Singtel Advertising and Kantar Media in TV audience-measuring move

  • Data to help Singtel tailor its pay-TV programming to suit viewer demand
  • Offers more effective targeting capabilities to advertisers
Singtel Advertising and Kantar Media in TV audience-measuring move

SINGTEL Advertising and UK-headquartered Kantar Media have jointly announced the introduction of Return Path Data (RPD) technology as a part of Singtel mio TV’s new television audience measurement platform.
Singtel Advertising is a media platform under Singapore Telecommunications Ltd’s Group Digital L!fe (GDL) arm that offers integrated digital advertising solutions.
Designed to accurately monitor audience consumption behaviour at a household level, RPD technology will enable Singtel mio TV to optimise its pay-TV programming to suit changing viewer demand and improve ‘audience-targeting’ value for advertisers, the company said in a statement.
Return Path Data will be captured for the entire Singtel mio TV customer base, to ensure that all audience segments and niche channels are well-represented, Singtel Advertising said.
The service uses data that is automatically captured on a second-by-second basis, enabling precise monitoring of customers’ in-home viewing behaviour. Eventually, the automated platform is expected to deliver the ability to target specific audiences based on behaviour, attitudes and consumption patterns, it added.
Commonly used media tools such as Gross Rating Points (GRP), Target Audience Rating Points (TARPs) and Post-Campaign Reach will eventually be included in Singtel’s RPD.
The rating reports on the effectiveness of advertising campaigns launched on Singtel mio TV will be made available to local and regional advertisers from January year. With RPD technology, advertisers can benefit from access to a data-rich platform, which will help them develop targeted campaigns to the right audience at the right time, Singtel Advertising claimed.
“Automation, and the availability of highly granular but encoded and anonymised data, will play an integral role in helping advertisers keep up with consumers’ ever-changing television viewing behaviour,” said Singtel Advertising chief revenue officer Anthony Shiner.
“RPD technology has already provided us with a series of insights, including time spent per day watching pay-TV and the most watched channels during the course of each week.
“The numbers indicate that, apart from sports, widely thought of as the strongest performing segment, there is strong interest in kids and local ethnic content as well.
“The generation of more insights will inform our pay-TV programming strategies moving forward,” he added.
Kantar Media claims to have the widest global footprint in setting up television audience measurement services, working with pay-TV operators worldwide over the last decade to deploy the best-in-class RPD technology.
“We are delighted to be partnering with Singtel as it repackages its audience inventory and make it available to advertisers and agencies,” said Kantar Media Audiences global director Nick Burfitt.
“As with our regional partnerships in Malaysia, Hong Kong and India, we’re looking forward to new reports and insights on local consumers’ pay-TV viewing behaviour in the coming months.
“Due to the availability of an unprecedented amount of data, 2015 will see a fundamental shift in the way media is planned, bought and evaluated by advertisers and agencies.
“It is imperative that we provide analysis on what people are doing both on TV and off TV – mobile, digital and out-of-home,” he added.
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