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Pixalate Week in Review: October 2 - 6, 2017

This week's review of ad fraud and quality in the digital advertising space.

1. Pixalate's August 2017 Seller Trust Indexes


Pixalate this week released the August 2017 Seller Trust Indexes, which rank the overall quality of programmatic sellers across desktop and mobile web, mobile in-app, and video. Google AdExchange made headlines amid quality concerns last month, but our latest rankings show that they have moved up a few spots. Download the full rankings.

2. The global state of ad fraud in 4 charts


Digiday uses four charts to explain the current state of ad fraud across the globe, including two charts featuring data uncovered by Pixalate's research team. "Japan has the highest ad fraud rates, according to a report from fraud prevention ad tech firm Pixalate. In the first three months of 2017, 81 percent of the programmatic impressions traded in Japan were fraudulent, with Brazil second at 36 percent. The U.S. was third with 35 percent of programmatically bought desktop ad impressions fraudulent during the same time period," Digiday wrote.

3. MediaMath embraces ads.txt, but the ad fraud war rages on


Advertising Age has reported that "MediaMath, one of marketers' more widely-used platforms to buy digital ads, announced Thursday that it will begin aggressively rolling out the 'ads.txt' initiative across its entire supply footprint." The article added, "As such, another major player in digital advertising has joined the industry's latest bid to cripple ad fraud. And yet, hurdles remain." Recent Pixalate research has revealed that fewer than 5% of Alexa Top 5000 sites have adopted ads.txt. You can download the full list of ads.txt-supported domains here

4. Marketers warm to Facebook, Google; set sites on murky supply chain


AdExchanger has reported that marketers are warming to Facebook and Google "as they place blame for the industry’s many issues on its ad tech underbelly." Marketers are now focusing on the opaque supply chain, which is still rife with fraud. 

5. Amid quality concerns, P&G reduces amount of sites it buys on below 1,000


"At the end of 2016, back before [P&G marketing chief Marc] Pritchard called out the 'crappy media supply chain' at an Interactive Advertising Bureau conference, P&G ran ads on about 2,000 sites per month in the U.S., according to Pathmatics," reported Digiday. "By August, it whittled that number down to 900 websites." The article added: "Among the many things Pritchard has clamored for in 2017 are more clarity on pricing and fees in ad tech, greater viewability and more vigilance in the fight against ad fraud, which can be accomplished by reducing the number of websites that brands place their ads on."

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