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How To Protect Your Online Advertising Campaign From Click Fraud

Posted by Scott Bagguley

Sep 3, 2015 8:51:00 AM

We have spent a lot of time writing and discussing the issue of fraud within the online advertising industry, specifically click fraud. If part of your advertising strategy is made up of PPC (pay-per-click) ads, then the primary concern you'll need to think about is click fraud - and the effect it could be having on your business success. Becoming a victim of click fraud means that your advertising budget quickly disappears, while potential customers are actually prevented from reaching your website.

For many small businesses, pay per click advertising is an attractive and useful marketing option. The reason for this is that it's often a fast and effective way for websites to generate traffic, boost their website ranking, and increase overall conversions. On top of that, pay per click ensures that you only have to pay for the clicks that you actually get. Although PPC can be a smart solution for website promotion, if you want your campaign to be successful, you'll need to be cautious when it comes to monitoring your PPC activity - or you could risk becoming yet another victim of click fraud.

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Topics: Click Fraud, Bot Traffic, Cost-Per-Click Advertising, Pay-Per-Click Advertising, SEM, Wasting Ad Budget, Ad Budget, Brand Safety, PPC Fraud

4 Ways to Overcome The Wasted Ad Budget Blues

Posted by Eric Greener

Aug 13, 2015 11:33:37 AM

This year, approximately 77% of companies are expected to increase their digital marketing budgets, and it's not difficult to see why. Digital marketing is one of the most important way to get noticed these days, as if you're not online, you're cutting down your number of potential customers by thousands - if not millions. Unfortunately, no matter how hard you might try to get everything right the first time around, wasting the marketing budget from time to time is not uncommon. Executives have been using the phrase "half of our marketing budget is wasted - but we don't know which half" for decades now.

As a business owner or head of an organization, you'll regularly be bombarded with the latest "big thing" or "new solution" to deliver more customers and leads to your doorstep, but getting the most out of your cash means understanding what your company actually needs. Wasted marketing dollars result in a reduced chance for true innovation to take place. Rather than simply moping within the wasted ad budget blues, use these following tips to identify your biggest issues and overcome them.

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Topics: Budget Pacing, Wasting Budget, Wasting Ad Budget, Ad Budget

7 Simple Things Every Online Advertising Campaign Needs to Succeed

Posted by Tim Nichols

Jul 21, 2015 8:53:00 AM

You might have the most amazing company product or service in the world - but what you can offer to your customers won't matter unless you can find a way to let them know about you. Advertising is the most crucial path to customer awareness there is, and the goal of any advertising program should be to reach out to the largest possible audience, with the smallest impact on your budget. If it's done properly, the right online advertising campaign can be the most beneficial thing you invest in for your small business. Unfortunately - like many parts of running a business - online advertising can be a tricky thing to perfect. With that in mind, here are seven of the simplest and most important things you and your online advertising campaign will need in order to succeed.

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Topics: Online Advertising, Banner Ads, Budget Pacing, Online Media Buying, Personalization, Audience Targeting, Wasting Ad Budget

How to Identify Click Fraud and Minimize Wasting Your Ad Budget

Posted by Tim Nichols

Jul 16, 2015 9:32:00 AM

How would you feel if up to 20% of your price-per-click (PPC) budget was being regularly wasted as a result of fraudulent activity? Most marketers today know that Pay-per-click advertising is a useful, and effective marketing tool that can drive traffic towards your website, improving search visibility and enhancing customer conversion. In fact, almost all websites and businesses online today that engaged in serious online marketing schemes will take advantage of PPC programs like Google AdWords at some point.

Unfortunately, although a targeted PPC campaign can be an ideal way of boosting your online traffic, it is not immune to the unscrupulous marketers out there that abuse the PPC model to sabotage competitors. Click-fraud is a serious issue to anyone unlucky enough to encounter it, and unnoticed click fraud can drain money from your marketing budget, while providing the false impression that your schemes are successful - thereby creating an even bigger problem.

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Topics: Click Fraud, Bot Traffic, Pay-Per-Click Advertising, Wasting Ad Budget, Google Adwords

3 Facts About Online Ad Viewability You Must Hear

Posted by Tim Nichols

Jun 15, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Ad viewability is a buzzword of sorts. But it’s a buzzword that is grounded in logic. Because any conversation about ad viewability is really a discussion about how a campaign has performed.

Online ad viewability is attracting a lot of attention from advertising who are becoming obsessed with who is seeing ads. Viewability-based metrics are being forensically studied, but in doing so, aren’t we missing the whole point about advertising? Namely, that advertising isn’t an exercise in vanity. Brands shouldn’t be chasing views, but instead focusing on putting the right ads in front of the right people at the right time.

Advertisers are often reluctant to pay for low-viewability inventory, while the topic of the day always seems to be wasted ad spend. Ad viewability is an important subject matter, but only in the right context. To that end, here are 3 things about online ad viewability that need to be addressed.

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Topics: Ad Viewability, Banner Ads, Partner Spotlight, Wasting Ad Budget

How To Avoid Wasting Budget With Online Advertising

Posted by Scott Bagguley

May 19, 2015 9:14:17 AM

There is an ongoing problem with online advertising – that of fraudulent traffic. According to research, over a third of traffic generated from online ads is fraudulent. Bot traffic cheats advertisers because marketers usually pay for ads whenever they are loaded in response to users hitting a web page (regardless of whether the users in question are real).

That’s clearly no good. If you’re going to the trouble of creating content, placing ads and monitoring your campaigns, you want to know that your paid traffic is actually authentic.

Some businesses are reluctantly resorting to cutting back on advertising spend; others are using sophisticated methods to analyze their audiences. Ultimately, it’s up to you which direction you take your advertising strategy, but there are a number of ways in which you can cut back on spend wastage.

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Topics: Click Fraud, Online Advertising, Wasting Ad Budget, Online Media Verification

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