wordpress blog stats
Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

IMRB & Kantar To Relaunch MarketPulse In 2014; Clarity Or More Confusion?

Marketpulse Logo

Indian market research firm IMRB has inked a strategic partnership with WPP owned Kantar Worldpanel to jointly run IMRB’s household purchase panel MarketPulse.

While the deal period or the terms of partnership were not disclosed, IMRB said that it will be re-launching MarketPulse in 2014 as part of this partnership and will be adding 10,000 households to the existing panel of 70,000 households. It will also be covering new states such as Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh in the service.

The company claimed that the new service will include IMRB’s local market knowledge and Kantar Worldpanel’s global insights & international expertise. It also claimed that this panel will also be using insight from the 2011 Census and Market Research Society of India (MRSI)’s socio-economic category consumer classification (pdf) to offer more accurate insight for its clients. It will also apparently use more granular category definitions to provide clients with better insights on consumers’ purchasing habits across various products.

Launched in 1981, MarketPulse provides monthly insights on household purchases across various FMCG categories. It claims to track purchases across 60 categories in foods, beverages, household care, personal care and over the counter (OTC) products. We however wonder if this service will be able to provide a clearer picture of the market or offer the same ambiguous information, thereby adding to the existing confusion.

Over the past year, research agencies have been at the receiving end of Indian businesses, facing several complaints like data manipulation and inaccurate data among others: Last July, NDTV had sued Nielsen in the New York Court for allegedly manipulating TV ratings and viewership data, which was subsequently dismissed by the New York Court in May 2013 (A NDTV vs Nielsen timeline here).

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Earlier this month, NDTV had also questioned the rationale behind its lowly position in the comScore’s recent report regarding online news and information readership in India and had alleged that comScore had included non-news properties for several media groups mentioned in the report, which resulted in its lowly eight position in the report.

Also read:

– How IMRB’s Web Audience Measurement Tracks Usage
Tata Sky Inks Deal With Kantar To Measure TV Viewership
What NDTV’s Whistleblower ‘The Consultant’ Said About Rigging TAM Ratings

Written By

MediaNama’s mission is to help build a digital ecosystem which is open, fair, global and competitive.



The US and other countries' retreat from a laissez-faire approach to regulating markets presents India with a rare opportunity.


When news that Walmart would soon accept cryptocurrency turned out to be fake, it also became a teachable moment.


The DSCI's guidelines are patient-centric and act as a data privacy roadmap for healthcare service providers.


In this excerpt from the book, the authors focus on personal data and autocracies. One in particular – Russia.  Autocracies always prioritize information control...


By Jai Vipra, Senior Resident Fellow at Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy The use of new technology, including facial recognition technology (FRT) by police...

You May Also Like


Rajesh Kumar* doesn’t have many enemies in life. But, Uber, for which he drives a cab everyday, is starting to look like one, he...


By Aroon Deep and Aditya Chunduru You’re reading it here first: Twitter has complied with government requests to censor 52 tweets that mostly criticised...


135 job openings in over 60 companies are listed at our free Digital and Mobile Job Board: If you’re looking for a job, or...


Google has released a Google Travel Trends Report which states that branded budget hotel search queries grew 179% year over year (YOY) in India, in...

MediaNama is the premier source of information and analysis on Technology Policy in India. More about MediaNama, and contact information, here.

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ

Subscribe to our daily newsletter
Your email address:*
Please enter all required fields Click to hide
Correct invalid entries Click to hide

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