Creating and Managing Campaigns
The platforms’ campaign-management module enables you to create, edit, run, monitor and manage your native advertising campaigns over the network, with an advanced professional advertising toolset.
The rich set of capabilities includes:
- Business rules – CPC or CPM business model and rate, CPA optimization, daily cap, and more
- Full targeting options – by platform, geo, OS, specific widgets, domain based blacklists, and more
- Simple fast ad creation and upload at scale – single ads, bulk upload of mass number of ads at once, auto-populated suggested ad content by the system, and more
- Ad-creative control – standard native ads, RSS and third-party served ads, editable and customizable with clear status and error indications
- Advanced optimization and tracking tools – A/B testing, re-targeting code, full tracking events with dynamic macros, conversion pixels, black and white listing, and more.
- Quality assurance – fully automated review and classification process by network managers, with clear online indications to the advertiser, fully proofed with no manipulation or escape
Campaigns are created in the platform’s Campaigns menu option.
Some of the options available in the pages are only available for super users or advertisers with appropriate permissions from the network. Where applicable, these options are noted as options for ‘super (network) sers’ only.
The following sections describe how to create, edit and manage your campaigns.
Creating a new campaign involves settings and options in three main panes: General Settings (the
campaign’s business framework), Set Content (uploading its ads) and Advanced Options.
To create a new campaign:
1. In the campaigns page, click New Campaign.
The General Settings pane opens to start setting the campaign
2. Make all selections as described in following table. Fields marked with an asterisk are mandatory.
Enter a name for the campaign.
NOTE: This option is available for super (network) users only.
Select the advertiser who owns the campaign from the drop-down list of active advertisers on the network.
NOTE: This option is relevant to super users only, when creating the campaign on their top network level. When the advertiser or network manager creates a campaign at the advertiser level, it is automatically assigned to that advertiser.
Set the price unit (business model) according to which the campaign consumes its budget and charges for it. Possible options include Fixed CPC and Fixed or 2nd Price Auction CPM, as defined for the advertiser account by the network manager.
Note that once the campaign is saved, its set price unit can no longer be changed to avoid unclear data metrics in reports.
NOTE: Fixed CPC is always available for all advertisers. CPM may be enabled according to the network and advertiser account’s settings; If enabled, only one CPM option will be available, either Fixed or 2nd Price, not both.
Enter your budget for the campaign of a higher amount than the minimum campaign budget defined by the network. The campaign will run either until ended or manually stopped, or until it consumes all its budget.
If you are a prepay advertiser, you must have available Reserved Budget of at least the budget amount you want to set for the campaign, or otherwise purchase more budget online.
NOTE: This option is available for super (network) users only.
Enter the bonus amount that is added to the campaign’s overall budget and generates more impressions and clicks for the advertiser, but which does not generate any earnings for publishers or revenues for the network.
The bonus option is typically used by the network to compensate the advertiser, as a free promotion/coupon to attract new advertisers, or to run probono/house campaigns.
The bonus budget will only be used after the campaign’s paid budget has been depleted. For example, if a campaign has a budget of $100 at $0.20 CPC and a bonus amounting to $50, the bonus will only be used after 500 clicks, generating 250 additional nonpaid clicks until the overall combined budget has been fully used.
The system shows the remaining amount from the overall set budget (including bonus), in real time. If this amount reaches zero, the campaign will stop running and its status will change to Ended.
The system shows the amount used from the overall budget (including bonus), in real time. The sum of the remaining and used budget should always equal the overall set budget
Enter the amount you would like to bid per click (CPC) or 1000 impressions (CPM), within the allowed range set for you by the network manager.
Enter the daily budget limit you want the campaign to spend. An optional field, it is used if you wish to spread the campaign’s budget across a period of time and restrict the system from spending it faster.
This option is available only to advertisers enabled for it by the network and advertiser account settings, and can be used only after the campaign is saved and conversion pixels are generated, not before.
For more details, see Target CPA, page 4
Select the start date of the campaign. Note that once the campaign has started, the start date can no longer be changed.
Select the end date of the campaign or leave it blank for an unlimited campaign duration, allowing it to consume all its budget until fully depleted.
Select to target the campaign to your desired platform: Desktop, Tablet or Mobile. The default targeting is to all platforms.
