Category Archives: fraud

Live by the Algorithm, Die by Same

Think your fancy, all-seeing algorithm can’t be gamed? So do the fools at Uber. Unfortunately, it looks like Uber drivers can just switch off the app at once and trigger surge pricing. No complicated competing algorithm, no data scientists needed. Complex … Continue reading

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Videri Quam Esse: P&G and Digital Advertising

P&G cut between $100 and $140 million in digital advertising last quarter and sales went up. I don’t mean they were flat or that margins went up through a short-sided strategy of cutting marketing investment. This wasn’t just advertising that sort … Continue reading

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When Auctions Aren’t Auctions

We all think we know what an auction is. We conjure up the sound of the gavel falling to the high bidder and the horses being led away into the winner’s transporters. In theory, programmatic auctions for digital advertising should … Continue reading

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Occam’s Bots

I was reading “Mythbusting Digital Ad Fraud” by Dr. Augustine Fou this morning and this quote struck me: “Do you think humans really spend 30 mins a day ON AVERAGE watching videos on mobile? They may, but there is an … Continue reading

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Fake News Root Cause: Digital Advertisers

Somewhere in our rush to use digital media, we got obsessed with reach and the size of audiences (the magic word again) and impressions. We got taken for a ride by the ad tech industry hucksters, who built an almost-perfect money-making machine on top of fake inventory created on phony websites. Continue reading

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Assume Fraud Is Worse

When you’re looking to reduce your ad fraud rates, always: Pick the vendor that detects the most fraud Check every impression (not a sample) for fraud Look for brokered traffic (it’s garbage) Assume fraud is worse than you think Don’t be … Continue reading

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Ad Fraud Crash Course

It’s relatively easy to educate yourself on advertising fraud. There’s a bunch of good videos from security expertis and, yes ad fraud prevention vendors, about how it works and what you–as an advertiser or agency–might be able to do about it. Continue reading

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