Report Looks At Ad Viewability Trends, Fraud

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The viewability rate for publisher sourced ad inventory remained relatively unchanged at 52% during the fourth quarter, according to a new report from Integral Ad Science. Meanwhile, the level of ad fraud increased over the previous quarter, but still remained better than that of networks and exchanges.

Viewability for display impressions sourced from networks and exchanges, it found, increased from 36.7% in Q3 to 42.6% in Q4. It attributes this to more user attention and/or increased adoption of viewability optimization technology.

Video ads saw increased viewability, jumping nine percentage points to 39%.

"According to Integral’s Year End Survey results published last month, 57 percent of the industry transacted based on viewability in 2014, and even more so — 73 percent — plan to do so this year," the firm says. "Additionally, 85 percent engaged in programmatic buying, which includes real-time bidding. These activities may have led to an increase in the adoption of viewability measurement technologies by networks and exchanges, as well as optimization of media toward viewability. Perhaps as a result, viewability for display inventory was 42.6 percent in Q4, up from 36.7 percent in Q3. Ad fraud experienced a small uptick from 13.7 percent in Q3 to 14.5 percent in Q4."

"The fourth quarter also saw video ad viewability increase from 30 percent in Q3 to 39 percent in Q4," it adds. "Not surprisingly, completion rates while in view also rose from 20 percent to 26 percent. Brand risk for video saw a slight increase from 18.7 percent in Q3 to 20.7 percent in Q4, contributing to a noticeable decline in TRAQ, Integral’s overall media quality assessment score. This decline was also likely due to the increased supply of lower quality inventory made available to take advantage of a time when user attention and advertising demand were up."

You can find the full report here.

In December, the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) released its “State of Viewability Transaction 2015″ report aimed at offering guidance on how to manage the “shift of digital media’s ‘audience currency’ to 100 percent viewability.”

It said 100% viewability measurement simply isn’t possible. Instead, it recommends 70% as the best threshold for buyers and sellers. 2015, it says, will be a “year of transition.”

Image via Integral Ad Science

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