LONDON: Shortlists have been announced in eight categories for the 2012 Media Research Group (MRG) Awards.
The awards were set up to recognise outstanding examples of media research conducted in the last two years. Around 60 entries were received by organisers.
Teams from Mediacom, PHD and UM are the three nominees for the media agency award, while Dipsticks Research, Ipsos MediCT and Sparkler will complete for the media research supplier prize.
Meanwhile, CBS Outdoor, Sky Media and Yahoo! were nominated for the media owner award.
There were four nominees for the Best International Research Initiative award, which is sponsored by Warc. Joint efforts from CBS Outdoor International and Kantar Media, and comScore and Facebook, will compete with Google and MPG Media Contacts for the prize.
Commenting on the shortlists, MRG chair John Carroll said: "Research and insight teams are the heartbeat of media and high calibre research adds a crucial creative and competitive edge.
"We have had a fantastic response for this year's awards and the standard of entries has been incredibly high."
The MRG Awards nominees are to be assessed by an international judges' panel, which includes IPA research director Lynne Robinson and IAB UK research and strategy director Tim Elkington.
Warc will also be at the MRG's conference, with coverage to appear in warc.com's Event Reports section.
Data sourced from MRG; additional content by Warc staff