“When marketers who are accustomed to buying television look for an equivalent measurement to analyze their digital campaigns, we think this Mdot acquisition strengthens our offering there because they’ll have a human GRP equivalent,” Hunter said. “When GRPs get put into cross-platform planning and mix modeling, it’s critical you’re actually calculating human GRP and we see that and are making the investment to make sure we meet clients’ needs.”
Because the video channel commands such strong CPMs, scammers are resorting to advanced techniques to game the system.
One such technique, explained Timur Yarnall, cofounder and CEO of MdotLabs, is the "drone pool," where fraudsters are starting to turn to cloud-based servers to imitate human traffic as opposed to traditional bot nets where a hacker writes a piece of code and infects people’s machines. This is markedly more advanced and damaging, since the method could have far more wide-reaching an impact than one infected personal PC. Just as one cloud server can power a whole host of sites and networks, so too can it be used for fraudulent purposes.
Another driver for the MdotLabs acquisition is ComScore’s desire to bulk up on sell-side non-human traffic detection. ComScore Validated Media Essentials helps publishers with their inventory planning against such factors as viewability, audience demography and non-human detection.
“In the past three months, we’ve seen a huge increase in the sell-side’s acknowledgement of NHT,” Hunter said. “They’re doing traffic acquisition and they don’t want to find out about [NHT] when they’re running an ad campaign. They want to handle it proactively.”
ComScore deploys what it calls “triple-defense” non-human traffic detection, which includes identifying human behavior patterns inclusive of the comScore panel of two million-plus Internet users, the comScore Census Network, tag analysis on consumer usage patterns and the latest integration of MdotLabs, “which allows us to layer in additional NHT detection methods we can then codify to Media Metrix and vCE sides of the business.”