Bitcoin is back in news again after trading at a record high of $4483 per coin this month. Many cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin are powered by a technology known as blockchain, and its potential use cases extends far beyond just the financial world—it continues to find use in government, healthcare, real estate, security, and many other industries. At events and in publications that cover the advertising industry, blockchain has been a hot topic as a candidate for bringing in more transparency into ad tech and solving problems such as opaque supply chains and ad fraud, how much of it is hype and what are the facts? Before getting into how blockchain could help ad tech, let’s understand what it is and how it works. Each “block” in a blockchain typically contains a hash pointer to the previous block, timestamp, and transaction data. A blockchain is a growing list of records, or blocks, linked together and secured by cryptography. Stripped to the basics, … [Read more...] about Can Blockchain Fix the Problems of Digital Advertising Industry?
Fraud in digital advertising
Times are gone when a web publisher could just sign up with AdSense and be done with the business of monetizing their website. New breakthroughs in ad tech means that when it comes to making money from your publication, the options now are almost endless, but more choice often comes with more problems. What are the biggest threats ad tech industry and publishers face this coming year and how can they best try to tackle them? Let’s start with… The Complexity of Ad Technology Managing online ad operations was never the easy thing to begin with, but with each year, new ad tech implementation just seems to be getting more and more demanding. For instance, just when publishers are coming to terms with header bidding and its adoption is rising, its successor, server-to-server header bidding is already in the offing. And header bidding is just one ad tech trend. This is hardly news though. In a blog post on Gartner, Martin Kihn explains Why Ad Tech is More Complicated Than Wall … [Read more...] about The Biggest Challenges Ad Tech Industry Faces in 2017
Some of the biggest advertisers and brands are spooked by the sophistication of fraud and the entire media supply chain’s apparent inability to eliminate it. Criminals prey on big money, especially in inefficient, non-transparent systems with many touches, low or no accountability, and poor measurement. (For them,) Digital media is THE perfect place to hunt. That was Marc Pritchard (of Proctor & Gamble), speaking on what his company intended to do about it at IAB ALM 2017. He revealed their 4-step action plan, in which P&G decided to only do business with digital media entities that have gotten certified against fraud from TAG in 2017. On a similar note, all of La Quinta Inns & Suites’ 2015 insertion orders specified that the brand will only pay for human traffic. Methbot drove it home: By Q3 of 2016, a previously low-volume bot signature that WhiteOps had been tracking since a year had scaled beyond anything seen in history—reaching as many as 137 million … [Read more...] about Publisher’s Guide to Ad Fraud Prevention in 2017
Let’s talk about the publishers for a change. Media sellers (aka publishers) are already losing massive chunks of revenue from ad blocking, both on desktop and mobile. Then they are supposed to be held accountable for, just, all of the fraud and pay for “cleaning up the mess” (like in this impassioned post). Even though the publishers who sold premium inventory on private ad exchanges to brand-consistent advertisers have also been victimized by fraud… Ten per cent of ad impressions from premium programmatic ad campaigns are fraudulent (triggered by bots). The surprise was the ubiquity of the fraud. It is not just no-name websites; it also affects premium publishers. — Bill Duggan, VP of Association of National Advertisers (Source) Meanwhile, growing emphasis on viewable impressions could open the doors to further trouble… (Often) Viewability as quality produces its opposite: viewability as clutter. There are threads of connection between the … [Read more...] about How Publishers Can Fight Ad Block, Fraud, and Viewability Problems
2016 was one eventful year for ad tech industry. Client side Header Bidding went mainstream. Publishers got heavy-handed with anti-ad block measures with varying successes and failures. Fake news registered on the radar of mainstream media and ad tech took the flack for it. Ad viewability adoption increased, creating panic among publishers. Then, the year wrapped up with a bang as WhiteOps uncovered a ubiquitous, million-dollar ad fraud ring called Methbot. That was the abridged version; barely enough information to start a workplace debate. This post gives a more holistic view of the developments in ad tech in 2016, focussed on subjects and perspectives that you, the enterprising publisher, ought to care about, or find interesting. 1. Header Bidding adoption continues to rise despite publisher skepticism about higher latency Header bidding is all the rage these days. A complete chronology of industry developments can even be found in a post on AdExchanger. Here’s a brief … [Read more...] about State of Ad Tech: 2016, Year In Review