Kantar Media and Twitter partnership extends to continental Europe

Kantar Media has been measuring the TV viewing habits of the Spanish population for 25 years. As viewing habits extend to second screens, the company has been at the forefront of innovation with a pilot test to integrate the measurement of online TV with linear TV viewing already underway this year.

The new tools will be available commercially to the Spanish media industry in 2014 and will bring  together social TV data from Twitter with the audience research expertise of Kantar Media. They  will enable broadcasters to assess programmes and series, plan programme promotions more effectively and assist media buyers and sellers to integrate insights from social data more comprehensively into the TV component of their media mix.

"Broadcasters and advertisers continue to experience phenomenal growth in the level of buzz related to TV programming and associated commercials in recent years." said Andy Brown, Global CEO of Kantar Media.  "Our partnership with Twitter will give broadcasters, agencies, and brands a holistic view of audience behaviour when viewing television content so that they can better understand and amplify the social engagement around their programming. Whilst electronic TV measurement services continue to be the recognised currency for TV viewing around the world, I'm delighted that we can bring to the Spanish & UK markets tools to complement the existing ratings services."

"Television and Twitter are deeply complementary forms of media," said Twitter COO Ali Rowghani. "Our users love using Twitter while tuned into television to interact with talent and participate in the live social conversation about TV. In this way, Twitter has become a live companion to the TV viewing experience for millions of people in Spain and around the world, and we are thrilled that Kantar Media will be bringing its considerable audience measurement experience to bear to develop tools and standards for the industry."

Kantar Media is a WPP business.