Tag Archives: fraud

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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Blockchain vs. Digital Fraud?

As every advertiser should be able to tell you, it is preferable to have confidence in the ad inventory at the impression level before buying to playing whack-a-mole with easily-gamed anti-fraud technologies grafted on during and after the buying process. Continue reading

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Rise of the Bot: Organic Traffic is “Over”

You now have to treat every digital impression under the assumption that it’s not human and is fraud. Fraudulent impression are not the exception; they are the rule. Be skeptical. Continue reading

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Digital Media Transparency. Bravo P&G!

P&G is starting out 2017 in a strong fashion, by saying “NO” to the nonsense taking place in the digital marketing ecosystem. All advertisers–that means your organization–should follow suit. Watch Mark Pritchard’s full talk below:

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Oracles Mark Ritson & Bob Hoffman

The solution is not to buy more adtech or add more to your tech stack. It’s getting back to basics. The answer is practicing proper marketing science. It’s not that hard and you’ll notice that none of it starts with “audiences”: Continue reading

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Publish The Denominator, Google.

You might have seen Google patting itself on the back today for taking down 1.7 billion ads–2X last year’s total!–that violated the company’s policies. The problem, like most digital media hype and nonsense, is that they didn’t bother to publish … Continue reading

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Gaming AdTech: Easier Than Go Fish

How easy is it to game the AdTech ecosystem and steal–yes, steal–money from advertisers? Incredibly easy. The sad thing is that very few players in the industry care enough to do anything about it. Continue reading

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