11/03/2009 11:16 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Perspectives on the Coalition for Innovative Media Measurement

Is there an industry need for innovative media measurement? More to the point, is there a need for leading television networks, media agencies and marketers to organize a coalition to advance innovation in media measurement? The Coalition for Innovative Media Measurement (CIMM) has posted two requests for proposals on its website ( and is anticipating significant interest from media research suppliers including both Nielsen and WPP's TNS. The history of media and advertising industry consortia and coalitions, as I am too painfully aware, is one of failure and rejection. Can CIMM, formed with nearly $2 million in seed funding from 14 founding member companies, beat the odds and generate meaningful and long-term advances? In this week's detailed full report I review CIMM's objectives, share my perspective on the Coalition's prospects, and argue for increased industry support.

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