Ad Fraud: How Much of Today's Internet Is Fake?

What does false advertising mean and what are the possible consequences of it?

Ryan Chute
Ryan Chute
November 23, 2022
Ad Fraud: How Much of Today's Internet Is Fake?

In a world filled with countless ads competing for attention, it's no surprise that many admen are turning to fraud. From empty promises to outright scams, ad fraud is creating a huge problem for brands and advertisers. And it's only getting worse. In fact, in 2019, about 20 percent of ad impressions served programmatically in the United States were fraudulent. And that number is only expected to grow. False advertising can take many forms, from bots that click on ads, to false traffic generated by hijacked apps. Ad fraud can also include redirects and malware-infected ad networks that siphon off money without delivering any real results. That being said, brands must be proactive in their efforts to protect themselves and their brand from fraud. If not, the costs of ad fraud can add up quickly, resulting in revenue loss, damaged reputation, and decreased trust. But what is false advertising really? And what are its consequences? Here is a quick breakdown of ad fraud and how brands can guard against it.

How Much Is the Cost of Ad Fraud?

There is no doubt that the cost associated with ad fraud is no small change. According to the Statistica Research Department, ad fraud costs in the United States are believed to reach 81 billion dollars. Unfortunately, this cost isn't just limited to the United States. In fact, because ad fraud is most prevalent on smart devices, false advertising has a global reach. However, money is not the only cost associated with ad fraud. Brands can also suffer reputational damage, as well as lost trust and loyalty from customers. In other words, rebuilding customer relationships after being a victim of ad fraud is no small task. In fact, it can be more difficult to do than building them in the first place. In light of these facts, what should you do with them? While digital media fosters an incredible opportunity for businesses to grow, it also puts your brand at risk of ad fraud. That being said, when choosing a marketing partner, you should ensure they have a reputation for security and trust. At Wizard of Ads®, our team takes the security of our clients very seriously. Built on trust and transparency, we use factual data and validated information to win your customers’ confidence and drive sales. Your business deserves the peace of mind of knowing that you are working with an experienced team that understands trust. To learn more about how we can protect your brand, and increase your ROI, book a call with Ryan Chute.

The Big Short_ “Figures don’t lie”

The Big Short: “Figures don’t lie”

As far as fraudulent activity is concerned, this is not our first time facing this issue. In fact, in 2008, when the United States was hit with a subprime mortgage crisis, many people suffered significantly. After the stock market plunged dramatically, investors and consumers were left in a state of panic and seeking answers. The question is, how does all of this relate to protecting your brand? Let's quickly allude to "The Big Short" - a movie that details the events that led up to the mortgage crisis. "The Big Short", directed by Adam McKay, follows a group of investors who replay the events of the mortgage crisis. In this movie, the characters are portrayed as financial geniuses who have a knack for understanding the economy. One scene in particular, however, can closely relate to the unregulated world of online marketing. In this scene, Mark Baum and Vinnie Daniel visit Georgia Hale, an employee of the ratings agency Standard and Poor’s. Vinny opens by questioning why the ratings agencies haven’t downgraded subprime bonds since the underlying loans are clearly deteriorating Georgia responds, "Well, the delinquency rates do have people worried but they’re actually within our models." Mark and Vinnie proceed to ask Georgia if they've looked at the loan-level data. Georgia annoyingly responds, "Excuse me, sir. What do you think we do here all day?" To clarify the situation, Mark asks Georgia to recall a time when the banks didn't receive the Triple-A percentage they wanted. In response, Georgia replies, "If we don’t give them the ratings, they’ll go to Moody’s, right down the block. If we don’t work with them, they’ll go to our competitors. It’s not our fault. It’s simply the way the world works. "Vinnie and Mark are left speechless as both of them recognize the greed, shadiness of the situation. Utilizing this scene, we can confidently conclude that like the unregulated world of subprime loans, ad fraud cannot be regulated. Thus, we must work to become more aware of the situation and recognize the attributes of fraudulent marketing. We must also ensure that all ad spend is being used efficiently and effectively.

What Is Ad Fraud?

