Almost two-thirds of marketers said their company had seen digital marketing scams in the past year, such as bots clicking on ads or filling out lead generation forms. This is evident from recent research by WhiteOps and Renegade.

The report is based on data from a survey conducted in Fall 2020 of 129 digital marketing executives with performance marketing responsibilities.

63% of respondents said they had experienced a digital marketing scam in the past 12 months.

The most common types of fraud experienced are media purchase fraud (36% of digital marketers say they have experienced it), lead generation fraud (23%), and retargeting fraud (20%).

Around 22% of digital marketers say a quarter or more of the contacts in their first party database are fake / fraudulent.

43% of digital marketers who notice suspicious behavior on their website say they cannot estimate how much of their website traffic is coming from bots.

43 percent of the digital marketers surveyed couldn't estimate how much of their website traffic was bots

About research: The report is based on data from a survey conducted in Fall 2020 of 129 digital marketing executives with performance marketing responsibilities.