Sizing Digital Ad Fraud Investigation by Augustine Fou

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Information about Sizing Digital Ad Fraud Investigation by Augustine Fou

Published on February 27, 2014

Author: augustinefou



Digital Ad Fraud is bigger than most people think... here are some collected estimates from various industry sources and researchers.

Buckets of Ad Fraud Impressions Clicks Leads Sales (CPM fraud) (CPC fraud) (CPL fraud) (CPA fraud) Bot or low wage workers fill in lead forms with real addresses and get paid bounty per lead. Fake sites set up to do cookie stuffing or trick users to click on affiliate links to earn rev share. Botnets generate fake pageviews which produce ad impression “inventory” that is sold into ad exchanges. -1- Bots type search queries to bring up search ads and then click on the ads to earn share of CPC. Augustine Fou

Display Ad Impressions 30 – 60% fraudulent, wasted, not-in-view IAB: FY 2012 Display Ad Spend = $7.7B • By far, the easiest to commit – fill a web page with many display ads and repeatedly load the page with scripts or bots • Clients pay on CPM basis and are usually goaled on the number of impressions delivered and CPM -2- Augustine Fou

Video Ad Impressions 50 - 77% fraudulent, autoplay, wasted, not-in-view Source: Vindico via Adweek, December 15, 2013 eMarketer: Digital Video Ad Spend est. $4B in 2013 • Advanced bots are programmed to load video ads and wait till they are counted as “views” before leaving the page • Video ads have 10x the CPM compared with display ads, and are therefore a prime target for „bad guys‟ -3- Augustine Fou

Search Ad Clicks 20 - 40% fraudulent, accidental, wasted Source: Adometry Click Fraud Report 1H 2013 IAB: FY 2012 Search Ad Spend = $16.8B • Search ad fraud is a bit more involved to commit and usually occurs on “search partner” sites (not the main search sites) • Bad guys set up sites with no content, execute searches with lucrative keywords, and click the ads with bots -4- Augustine Fou

Affiliate Sales Fraud -5- Augustine Fou

Lead Fraud ~ 20-40% -6- Augustine Fou

Dr. Augustine Fou – Digital Consigliere “I advise clients on optimizing advertising across all channels. One main area of focus is reducing ad waste due to fraud – fake impressions, clicks, leads, and sales.” FORMER CHIEF DIGITAL OFFICER, HCG (OMNICOM) MCKINSEY CONSULTANT CLIENT SIDE / AGENCY SIDE EXPERIENCE PROFESSOR AND COLUMNIST ENTREPRENEUR / SMALL BUSINESS OWNER PHD MATERIALS SCIENCE (MIT '95) AT AGE 23 ClickZ Articles: Slideshares: LinkedIn: -7- @acfou Augustine Fou

Related Articles ROI Case for Solving Ad Fraud By: Augustine Fou January 2014 Fake YouTube Videos By: Augustine Fou, December 2013 Digital Ad Fraud Briefing By: Augustine Fou December 2013 Motive and Opportunity for Ad Fraud By: Augustine Fou, February 2014 How Display Fraud Works By: Augustine Fou, May 2013 Fake Facebook Profiles By: Augustine Fou, Dec 2013 How Click Fraud Works By: Augustine Fou, November 2013 Fake Twitter Accounts By: Augustine Fou, August 2013 The Magnitude of Digital Ad Fraud By: Augustine Fou, November 2013 Display Fraud 101 (video) By: Augustine Fou, Feb 2014 -8- Augustine Fou

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