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comScore Announces Beta Release of Media Metrix® Multi-Platform, Providing a Unified View of Web, Smartphone and Tablet Audiences

Thursday, November 29, 2012

comScore Announces Beta Release of Media Metrix® Multi-Platform, Providing a Unified View of Web, Smartphone and Tablet Audiences09:00 EST Thursday, November 29, 2012Media Metrix Multi-Platform is a Revolutionary Digital Audience Measurement and Media Planning Product that Accurately Accounts for Today's Fragmented Media Environment New Rankings, New Metrics, New View of the Digital WorldRESTON, Va., Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today announced the U.S. Beta release of Media Metrix® Multi-Platform, the next generation of digital audience measurement and media planning. Building on Media Metrix, Mobile Metrix and Video Metrix from comScore's Audience Analytics suite, this revolutionary product offers unduplicated accounting of audience size and demographics that reflects today's multi-platform digital media environment, which includes websites, apps and video content accessed from multiple devices.(Logo:  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20080115/COMSCORELOGO) "We are excited to introduce our Beta version of Media Metrix Multi-Platform, the next generation in digital audience measurement offering a unified 360-degree view of digital consumer behavior across platforms and content types," said Jeff Hackett, executive vice president of comScore. "With smartphones and tablets accounting for a rapidly expanding share of digital media consumption, comScore recognized the need to evolve our industry-leading audience measurement product to better represent this new paradigm. By developing proprietary methods to account for multi-platform audience overlap, we have designed a truly unique and innovative solution."Media Metrix Multi-Platform is expected to remain in Beta over the next several months as the product undergoes a thorough data review and validation with comScore clients. All publicly reported data included in this initial report are illustrative and should not be interpreted as official comScore rankings.A New View of the Digital WorldMulti-platform digital audience measurement has significant implications for how the digital world is seen and understood. "As an active investor in mobile and web businesses, I have been dying for an accurate consolidated view of web, mobile web, iOS, and Android audience data. comScore has delivered exactly what I've been seeking for the U.S. audience and I am looking forward to seeing them tackle the global audience next," said Fred Wilson, Managing Partner of Union Square Ventures.The most notable change from traditional Media Metrix rankings are the overall audience increases for media properties with a measurable mobile presence; in some cases, these increases are substantial. Specifically, the Media Metrix Multi Platform view shows 10 properties reaching 100 million unique visitors compared to six in a non-multi-platform view, 28 properties reaching 50 million (vs. 19), 77 properties reaching 25 million (vs. 51), 223 reaching 10 million (vs. 171) and 410 reaching 5 million (vs. 334)Media Metrix Multi-Platform Beta vs. Media Metrix: Audience Threshold ComparisonSeptember 2012Total U.S. (Age 18+ on iOS, Android and RIM platforms for Mobile)Source: Media Metrix Multi-Platform and Media MetrixAudience Size (Unique Visitors / Viewers)# of Properties with Specified Audience SizeMedia MetrixMedia Metrix Multi-Platform100 Million61050 Million192825 Million517710 Million1712235 Million334410Another visible way of reflecting this change is through the ranking of the top media properties. Properties that are particularly mobile-centric, or at least have a strong mobile extension of their brands, may realize strong increases in total audience size and rankings under Media Metrix Multi-Platform reporting. Below is a comparison of the top 30 media properties in September 2012 according to the new Media Metrix Multi-Platform Beta rankings compared to the existing Media Metrix ranking of top web properties. These properties reached an average incremental audience of 26 percent compared to their desktop computer-only audience. Other key findings include:Google Sites ranked #1 was the only property to surpass 100 million unique visitors across both desktop and mobile channels. Facebook moved up one spot to #3 in the multi-platform rankings, and ranked as the top property in terms of total engagement in the mobile channel. Amazon, eBay and Walmart each reached at least 20 percent more visitors across platforms than via desktop alone. The most mobile-centric property in the ranking, Pandora, had an incremental reach of 164 percent and captured the #23 ranking, a full 38 positions higher than in the standard Media Metrix ranking. Twitter reached an incremental mobile audience of 54 percent, second only to Pandora on this list. ESPN had the second biggest jump in the rankings, ascending 4 positions to #19, with an incremental mobile audience of 36 percent.Media Metrix Multi-Platform Top 30 PropertiesSeptember 2012Total U.S. (Age 18+ on iOS, Android and RIM platforms for Mobile)Source: Media Metrix Multi-Platform and Media MetrixUnique Visitors/Viewers (000)MediaMetrixMulti-PlatformRankMediaMetrixRankTotal DigitalPopulationDesktopMobile    Total Internet : Total