IAB Australia launches Mobile Audience Panel Measurement Pilot

3rd December 2013: IAB Australia has taken another significant step to drive the growth of the online and mobile market, announcing that it has joined forces with seven key publishers to invest in and launch a Mobile Audience Panel Measurement Pilot. The Pilot, which has been jointly funded and will be delivered by Nielsen, will publish its first top line market data in Q2 2014.

The Pilot Panel program will address the short to medium term requirements of the online industry, delivering both site and application mobile usage data at a brand level to advertisers. The Panel will be constructed by Nielsen to include a representative sample of Android and iOS smartphone and tablet users tracked using their Electronic Mobile Meter. Device data for tagged sites is already available from Nielsen's Market Intelligence product.

"Mobile is an important sector and this panel is an important advancement in mobile audience measurement which is currently lacking in the industry. We see this as a first step on the path towards the development of a mobile measurement currency and we are pleased to be working with Nielsen," said Alice Manners, CEO of IAB Australia.

Sophie Madden, CEO of MFA commented: "The MFA supports this IAB initiative and investment as it moves the market closer to establishing audience levels and profiles on this important and growing advertising channel."

"We are delighted to be investing in this service with the industry" said Monique Perry, Head of Nielsen's Media Group. "The way the industry has come together to run such a robust and forward thinking project is full credit to the foresight of the IAB. We are proud to be recognised as not only being right-on-brief but bringing the kinds of leadership behaviours that a dynamic industry demands. I firmly believe that this partnership, in one of the world's most advanced media markets, is producing global best in class deliverables – and that's great for publishers but it's also great for advertisers."

Mobile advertising is experiencing significant growth in the Australian market and according to the recently released PwC Online Advertising Expenditure Report for Q3 2013, now represents 11 percent of the total online advertising market with an expenditure of $110.7m. Of this, 58.4 percent was search and 41.6 percent was general display and device category shares were relatively equal with smart phones at 51.4 percent and tablets at 48.6 percent.

The appointment of Nielsen for the Mobile Audience Panel Measurement Pilot follows a review conducted earlier this year involving vendors with a suitable mobile solution able to meet the Pilot timing requirements. Nielsen has already successfully launched mobile panels in both the US and Japan and has a demonstrated ability to deliver high quality data.


About the Interactive Advertising Bureau
The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) Limited is the peak trade association for online advertising in Australia and was incorporated in July 2010. As one of over 40 IAB offices globally, and with a rapidly growing membership, IAB Australia's principal objective is to increase the share of advertising and marketing dollars that interactive media captures in the marketplace.

IAB Australia's board includes representatives of AIMIA, Carsales.com, Fairfax Media, Google, Mi9, Network Ten, News Australia, REA Group, SBS, Telstra Media Group, TressCox Lawyers and Yahoo!7. It has four objectives:

  • To develop, coordinate and promote industry standards and guidelines that make interactive advertising a simpler and more attractive medium for agencies, advertisers and marketers
  • To prove and promote the effectiveness of interactive advertising to advertisers, agencies, marketers, and the press
  • To be the primary advocate for the interactive marketing and advertising industry
  • To expand the breadth and depth of IAB membership while increasing direct value to members

For further information about IAB Australia please visit: www.iabaustralia.com.au

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