Benefits of Membership

CIMM: Where The Future Of Audience Measurement Is Taking Shape, Today

Membership in CIMM enables you and your company to have a voice in the future of media measurement. Through CIMM, you will have the opportunity to collaborate and participate with other industry research leaders as we design and pilot test new technologies and methodologies shaping our industry.  CIMM’s notable accomplishments to date include:

Multi-Screen Measurement of Unduplicated Reach

Ten CIMM member media companies and three agencies collaborated during 2014-2015 with comScore to develop a solution for measuring unduplicated reach for ads and content across TVs, computers, smartphones, tablets, and radio for video, audio and interactive content.  The proof-of-concept Pilot Test, termed Project Blueprint (Phase 2), has since been launched commercially as comScore XMedia. This is now being further developed as a result of comScore’s acquisition of Rentrak.

This initiative grew from earlier small-scale, cross-platform, single-source separate Pilot Tests with both comScore and Arbitron (now Nielsen Audio) in 2011-2012.

Launch of USA TouchPoints

CIMM funded a proof-of-concept Pilot Test in 2010-2011 with Media Behavior Institute to adapt a 360-degree consumer-centric planning tool for the U.S. market. This tool was based on data gathered from a panel who complete a 7-day e-diary on a smartphone app documenting all media use in combination with life activities.  After a successful pilot, TouchPoints was purchased by RealityMine, which is currently launching the technology in 20 countries through a partnership with Starcom MediaVest Group.  TouchPoints was originally created in the U.K. through a collaboration between the Joint Industry Committees across different media. RealityMine is the developer of the e-diary smartphone app created for the U.K.


CIMM has funded a number of ground-breaking whitepapers to help members stay up-to-speed with fast changing developments in TV and cross-media measurement.  Members have exclusive rights to use the information in these whitepapers for up to three months before they are released publicly on the CIMM website.

  • Best Practices in Cross-Platform Advertising Effectiveness Measurement (2011)
  • Roadmap for Set Top Box Data (2010 & 2012 Update)
  • Best Practices in Matching Datasets to Set Top Box Data (2011)
  • Enriching Media Data: Quality is the Key to ROI (2015)


CIMM produced a Lexicon of more than 1400 definitions to explain Advanced TV Advertising and Return Path Data to the media industry. The Lexicon was designed to help members and others understand the complexity of technological change, and to support the development of innovation in TV measurement and advanced advertising applications.

TAXI: Open ID Watermark

CIMM launched an initiative called Trackable Asset Cross-Platform Identification in 2011 in collaboration with Ad-ID (a joint venture of the ANA and 4As providing standardized metadata for ads) and EIDR (Entertainment ID Registry, providing content metadata) to bind standardized asset identification metadata into video.  We completed a Study Group with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers in 2013, which recommended drafting an open standard using an audio watermark.  A Drafting Group was launched and has been reviewing and testing potential solutions, solicited through an RFP process.

The evolution of media measurement, to be successful and effective for all, must be a collaborative process.   We hope you will join your industry colleagues in shaping what that future will be.