Beginning in the mid to late 20th century, fraudulent marketing practices became more prevalent as digital advertising platforms emerged. In fact, in 1970, Campbell's soup was approached by the FTC for deceptive advertising practices. The FTC, however, did not have the tools nor staff to regulate the growing digital ad market. As a result, fraudulent marketing practices continued to grow in prevalence over the years. To better regulate the market, the National Advertising Review Board (NARB) was created in 1971. The NARB is a self-regulating body that works to ensure that all marketing campaigns comply with the FTC's guidelines. They review ads and remove any false or misleading claims, as well as any other violations of FTC regulations. In spite of the NARB's efforts, however, it wasn't enough to prevent marketing fraud on its own. In the late 20th century, ad fraud started to become a major problem. This was due to the rapid growth of digital advertising and fraudsters' ability to exploit its global nature. This made consumers weary of the truthfulness of advertisements and put brands’ credibility at risk. From half-truths to blatant lies, fraudsters were taking advantage of the lack of oversight in digital marketing. To combat this, consumers can bring legal action regarding false advertising under the Lanham Act. This act states that any "unfair or deceptive acts of commerce" are unlawful. If the false advertising is being perpetuated, those who are affected may sue for an injunction or monetary damages. Alongside the Lanham Act, several states enforce the Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act. This act creates a standard by which states enforce false advertising laws. The Act applies to all goods and services, including digital marketing. In order to protect consumers from false advertising, digital marketers must be aware of all relevant laws and regulations. This includes developing a better understanding of the FTC’s endorsement and testimonial guidelines, and the provisions of the Lanham Act. Additionally, it is crucial to note that while these acts are in place, not all fraudulent ads are found guilty. In fact, if the false claims are not damaging to consumers or competitors, they may escape legal consequences. Thus, it is important to take necessary precautions when promoting or purchasing a product or service online. It's also crucial to understand just how much of the internet is fake.

How Much of the Internet Is Fake_

How Much of the Internet Is Fake?

To answer the question above, I want to first establish what we mean by "fake." The internet is a vast platform composed of billions of websites and pages, some of which contain false information. However, what about the engagement itself? Sites like YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram have been known to use bots to simulate engagement on their platforms. These bots can be used to generate "likes" and comments. The purpose of these is to falsely inflate the number of followers or engagement around a page or video. This can lead to consumers being misled by seemingly high engagement when in reality, the level of interest is low. That said, how much of the internet is fake? In general, it has been found that less than 60 percent of web traffic is generated by humans. So what does that mean for metrics? Unfortunately, this means that many of the metrics used to measure engagement are less reliable than we think. From fake people and businesses to fake content and clicks, the prevalence of fake interactions can be incredibly damaging. In fact, some of our most beloved social media platforms are rife with false information and false metrics. Facebook, for example, has been accused of covering up significant overstatements of user engagement on the platform. In fact, in October, small advertisers filed suit against the social-media giant. The company was accused of covering up significant overstatements of its watch time. According to Facebook, the user engagement metrics were overstated by 60 to 80 percent. The plaintiffs, however, suggest that it was more. The problem with user engagement metrics is that they can be manipulated by bots and fake accounts. And this isn't just limited to Facebook. Twitter, Instagram, and other social networks have also been impacted by false accounts and metrics. In fact, even the cell towers that measure mobile engagement miscalculate the amount of traffic they generate. So how do we prevent user engagement metrics from being manipulated? The first step is to be extremely diligent when it comes to reviewing accounts and metrics. Next, you must accept that the media supply chain, in itself, is fraudulent.

A Fraudulent Media Supply Chain

Whether you're a business owner, an adman, or a consumer, you have been subject to fraudulent media supply chain manipulations. To prevent these manipulations, brands, consumers, and admen must first accept and understand the reality of the situation. In fact, Marc Pritchard, CEO of Procter and Gamble and world-renowned marketer, has a few choice words regarding the issue. “We have a media supply chain that is murky at best and fraudulent at worst. We need to clean it up and invest the time and money that we save into better advertising to drive growth…”To further discuss his point, Pritchard criticized the industry for its lack of transparency, and the need to fix it. “Adopt one viewability standard. Implement accredited third-party measurement verification. Get transparent agency contracts and prevent ad fraud. Yet, for many reasons, we haven’t taken enough action to make a difference.” To close, Pritchard stressed the disgust and frustration of the consumers, admen, and brands in the industry's current state. “We’ve come to our senses. We realized there is no sustainable advantage in a complicated, non-transparent, inefficient, and fraudulent media supply chain.” That said, like in The Big Short, Pritchard identified the industry’s current “big short” and called for urgent action. What is the action that Pritchard is calling for, you may ask? Certainly, we can't all just log off our computers and stop using the Internet. Instead, we, as a collective group of industry stakeholders, must be proactive in spending our ad dollars responsibly. The question is, how would this work in practice?

