The report unveils that the estimated global cost of digital ad fraud was $84 billion in 2023.
The Video Advertising Bureau (VAB) released Hidden Costs: Three Critical Business Ramifications of Digital Ad Fraud. The report examines the financial, brand reputational and legal ramifications associated with fraudulent digital video campaigns, exploring those issues through tangible examples and offering five demands advertisers can make of their media partners to gain greater transparency in their campaigns.
Sean Cunningham, President & CEO of VAB, said, “Many marketers are aware of the financial risks of digital ad fraud. However, the conditions around that fraud—such as data breaches and adjacencies to objectionable content—also put marketers and their brands in legal and reputational peril. This is all in stark contrast to the high standards of accountability, transparency and brand safety which have always defined the premium video landscape. In 2024, VAB is committed to ending that double standard, and we will continue the fight for a fair and transparent marketplace.”
VAB also calculated that the North American cost of digital ad fraud is roughly equivalent to the total national and local cable TV ad spend in the US.
The report also closely examines Adalytics’ three studies, all released in 2023, which delve into these issues. According to a case study, In 2023, the estimated global cost of digital ad fraud was $84 billion, and that figure is projected to more than double over the next five years.