Getting third-party verified is high on mobile media buyers’ agenda

New research reveals getting ‘third-party verified’ is high on mobile media buyers’ agenda, however there’s “much to be done” to meet the industry demand for higher standards.

Today, GroundTruth (formerly xAd) reveals that while third-party measurement across mobile is on the rise, less than a quarter (24 per cent) of mobile media planners are using third parties to measure and validate their data.

Amid marketing leaders’ calls for stronger measurement following recent high-profile metric errors, the study, in conjunction with ExchangeWire, surveyed over 150 mobile ad buyers in the UK on whether they are using third-party validation for viewability, brand safety, and fraud and the importance they place on this verification.

The number of mobile media planners using third-party verification is expected to increase to 45 per cent in the next 12 months. Of those currently using or planning to use independent measurement providers, almost three quarters (70 per cent) plan to use a third party to validate their mobile location data.

When asked about the primary benefit of independent measurement there is a disparity between mobile media planners using third-party measurement providers and those who are not. More than two-fifths (42 per cent) of users say the primary benefit of being third-party verified is being able to instil confidence in their clients that they are getting value for their money, compared to 29 per cent of the respondents not using third-party providers. In addition to this, more than a third (36 per cent) of those currently using third-party verification say the primary benefit is being able to provide transparency.

Many advertisers are turning to location data to understand more about their audiences. Media buyers say they evaluate location campaigns on the ability to build accurate audiences (43 per cent) and by validating the accuracy of location targeting (39 per cent).

Highlighting the importance mobile ad buyers place on understanding exactly what inventory they are buying, the majority (62 per cent) of respondents working with third-party measurement providers admit the ability to provide accurate metrics for fraud, brand safety, and viewability is more important than price. However, while respondents were generally happy with third parties’ ability to measure viewability (61 per cent are very satisfied) and brand safety (58 per cent are very satisfied), there is still work to be done when it comes to the validation of fraud measurement where only 43 per cent are very satisfied.

Theo Theodorou, general manager of GroundTruth EMEA says, ‘There is still much to be done to meet the industry demand for higher standards and to encourage mobile media buyers to fully utilise the third-party measurement tools available to them. As agencies and marketers seek to provide clients with confidence they are getting value for their money and robust brand safety, greater transparency is essential and this can be achieved by working with third-party verified providers.

‘Marketing leaders’ calls for the industry to become ‘third-party verified’ are not being ignored. Responsibility is being taken by partners, including GroundTruth, as we work to provide brands with accurate measurement by strengthening our partnerships and certifications. More and more, marketers and agencies are recognising the power of location data to build a clearer picture of real world audience behaviour. We will only see the evaluation of location data continue to progress in line with viewability, fraud, and brand safety rules, and we are proud to be innovating in measurement for location.’

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Owen Gough, SmallBusiness UK

Owen Gough

Owen was a reporter for Bonhill Group plc writing across the and titles before moving on to be a Digital Technology reporter for the

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