This week's review of ad fraud and quality in the digital advertising space.
1. OTT ad fraud likely to increase in coming years
"Advertising fraud in over-the-top video is poised to grow in coming years, as fraudsters follow media consumption habits and higher CPMs to streaming video platforms," wrote MediaPost, citing recent Pixalate research into OTT ad fraud. "As the shift to video continues, and fraudsters adjust their strategies, those concerns are likely to escalate over the coming years," the article added.
2. How much of the internet is fake?
New York Magazine dives into the world of fake — well, everything — on the internet. "How much of the internet is fake?" the article asks. "Studies generally suggest that, year after year, less than 60 percent of web traffic is human; some years, according to some researchers, a healthy majority of it is bot."
3. Digital video predictions for 2019
"The TV and OTT landscapes continue to shift and slide as consumers adopt digital video and streaming options, and the companies producing long-form content make bets on where audiences will spend their time," wrote eMarketer before presenting eight digital video market predictions for 2019. "Connected TV advertising will continue to scale up" is one of their predictions, and eMarketer also believes cord-cutting will accelerate.
4. Don't forget about the GDPR in 2019
AdExchanger reminds the digital ad industry that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) — a hot topic through the first half of 2018 — will likely have big impact in 2019. "Freight trains take time to build steam," AdExchanger wrote. "That’s your metaphor for what’s to come in 2019 for the General Data Protection Regulation."
"[T]here was still a lot of groundwork laid [in 2018] and many hints dropped about what DPAs [data protection authorities] will prioritize in 2019," wrote AdExchanger. "Data security and consent, particularly as it pertains to advertising and location tracking, top the agenda," the article noted, citing Ronan Tigner, an associate at Morrison & Foerster law firm. said.
5. Here's how cybercriminals profit from clicks
Security Boulevard runs through exactly how cybercriminals profit from clicks in the world of online advertising. "Ad fraud generates artificial impressions or clicks on a targeted website for profit. This is a highly skilled group of cybercriminals that is capable of building and maintaining a massive infrastructure of infected devices in a botnet," wrote Security Boulevard. "Different devices are leveraged for different types of ad fraud but generally, PC-based ad fraud campaigns are capable of silently opening an internet browser on the victim’s computer and clicking on an advertisement."
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