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Ad specifications

Everything you need to know about submitting your creative.

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  • Ad Specs
  • Creative Policies
  • clickTAG Support
  • Special
  • Submission Process

Standard

Ad Unit (pixels) MediaNet®/3rd Party
Served File Types
Max. File Size Max. Animation Time Max. Video Time
Standard Flash
Banner (728x90) GIF, JPEG, PNG, Flash,
Java, HTML, DHTML
40KB 40KB 15 SEC 30 SEC
Rectangle
(300x250, 336x280)
GIF, JPEG, PNG, Flash,
Java, HTML, DHTML
40KB 40KB 15 SEC 30 SEC
Tower
(120x600, 160x600)
GIF, JPEG, PNG, Flash,
Java, HTML, DHTML
40KB 40KB 15 SEC 30 SEC

Rich Media

Ad Unit (pixels) Max.
Expansion
3rd Party
Served File Types
Max. File Size Max.
Animation
Time
Max.
Video
Time
Initial "Polite" User Init. DL*
Banner (728x90) 728x315
(down)
GIF, JPEG, PNG, Flash,
Java, HTML, DHTML
40KB 100KB 2.2MB 15 SEC 30 SEC
Rectangle
(300x250, 336x280)
600x250
(left)
GIF, JPEG, PNG, Flash,
Java, HTML, DHTML
40KB 100KB 2.2MB 15 SEC 30 SEC
Tower
(120x600, 160x600)
600x600
(left)
GIF, JPEG, PNG, Flash,
Java, HTML, DHTML
40KB 100KB 2.2MB 15 SEC 30 SEC

*User Initiated Download: Applies to in-banner video creative only. To add a polite download to any MediaNet® campaign you must work directly with an approved third party platform or rich media provider. Please contact your account team for details.

Animation & Looping

  • There is no loop maximum, however total animation time for all loops combined may not exceed the 'Max Animation Time' limits indicated in the Ad Specs tab.
  • Ads may not contain elements exhibiting persistent rapid/flashing animation.
  • RICH MEDIA: Max. animation & video frame rate: 24 fps.

Audio

  • Audio must be user-click-initiated and may not exceed 30 seconds in length.
  • Audio shut-off functionality must be clearly visible and accessible to the user.
  • The method of audio initiation and termination must be the same.
  • RICH MEDIA: Max. time is 15 seconds for floating ads.

Design

All ads running on MediaNet® must adhere to the following design policies:

  • Creative with a partial or entirely white background must be encased within a visible border.
  • Creative must contain the advertiser's name and/or logo.
  • All advertisements must be in "good taste" (as determined by MediaNet®) and not include vulgarity, hate, violence (both real and implied and images of weapons, firearms or ammunition) and/or sexually explicit/suggestive content.
  • MediaNet® reserves the right to require elimination or revision of any material in any graphic, text description or URL.
  • Generally, design features that mislead users to click on an ad are not permitted.
  • Ads may not employ rapid flashing animation of any graphic, text or background element.
  • Creative cannot emulate a text-based ad.
  • Creative cannot emulate a Windows interface.
  • Creative cannot emulate an instant messaging window.
  • Creative cannot contain phone numbers (does not apply to CPM campaigns).
  • Creative must contain a clear call to action (CPC campaigns).
  • Creative must be immediately clickable, i.e. creative cannot force user play or interaction prior to landing page redirection (does not apply to CPM campaigns).
  • 100 percent of the creative surface must be clickable, e.g. click functionality cannot be restricted to a "click here" button (does not apply to CPM campaigns, although recommended).
  • Television and print advertising standards prohibit advertisers from issuing ads in such a manner that the viewer or reader believes the content is news, rather than advertising. MediaNet® standards adhere to this policy.
  • MediaNet® and Casale Media branding, logos or proprietary images cannot be used within an ad.
  • Ads may not launch auto-install prompts, pop-ups, pop-unders, executable prompts, any form of browser window or other non-specified or questionable forms of content.

Expandable (Rich Media Only)

  • Ad expansion must be user-initiated.
  • An "Expand" button must be located on the collapsed panel (11px - 21px in size)
  • A "Close X" button must be prominently positioned within the expanded panel (top-right recommended, 11px - 21px in size).
  • Expanded panel must collapse on roll-off or by clicking the close button.
  • To minimize accidental ad expansion, expansion "hotspots" must be clearly identified and must comply with the max expansion limits specified for each ad unit (see Ad Specs tab).
  • Video must include: Play, Pause, Mute (volume control to zero (0) output may be included instead of or in addition to Mute control)

Floating Ads (Rich Media Only)

  • Creative must be organic in shape; cannot emulate a pop-up or be square/rectangular in appearance.
  • Must be served along with a companion Rich Media ad using a single Ad Tag.
  • Ad cannot hover or remain stationary for more than 1 second.
  • Maximum 10 second floating component if no interaction.
  • Creative cannot cover core page navigation, branding or other ads.
  • Creative may not exceed 90,000 total pixels.
  • Ad close button must be located at the top-right of the creative.
  • Creative cannot exhibit browser shaking functionality.
  • Creative cannot scroll with the page as the user scrolls.
  • Minimum frequency cap: 1 host initiated exposure per unique user per 8 hours.

