Microsoft's Admira application, which allows users to monitor and target television ads to specific audiences, will be used by NBC Universal to focus its broadcast and cable advertising. After a test run in the Los Angeles market, NBC Universal will use Admira for select ad inventory starting in the fourth quarter of 2009.
and NBC Universal will collaborate to sell broadcast and cable advertising
using the former's Admira television media marketplace, in a deal announced on
Admira aggregates data from across multiple systems and then marries that to
both purchase and geo-demographic data, allowing advertisers and agencies to pinpoint
specific audiences for ads. The system can also optimize ad placements based on
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
NBC Universal's plans for Admira exist on two fronts. For larger advertisers,
it will use the application's planning tools to boost existing agency
relationships and more accurately target specific audience segments; for
relationships with small-to-midsize clients, Admira's automated planning,
buying, posting and billing functions will be utilized in a streamlining
The ultimate goals will include boosting ROI for advertisers and testing the
viability of next-generation metrics and processes. The NBC Local Media group
already conducted a test run of Admira in the Los Angeles
market in March 2009; based off the successful results of that test, NBC
Universal plans to make select ad inventory available for broadcast and cable
networks in the fourth quarter of 2009.
"Teaming with NBCU brings the planning, buying and selling of
television inventory squarely into the digital realm," Scott Howe,
corporate vice president of the Advertiser & Publisher Solutions Group at
Microsoft, said in a statement. "Data-driven software is going to continue
serving as a catalyst to help advertisers solve their biggest media
Admira was developed by Navic Networks, a company that Microsoft acquired in
June 2008. Navic's goal has been to develop tools that monitor television
advertising. Following the acquisition, Navic became a part of Microsoft's
Advertiser and Publisher Solutions (APS) Group, which focuses on television and
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.