Standard Media Index. Don’t Estimate, Know.
Standard Media Index, in conjunction with our agency and brand partners, makes it possible for the industry to have a real-world view into advertising spend by product category, ad revenue to media publishers and digital platforms, media pricing including CPMs, and future-booked commitments.
SMI accesses actual spend from the world’s largest media buying groups, as well as leading independents, and then organizes that data to create a clear, granular, and easy-to-use database for our clients and agency partners.
Depending on the market, SMI captures between 70 and 95% of all agency spend. By aggregating it, SMI offers detailed ad intelligence across all media types, including Television, Digital, Out-of-Home, Print, and Radio. Depending on the market, data can be broken down by unit cost, media owner, ad type, buy type, advertiser product category, and other dimensions.
Clients use SMI data to determine media mix models, create competitive benchmarks, and gain visibility into pricing level data. The data also allow them to understand marketplace trends on a product category level, evaluate ROI of tentpoles and sporting events, and break out ad formats by media type to highlight the effectiveness of different kinds of placements.
Our data supports insights covering 34 countries around the world – and that number is growing.
At SMI, our mission is to enhance decision making at the world’s leading data driven companies through actionable advertising expenditure and pricing data. We strive to be the most trusted global source of accurate and timely intelligence data on the advertising market.