PPM (Portable People Meter)

Monitoring PPM for Online Streams 

Arbitron provides an encoding monitor for every encoded audio service, including Web streams. Mike Kernen devised a way to monitor his six online streams.

Media Rating Council Accredits 11 Additional Arbitron PPM Markets 

Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, Philadelphia and Phoenix are among the new markets.

Arbitron Adds 10 Markets to 2010 PPM Survey 

These additional markets are considered currency markets, meaning the PPM data gathered there is suitable for evaluating radio listening and establishing ad sales rates.

Arbitron Signs Adelante Media Group for Multi-Year PPM Deal 

The deal covers all the radio markets served by Adelante Media Group.

Media Monitors: PPM Use Alters Spot Set Timings 

Stations are adapting to the new rating measurement system.

Arbitron Unveils PPM 360 

Arbitron calls the new devices a "sleeker, smarter audience measurement solution" that fits " consumers' on-the-go lifestyles."

Arbitron, PPM Coalition Settle Dispute to Move Forward  

Arbitron hopes to obtain or retain (depending on the market) MRC accreditation by working with the PPMC.

Court Reverses Decision on SBS PPM Encoding  

After first ordering Spanish Broadcast System to encode its station with the Arbitron PPM, a court review allows SBS to cease encoding.

Arbitron PPM Sample Size Metrics Make High Mark in January 2010  

The 18-34 demos surpassed the company's sample size benchmarks.

Court Order: SBS Must Encode Arbitron PPM 

The order requires SBS to encode nine stations with the PPM until Feb. 16, 2010.

Media Monitors Audience Reaction Adds Quicker PPM Updates  

The PPM data will now be updated within five days after the measured week for subscribers of the Audience Reaction service.

MRC Updates PPM Accreditation Status 

Minneapolis-St. Paul is approved, but 20 other markets are not.

Arbitron Creates Cross-Platform Media Measurement Group 

Pierre Bouvard will lead the cross-platform sales and product development, and Carol Hanley has been promoted to elevated to chief sales officer.

BBM Canada Launches Combined TV and Radio Media Measurement Panel Using PPM  

BBM Canada is a not-for-profit industry organization that supplies radio and television audience ratings services to Canadian advertisers.

Technical Properties of the Arbitron PPM System 

There are a number of radio veterans questioning PPM's accuracy because listenership reports have frequently been quite different from those of the diary system. The technical design of the PPM system is explored to help explain the system.

House Committee Requests GAO Study of the Arbitron PPM 

According to House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, "The advertising revenues and viability of minority-owned radio stations depends on an accurate measurement of their audience ratings."

Arbitron Commercializes PPM Ratings in Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood 

In addition, the April and May PPM survey months, which Arbitron had previously released as pre-currency information, are now designated as currency data.

Arbitron Ready to Discuss PPM with Congress 

The ratings company is preparing for a possible inquiry from the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Arbitron Adds TV Measurement in PPM 

The service will use the PPM to measure away-from-home television audience viewing.

FCC Seeks Comments on PPM 

The inquiry focuses on questions raised about the metering service's ability to accurately track minority radio listeners.

Arbitron Plans PPM Improvements 

While there is variation in metrics and milestones based on particulars of the local market environments, all of Arbitron PPM customers are in the process of receiving enhancements to the PPM methodology in four key areas: Cell-phone-only sampling, address-based sampling, in-tab compliance rates and response metrics (Sample Performance Indicator or SPI).

Arbitron, Maryland Attorney General Reach PPM Agreement 

Under the agreement, Arbitron will take several steps to more reliably represent all segments of radio listeners, particularly younger and minority listeners.

PPM Receives MRC Accreditation in Riverside-San Bernardino 

Accredited monthly PPM data in Riverside is based on landline and cell-phone-only households.

Arbitron Touts PPM Demographic Sample Quality 

The Dec. 2008 survey shows that Black, Hispanic and Spanish-Dominant samples exceed targets, which helps Arbitron in the argument about the PPM not accurately report minority groups.

Arbitron Commercializes PPM Ratings in Four New Markets 

Dallas-Ft. Worth; Atlanta; Washington, DC; and Detroit bring total of electronically measured radio markets to 14.

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