Select the status of the campaign:
Select your campaign’s quality restriction, allowing it to serve only on sites restricted to the following audiences: All Audiences, Above 12 Years Old, Adults. Note that this is your quality restriction binding declaration, not a targeting criteria.
Campaigns containing adult or PG-13 restricted content should be defined accordingly to run on suitable sites only. On the other hand, restricting a general content campaign to above 12 years or adults will severely slow down the campaign so this should not be done for no reason.
After selecting the Quality, select this checkbox as your binding statement of the campaign’s content quality.
Select your default brand name to display on all campaign ads. You may override this brand on specific ads when you create or edit them; if not, all the campaign’s ads should display the same brand. Note that the brand field may be a mandatory or optional as set by the network manager.
Many advertisers assess their campaign performance or even pay their agencies by conversion rate (CPA) rather than per click or impressions. However, since counting conversions is based on conversion pixels from the advertiser’s landing page, which the network cannot fully control, the system does not support campaign charge by CPA. The common business model is charging campaigns by CPC or CPM while optimizing them for best (lowest) CPA; that is, the campaign’s buy and optimize units are not the same. This model aims to balance the commercial interests of the buy and sell sides.
To set the Target CPA:
- In the General Settings section, set the campaign to CPC or CPM, its budget, and all other mandatory fields. Then click Save to save the campaign.
- Set conversion pixels for the campaign according to the instructions in Conversion Pixels, on page 10, and send them to the relevant team to implement on the landing page. You can set conversion pixels only to a saved campaign with a valid ID.
- Once the conversion pixel is set and saved, the Target CPA field unlocks, allowing you to define your CPA target.
Setting Campaign Ads
Use the Set Content section of the New Campaign page to create or upload your campaign ads.
To define the content for the campaign:
- In the Set Content section, select the content type.
In the section that opens, click Add and then select to add a Single Ad, Bulk Upload, RSS Ad, or a 3rd Party Tag.
Each new ad is added to the Ads List on the left, which shows the ad’s name and ID (assigned by the system upon saving), with its status and graphic indications as described in the following table. Note that some indications may appear only after you save the campaign and the system processes it. It is recommended, therefore, that you check the status also 30 minutes after saving.
- Complete the fields as indicated in the table that follows.
Complete the following details of the ad:
Name – enter a name for the new ad.
Enabled/Disabled – select the status of the ad:
Approved – a read-only indication for the advertiser, or a selectable drop-down list for network managers, that indicates whether the ad is pending, approved or rejected:
NOTE: This option is available to change only by super (network) users.
Test Group – used to group together multiple ads that lead to the same landing page (typically when you set ads with different title and image variants to ensure performance and cover a broader audience), so that the system will not serve more than a single ad on the same widget. The system automatically detects ads with the same URL and assigns them a test group name upon saving, you may want to use a different name or group additional ads to the same test group. Use the same group name for all ads that you want to group together.
Classifications – Select the classification of the ad from the drop-down list box if you want to classify an ad here instead of in the quality review queue.
NOTE: This option is available for super (network) users only. This field is not visible to the advertiser user.
URL – enter the clickURL of the ad’s landing page.
Test Link – click to test that you entered a correct ad’s clickURL by opening it in a new browser tab.
Auto Populate – a useful option if you want the system to retrieve the title, subtitle and image from the landing page instead of loading them manually. You may try it, and edit or override the result as needed. Note that this option only works with pages using a standard HTML tagging structure.
Title – this is the ad’s text that will appear under the image. You may use Auto Populate for the system to retrieve the title from the landing page, or enter/edit its text manually.
Subtitle (description) – displayed on the In-Feed widget family, it includes this additional text element below the ad title. You may use Auto Populate for the system to retrieve the title from the landing page, or enter/edit the its text manually.
Upload Image, File – click to manually upload the ad image file from your computer.
Upload Image, URL – click to upload the ad image from a remote URL, for example, if hosted on a CDN or web server.
Brand – enter the brand name to display on the ad. If you set a default campaign brand in the General Settings section, it will apply to all ads by default, which you can change for this specific ad using this option.
This field may be mandatory or optional according to the network settings.
Ad preview – shows a preview of the ad, as it would typically appear on most standard widgets. Note that the ad may look slightly different in widgets of different size and layout.
