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Nielsen, Arbitron Push Project Apollo Along
2/2/2007

Arbitron and Nielsen have signed an agreement aimed at completing development and testing of the Project Apollo marketing research service.

The deal covers expansion of the pilot panel to a national service "if the test results meet expectations and generate marketplace support." The companies set up a joint limited liability company to continue the project.

Project Apollo would use Arbitron PPM and ACNielsen Homescan technology; its goal is to help advertisers understand how consumer exposure to ads on multiple media affects shopping behavior.

Advocates say it would create a single-source consumer research service. The companies have set up a 11,000-person pilot project in the last year and a half; seven charter advertisers are involved.

Panel members agree to carry a PPM that collects their exposure to electronic media sources. Exposure to other media is collected through other survey methods.

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