Silverlight and Advertising


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Come learn how advertisers, vendors, and publishers are using Microsoft Silverlight to create amazing rich media and monetize in-stream video ads. This session covers popular topics including packaging content for ad servers, Silverlight and Flash co-existence, using Microsoft Expression Encoder to create innovative in-stream experiences, time- vs. frame-based tracking, and more.

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Silverlight and Advertising

  1. 1. Poll Focus for this session Development methodology for rich media and in- stream advertising from a Silverlight 2 POV This is a “How To” session Looking for feedback to help shape final product Highlight 3rd party perspective
  2. 2. Project types References Resources & Packaging InitParams
  3. 3. How To’s Creating “Polite” Ads Adding Cross-Domain Support Tracking Events Handling Click-Thrus
  4. 4. Polite Download What is a “polite” ad? Guidelines: Two pieces: Polite & Incremental Render quickly (don’t “block” the page) Fast initial load time (small initial file size) Incremental elements downloaded later Options: Splash Screen (XAML/Javascript) Small Silverlight 2 app (XAP loads XAP)
  5. 5. Splash Screen Create a lightweight XAML/Javascript (Silverlight 1) application as splash screen While splash screen is displayed it begins downloading the incremental Silverlight 2 application After incremental portion is downloaded, it replaces the polite portion of the application
  6. 6. XAP Loads XAP Polite ad is downloaded quickly Polite ad can selectively download: A new fully functional creative Specific components as needed WMV, XAP, PNG, JPG, GIF, etc.
  7. 7. Cross-Domain Support Ads are generally sourced and tracked at different domains from the page content Default = Access Denied A cross-domain policy file = Access Allowed Policy file resides in each domain to grant access Notes: If a basic Flash policy file exists, Silverlight will honor it Advanced policies can be defined in a Silverlight- only file: ClientAccessPolicy.xml
  8. 8. Tracking Events Rich Event Model: Mouse interaction Container state (size, shape, etc.) Actions: Click-Thrus spawn a new web page when more information is requested by user Pings sent to ad tracking server to register activity
  9. 9. In-Page In- Publisher Stream Support EyeWonder Ad Professional Services Solutions Partners Ad Custom Serving Formats
  10. 10. IPTV In-Stream Media Players In-Stream Web Pre-Roll
  11. 11. Pre-Roll: Mid- Post - Pre- Video Pt. 1 Video Pt. 2 Roll Roll Roll In-Stream: Consumer Interactivity Bug Pre- Post- Bar Roll Roll Ticker Ticker
  12. 12. Concept Creation Working with the Agency and Brand, EW brings online ad experience to the process Design and Production Using AdWonder, EW helps you build your ads QA Comparing against publisher site specs, EW ensures ad compatibility Traffic Using the media plan, EW sends the ad and tags to the publish to run Reporting EW collects valuable interactivity data about how consumers engaged with the live ads
  13. 13. Support for customers using Flash Ads today and helping them use Silverlight to build next-gen ads Demos: Flash Ad overlay on Silverlight Player Silverlight Ad overlay on Silverlight Player
  14. 14. