The Association of National Advertisers and the 4A's are backing the Media Rating Council, despite the time and money the media accrediation process takes. The ANA is calling for a gathering of industry trade bodies to set priorities on media measurement, the group said in a statement today.
The statements come amid unprecedented turmoil in media measurement, with industry leader Nielsen having, at least temporarily, lost MRC accreditations for its TV ratings in the U.S., and its Digital Ad Ratings, widely used on digital campaigns, also on accreditation hiatus. NBCUniversal has launched a request for proposal from media measurement firms, which has brought in 70 participants, many of which haven’t applied for MRC accreditation yet. And VideoAmp, which has also yet to apply for MRC accreditation, said last week that it is working on pilot tests with a host of networks and agencies on using its cross-media measurement as currency in deals. Comscore, while planning to seek MRC accreditation for its TV measurement, doesn’t have it yet, but still is being offered as a currency alternative by networks in the interim.
“Marketers of all sizes insist on a measurement system that is objective, independent, transparent, neutral, and third-party verified,” the ANA said in its statement. “We fully support the MRC and its body of work. Although the MRC accreditation process and attendant rigor require time and resources, it is an indispensable organization. It is necessary to support and justify the billions of advertising dollars spent annually on paid media.”
The 4A’s also issued a statement Monday noting “several voices and articles challenging the validity of the MRC and its audit process, sometimes pointing to the number of potential competitors in the space that don’t have MRC accreditation.” The group said it believes the MRC “is a key advertising and marketing industry keystone partner and must continue to play its necessary and agnostic role.”