7 Things You Need to Know About the Bots That Are Threatening the Ad Industry

Bot fraud, digital advertising's albatross, will suck $6.3 billion from the industry next year, according to a much anticipated report highlighting the threat from the Association of National Advertisers and WhiteOps. Here is the scope of the problem, per analysts at SunTrust Robinson Humphreys: Up to 50 percent of publisher traffic is bot activity, just fake clicks from automated computing programs. Bots account for 11 percent of display ad views and 23 percent of video ads. Digital advertising will take in $43.8 billion next year, and $6.3 billion will be based on the fraudulent activity. Even the top publishers setting up private advertising exchanges to cater to elite brands are unsafe. Ten percent of ad impressions from such premium programmatic campaigns are from bots. Between 3 percent and 31 percent  of programmatically bought ad impressions were found to be from bots, with an average of 17 percent. More than half of traffic from third parties claiming to lift publishers' traffic numbers comes from bots. Bots are corrupting retargeted ads, because of more sophisticated user Web histories than actual users, attracting cookie-based ads. Nineteen percent of retargeted ads, the ads that  are directed at an intended audience based on previous Web activity, are from bots. Continue reading at 'AdWeek'

[ AdWeek | 2014-12-09 00:00:00 UTC ]
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