Transport Truck Advertising: A Reliable Alternative to Digital Ads


Jun 16, 2020

The increasing prevalence of digital ad fraud in the online advertising landscape poses a significant challenge, with a projected global loss of $84.2 billion in 2023. This issue affects not just financial aspects but also the reputational and legal standing of advertisers, underscoring the need for enhanced transparency in the digital advertising ecosystem.

Digital ad fraud manipulates digital ad interactions to imitate human behavior, skewing measurement metrics. This includes various forms of invalid ad traffic and sophisticated bots, each presenting unique challenges.

Different types of bots used in ad fraud include:

  • Automated Bots: Programmed for specific tasks like repetitive ad clicking.
  • Mimicking Bots: Designed to replicate human behavior, making them harder to identify.
  • Advanced Attack Bots: Used in complex fraud schemes, capable of bypassing standard security measures.

Other forms of digital ad fraud include botnets, fraud bots, spambots, web crawlers or spiders, and web scraping, also known as web harvesting or data extraction.

Increasing bad bot traffic 

In recent years, there have been notable shifts in internet traffic composition, particularly regarding bad bot traffic and legitimate human traffic. The 2023 Imperva Bad Bot Report revealed that in 2022, bots accounted for 47.4% of all internet traffic, marking a 5.1% increase from the previous year. This rise in bot activity correspondingly pushed legitimate human traffic to its lowest proportion in eight years, dropping to 52.6% of total internet traffic​​.

Conversely, a report from Barracuda indicated a decrease in bad bot traffic. In the first half of 2021, bad bots constituted 39% of internet traffic, but this figure dropped to 30% in the first half of 2023. This decline was primarily attributed to a reduction in e-commerce bot activity, particularly those involved in buying limited edition items like sneakers and clothing. The fall in this specific bot traffic type was linked to changes in the sneaker resale market, influenced by rising inflation rates​​


How to recognize ad fraud: some tips

To effectively identify and manage digital ad fraud, there are several strategies that advertisers can adopt:

  1. Site List Review: Regular checks on site-level reports are essential to identify unfamiliar or obscure sites, which are more likely to be sources of ad fraud.
  2. IP Address Analysis: Reviewing IP address reports to spot non-residential addresses, such as those from data centers, can help identify potential fraudulent activities.
  3. Metrics Scrutiny: Monitoring key performance indicators like click-through rates (CTRs) and cost per action (CPA) for unusual patterns or significant fluctuations can indicate fraud.


The Most Significant Types of Digital Ad Fraud

Understanding the different types of digital ad fraud is also crucial:

  • Click Farms: Utilize groups of individuals for manual ad clicks to generate fraudulent traffic.
  • Bot Traffic: Involves automated scripts that simulate human interaction with ads.
  • Pixel Stuffing: Embedding multiple ads into a single pixel to claim multiple impressions.
  • Ad Injection: Unauthorized insertion of ads into websites.
  • Ad Stacking: Layering multiple ads on top of one another where only the top ad is visible.
  • Domain Spoofing: Misrepresenting low-quality sites as high-quality sites for ads, and
  • Click Fraud, where fake clicks are generated to inflate advertising costs.

These tactics highlight the variety of fraudulent methods that can compromise the integrity of digital advertising. Advertisers need to be vigilant and employ comprehensive strategies to safeguard their investments.

For more information on the intricacies of digital ad fraud and ways to combat it, the reports from Imperva and Barracuda provide detailed insights.


Why Transport Truck Advertising Could Be Better

The rising concerns about digital ad fraud, as highlighted by industry experts like Sam Fenton-Elstone and Tim Bourgeois, underscore the need for exploring more secure and transparent advertising alternatives.

Transport truck advertising, in the context of digital ad fraud concerns, presents several advantages over digital advertising. Here are five key benefits:

  1. Immunity to Digital Fraud: Transport truck advertising is not susceptible to digital ad fraud. Unlike digital ads, which can be clicked on by bots or fraudulent programs, physical ads on trucks are viewed by real people in real-world settings. This removes the risk of inflated metrics caused by non-human traffic.
  2. Tangible Brand Presence: Physical advertising on trucks offers tangible brand presence. It allows brands to make a real-world impact with large, visually striking ads that people see in their daily lives. This kind of physical presence can often leave a lasting impression compared to digital ads, which may be easily overlooked or blocked.
  3. Wider Audience Reach: Trucks travel through various neighborhoods, cities, and sometimes across countries, exposing your ad to a wider and more diverse audience. Unlike digital ads, which are often limited to specific platforms or user demographics, truck ads can reach anyone who sees the truck.
  4. Longer Engagement Time: People are likely to see the ad on a truck for a longer period, especially in situations like traffic jams. This prolonged exposure time can lead to better brand recall compared to the fleeting nature of most digital ads.
  5. Cost-Effectiveness: In many cases, truck advertising can be more cost-effective than digital advertising, especially when considering the potential losses due to digital ad fraud. The cost of a truck ad is straightforward and not subject to the hidden costs that can come with digital advertising, such as the need for sophisticated tracking and fraud prevention tools.


Transport truck advertising offers a viable alternative to digital advertising, especially for brands looking to mitigate the risks and uncertainties associated with digital ad fraud.

Big Rig Wraps Transport Truck Advertising (Big Rig Wraps) is the premier provider of large-scale outdoor advertising on trucks up to 53 feet. Through a series of partnerships created with fleet truck owners, graphic designers, and certified installers, we make it possible and affordable for companies to take their advertising on the road, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, even if they don’t own their own fleet. Learn more about Big Rig Wraps here.

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