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Pixalate Week in Review: August 28 - September 1, 2017

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

1. Inneractive launches mobile anti-fraud effort 

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Fyber's Inneractive this week announced its "Keeping it Clean" anti-ad fraud initiative for its mobile exchange. MediaPost reported on the news. "Inneractive’s partners in the anti-fraud effort are well-known to the digital ad industry," wrote MediaPost. "Pixalate tracks, monitors, and blocks fraudulent ad inventory and is accredited for mobile invalid traffic detection."

2. What advertisers want from programmatic companies in terms of ad quality

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According to research from BrightRoll, reported on by eMarketer, over half of advertisers plan to put pressure on their programmatic tech partners to screen for fake news sites. More advertisers plan to turn their attention to private marketplaces as well. "Even though ad buys take longer and require more resources in a private marketplace, the process appeals to advertisers because it ensures that ads appear across higher-quality publishers’ sites," wrote eMarketer. "As a result, private marketplaces are becoming increasingly attractive to advertisers." 

3. Buzzfeed embraces digital ads as programmatic mobile and quality improve 

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"BuzzFeed will introduce display ads that will be bought and sold using third-party ad technology on a global basis," reported Business Insider. "Tactically, programmatic has improved in terms of loading times, mobile experience, and ad quality and opens up another way for us to monetize our huge audience," said Jonah Peretti, CEO and founder of BuzzFeed.

4. Google's refunds highlight the problems of invalid traffic and ad fraud

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Google is refunding DoubleClick advertisers who bought ads on sites that had fake traffic, and Business Insider notes that "advertising executives aren’t fully satisfied by the refund because it only a covers a fraction of the total cost to place the ads." The news highlights "two of the pressing issues in digital and programmatic advertising," including invalid traffic and ad fraud, wrote Business Insider.

5. The state of mobile programmatic: Ad fraud persists as mobile budgets grow

mobile-devices.jpgDigiday used 5 charts to detail the state of mobile programmatic advertising. "Mobile display ad spend is outpacing desktop in the U.K., with $4.5 million (£3.5 million) forecast to be spent on mobile display advertising in 2019, up from $3.6 million (£2.8 million) this year, according to Zenith," wrote Digiday. "Meanwhile, desktop display ad spend in the U.K. will decline to $1.1 million (£860,000) in 2019, from $1.4 million (£1.1 million) this year." Despite these rising budgets, Digiday notes that ad fraud is still a persistent problem in mobile.

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