Social TV is transforming the consumer viewing experience, with more than 33% of Twitter users actively tweeting about TV-related content. Nielsen and NM Incite, a JV between Nielsen and McKinsey & Company, say the SocialGuide (a leading provider of social TV measurement, analytics and audience engagement solutions) buy will continue Nielsen’s commitment to delivering cross-platform media measurement solutions, and expand NM Incite’s social media research and analytics capabilities.
SocialGuide is a comprehensive, real-time social TV capture service covering programming across 232 U.S. TV channels in English and Spanish, and over 30,000 programs. Built for linear TV, SocialGuide’s intelligent analytics and engagement platform provides insight on the social impact of TV, enabling networks to engage with the social fan base in real time.
SocialGuide will be integrated immediately into NM Incite, the hub of Nielsen’s social media measurement and analytics efforts. SocialGuide’s software technology and data streams complement NM Incite’s existing software and data solutions. Together, Nielsen, NM Incite and SocialGuide will focus on efforts to quantify the relationship between social TV and TV ratings to enable advertisers to maximize the impact of their spend, and provide new research metrics to understand social TV’s impact on consumer behavior and viewing habits. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
“The opportunity in social TV is too big to ignore and there is a need for standard metrics and research to uncover the effect of social TV on programming and advertising strategies,” said Andrew Somosi, CEO of NM Incite. “TV networks are expanding their research, advertising and engagement efforts across social media. The powerful combination of Nielsen, NM Incite and SocialGuide will enable us to deliver unparalleled insights and capabilities to our TV and advertiser clients.”