What are the latest ad fraud trends and invalid traffic (IVT) rates in programmatic advertising? Pixalate examines the latest data to give you the most up-to-date insight on ad fraud trends in digital advertising.
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Ad fraud trends: Global programmatic invalid traffic (IVT) rates (Q4 2018)
According to the latest ad fraud data, invalid traffic is on the rise even as advertisers become more aware of the tactics used by fraudsters.
The U.S. had an IVT rate of 21% in Q4, up from 17% in Q3
This was the fifth-highest IVT rate in the world
10 of the top 15 countries in terms of programmatic ad volume saw an increase in IVT in Q4
U.S., Australia, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Italy, Brazil, Argentina, Korea, and India
Ad fraud trends: Programmatic display advertising (Q4 2018)
Smartphone in-app ad fraud has the highest invalid traffic rate, at over 20%. See the latest mobile ad fraud trends for more.
Over one-in-five (20.4%) smartphone in-app display ads were invalid in Q4 2018
Tablet app had a 16.5% ad fraud rate
Desktop web (19.3%) had the second-highest display IVT rate in Q4
This was an increase from 16.1% in Q3
Ad fraud trends: Programmatic video advertising (Q4 2018)
When it comes to programmatic video ad fraud trends, mobile in-app is the riskiest. See the mobile app fraud trends for details on the riskiest app categories.
Smartphone in-app video (29.6%) and tablet in-app video (23.7%) had the highest programmatic video IVT rates in Q4
In contrast, smartphone web (12.1%) and tablet web (9.8%) had significantly lower IVT rates
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Per the MRC,
“'Fraud' is not intended to represent fraud as defined in various laws, statutes and ordinances or as conventionally used in U.S. Court or other
legal proceedings, but rather a custom definition strictly for advertising measurement purposes. Also per the MRC,
“‘Invalid Traffic’ is defined generally as traffic
that does not meet certain ad serving quality or completeness criteria, or otherwise does not represent legitimate ad traffic that should be included in measurement counts.
Among the reasons why ad traffic may be deemed invalid is it is a result of non-human traffic (spiders, bots, etc.), or activity designed to produce fraudulent traffic.”