Live Demo – a very useful option to review what the ad will look like on a specific widget, with the option to send a demo link to external audiences (for example, the end advertiser or the creative studio). Click this option and enter the URL of the page containing the widget, which will then show the ad in one of its items.
This option enables you to quickly and easily create multiple ads by uploading a CSV file with full details of all. It is very useful for advanced advertisers who manage their campaign ads over CSV files for different native advertising systems, with a large number of A/B test ads. The file structure should match the following format, and should not exceed 200 ads (lines).
Once the SCV file is processed, its ads appear in the list and are treated like any single ads with the same preview, edit options, quality review and approval process, and status and error indications. The bulk upload is just a shortcut mechanism to upload a large number of ads at scale, not different type of ads
For advanced users – place the URL of the desired RSS.
This option enables advertisers to promote a full site or a site section with new added content pages after the campaign is created. The system will automatically check the RSS feed for such updates and add those pages to its set of promoted pages. It is typically used by content marketing agencies, publishers and/or brands promoting their content pages, to name a few. Unlike organic content RSS feeds, the system promotes only the currently listed pages on the RSS, not historical pages listed in the past. Note that it takes up to 20 minutes to process the RSS after saving, and that it will appear as a single ad in reports, with no data breakdown of its various served pages.
|3rd Party Tag||
For advanced technical users only – place the HTTP URL (no-script) call to the third-party system, which should return the ad content.
This URL should be obtained from the third-party system according to its technical specifications. Only a simple URL call is allowed, not a JS tag.
This option enables technical advertisers to manage and serve campaigns over their ad server in conjunction with all other campaigns they may have directly in the system. The ad server’s response must comply with the system’s specifications, which can be obtained from the network manager. Ad selection and charge are according to the campaign’s CPC or CPM rate in the system. Note that each such third party tag can return just a single ad from its ad server.
Uploaded and saved ads may display the following graphic indications.
This pane includes a collection of advanced targeting and tracking options that should not necessarily be set and used for every running campaign. Therefore, they are consolidated in a separate section at the end of the page. These options include GEO OS and specific publisher/widget targeting, tracking and retargeting codes and pixels, conversion pixels, domain based blacklists, and more.
Follow these instructions to set these options. After setting all parameters, click Save to save the campaign.
Click Geo to open a geo-targeting window and select the regions where you want the campaign’s ads to appear. You may select and unselect complete continents to quickly blacklist or whitelist sections, as needed. Then click Update and save the campaign. The system supports country resolution for all continents and a more detailed state/province resolution for USA and Canada.
This option allows a more specific device targeting by operating system, in a resolution higher than the platform targeting in the General Settings section. Select the target operation system that the campaign should serve in, then click Update and save the campaign.
This option allows pinpointed blacklisting or whitelisting your campaign to select a set of publishers and widgets. As it reveals the full network structure and all its publisher accounts, it is open only for advertiser accounts set with Extended Targeting permissions by the network manager. Super users can always use it, also for advertisers with no such permissions.
Click Widget Targeting to set the campaign to serve only in your desired publisher widgets. Select the specific publishers or widgets that the campaign should serve in. If you whitelisted a specific set of widgets and don’t want the campaign to serve on new widgets which might be added after your setting, switch the toggle on top-right to Exclude New Widgets. If you blacklisted some specific widgets leave the toggle on its Include New Widgets default position. Then click Update and save the campaign.
The following tracking options are available for your campaign:
- Tracking Code – for a suffix-style tracking code which will be reported on every ad item clicked. This option is used for tracking systems that detect visits on the landing page using code appended to the end of the URL, for example, Google Analytics UTM codes.
You may add identification data to your tracking pixels and redirects from a wide set of available dynamic parameters (macros), which the system will replace by their specific values in real time. For example, the campaign ID, ad ID, IP address, user agent, random number (cache buster), and more. For the complete list of available macros, contact your account manager.
This option enables you to restrict (whitelist) your campaign to serve only on widgets defined for that language (in addition to its geo-targeting). It can be useful if you want to ensure that your campaign is served only to users who read its language. However, note that it may slow down your campaign and avoid many widgets in the network, so it is recommended to use this option with care. The default value is None, meaning there is no such language restriction. To set a restricting language, click to open its drop-down list box and select the desired language.
