This guide takes you through the steps of serving your first ad campaign with OpenX.
There are three key stages we will go through:
Firstly, y ou will load your first ad campaigns by setting up a new advertiser , ad campaign and then uploading a banner ad .
Secondly, you will configure OpenX to display ads on your website by creating a publisher and zone , and then linking your ad campaign to your new zone.
Finally, test the delivery of the ad campaign by loading an invocation tag into a html test page.
To keep things really simple, download the sample banner file to use for the tutorial.
Note: This tutorial skips most of the optional settings which you can learn about later.
Serving your First Ad Page Sample downloaded? Click here to Get Started… 1/13
3/13 Page Done? Continue to Add new Campaign… Did you know? By setting up unique advertiser you can generate performance reports individually for each of Advertisers. You can even give each advertisers access to login and access their own reports. Add new Advertiser In the Add new advertiser page, enter the Name , Contact and Email for the advertiser. Skip the other fields for this tutorial and click the Next button at the bottom of the page. In the Inventory > Advertisers & Campaigns page, click the Add new advertiser link.
5/13 Page Done? Continue to Add new Banner… Add new Campaign Did you know? Campaign properties can be used to control when your ads are delivered. This makes it easy to set start and end dates for the campaign and to spread out the delivery of impressions over the lifetime of the campaign. Real world example: Direct ad sale How would a publisher use a campaign to run a campaign for a company, CompanyX, who wanted to display advertising for their new movie only for the next month. Advertiser : "CompanyX“ Ad campaign : "July movie campaign" - set to expire on July 31st Banner ad : A flash animation file In the Add new campaign page, enter the Name for the campaign. Skip the other fields and click the Save Changes button at the end of the page.
6/13 Page Done? Continue to Publishers & Zones… Add new Banner The Delivery options tab opens with the banner displayed above it. We’re not going to add any delivery limitations. In the Banner overview tab, click the Add new banner link.
In the Add new banner page:
Select the Local banner (SQL) banner type.
Click Browse to select the banner to upload. Load the image banner you downloaded on the first page of this guide.
Enter http://www.example.com as the Destination URL .
In the Description field (not shown), enter My test banner (the name of the banner). Skip the other fields and click Save Changes .
Click the Inventory tab to be ready for the next step of creating a publisher.
7/13 Page Done? Continue to Create a Publisher… Publishers represent websites which you will be displaying advertising on. If you are managing the advertising for one website you will set up a single publisher to represent it. A zone is the place on a website where ads will be displayed. It is typical to define a single zone which represents a common ad placement on all your web pages and other unique zones for special ad placements. Within OpenX, publishers represent websites and zones define the places on a website where ads can be displayed. To display your ad campaign you will link it to one or more zones . Pulling it all together : We will start by creating a publisher representing your website. Next, we will define a zone associated with this publisher. Finally, we will link your ad campaign to this zone . To run the banner from your advertising campaign, you must link the banner to the zone. Real world example: Typical blogger website How would these terms apply to a typical blogger who plans to include ads in the sidebar of all pages and also to have a special feature ad on the homepage: Publisher : “My Blog” Zone 1: “Homepage feature” Zone 2: “Run of site sitebar” Concepts: Publishers & Zones
8/13 Page Done? Continue to Create a Zone… Create a Publisher On the Add new publisher page. Complete the basic information fields for the publisher. Skip the rest of the fields and click Next . In the Inventory > Publishers & Zones page, click the Add new publisher link.
9/13 Page Done? Continue to Linking campaign to a zone… Create a Zone Tips and tricks In order to link a banner to a zone the sizes must match. For example, only leaderboard banners can be linked to leaderboard zones. In the Add new zone page: Change the Name Select the Banner zone type Set the size to IAB Full Banner . Skip the other fields and click the Next button. Skip the settings on the Advanced tab and click the Linked banners tab to link your banner to your zone.
10/13 Page Done? Continue to Integrate into Web Pages… Link Campaign to a Zone Tips and tricks In order to link a banner to a zone the sizes must match. For example, only leaderboard banners can be linked to leaderboard zones. In the Linked banners tab, select Link banners by parent campaign and click the arrow. Select your advertiser. The page refreshes with another menu where you can select your campaign. Click the arrow to continue. Your campaign and banner appear in the list of Campaigns linked to the zone .
11/13 Page Done? Continue to Get a Tag for your Website… The OpenX admin interface will generate an invocation tag suitable for your website. Typically, the HTML generated is pasted into the template you use for your web pages. In this way the same zone is included on many pages on your website. To include ads on your website you will need to add some special HTML, called an invocation tag , into your website template. Pulling it all together: We will start by generating an invocation tag for our zone and then create a simple webpage to test that ad delivery works. Concepts: Integrate into Web Pages
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Congratulations! You have successfully served your first ad campaign with OpenX.
Now that you have OpenX up and running you might like to:
Create the zones you want to include in your website and then add the necessary invocation tags to your website templates.
Create new advertisers and ad campaigns for the different sources of advertising you want to display on your website and link them to your website zones .
Want to learn more? The OpenX User Guide will help you get the most out of OpenX.
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