BARB UK Audience Measurement Data integrated into SecondSync Social TV Dashboard

written by: Richard Kastelein

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SecondSyncSecondSync, a leading UK social TV analytics provider who work with the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, UKTV, FremantleMedia and other large UK brands, has integrated overnight TV ratings from BARB, the industry standard audience measurement service, into its groundbreaking platform.

Andy Littledale, Managing Director of SecondSync said:

“We are often asked about the relationship between social TV data and audience figures. Until now, investigating this has been a painstaking process of exporting and correlating data sets manually. Now SecondSync users who subscribe to BARB can now overlay viewing data onto our social graphs, and instantly see how the relationship plays out.”


The innovation means that for the first time broadcasters, programme-makers and advertisers can see the minute-by-minute relationship between social TV activity and audiences, and determine to what extent Twitter drives tune-in.

The new feature – available to BARB users – is a result of SecondSync’s exclusive strategic data partnership with Kantar Media, a world leader in audience measurement and contractor to BARB, announced in February.

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Richard Kastelein
Founder of The Hackfest, publisher of TV App Market and global expert on Media & TV innovation, Kastelein is an award winning publisher and futurist. He has guest lectured at MIT Media Lab, University of Cologne, sat on media convergence panel at 2nd EU Digital Assembly in Brussels, and worked with broadcasters such as the BBC, NPO, RTL (DE and NL), Eurosport, NBCU, C4, ITV, Seven Network and others on media convergence strategy - Social TV, OTT, DLNA and 2nd Screen etc.

He is a Fellow of the UK Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and UK Royal Television Society (RTS) member.

Kastelein has spoken (& speaking) on the future of media & TV in Amsterdam, Belfast, Berlin, Brussels, Brighton, Copenhagen, Cannes, Cologne, Curacao, Frankfurt, Hollywood, Hilversum, Geneva, Groningen (TEDx), Kuala Lumpur, London, Las Vegas, Leipzig, Madrid, Melbourne, NYC, Rio, Sheffield, San Francisco, San Jose, Sydney, Tallinn, Vienna, Zurich...

He's been on advisory boards of TEDx Istanbul, SMWF UK, Apps World, and judged & AIB awards, Social TV Awards Hollywood, TV Connect & IPTV Awards.

A versatilist & autodidact, his leadership ability, divergent and synthetic thinking skills evolved from sailing the world 24000 miles+ offshore in his 20′s on sailboats under 12m.

He spent 10 years in the Caribbean media & boating industry as a professional sailor before returning to Europe, to Holland.

A Creative Technologist and Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Metis) his career began in the Canadian Native Press and is now a columnist for The Association for International Broadcasting and writes for Wired, The Guardian & Virgin. His writings have been translated into Polish, German and French. 

One of Kastelein's TV formats was optioned by Sony Pictures Television in 2012. 

Currently involved in a number of startups including publishing TV App Market online, The Hackfest and Tripsearch TV. As CSO for Worldticketshop he helped build a $100m company.

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