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Total Telecom Becomes First B2B Media Brand In UK To Publish BPA Interactive Monthly Audited Web Data Alongside Print Circulation

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Total Telecom, which serves the global communications industry both online and in print, has becoming the first UK based media title to publish BPA monthly audited web traffic data alongside its magazine’s print circulation on a single audit certificate.

The report covers Total Telecom magazine, which provides commentary and analysis on both the fixed and mobile communications markets, targeting carriers and service providers as well as end users, vendors, and resellers of telecommunications technology and services, as well as totaltele.com, which offers breaking news, archives and research reports.

The report shows that the magazine had a total qualified circulation of 20,078; and the web site recorded 188,260 average monthly page impressions from an average of 55,018 unique browsers. The Total Telecom website was relaunched in February 2009 and has recorded a 26% rise in page impressions and 46% rise in unique browsers between March and June 2009.  The average user session is 2 minutes 46 seconds spent on the site.

There is real value in reporting online traffic and print circulation together, explains Fran Costello of media buying, planning and engagement agency mediaedge:cia.

“The joint statement provides the media planner with an overall view of those who can potentially see their client’s message. It makes it easier to analyse and compare when all the details are provided together.

There is undoubtedly a demand on the part of planners as it can only make their job easier and more convenient. The key to moving forward in this direction are the advertisers. It may be that with the current economic crisis, some advertisers will be less insistent on getting clear information from independently controlled sources.”

This is a sentiment echoed by Mike Jarvis, International Media Director of integrated marketing agency, Banner:

“As the media marketplace, in which both publishers and ourselves operate, continues to diversify and fragment it is becoming increasingly important to have data that is homologous and consistent across media types to enable true analysis of cross media platforms leading to both innovate and cost effective media solutions. We would hope that this is the start of a trend across the B2B marketplace that the other publishers will soon follow”
 
Rob Chambers, Publisher of Total Telecom, commented:

“We wanted to apply the BPA stamp of authority on both our print and online audience. Online especially is still a relatively unregulated world, surprisingly poorly understood by advertisers; we wanted to draw a line in the sand and say that we were being totally transparent about our figures, issuing numbers that advertisers can trust. We want to challenge our competitors to be as open about their figures. Most advertisers wouldn't use a magazine without an audit, so why use a website based on numbers only the publisher assures you are true?  The advantage of print and digital figures appearing on one statement is to create the obvious link between the two media and encourage more advertisers to think cross platform.”

“Around the world more and more media owners are recognising the importance of standardised and reliable measurement of audience reach within the interactive marketplace,” comments Stuart Wilkinson, BPA Worldwide’s Managing Director for EMEA. “The numbers are growing all the time as demand from the market increases and we expect to see an increasing move towards combined reporting as media owners seek to convey an accurate, independently audited picture of their property’s total audience reach.”

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Press Information:
Joe Palmer or Howard Robinson
Early Doors for BPA
T: 00 44 207 754 5560
E: joe@earlydoors.com or howard@earlydoors.com

Rob Chambers or Tally Judge
Total Telecom
T : 00 44 207 092 1000
E rob.chambers@totaltele.com or tally.judge@totaltele.com

About BPA Worldwide
A not-for-profit organization since 1931, BPA Worldwide is governed by a tripartite board comprised of media owners, advertising agencies and advertisers. Headquartered in Shelton, Connecticut, USA, BPA has the largest membership of any media-auditing organization in the world, spanning more than 30 countries. Worldwide, BPA serves more than 2,500 media properties—including over 1,700 B-to-B publications, more than 300 consumer magazines, 150 newspapers, 380+ web sites, 50 events, email newsletters, databases, wireless and other advertiser-supported media—as well as 2,700 advertiser and agency members. Visit www.bpaww.com for the latest audit reports, membership information and publishing and advertising industry news.

About Total Telecom
Total Telecom meets the information and research needs of the Global Communications industry, from breaking news to expert analysis. It is the leading communications link between end users and the vendors, carriers and resellers of telecommunications technology and services.

Visit www.totaltele.com to find out more.