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Blog Mar. 20, 2015 | Share

The Dress: A Case Study of Flash Crowds and Invalid Traffic

On Feb 26, 2015 a photo of this dress was posted to Tumblr. The author asked other visitors to help resolve a friendly dispute about whether the dress was white-and-gold or black-and-blue. Controversy about the perceived colors in the picture drew sudden and intense interest. It was just before nightfall in the U.S. Fifteen hours after the initial post,... Read more

Blog Feb. 11, 2015 | Share

Measurement Proves the Effectiveness of Mobile Advertising

Mobile now accounts for more than 60 percent of all digital media time spent, but there is still hesitancy from advertisers around allocating more budget to mobile ads. Typically advertisers will require substantial proof before making large-scale changes to their media strategy, which is why the ability to measure mobile advertising effectiveness is... Read more

Blog Feb. 6, 2015 | Share

Good News for Digital Publishers: Most Have Low Levels of Non-Human Traffic

While there’s no doubt that ad fraud and Non-Human Traffic (NHT) will continue to be a significant concern for both the buy side and sell side, there is a silver lining for publishers. For the vast majority the overall incidence of NHT on their sites is low, which means they are affirmatively delivering trustworthy inventory for advertisers. Read more

Blog Feb. 4, 2015 | Share

Ad Fraud and Non-Human Traffic: How Rampant is the Problem?

If you’ve read any news about digital advertising lately, chances are you have seen more than a few headlines about ad fraud and non-human traffic (NHT). It’s no secret that these issues do plague the industry, but just how rampant are they? Read more

Blog Jan. 22, 2015 | Share

Realizing the Promise of Programmatic through comScore Industry Trust

It’s no secret that programmatic advertising is on the rise. Spending on programmatic advertising topped $10 Billion in 2014, and that figure is expected to double in the next two years. In a perfect programmatic world, buyers would achieve better results while lowering costs, and sellers could better showcase their quality impressions and increase... Read more

Blog Dec. 18, 2014 | Share

Inside A Botnet: Athena and Ad Fraud

Inside A Botnet Athena and Ad Fraud

One of the most prevalent forms of waste and fraud in today’s digital ad ecosystem is from botnets. A botnet is a network of computers infected with malware and controlled without the user being aware, typically for nefarious activities including various forms of digital ad fraud. Read more

Blog Dec. 16, 2014 | Share

Domain Laundering Emerges as Significant Threat in Digital Ad Ecosystem

Domain Laundering Emerges as Significant Threat in Digital Ad Ecosystem

Domain laundering, or the act of obscuring a publisher’s domain in an attempt to profit by selling low-value placements at high prices, is an emerging threat that has received recent and well-deserved attention. In what follows, we describe some of the major challenges and consequences of domain laundering, how domain laundering can be identified,... Read more

Blog Dec. 4, 2014 | Share

Viewability and In-Target: Key Learnings for Media Buyers and Sellers

Viewability and In-Target: Key Learnings for Media Buyers and Sellers

The introduction and subsequent adoption of viewability and in-target measurement wields the promise of radically improved digital campaign performance, but it has also created a variety of challenges as the industry shifts toward new standards for valuing digital media. Fortunately the digital advertising industry has shown itself to be adaptable and... Read more

Blog Nov. 20, 2014 | Share

A Security + Big Data Approach to Non-Human Traffic Removal

In order to create comprehensive capabilities to remove non-human traffic (NHT) comScore has been at the forefront of the idea of combining IT security techniques with big data analytics. This approach begins by identifying threats through in-depth investigation of our diverse data assets and leads to the development of NHT filters that are deployed... Read more

Blog Nov. 19, 2014 | Share

As Ad Viewability Gains Importance across the Globe, ABC UK Gives comScore Stamp of Approval on Viewability Measurement

ABC Certification comScore

In the United Kingdom today, the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) issued its first report and certification with respect to online ad viewability. We’re delighted to announce that the comScore validated Campaign Essentials™ (vCE®) Validation suite was included in this report, and that we have received the ABC’s certification. The findings of... Read more