Online Marketing vs TV Ads vs Radio Ads

Online Marketing vs TV Ads vs Radio Ads

To some of you, it may seem like the answer is obvious- quit digital/online marketing. However, I am not suggesting you cut digital ads. In fact, online marketing has generated immense value for businesses over the past two decades. Rather, I am suggesting that we need to be more mindful of where our ad spend is going. Are you receiving qualified, profitable leads from your marketing efforts? Do the costs of running these ads outweigh potential profits? Is digital marketing really better than offline advertising such as TV ads and radio ads? These are all valid questions that need to be answered before making an informed decision. And for those of you who think traditional marketing is dead, you may want to think again. In fact, in 2020, studies suggest that 83 percent of Americans listened to the radio every week. And if you still don't believe me, consider this: adults watch TV between 13 to 23 times longer In fact 2C TV advertising displays, as on their mobile devices.) than PC and mobile. Not to mention the significant decrease in bots and fraudulent activity. So while digital marketing is an effective way of reaching consumers, offline advertising still has a lot to offer. There's a reason why large, successful companies still opt for offline marketing. It's because it works. Not to mention the fact that many offline methods have lower costs compared to digital campaigns. So the next time your metrics start to drop, don't forget the tried and true methods of offline marketing. You might be surprised at what it can do for your business. And if you're looking for a data-driven, trustworthy partner to help you get started, look no further. At Wizard of Ads®, we specialize in offline and online marketing, including radio, television, and digital media. Backed by knowledge and experience, we have the expertise to help you propel your business forward. With our data-driven approach and decisive analysis, you can count on us to deliver results quickly and effectively. We know that the needs and requirements of businesses can vary drastically. That's why we tailor our campaigns to meet your specific needs and goals. Whatever your marketing needs may be, our team of ad wizards are eager to help you reach your objectives. No longer do you need to worry about wasting time and resources on ineffective marketing methods. Book a call with Ryan Chute today to get the help you need in taking your business to the next level.

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  1. Under $3.6 million in revenue
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Under $3.6 million in revenue is an investment in your brand. This will serve you well in establishing your brand story early on and help you with your name, logo, and truck wrap design. It's easier to create pictures from a story than it is to make a story based on pre-drawn pictures. You'll be glad you did. Everyone on a fast path to growth is.

Most clients start with Wizard of Ads® for Contractors between $3.6 and $10 million in revenue. They have often seen a natural ceiling with their leads for demand service and are looking for ways to push past the ceiling. This can only be done with a properly executed brand strategy, specifically in mass media with a sticky story.

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Alternatively, a $5 million company in a Secondary Market will look like a pretty darn big fish in a medium-sized pond.

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The key to remember is that the earlier you start with the Wizard of Ads® for Contractors, the lower the investment to get started. As they say, the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today.

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The Wizard of Ads® for Contractors Creative Lead will create the ad copy, cast the voice actors, source the production house, direct the performance, pick the music bed, manage all the edits, and provide you with the completed ad for final approval before sending to air on your behalf. This is included in our fees.

You pay for the production house, actors, royalty-free music, and jingles directly to avoid any potential for markups, commissions, or management fees.

We have many friends in the industry that give our clients good deals due to the large volume of work we provide them. We will introduce you to them.

How long before a brand-forward strategy starts working?

In approximately three months of activation, we’ll just be getting live on air. In six months (3 months on air), you’ll be getting anecdotal feedback from people that you are being heard, but there will be no direct line to revenue.

After 6 months on the air, you’ll think you made the biggest mistake of your life signing up for this branding nonsense. After 9 months on the air (12 months in) you’ll see the light at the end of the tunnel.

