Triton Digital’s Webcast Metrics Local Achieves Media Rating Council Accreditation
Pandora is First WCML Publisher Implementation to be Accredited, Agencies Applaud Apples-to-Apples Measurement
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Triton Digital, a leading technology provider for the audio industry, today announced that the Media Rating Council (MRC) has granted accreditation to the company’s Webcast Metrics Local (WCML) product. WCML is a market-specific version similar to Triton’s MRC-accredited national measurement product. For the first time, this rigorous audit contains a publisher component where each WCML publisher must undergo a separate audit of their user-declared geographic and demographic listener data. As the first customer using the solution, Pandora has completed the publisher audit and has been successfully integrated into WCML. Additional publishers are currently in the pipeline.
The market-specific research from Triton’s Webcast Metrics Local solution enables agencies and advertisers to evaluate relative audience scale within specific markets. Traditional audio metrics; Average Quarter Hour (AQH), AQH Rating, Cume and Cume Rating are presented so that ad buyers can evaluate the entire audio marketplace with the same set of metrics. Publishers leverage the solution to monetize content on a local level.
“We have been feeding Webcast Metrics Local data into the agency stewardship systems for several months now. This greatly simplifies the process of quantifying audiences for agencies, allowing them to compare audio ad delivery across platforms,” said Triton Digital COO, Mike Agovino. “Webcast Metrics Local is becoming the currency for digital audio advertising at the local level. We anticipate the combination of MRC accreditation with Pandora and new publisher additions will further accelerate the growth of the digital audio ad marketplace.”
Starcom, a leading global media buying agency, has embraced the digital audio opportunity since its earliest days. “With the growing need for better audience measurement and data, Starcom is highly supportive of the MRC's accreditation of Triton’s local Webcast Metrics ratings,” said Kevin Gallagher, EVP, Local Marketplaces at Starcom. “This accreditation provides a much-needed apples-to-apples comparison that enables better buying decisions.”
“We congratulate Triton Digital for earning accreditation of the Pandora implementation of Webcast Metrics Local,” said George W. Ivie, Executive Director and CEO of the MRC. “This audit and review process broke new ground in validating audio streaming measurements at a local market level, and we look forward to continuing our work with Triton as Webcast Metrics Local grows and evolves.”
To see a full list of accredited companies and services and those under review by the MRC, go to www.mediaratingcouncil.org.
About Triton Digital
Triton Digital (http://www.tritondigital.com) is a mid-stage technology company focused on the digital audio industry. More leading publishers – including CBS, Pandora, Entercom and Slacker – use the Triton platform to enrich their content and deliver it to a global audience than that of any other company. Triton’s Webcast Metrics product is the MRC-accredited industry standard in digital audio measurement. Its Ad Injector technology delivers billions of impressions to millions of streams each month. Its ad exchange, a2x, is the only programmatic audience buying platform for audio and has broad adoption across both publishers and agencies. Triton Digital creates meaningful, amplified connections between audio, audience, and advertisers.
The Media Rating Council is a non-profit industry association established in 1964 comprised of leading television, radio, print and internet companies, as well as advertisers, advertising agencies and trade associations, whose goal is to ensure measurement services that are valid, reliable and effective. Measurement services desiring MRC accreditation are required to disclose to their customers all methodological aspects of their service; comply with the MRC Minimum Standards for Media Rating Research as well as other applicable industry measurement guidelines; and submit to MRC-designed audits to authenticate and illuminate their procedures. In addition, the MRC membership actively pursues research issues they consider priorities in an effort to improve the quality of research in the marketplace. Currently approximately 90 research products are audited by the MRC. Additional information about MRC can be found at www.mediaratingcouncil.org.
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