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MRKTRS WKLY #58


AD FRAUD ON STEROIDS

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“This is not your run-of-the-mill fraud scheme.”

An incredible investigation uncovered a sophisticated ad fraud scheme powered by over 125 Android apps and websites that has resulted in $75 million per year in fraudulent ad rev.

Mobile Ad Fraud: By The Numbers

23 – percentage of all ad impressions in mobile apps that are fraudulent

700,000 – apps Google removed last year from policy violations.

7,000,000 – dollars stolen from mobile apps in Q1 alone this year (AppsFlyer)

19,000,000,000 – estimated dollars stolen this year by digital ad fraudsters

 

So how did this elaborate scheme work? Here’s a quick breakdown:

Step 1: 💰Acquire an Android app (using bitcoin) that has real users, favorable reviews, and an overall positive reputation.

Step 2:👻Shift ownership to a shell company to obscure its true ownership and to hide its links to other apps in the scheme.    

Step 3:👨‍💻Utilize developer access to the app to analyse the behaviour of its existing human audience

Step 4:🤖Program that behaviour into bots running from dedicated servers so they can mimic the human audience

Step 5:📲Direct bot traffic to the app

Step 6:👤🤖👤Blend bot traffic with existing human traffic to disguise it from fraud detection

Step 7:💰💰💰 Earn additional revenue from to ads viewed by bots

Incredible.

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WEEKLY PICKS

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RECIPE – Depesh revealed his FB Ads strategy exclusively with AWC ahead of his AWasia speech. Running Facebook Ads? 🔥  Read this

KNOWLEDGE – Here’s a list of the top business books, curated by the favourites of over 900+ founders. 📚 View List

TINY CONF – Hosting your own tiny conference of 10-12 like minded people is the perfect way for entrepreneurs to relax, have fun but make deep connections with awesome people and form tight-knit masterminds. Here’s why Brian Casel loves the concept 👥 Read more

EMOTIONS – Neil Patel reveals how to trigger an emotional response from your customers  😌 Read more


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HOT OFF THE PRESS

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DEADSHIPPING – The end of dropshipping? Nah, but it’s going to get more expensive shipping from China if Trump gets his way. 🇨🇳 —  Read More

IMPLOSION – The end of bitcoin? Nah. HODL is still a thing…right? 🤔  Read more

EXPLOSION – Dan Jefferies asks “What Will It Take for Crypto to Boom Again?” 💥 Read more

AWESOME – Here’s how Font Awesome became the most funded software project on Kickstarter  ✍️ —  Read More


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