At 12 full months on the air, you’ll know why you did this branding thing. Two years from now, we'll be clinking champagne flutes as you wonder why you didn’t do this sooner.

How long before we’re live?

The general guideline is 70-120 days, depending on the level of production needed and if there is a name change to your business.

This includes an onsite visit, a deep dive into research, and getting things created, negotiated, approved, produced, and live on the air.

  • Uncovery - 15-30 days based on travel. 1-2 days onsite.
  • Research - 30-60 days based on the scope of work.
  • Creative and Media Buy Process - 45 to 60 days
  • Offline Production - 15 days for radio. 30 - 60 days for television.
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This means planning for roughly 90 to 120 days in the proper development and production of a completely unique Marketing Strategy before anything hits the airwaves.

Are you exclusive?

Creatively, yes. During the term of this Agreement, all Creative Partners assigned to your Account shall not engage, directly or indirectly, as an employee, officer, manager, partner, consultant, agent, owner, or in any other capacity, in any competition of the client, including any company engaged in marketing consulting.

For clarity, the Creative Partner is defined as the individual Wizard of Ads® Partners who is responsible for creating your creative strategy and ongoing creative copy. Competition is defined as companies that engage in the same industry and business units (e.g., HVAC, Plumbing, etc.) as you. The market area is defined as the area where the marketing message naturally reaches through DMA or 60 miles from the city center of the client's service area(s).

Naturally, we exclude any potential future competition in markets where you are not currently active at the date of signing.

We do not limit Media Buyers in any market. Media Buyers get better deals for larger volumes, making it beneficial for the client to have the Media Buyer available to do as many buys as possible to secure the best deals on the client’s behalf.

Do you do digital marketing?

In rare circumstances, Wizard of Ads® for Contractors will provide specific digital marketing solutions. Wizard of Ads® has very specific Partners that provide digital services that serve Residential Home Services effectively. Under no circumstances will digital marketing services be offered without Wizard of Ads® for Contractors' core solution.

It is most likely that Wizard of Ads® for Contractors will work with your existing digital partners and suppliers. If you do not have a reliable digital provider, we would be happy to introduce you to a number of great providers that play nice with Wizards.

Do you do jingles?

Wizard of Ads® for Contractors can assist you in getting a jingle for your business. Like any other tactical element of a marketing strategy, we do not produce a jingle for the sake of a jingle.

If you do not have a story or a strategic reason to have a jingle...or an ad campaign to tie it to, do not waste your hard-earned money on a jingle. You are wasting your time and money.

When you do build a single unified marketing strategy that incorporates a jingle for a specific (often scientific) reason, we have a Jingle Wizard who has studied the art and science of jingle design.

He will score you an original, royalty-free jingle, including professional singers, musicians, and producers. He will not knock off a generic jingle from a publicly available music bed that sounds like everyone else's jingle.

Your jingle will serve a very specific reason and produce a very specific result. Have you guessed how much we love jingles yet?

Who owns the copyrights?

Wizard of Ads® for Contractors owns your copyright for two very specific reasons. We also provide a fair use clause in all contracts to ensure you are in no way limited to the access of your creative works, whether you are working with us or not.

The first reason we own your copyright is to ensure that we do not have to go up against our own creative works in other markets we serve. This means you are not allowed to lend, give, borrow, tweak, rent, lease, or sell your creative works to any other company at any time.

The second reason we own your copyright is that we can establish a one-time value for your creative works in the event that someone steals the content. Upon selling you the copyrights, you can go after the perpetrator for theft and make a considerable bounty in a slam dunk case.

Here is how Wizard of Ads® word the fair use of your copyright for as long as your business is in operation:

All writing and/or marketing materials we create for you are not works-for-hire. Wizard of Ads® for Contractors hereby irrevocably grants you, and your successors in interest, the non-exclusive, royalty-free, non-transferable, and worldwide right to use the Works in connection with the marketing of your business pursuant to the Marketing Strategy for so long as your business is operational.
How do I measure brand results?

There are a number of interesting ways to measure results. Some people like to get unique identifying telephone numbers, or create branded URLs that redirect to landing pages or the website. However, much of this is a waste of time and energy as it never tells the true story of the brand journey and how it affected the decision-making process.

