Viewability

IAB’s Shah: Too Many Viewability Platforms Will Hurt Industry

Viewability, the recently-defined metric that defines whether an online ad slot is really viewable by consumers is a wholesale change for the industry – but its benefits may be blunted as too many platforms are vying to help advertisers capitalize, according to Ziff Davis CEO and IAB chair Vivek Shah….

Total Transparency Can Hinder Ads: Xaxis’ Moore

COLOGNE — Ad buyers are increasingly calling for outright and advance understanding over where they place ads. But, in the data frenzy, you can know too much, suggests WPP’s Xaxis chairman David Moore. “There’s a lot of misconception about transparency,” he tells Videology CEO Scott Ferber in this video interview at…

Advertising Arms Race: ’2014 Is The Year Of Fraud’

The reality that many of the online ads paid for by advertisers are not really viewed by human users – or, worse, fraudulently viewed by artificial bots – has risen up the industry’s agenda of late. ComScore chief research officer Josh Chasin characterizes it as “arms race”: “You have the…

Online Media Measurement: It’s Not Like Betamax Vs VHS

Over the last couple of years, media measurement’s big titans have both rolled out new ways to quantify online video consumption for advertisers – Nielsen’s Online Campaign Ratings (OCR) and comScore’s Validated Campaign Essentials (VCE). Who will win? That’s the wrong question to ask, says an exec from the comScore side. “The…

Google Rallies Fight Against Bots In Ad Fraud ‘Arms Race’

Recent revelations that many online ad impressions – perhaps 40% - are prompted by internet bots defrauding ad buyers has spooked the industry. Now Google  wants to go to war with the bots. “The surge of non-human traffic … is really taking the entire industry by storm,” Americas media platform sales head…

Measuring Ads By Sales Is Some Way Off: DigitasLBi’s Shlachter

Advertisers won’t get to correlate ad spending with actual business outcomes until they give intermediaries real-time sales data, says one major-agency ad exec. Asked if advertising measurements like CPMs should be replaced by client-oriented metrics like actual sales, DigitasLBi media activation head Adam Shlachter agreed: ”What we should be focusing on…

Mobile Video Strong Despite Fraud Fears: Innovid’s Chalozin

Unscrupulous publishers are causing advertisers sleepless nights by automatically playing video ads despite being out of human view, “below the fold” of web browser windows. So could mobile provide safe sanctuary? “The nice thing about the walled garden of iOS, and sometimes android as well, is that you cannot really…

VivaKi’s Stump: ‘Fraud’ Fears Are Real But May Be Over-Stated

The realization, by advertisers, that many of the views they buy in video are faked by nefarious bots is serious – but not necessarily as serious as The Wall Street Journal recently suggested, according to one ad agency exec. “It was a little sensational,” VivaKi Audience On Demand video director…

Bot Or Not? Fraudsters Keep Advertisers On Their Toes, Integral’s Knoll Says

Nefarious publishers that defraud advertisers by using code to artificially play video ads are responding to recent attempts to shut them down using fraud-busting software, according to one ad tech vendor. “People who create bots realize that now advertisers are focused on finding ads that are in-view,” says Integral Ad…

Video Ad Fraud Is Not As Bad As You Think: comScore’s Chasin

Over the last year, video ad measurement firms have started reporting around 40% or 50% of video ad impressions may not really be viewed by consumers, instead invoked by fraudulent publishers looking to sell inventory. But comScore’s chief research officer Josh Chasin says the problem is over-blown. “You’ll see headlines,…