Concerns about ad fraud are high for marketers and advertisers across the board. In a July 2014 study conducted by the Digital Place Based Advertising Association, 42.8% of US agency planners were highly concerned about digital ad fraud and viewability, and an additional 52.2% were somewhat concerned. August 2014 polling by Adap.tv found that 60% of US video buyers and 41% of sellers were worried about ad fraud such as bots and ad stacking, the second-highest response rates for each group. Fully 37% of US marketers surveyed by Marin Software in August 2014 were worried about click fraud and suspicious traffic in retargeting, and Chango research from September 2014 found that fraud was inhibiting programmatic usage for 47% of marketers in North America and the UK.
Beyond type, ANA and White Ops found that bots also affected a variety of industries, though the percentage range was wider here. Finance, family and food domains were the most susceptible to bots, with respective traffic rates coming in at 22%, 18% and 16%. Meanwhile, sport, science and information sites had the least bot action, with bots accounting for between 2% and 3% of traffic. Read the rest at eMarketer.