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News UK signs deal with Standard Media Index to discover how ad money moves in the media market

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By Ishbel Macleod, PR and social media consultant

November 18, 2014 | 1 min read

News UK has struck a deal with Standard Media Index (SMI), a system which aggregates real advertising expenditure directly from the booking systems of the world’s leading media agencies.

Dominic Carter, commercial director of News UK, said: “SMI’s data gives us real world market insight which we are confident will help focus our sales teams in driving sector growth.

"With changes in the media ecosystem happening faster than ever, it will enable us to anticipate changes before they happen, identify threats and leverage opportunities in a very opaque market.”

The tool collects agency spend from the booking systems of five of the six global media holding groups, as well as leading independents.

SMI will now deliver real spend data to News UK each month, allowing the media brand to track how ad money is spent across all media.

James Fennessy, SMI’s chief commercial officer said he was confident that the data would help News UK “grow share and enable them to react faster to changes in an increasingly dynamic market”.

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