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Blocking Fake Activity

Ensure the integrity of your metrics with BotShield

According to Statista, over 42% of all internet traffic in 2021 was generated by bots, and our own analysis shows almost 30% of email opens and 35% of clicks are fake.

Though bots protect our privacy and keep us safe, the fake data they generate can give us a distorted view on content engagement and break our automation. That can result in us investing in the wrong content areas and passing poor leads to Sales.

Much as we love seeing high open and click rates, we feel data integrity is more important. So we created BotShield.

BotShield is an AI-powered solution that looks for non-human behaviour, blocking fake opens and clicks before they muddy your metrics. Our goal is to deliver metrics, automation and leads you can trust.

Background

Bots are computer programs that perform automated tasks or simulate human activity.

Good bots rank us in search engines, provide website analytics, ensure our emails are virus-free and protect our privacy. Bad bots exploit security, post fake reviews and inflate our paid campaigns.

Many corporations have gateways that scan emails for malicious content. These solutions often follow links in our marketing emails, generating fake clicks.

How it works

BotShield intercepts and segregates opens and clicks as they enter our platform.

Unlike other marketing automation providers we could mention, you don’t need to filter junk activity from your metrics, lead scoring or automation.

So how do we identify bots? Bots have specific characteristics. They often click all links in an email faster than a human possibly could. Or they click a hidden link we place within each of our emails.

Sometimes they have a specific footprint that we can identify (user agent or IP).

BotShield uses machine learning to identify patterns that in turn create processing rules (don’t worry, we check the rules before implementing).