The Conversions option enables you to generate and store a unique identifier (conversion pixel) to track relevant actions on the landing page made by visitors who reached the landing page by clicking a campaign’s ad. When the visitor converts (or executes any other traceable action), the pixel is fired back to the system with its unique ID details, enabling the system to check it against a prior click made by the same visitor and count the conversion to the relevant campaign and ad.
You may generate up to 4 different conversion pixels for the same campaign, enabling you to track different visitor actions (for example, filling a contact details form, purchasing the product online, purchasing additional accessories). Note that accurate conversion tracking depends on correct implementation of your provided conversion code(s) in the right place in the landing page.
There are several methods to store a transaction ID, which vary depending on the solution used:
- Creating a cookie on the landing page that carries through the duration of the transaction
- Logging the transaction ID as a hidden variable
- Carrying the transaction ID as a URL parameter until the conversion completes
To generate a conversion code:
1. In the Advanced Options section, click Conversions. The Generate Conversion Code window opens
Two options are supported – Server Script and Client Script.
7. Select Add Server Script. In the pane that opens, complete the following information.
- Prefix – identification used by the advertiser to collect the generated token; is sent to all pages for all server-side pixels for the campaign
- Tag description – free text that helps differentiate between different pixels. For your convenience only, does not affect the implementation.
8. Click Generate to generate the pixel and send it to the advertiser’s technical team to implement.
9. Click Save All and save the campaign.
10. Select Add Client Script. In the pane that opens, complete the following information
- Tag description – free text that helps differentiate between different pixels. For your convenience only, does not affect the implementation.
- Valid For – the number of days the pixel is valid for; if set to 14 for example and a visitor completes a transaction more than 14 days after clicking the ad, the action will not be counted as a valid conversion.
11. Click Generate to generate the pixel, and send it to the advertiser’s technical team to implement.
12. Click Save All and save the campaign.
It is recommended to use the server script if the advertiser supports it, as the client script will not work properly on Apple-based mobile devices that clock third-party cookies.
Creating and Managing Blacklists
The Account Blacklists page enables you to create, edit and select blacklists that restrict your campaign’s ads from showing on undesired sites according to their top-level URLs. Up to eight blacklists of 20 URLs each can be created per account and activated for the campaign. Note that this option cannot block those sites in case of page redirects or other serving conditions which use a different domain than set on your blacklist.
To create and/or activate a blacklist:
1. In the Advanced Options section of your campaign page, click Manage.
1. The Account Blacklists page opens.
2. On the left pane, click Add.
3. On the right pane, enter the blacklist’s name. The blacklist is assigned an automatic ID.
4. In the Add New URL field, enter the URL(s) for the blacklist (up to 20 URLs can be added per blacklist). Click Add to add each new URL to the list.
2. To assign a blacklist to the campaign, select the blacklist you wish to use from the dropdown list.
After making your selections and/or changes, make sure to click Save at the bottom of the Advanced Settings pane to save the entire campaign.
Working with the Campaigns List
The list of campaigns displays all active campaigns and their key settings at once. You can view campaign reports, change the status of a campaign, edit its details, as well as search and filter the list using various options.
You can edit and change the parameters of a campaign at any time.
To edit a campaign:
1. Select the campaign you want to edit from the list.
13. Edit each of its sections as described in Creating Campaign, page 2.
Searching and Filtering the Campaign List
The application offers several options to search the list of campaigns and/or filter it.
To search for a specific campaign in the list:
1. In the Search box, enter the criteria for the search, for example, name or ID.
14. The list shows only the campaigns the match the criteria.
To filter the list:
You can filter the list of campaigns by account or by status.
- To filter the list by account, in the Filter by Account drop-down list box, select the account. OR
- To filter the list by status, in the Status drop-down list box, select the status of the campaigns you want to view. You can select one, several or all statuses, and also reset the selections. The list shows only the results that match the filter criteria.
- The default list whenever you enter the page includes all campaign statuses except disabled and ended campaigns.
To view a quick daily report of a campaign:
- In a campaign’s row in the list, click Watch Campaign Reports to generate automatically a report of your campaign’s daily performance on the Reports page (for more information about reports, see the Dynamic and Reporting System User’s Guide).