We conduced a study on 92 mobile programmatic campaigns across Europe, US, and APAC between June 2016 to February 2017. The results were compared to a similar research conducted last year. The study evaluated three key indicators, fully rendered impressions, fraudulent clicks, and mobile landing page arrivals to observe the state of ad fraud in the industry. See the full infographic.

Looking at fully rendered impressions there is a 4-point improvement in terms of discrepancies between the ad request and an impression 100% rendered between 2016 in 2017. This is an encouraging sign for advertisers because fully rendered impressions is the first step to actually engaging with mobile consumers.

Following the impression, the two engagement metrics such as click and mobile landing page arrivals are both susceptible to non-human traffic and fraud. Compared results from 2016, the study found an increase by 14 points of suspicious clicks identified in mobile campaigns. The number of users that click on an ad but never arrive on a landing page also increased by 17 points in this year’s study. This is a combined result of increasing investments into the mobile channel, hence more fraudsters arise as well sophistication in fraud detection algorithms.
Screen Shot 2017-05-01 at 07.23.45Ad fraud can never be eradicated. Having transparent benchmarks on the state of ad fraud in mobile campaigns is a key step to help advertisers insulate their media budgets from non-human traffic. The industry as a whole is working together to standardize metrics, eliminate discrepancies and improve fraud detection. Advertisers can help this maturation by tracking with anti-fraud technologies that have been accredited by independent organizations like the Media Rating Council. A very first step is to qualify impressions only it has 100% rendered on a mobile screen to ensure true consumer engagements.