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Media Metrix Adds Scanner to Research Tools

Measurement firm Media Metrix Inc. Wednesday added a new tool to measure e-commerce purchases, thanks to a partnership with Information Resources Inc.

Information Resources (IRIC) is a marketing research that uses universal product code scanner data and software. It will work with Media Metrix (MMXI) to deploy e-SCAN, a service designed to track where specific brand/category buyers go on the Internet and measure their responsiveness to Internet advertising.

"e-SCAN is the first service that delivers real, substantive information about the relationship between Internet usage and consumer purchase behavior -- vital knowledge for consumer packaged goods companies," said Jim Chambers, group president U.S. Business, Information Resources, Inc. (IRI). ". . .e-SCAN is the first solution that pulls together all the pieces of the Internet puzzle on a household by household basis -- Internet usage, Internet advertising, and actual products purchased."

e-SCAN combines Media Metrix's meter technology with IRI's ScanKey in-home scanner to correlate consumers' Internet activity with their actual purchase of packaged goods products: volume purchased, purchase cycles, promotional effectiveness and brand loyalty.

Features of the service include:

  • e-profile -- correlates brand and Internet usage profiles among target audience segments
  • e-testing -- tests the sales effectiveness of various Internet advertising approaches
  • e-response -- applies custom analytics and modeling to Web marketing scenarios

To facilitate e-SCAN usage, Media Metrix installed its metering software on the PCs of several thousand existing IRI Shoppers' Hotline panel members.

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