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Nielsen Digital Ad Ratings Launches in New Zealand

3 minute read | January 2017

Auckland, New Zealand – January 18, 2017 – Nielsen, a leading global provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy, today announces a major step forward for the digital measurement of advertising campaigns in New Zealand. Nielsen Digital Ad Ratings™ is now commercially available in the market. Since its international release in 2011, it has become the industry standard globally for independent ad campaign measurement.

Nielsen Digital Ad Ratings measures the demographics, unique audience, reach, frequency and gross rating points (GRPs) for an ad campaign’s full digital audience across computers, tablets and smartphones in a way comparable to TV, enabling advertisers, media agencies and publishers to maximise their advertising reach across digital platforms. Within the service, Nielsen also provides a viewable measure of unique audience, GRPs and on-target rates by site and placement. Nielsen offers a choice of integrated viewability providers helping clients adapt to an industry that is more dynamic than ever.

Tony Boyte, Director, Nielsen NZ said, “Digital is fuelling the growth of brand advertising. Nielsen Digital Ad Ratings brings standardisation and accountability and helps advertisers and agencies gauge return on investment for every dollar they spend online.”

Boyte continues, “Nielsen Digital Ad Ratings will be able to measure campaigns in New Zealand irrespective of size or where they are placed. Additionally local support is in place, in both operations and analysis, to guide clients.”

GroupM New Zealand is the first advertising agency to sign on to the service.  Commenting on the launch, Chris Riley, Chief Operating Officer of GroupM said, “We’re excited to be leading the industry in New Zealand. Nielsen Digital Ad Ratings brings accountability and comparability for our clients (and our publisher partners).  Data and Technology are central to the success of GroupM agencies, and we are always seeking improved measurement to better understand the true audience of our digital campaigns across devices.  Digital campaign measurement from Nielsen Digital Ad Ratings will allow us to access significantly more robust data about the effectiveness of our clients digital investment”.

In over 20 markets, including U.S., U.K. and Australia, where Nielsen Digital Ad Ratings is already available, clients are leveraging the solution in a variety of ways—from planning to in-flight campaign optimisation to audience guarantees to campaign analysis. In addition, some clients are using the solution’s application programming interface (API) for seamless and precise operations.

Boyte adds, “It’s all about measuring people not devices, across screens and publishers. You can now analyse your brand’s online ad campaign just like you would for TV.”


Nielsen Digital Ad Ratings delivers to clients comprehensive, TV-comparable metrics for digital advertising campaigns. Initially launched in the U.S. in August 2011, Nielsen Digital Ad Ratings combines Nielsen data with aggregated, anonymous, privacy-protected demographic information from participating online data providers. Campaign reporting is available the day after the launch of a campaign, providing vital delivery information in-flight to agencies, advertisers and publishers.


Nielsen Holdings plc (NYSE: NLSN) is a global performance management company that provides a comprehensive understanding of what consumers Watch and Buy. Nielsen’s Watch segment provides media and advertising clients with Total Audience measurement services across all devices where content — video, audio and text — is consumed. The Buy segment offers consumer packaged goods manufacturers and retailers the industry’s only global view of retail performance measurement. By integrating information from its Watch and Buy segments and other data sources, Nielsen provides its clients with both world-class measurement as well as analytics that help improve performance.  Nielsen, an S&P 500 company, has operations in over 100 countries that cover more than 90 percent of the world’s population. For more information, visit