visible Measures has closed a $21.5m funding round led by DAG Ventures with participation from existing investors.

  • Vision Critical hires Bruce Friend to lead media unit

    8-Aug-2012

    US— Bruce Friend, former president of Ipsos OTX Media CT, has joined Vision Critical as president of its media and entertainment division.

  • Vision Critical hires industry veteran to lead global HR push

    31-Aug-2012

    US — Vision Critical has appointed Synovate’s Jim Cravens as its executive vice president, global human resources.

  • Vision Critical raises $20m investment from OMERS Ventures

    28-Aug-2012

    CANADA— Vision Critical has announced a $20m investment from OMERS Ventures, the venture capital investment arm of Canadian pension funds giant OMERS.

  • Vital Insights hires EMEA managing director

    23-Aug-2012

    CANADA— Vital Insights has appointed Joerg Hoehner, previously of SPA Future Thinking, as its new managing director for the EMEA region, tasked with leading the firm’s expansion.

  • VivaKi in ad viewability partnership with ComScore

    10-Aug-2012

    US— VivaKi Nerve Center, the R&D arm of Publicis’ digital marketing network, has formed a partnership with ComScore to offer ad viewability metrics to clients.

  • Volvo launches crowdsourcing initiative

    20-Aug-2012

    SWEDEN— Volvo has launched a crowdsourcing project on Facebook called You Inside that it hopes will create new ideas for more personalised vehicles.

  • Walk on the wild side

    15-Aug-2012

    How people on the fringes of consumer culture are helping shape mainstream brands: Joe Fernandez enters the world of extreme user research.

  • Webtrends adds social data to Analytics On Demand

    21-Aug-2012

    US— Digital intelligence agency Webtrends has added new social measurement capabilities to its Analytics On Demand product.

  • Webtrends offers free analytics service through iPad app

    14-Aug-2012

    US— Digital intelligence specialists Webtrends have unveiled a new free app for the iPad. Webtrends Today aims to offer marketers relevant marketing analytics and insights, including trending data from websites, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

  • What kind of source would you like?

    31-Aug-2012

    Following up last week’s report on incentivising online respondents, Lightspeed Research’s Frank Kelly highlights the different ways of recruiting people to take part in online research studies.

  • What Runs Where buys start-up Mobile Ad Spy

    30-Aug-2012

    US— What Runs Where, a competitive intelligence service for online advertisers, has acquired UK-based start-up Mobile Ad Spy, which offers a similar service for mobile adverts. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

  • Whistleblower accuses Gallup of defrauding US government

    24-Aug-2012

    US— A former director of the Gallup Organisation has filed a lawsuit against the firm, alleging that it defrauded the US government and sacked him when he threatened to report the matter to the Justice Department.

  • WPP insight division sees 1% revenue growth in first half

    30-Aug-2012

    UK— Revenue for WPP’s consumer insight division increased by 1.2% in the first half of the year, albeit with the second quarter down 0.4% due to increased pricing pressure and currency exchange rate fluctuations.

  • WPP moves to dismiss NDTV's Indian ratings lawsuit

    29-Aug-2012

    US— Lawyers acting for WPP have moved to dismiss NDTV’s lawsuit over alleged manipulation of Indian TV ratings data, criticising the case as “a desperate attempt… to drum up media coverage”.

  • WPP threatens defamation action over NDTV's TAM ratings accusations

    22-Aug-2012

    UK— WPP is considering bringing a defamation action against Indian TV news network NDTV after the latter alleged that ratings produced by WPP’s joint venture company TAM Media Research had been manipulated.

  • WPP to buy consumer participation firm Ascentum

    17-Aug-2012

    CANADA— WPP has announced that Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada is acquiring consumer participation specialists Ascentum, in an attempt to increase its digital capabilities for clients.

  • Wunderman launches joint venture in Indonesia

    31-Aug-2012

    INDONESIA— WPP has announced plans to create a joint venture relationship marketing Indonesian network called PT Wunderman Pamungkas Indonesia. Wunderman is partnering with Rahadian Nugraha Agung and Tommy Prastowo for the launch of the new agency.

  • XM Asia-Pacific launches lab with eye-tracking technology

    16-Aug-2012

    SINGAPORE— XM Asia-Pacific, the JWT-owned digital agency, has launched a consumer experience lab that will use eye-tracking technology to better understand how Asian consumers absorb information from digital ads, websites and traditional media.

  • YouGov and McGill launch GCC business confidence index

    28-Aug-2012

    UK— YouGov and the McGill Consulting Group have partnered to launch a new syndicated quarterly report on the business environment in the Gulf Cooperation Council states of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE and Oman.

  • YouGov sees 'solid' full-year trading performance

    7-Aug-2012

    UK— YouGov today reported a “solid trading performance” for the year ended 31 July, in a brief update released to the London Stock Exchange.