“Invalid Traffic” is Highest in Mobile Video, Ernst & Young’s Terlizzi

Fraud, malware and pirated sites are costing the digital media industry over $8 billion a year.   While the problem pervades all digital media, the highest percentage of invalid traffic is for mobile video at 12 percent, says Nick Terlizzi, Partner, Media and Entertainment Advisory Services at Ernst & Young LLP in this interview with Beet.TV E&Y […]

 

Video Ad Fraud Could Be Eradicated This Year: BrightRoll CEO

CANNES, France — It seems like it was only a few months ago that the topic of video ad fraud cast a long shadow on the digital advertising sector. Now everyone is running around trying to eliminate the dark arts. And one tech vendor says those arts could already be extinguished before 2014 is done. […]

 

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 good actors working to eliminate […]

 

Price Pressure on Video Ads Fuels Viewability and Fraud Problems, TubeMogul’s Wilson

Does the adage “you get what you pay for” ring true when it comes to online video advertising? Although advertisers are often keen to drive down the prices they pay in a world now threatened by fake views, TubeMogul CEO Brett Wilson warns that logic could be detrimental. “We get a lot of information requests […]

 

Platforms Should Shoulder Ad Fraud Burden: TubeMogul CEO

Who’s to blame for the rising problem of online ad fraud? Ad tech vendors aren’t the frauds themselves – but they should accept responsibility for keeping customers happy, says one platform boss. “We take the burden,” says says Brett Wilson, CEO of video ad tech vendor TubeMogul. “Anything you buy that isn’t what you think […]

 

Buyers And Sellers Will Need Multiple Verifiers: ZenithOptimedia’s Singer

As a gamut of third-party vendors rises up to qualify the true consumption of ad inventory for buyers and publishers, if you thought one would emerge as a victorious standard – think again. “I can’t just rely on a publisher or a verification vendor – it has to be a blended approach in order to […]

 

IAB’s Mane On Fraud: Keep Calm And Carry On

“Don’t panic!” That is Internet Advertising Bureau US‘ research, analytics and measurement SVP Sherrill Mane‘s advice to an advertising industry growing alarmed by the rise of apparent fraudulent viewing of their ad buys. “The distinction between (‘fraud’ and ‘viewability’ is not being made correctly,” Mane tells Beet.TV. “The danger to the reputation of the industry […]

 

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 Jay VanDerzee tells Beet.TV. “This, […]

 

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 run things ‘below the fold’,” […]

 

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 Cheryl Stump says of the […]

 

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 Science CEO Scott Knoll. “So […]

 

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, ‘X% of all video inventory […]

 

Ad Fraud May Harm Programmatic Growth

With web fraud reaching near endemic proportions, advertisers and vendors face a number of hurdles in dealing with the problem. says Ashley J. Swartz, CEO of Furious Minds, in a commentary for Beet.TV on the topic. Issues include who bears the cost of fraud, how do advertisers step up and in what circumstances, and what are […]