Ad Fraud: Brand War Against Bots

Ad fraud on apps and the web is an endemic problem. Advertisers, publishers and agencies are engaged in a war against digital ad fraud bots. In a reaction to ad frauds, recently P&G cut $140 million and Chase slashed the number of websites carrying their advertisements by almost 99% without experiencing any change in business outcomes.

Ad fraud is the practice of serving digital ads that have zero chance of being seen by a human user or are intentionally misrepresented. Nonhuman, or bot, traffic use tactics like rotating user agents, random proxies to generate fake pageviews and fake clicks, even fake form submissions and, more for paid ad impressions. In 2018, nonhuman fraud traffic in digital advertising is estimated to cause losses of around 19 billion U.S. dollars to advertisers worldwide. There is also intentional misrepresentation in the form of human-based traffic fraud generated by publishers, who hide ads by “ad stacking” or “impression stacking,” For example, impressions can be generated when web sites are loaded as pop-unders on porn and piracy sites, or through domain spoofing. It is a significant problem that affects multiple formats, such as display and video.

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3 Essential Lessons Digital Marketers Can Learn From Corn

I’ll be the first to admit it is almost unfathomable to imagine any lesson can be learned from a corn stalk, yet lessons that could be describes as essential for digital marketers. None the less, it is true. Before, I discuss these three lessons, I will tell you my corn cob story.

Growing up in Wisconsin, one thing I could depend on every year was that if the corn stalks were knee high by the fourth of July, by September there would be no shortage of corn on the cob. Even if the stalks were not knee high in July, I was always confident there would be an abundance of corn on the cob sometime in the fall.

Most people will agree that in order for corn to grow, its seeds need to be planted in fertilized soil and receive an efficient level of sun and water. This knowledge … Continue reading

Ad Extensions: Introduction – Getting the Most Value out of Your Marketing Dollars

Ad Extensions: Introduction – Getting the Most Value out of Your Marketing Dollars

It’s no secret that the first step in converting customers is to drive prospects to your website. To do cost effectively through paid ads it is essential for you to ensure your ads are not only relevant to the person’s needs but also that your ads stand out from your competitors.

Historically, the only option available to accomplish this goal was a 70 character written description. Today, the description is not enough. If you perform a query for most any product or service, you will notice that other than promotions, pricing, or years in business, most ads to not contain anything that is truly unique.

Even when companies create ads that offer something unique and valuable to their prospects, this message is often overlooked as the ads themselves blend in with the all the other ads. … Continue reading

Don’t Believe Everything You Read – How Quality Scores Impact Adwords Campaigns. Part 2

In my last article, I talked about the flawed logic regarding Google Adwords Quality Score (QS) that some writers were presenting in articles. To summarize, many writers were stating that the QS was not only unimportant and should be ignored, but that the QS didn’t impact the cost advertisers were paying. I pointed out the errors in their logic and provided you with insight into what exactly QS is and how a higher QS could save you money.

As promised, this article will focus on giving you suggestion on how to increase your QS without you having to obsess over it. The QS shouldn’t be looked at as the magic pill that will lower the cost, but as a leading indicator of potential red flags or that you are moving in the right direction. It definitely is important, but shouldn’t be obsessed over.

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Is Your Internet Marketing An Uncharted Trip Into The Wild Blue Yonder?

From my experience, for many companies large and small it is just that. They move forward with well-intentioned but poorly planned websites, pay per click (search engine marketing), search engine optimization, social media marketing and perhaps email campaigns. All of that is done without out knowing exactly where they rank today with their internet marketing, how they rank and compare with their competitors, or how they could improve.

Would you take a road trip across country or to the far reaches of Canada or Mexico without a GPS or map of some type? If not then why do it for your internet marketing? In either case you can very well get lost or not be successful without a map. Did you know you can get a comprehensive evaluation of your website, SEM, SEO as well as SMM? Out of that evaluation you get a map as to where you are … Continue reading

The Wrong Keywords Can Sabotage Your 2012 Campaigns – Part 2

2012 – This is your year to experience abundance in the ROI of your online marketing efforts. As I mentioned last month, there are many factors that will contribute to the success or failure of a paid search campaign. Last month we talked about the importance of keyword selection as it pertains to relevancy and budget. This month we will be following up with a discussion about grouping keywords.

How Important Is It To Group Your Keywords By Theme?

Think about it this way. What would happen if you went to the grocery store and the dairy products weren’t grouped with the dairy products? What if the meat products were grouped with the cookies? It would be utter chaos. Imagine how long it would take you to find the item you wanted. Don’t bother to ask an employee. If the items are not grouped together in a logical order, … Continue reading