Other indicators of brand effectiveness include tracking new customers, reactivated customers, or running a brand equity survey to get a sense of your share of mind. Digitally you will see direct search increase, which cannot be affected by anything digital, as well as branded keyword inquiries increase. You’ll, of course, need to get your digital people to add these to your campaigns if you hope to see an increase in conversions.

Wizard of Ads® for Contractors tracks the simplest of indicators. Top line revenue. When your branding takes effect, and the company responds in kind from the phone call or form fill-on, top-line revenue will increase. Efficacy is plotted on a T12, and total lead volume from all sources is tracked.

12 things you should know before signing up.
  1. Quality relationships take time. Branding is a long-term strategy. That’s why most contractors do it wrong, or not at all. There is always a lag between the start of the new campaign and the time it takes your customers to connect the dots. You MUST BE READY, WILLING, AND ABLE to endure this lag period. In our experience, the lag is typically 6 to 9 months, depending on how competitive the marketplace is, your company’s reputation, your budget in relation to reach, and the eight uncontrollable environmental factors. During this time, we will be helping you implement a transition plan to ease the pain. The good news is that this lag only happens once.
  2. Decisions by Committee. We completely reject the notion of decisions by committee. We work with a single, courageous decision-maker. We welcome decision influencers, but we only look to the Owner for the final decision. All decision-makers and influencers must be involved in the Uncovery and Marketing Strategy Presentation if they want to offer input in the future. It is critical that we have a 100% fully approved plan that can be defended and championed by all leaders in the organization.  
  3. Proven Strategy. That means we are not the low-cost provider. With nearly 200 home service clients and a book of strategic devices, tools, and tactics, this isn’t a guessing game for us. We know what to do to make your externally triggered grudge purchase appealing to your potential buyers. If you can deliver the goods, we can continue building relationships. If you are uncomfortable with the idea that you are paying us less now so that you can pay us considerably more once revenues allow, please do not commit. We intend to be your true partners, in sickness and in long as you own your business.
  4. Automatic Payments. Everything is on automatic payments. If you struggle with managing cash flow, figure that out in your business first. We accept all major credit cards and ACH payments.
  5. We Cause Problems. If you don’t have a capacity issue now, I promise you will in about 9 months. Let’s deal with recruitment out of the gate as part of your comprehensive marketing strategy.
  6. We Own the Copyrights. All writing and/or marketing materials we create for you are not works-for-hire. We irrevocably grant you, and your successors in interest, the non-exclusive, royalty-free, non-transferable, and worldwide right to use the Works in connection with the marketing of your business pursuant to the Marketing Strategy for so long as your business is operational.
  7. Brand Building. We will be steering you to limit the use of discounts, rebates, coupons, and sales to attract clients. We know this feels counterintuitive to many, and we will clarify our reasoning. Rest assured, we have considerable experience in creating similar offers that are not damaging to your profitability, your brand’s integrity, and your preferable long-term client relations.
  8. Creative Authority. We must have creative authority over the words. You can accept copy as written or reject it outright, but you cannot modify the words yourself. If you do not like something as written, we are happy to discuss it and make the necessary change to maintain the integrity and intention of the words chosen. Alternatively, we will scrap the concept and create new copy that you are happy to get behind 100%.
  9. Proprietary Algorithm. The media buy must be structured in a very specific way, including running a full 52-week schedule. It is based on brain chemistry, not P&Ls. Once we have committed to the buy, it’s important to avoid adjustments unless they are calculated additions.
  10. Knucklehead Factor. You should expect knuckleheads. For example, when you start running ads that are certain to get attention, you need the courage to continue running those ads, even when you receive complaints. We celebrate complaints. It means we’ve made people feel.
  11. Digital Weasels. In about three months from the time your advertising campaign hits the airways, your digital marketers will show you a marked increase in direct and organic traffic. Some Digital Marketers will mistakenly claim this success as their own. Done properly, you can continue to spend less and less on digital lead generation by increasing your branded keyword online presence.
  12. Annual Marketing Meetings. Travel permitting, we prefer to hold Annual Marketing Meetings (AMMs) outside your city. Years of experience have taught us that we get better results when decision-makers are outside their sphere of influence, away from the day-to-day distractions of the office.

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