Press Release

July 31, 2018

Kantar Millward Brown’s Equity Engine – the Meaningfully Different Framework– Completes MASB Metric Audit

Kantar Millward Brown, the world's leading expert in helping clients grow great brands, announced today that its brand equity assessment engine – the Meaningfully Different Framework – has completed the Marketing Accountability Standards Board (MASB) metric audit process. MASB's process, the Marketing Metric Audit Protocol (MMAP), is a formal, industry-recognized process for assessing connections from marketing activities and metrics to financial performance.

"By putting the Meaningfully Different Framework through the MMAP protocol, Kantar Millward Brown has shown its commitment to developing disciplined, validated tools that link to financial outcomes and help marketing leaders make confident investment decisions," said Frank Findley, MASB Executive Director and Chief Advisor of the MMAP Center.

The Meaningfully Different Framework is built upon the validated premise that thriving brands meaningfully connect with a target audience, differentiate themselves from competition, and readily come to mind. The framework is applied based on quantitative data that is continually monitored.

Anheuser-Busch InBev's Miguel Patricio remarked: "In the past, we've had different ways of measuring brand health in different countries, but now we have one language – the language of meaning, difference and salience – which we are embracing as a company."

With more than 600 clients, 20,000 on-going applications, and a normative database consisting of over 120,000 brands, the Meaningfully Different Framework is the most broadly used equity assessment tool in the world. It is also integrated within Kantar Millward Brown's equity and brand guidance solutions, as well as its creative assessment and media optimization protocols, serving as a common equity impact currency across the Kantar Millward Brown portfolio. The framework is also at the heart of WPP's syndicated BrandZ™ offering, fueling brand valuation analytics and the annual publication of the BrandZ™ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands.

"Given the rigor that went into its development and validation, we were very comfortable taking the Meaningfully Different Framework through the third-party MMAP vetting process, where the tool was thoroughly evaluated against 10 criteria for ideal metrics, including relevance/actionability, predictive validity, sensitivity, simplicity, and transparency," said Christopher Murphy, Chief Client Officer, Kantar North America. "We were impressed with MASB's diligence during this audit process, and we are proud to have completed the review and accreditation process."