Frequency Capping

  • Frequency capping is an optimization feature and is not recommended for optimal performance.
  • Min. 1/user/ad format/24 hours

General

  • Campaigns with performance pricing models (e.g. CPC) must include a minimum of 1 concept for each of the following ad sizes: 728x90, 300x250, 160x600. Multiple concepts are encouraged for optimization.
  • Submission of a backup GIF or JPG image is preferred; images must not exceed the standard file sizes outlined in the chart above.
  • Maximum frame rate: 24 fps
  • The background color should be set by creating a bottom layer of the desired color.
  • The ad must be submitted in SWF format.
  • The ad must not prompt the user to upgrade to a newer version of Flash player.
  • All Flash creative should employ the Flash Tracking Kit (clickTAG). *see clickTAG Support tab
  • Flash version 8 is recommended.
  • RICH MEDIA: Rich media creative must be served by a MediaNet® approved 3rd party.

In Banner Video

  • Video play can be host- or user-initiated.
  • Video stop/play/pause functionality must be clearly visible and accessible to the user.
  • Video play may not exceed 30 seconds in length.
  • Video creative must be served by a MediaNet® approved third party; advertiser incurs all applicable serving fees.
  • Max. frame rate is 24 fps.

Lead Time

  • STANDARD: 1 business day.
  • RICH MEDIA: 3 business days.

Privacy & Content Quality

  • Advertisers are required to have a privacy policy on their websites.
  • We employ rigorous measures to ensure privacy safeguarding, fraud prevention and content quality. Learn more by reviewing our privacy policy and publisher terms.

Serving & Tags

  • Delivery method: Standard Iframes, JavaScript.
  • We accept approved third-party ad serving tags. Contact your account team for details.
  • Third-party ad tags/multiple campaign creative: We require that a separate tag be provided for each creative execution (i.e. only one creative is permitted to rotate within a single tag).
  • RICH MEDIA: Must be served by an approved 3rd party ad server.

Technical

  • Ads should consume no more than 25% of an average computer's CPU resources.

All Flash creative must be formatted to include at least one "click tag" command.

Click tags serve two key functions:

  1. They enable MediaNet® to track the number of clicks generated by your campaign and report on performance metrics like CTR (click-through ratio).
  2. They enable MediaNet® to link your ad to its landing page URL.

Action Script 1 & 2

Internet Explorer 8 Compliance

All Flash creative must comply with Internet Explorer 8 publish settings. You can check the publish settings your creative is using by browsing to the program menu and selecting File > Publish Settings > Flash tab. Make certain that your settings appear as follows:

Player: Flash Player 8
Script: ActionScript 2.0

If your creative is using legacy publish settings (i.e. Flash Player 7 or earlier, ActionScript 1.0), you can easily update them by re-encoding your file. Make sure you do this before implementing your click tag.

Implementation

1. Create a full coverage transparent button

  • The top most layer of your ad must contain a transparent button that covers the entire scene.
  • You can make this button transparent by setting the top layer's Alpha value to 0%.
  • This full coverage transparent button represents the clickable area of your ad.

2. Incorporate the "Click Tag" into your transparent button

Now that you have created a button that will make the entire area of your ad clickable, you need to embed the click tag command into the button (which enables MediaNet® to link your ad to its landing page URL and track its performance).

Action Script 2.0 Language Reference

  • Specify a unique Instance Name in the Properties dialog for the transparent button you created in the top layer of your document. In the example below we used the name "clicktag_but".

  • Select a key frame in frame 1 from the timeline, then right click the frame (Ctrl-Mouse Click for OS X users) and choose Actions.
  • Enter the click tag code displayed in the Actions window (shown below) to implement the click tag command for your ad.

  • Additional click tags can be implemented using the same process; each button must have a unique instance name. The instance name must be updated in the Action Script code used for the button, along with an alternate value for clickTAG if a different URL is to be used. Multiple clickTAG parameters are incremented numerically as clickTAG1, clickTAG2, clickTAG3, etc.

Further reading

For full documentation from Adobe, please visit http://www.adobe.com/resources/richmedia/tracking/designers_guide/

HTML Forms

The directions below describe how to implement an HTML form.

  • Set the form "method" to "get" (method=POST is not allowed)
  • Make sure that all URLs are absolute paths including: form action, image src, href, and javascript window.open URLs.

Alt Text & URLs

Alternate Text
  • Maximum 65 characters
URLs
  • Neither the target URL nor the click-through URL (i.e. iFrames, landing pages, click URLs, impression URLs) may exceed 255 characters.
  • The URL you provide must be viewable in Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 and above and Netscape 4.0 and above.

Please contact your account team to determine the appropriate amount of time required to implement your particular campaign and the most effective process for submitting your artwork.

Typical requirements for creative submission:

  • All creative banner sizes and creative assets required for flight. File names can be comprised of any number and type of characters as long as they constitute a valid Microsoft Windows file name, e.g. no spaces, commas (,) or exclamation points (!).
  • Destination URL(s) for the creative.
  • Any special instructions. These should be submitted in a detailed document including filename additions/deletions and start/end dates.