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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

Blog Nov. 3, 2014 | Share

Progressing Toward a Human GRP in Digital

Josh Chasin

Early into my tenure as comScore’s Chief Research Officer back in 2008, I argued in favor of the use of GRPs in digital measurement. It’s hard to believe now, but back then this was a controversial viewpoint among the digiterati who believed that reach and frequency-based metrics were relics of old media and had little use in the world of impressions... Read more

Blog Jul. 1, 2014 | Share

The Perils of Survey Data in Cross-Platform Measurement

The Perils of Survey Data in CrossPlatform Measurement

Cross-platform measurement is one of the most important topics on marketers’ agenda. Among the key objectives is gaining an understanding of how consumers spread their time and spending across devices so that media spending can be optimized. Some researchers have attempted to accomplish this measurement by conducting online surveys of consumers, asking... Read more

Blog Jun. 10, 2014 | Share

If a Digital Ad Falls in the Wrong Place, Does It Make an Impression?

If a Digital Ad Falls in the Wrong Place Does It Make an Impression

We’re all familiar with the philosophical question, “if a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” Striking parallels to this old adage can be drawn in our industry today, where many are asking a similar question relating to the effectiveness of ads in the digital environment. In light of concerns around ad... Read more

Blog Jun. 10, 2014 | Share

Six Questions: Gian Fulgoni, comScore

Six Questions Gian Fulgoni, comScore

For better or worse, comScore has been closely identified over the past 20 years with the measurement and verification of web traffic and audiences. As the herd moves to mobile devices and addressable TV, how much does that challenge your position? Read more

Blog May. 9, 2014 | Share

Viewability: The Evolution of Digital Advertising: From Direct Response to Branding

Digital advertising in Australia has grown at a torrid pace. When it comes to branding, advertising on the Internet is equivalent to only 24% of Australian TV spending. The problem isn’t a lack of effectiveness; the problem is the methodology being used to evaluate their effectiveness. Read more