NBC Announces dentsu international as its First Partner for its NBCUnified First Party Data and Identity Platform

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NEW YORK—NBCUniversal announced today that dentsu international, a global marketing and advertising agency network, will be the first agency partner of NBCUnified, its first-party data and identity platform.

The partnership will allow NBCUnified to use both person-level and household-level IDs from dentsu’s M1 platform and consumer data products, as well as those of its advertisers, to directly integrate into NBCUnified’s identity platform. NBCUnified says that the partnership will enable dentsu to match its client campaigns with NBCU’s database of NBCU IDs, which in its initial release will comprise 150 million person-level IDs tied to 80 million households.

dentsu and its media agency brands will now be able to use its M1 platform on behalf of clients to match audiences using NBCUnified Consumer Match, and leverage NBCUniversal’s first-party knowledge of its consumers—through NBCUnified Audiences—to develop greater insights and more in-depth, higher-performing custom audiences for targeting across NBCU TV, video and display inventory.  Additionally, dentsu clients will receive advanced analytics and measurement capabilities enabled by NBCU and dentsu clean room environments.

In January, NBC launched NBCUnified, a first-party identity platform to help marketers target consumers across its entire network which comprises more than 230 million adults each month.

.Cara Lewis, Chief Investment Officer at dentsu Media US, commented: “At dentsu, we pride ourselves on being leaders in driving relevancy and knowing people better than anyone. This first of its kind partnership with NBCU delivers an innovative addressability solution in the traditional marketplace that can be activated on right away. Bringing together IDs and data from dentsu’s M1 platform, our clients, and NBCU will enable us to uncover more resonant audiences for our clients, fueling more effective media purchases that are fully transactable.”

“Identity is increasingly becoming the new currency for the advanced television and digital video industry,” added John Lee, Chief Data Officer, NBCUniversal. “With this partnership, NBCUniversal and dentsu are taking a leadership position in accelerating our joint ability to allow clients to transact on identity and first-party data across our premium offerings at a level of scale and transparency never before possible. This presents our joint clients with a path forward to move away from black-box, panel-based systems to one where our joint identity pool of over 100 million households becomes the currency.”

Tom Butts

Tom has covered the broadcast technology market for the past 25 years, including three years handling member communications for the National Association of Broadcasters followed by a year as editor of Video Technology News and DTV Business executive newsletters for Phillips Publishing. In 1999 he launched digitalbroadcasting.com for internet B2B portal Verticalnet. He is also a charter member of the CTA's Academy of Digital TV Pioneers. Since 2001, he has been editor-in-chief of TV Tech (www.tvtech.com), the leading source of news and information on broadcast and related media technology and is a frequent contributor and moderator to the brand’s Tech Leadership events.