Q&A with Nielsen’s Chief Research Officer Mainak Mazumbar

In our Insights Interview series, we sit down with insights
executives to discuss the state of insights and where it’s going in the future.
We were fortunate to catch up with Nielsen’s Chief Research Officer Mainak
Mazumbar recently.
Here’s what he had to say:
What is the state of
the media research industry in 2017?
Mazumbar: Acceleration
of fragmentation and digitization of media will continue to create unique
opportunities for the media research industry. 2017 is the year when media
research will deliver massive measurement innovation by incorporating various
data (e.g. mobile devices, set top boxes, over the top, location etc) into the
current measurement methodologies in ways no one ever has before.
What have been the
biggest changes in the industry since you started your career’?
Mazumbar: Decline
in consumer participation in surveys and rapid adoption of mobile devices have
posed methodological and measurement challenges. Researchers have much better
insights into media behavior than before because of digital data. New open
source tools and cloud now allows researcher to deliver measurement at speed
and scale’. New data science talent who are versed both in statistics and
computing.
Have the influx of
social media and mobile made your job easier or harder?
Mazumbar: It’s definitely
easier because social and mobile data now allow us deeper understanding of
media consumption in almost real time. The challenge is how we, as researchers,
develop methodologies addressing both scale and speed.
How has the media
consumer changed in the past few years?
Mazumbar: While
we see continued fragmentation, consumers are spending more time on media than
ever before. I think mobile and new forms of video make a huge difference and
have revolutionized how we consume and interact with media.
How can media
companies do a better job reaching the new age consumer?
Mazumbar: Continue
pushing forward new strategies for mobile and video.
What is the biggest
challenge in the media industry today?
Mazumbar: Three
challenges:
1) It’s all about consumers’ “attention” on
various platforms and devices
2) Get ahead of fraud/ viewability issues and regain
advertiser’s and consumer trust
3) Data protection and privacy
Where do you see
media research moving in 5 years?

Mazumbar: There is an increasing
need for a third party and objective view of consumer behavior. This will
require researchers to develop independent and high quality data sets that
reflect the true behavior of real people — to address biases, limitations and
incompleteness of device level data. And the speed at which clients need to
make business decisions is increasing. Therefore, we need to deliver research
and insights with speed and scale.
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