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Video Ad Fraud Investigation by Augustine Fou


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  • 1. Video Ad Fraud Investigation Pt 1 Dr. Augustine Fou October 2013 -1- Augustine Fou
  • 2. Motive of Bad Guys to Focus on Video Ads -2- Augustine Fou
  • 3. Partner Channels Source: comScore July 17, 2013 -3- Augustine Fou
  • 4. Ad Revenue Share YouTube Ends The 'Sweetheart Deals' Enjoyed By TV And Film Studios YouTube restructured the terms in partnerships it has with TV networks and major film studios. The new terms put an end to "sweetheart deals," wherein TV and film producers would keep up to 70% of ad revenues — now their share has been reduced to 55%. YouTube says it hopes to have all its partnerships, which includes CBS and Warner Bros., transitioned to the new revenue split by January 2014. Source: BusinessInsider November 4, 2013 -4- Augustine Fou
  • 5. Display and Video Ads -5- Augustine Fou
  • 6. Video Ads Are Lucrative Video ad CPMs are $8 $12, which means they are more than 10X more lucrative than display or mobile ads. Source: Turn, Inc. October 2013 -6- Augustine Fou
  • 7. Budget Allocation to Video Source: AdoTube via MarketingCharts March 2013 -7- Augustine Fou
  • 8. Share of Video Ad Impressions In the UK Source: Videology, June 2013 -8- Augustine Fou
  • 9. What Legit Viral Video Traffic Curve Looks Like -9- Augustine Fou
  • 10. Improv Everywhere In the cumulative chart, the initial rise is large and then it flattens out. In the daily chart, after an initial, large spike the long tail remains low. - 10 - Augustine Fou
  • 11. Miley Cyrus - Party In The U.S.A. Same shapes in the curves; this was very mainstream in its heyday and was shared widely and got tons of rotation on radio. - 11 - Augustine Fou
  • 12. Space Jump The cumulative chart shows asymptotic rise and the daily chart shows asymptotic drop to near baseline. NOTE: the official RedBull video has statistics turned off so this one was used instead. - 12 - Augustine Fou
  • 13. Improv Everywhere In the cumulative chart, the initial rise is large and then it flatens out. In the daily chart, after an initial, large spike the long tail remains low. - 13 - Augustine Fou
  • 14. Old Spice Guy Views supported by TV ads Search volume for ―old spice guy‖ - 14 - Augustine Fou
  • 15. What Purchased Video Views Looks Like - 15 - Augustine Fou
  • 16. Bruno Mars – Treasure In the cumulative chart, views are perfectly straight line (consistent with a set amount of purchased views over time). In the daily chart, the traffic remains ―propped up‖ and shows regular spikes; this is inconsistent with naturally occurring PR or word of mouth generated views. - 16 - Augustine Fou
  • 17. Ke$ha - TiK ToK - 17 - Augustine Fou
  • 18. Cher Lloyd - Want U Back - 18 - Augustine Fou
  • 19. Macklemore – Same Love When they started buying traffic - 19 - Augustine Fou
  • 20. Dr. Augustine Fou – Digital Consigliere “I investigate and expose online ad fraud – fake display ad views, fake video views, etc. I advise clients on how to detect and mitigate wasting budget.” FORMER CHIEF DIGITAL OFFICER, HCG (OMNICOM) MCKINSEY CONSULTANT CLIENT SIDE / AGENCY SIDE EXPERIENCE PROFESSOR AND COLUMNIST ENTREPRENEUR / SMALL BUSINESS OWNER PHD MATERIALS SCIENCE (MIT '95) AT AGE 23 ClickZ Articles: Slideshares: LinkedIn: - 20 - @acfou Augustine Fou