IPG’s Magna Signs Up for Comscore’s Local TV Ratings Data

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RESTON, Va.—Comscore has announced an expanded relationship with Magna, the  investment and intelligence company of IPG Mediabrands, that will see Magna use Comscore’s local television ratings data to inform TV buys across the organization. 

This agreement comes in the wake of IPG’s previous announcement that it will assess alternative national television currencies. Comscore is the only alternative ratings service  that will be utilized for local television, the companies said. 

“At Magna, our continued ability to excel at data-driven planning and buying requires the adoption of  new datasets, including those that support key initiatives such as shifting towards high value audiences  that are proven to be effective in influencing consumer behaviors,” said Joe Cerone, executive vice president of local investment at Magna. “Comscore’s massive, stable dataset supports the innovation we hope to bring to  our local planning and buying efforts in the coming years, and we are excited to join them at the forefront  of this critical turning point in local television.”  

Beginning in Q2 of 2023, Magna’s local television planning and buying teams will be able to tap into  Comscore’s local TV impressions and ratings data, adding an additional layer of precision to planning and  buying efforts in all 210 local markets, the companies reported. 

Magna and Comscore also plan to incorporate advanced audiences into local media buys via the  Comscore television dataset, enabling local buying to be conducted on more efficient and effective audience types.  

“The evolution of the Comscore/Magna partnership is a testament to Comscore’s leadership position in  TV data and measurement, and Magna’s continued commitment to being at the forefront of media  investment,” said Jon Carpenter, CEO, Comscore. “To innovate for the future, media  buyers require stable, transaction ready datasets and are turning increasingly to Comscore for inclusive,  data-driven media buying and targeting efforts.” 

An established leader in local TV measurement, the expanded partnership comes as Comscore recently announced the expansion of its “Pulse” solution, which delivers greater speed, transparency and confidence to those planning, buying and evaluating media at the national and local levels across any or  all 210 local U.S. media markets. 

Available via Comscore's product offering, API feed and third-party  processors, Pulse offers the enhanced ability to optimize campaigns with data that provides more than  90% predictability. 

George Winslow

George Winslow is the senior content producer for TV Tech. He has written about the television, media and technology industries for nearly 30 years for such publications as Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News and TV Tech. Over the years, he has edited a number of magazines, including Multichannel News International and World Screen, and moderated panels at such major industry events as NAB and MIP TV. He has published two books and dozens of encyclopedia articles on such subjects as the media, New York City history and economics.