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Hahn Launches New Measurement Company

By Ana Flores


Hahn, a leading predictive marketing and PR agency, is launching Hahn Labs, a new measurement company aiming to redefine how brands understand their return on marketing investment (ROMI).

AUSTIN, Texas – Hahn, a leading predictive marketing and PR agency, is launching Hahn Labs, a new measurement company aiming to redefine how brands understand their return on marketing investment (ROMI). Hahn Labs is the evolution of the agency’s acquisiton of Statistical Vision in 2021.

“After two years in development, we’re ready to embark on a mission to dramatically improve marketing and PR measurement,” said Tim Weinheimer, General Manager of Hahn Labs. “The industry is stuck in the 1940’s with admittedly terrible measures like AVE. We’re bringing an A.I. perspective to evaluating impact so clients can confidently make smart business decisions on their marketing and PR mix.”

While earned media is often seen as the most credible and cost-effective marketing communication for brands, measuring its true impact has always been elusive. Although using Advertising Value Equivalency (AVE) to gauge earned media effectiveness has been controversial for decades, it remains a commonly used yardstick for corporate communication departments.

Hahn Labs’ data science team is led by Chief Data Officer Michael Griebe, a former Oxford economist. “I approach marketing differently because I’m an economist first,” said Griebe. “I’m drawn to marketing because it involves rich data sets, offers interesting problems to solve, and contains plenty of blind spots for companies to navigate. The models, tools and methods we’ve designed throw light into every dark corner.”

Hahn Labs’ first product is its Earned Lift Model. The algorithm is able to correlate earned media mentions with sales results and provide predictive forecasting for the expected sales impact of a brand’s media mentions. The Earned Lift Model goes well beyond the outdated AVE approach and uses econometrics and data engineering to measure the value of earned media on other key variables such as employee retention and even shareholder value generation. Geography, media type, reach and story durability are all considered in the algorithm.

Labs’ second product nearing completion is focused on influencer measurement. The tool predicts the impact an influencer is likely to have on a brand’s lift, giving organizations the ability to make the best possible choice of influencer partnership. A May 2024 release is expected.

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About Hahn and Hahn Labs

Founded in 1974, Hahn is a predictive marketing and PR agency that provides food and energy brands new and sustained competitive advantage through data science, creative strategy, brand promotion, web design, media relations and crisis communication. Learn more at Hahn.Agency.

Founded in 2024, Hahn Labs is a measurement company revolutionizing the approach to quantifying earned media’s return on marketing investment (ROMI) and empowering companies to grow market share. Learn more at Hahn.Agency/Labs.