Audience  234,953219,970126,89011    Google Sites214,806189,588109,09923    Yahoo! Sites189,272164,40494,30434    Facebook.com179,411151,12291,50242    Microsoft Sites170,565168,02241,83755    AOL, Inc.135,860120,93652,40066    Amazon Sites134,522111,17061,84477    Wikimedia Foundation Sites103,72488,44139,44488    Glam Media102,28886,88439,749910    Apple Inc.102,06579,68947,567109    CBS Interactive100,69886,99836,6621111    Turner Digital98,71184,64936,9961212    Ask Network91,01178,02331,6181314    eBay90,28973,80537,5371413    Demand Media89,89478,21430,0031515    New York Times Digital88,28471,67136,4011618    Comcast NBCUniversal83,10570,03131,1351717    Federated Media Publishing81,92368,84630,0711816    Viacom Digital79,41071,61020,3131923    ESPN65,48647,34531,8182024    Weather Channel, The63,26846,93028,8782120    Gannett Sites61,51449,49924,1402222    Answers.com Sites60,22848,82822,7602361    Pandora.com59,87722,65748,6412419    VEVO57,71655,0334,9662520    craigslist, inc.57,44249,60116,6572627    Twitter.com56,73636,84030,6462734    Disney Online51,93844,50814,4702825    Wal-Mart51,46941,51518,6432930    Yelp.com47,92033,38523,0213026    Linkedin47,06439,60013,639*Note: Desktop includes audience reached via video and will therefore differ from standard Media Metrix rankings; Mobile includes smartphone and tablet platformsMethodology & MetricscomScore's multi-platform measurement relies on its proprietary Unified Digital Measurement? (UDM) methodology, which combines panel and census-based approaches, to deliver best-in-class estimates of digital audiences and consumption. In order to provide accurate unduplicated audience size estimates across digital platforms, comScore developed a proprietary method that leverages its census web site network to understand audience overlap across different media channels ? the first offering of its kind to utilize such an approach.This unified representation of disparate media channels also requires a modified view of certain standard reporting metrics. While "unique visitor"-based metrics remain central to Media Metrix Multi-Platform, measures of engagement such as page views must be reconsidered. This means that duration-based metrics (i.e. minutes) become the preferred engagement metrics because they are consistent across media; however, comScore is also introducing the new "views" metric to account for content-specific engagements, such as the web-based page view, video view or app start.Tag Your Digital Content Today!Media Metrix Multi-Platform Beta is available to U.S. clients immediately, and anticipated for introduction to the UK market in early 2013. Other international markets will follow thereafter. Publishers, brands, and media companies who want to ensure that all their digital platforms and audiences are fully reflected in Media Metrix® Multi-Platform are strongly encouraged to begin tagging their digital assets with comScore today at the comScore Direct website.Many web sites are already familiar with the process from tagging their traditional web content using comScore's UDM census tag. The comScore tag has recently been updated to enable advanced measurement of sites and apps in a fixed web or mobile environment, inclusive of both iOS and Android platforms. With an increasing amount of media consumption shifting to smartphones and tablets, now is the time to make sure that all of your digital assets are accounted for:Traditional web pages Mobile-optimized web pages Mobile apps Tablet apps Video contentIf you have any questions about implementing these additional tags, please feel free to reach out to your comScore account representative.About comScorecomScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR) is a global leader in measuring the digital world and preferred source of digital business analytics. For more information, please visit www.comScore.com.Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking StatementsThis release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including, but not limited to, expectations regarding the impact and benefits to comScore from the Media Metrix family of products, financial or otherwise. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially, including, but not limited to: the features and characteristics of the products, the rate of development of the digital marketing intelligence, Internet advertising and e-Commerce markets; the growth of the Internet as a medium for commerce, content, advertising and communications; and the acceptance of new products and methodologies by the industry, including existing and prospective clients.For a detailed discussion of these and other risk factors, please refer to comScore's most recent respective Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Annual Reports on Form 10-K and from time to time other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), which are available on the SEC's Web site (http://www.sec.gov).Stockholders of comScore are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date such statements are made. comScore does not undertake any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements to reflect events, circumstances or new information after the date of this press release, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. SOURCE comScore, Inc.For further information: Andrew Lipsman, comScore, Inc., +1-312-775-6510, press@comscore.com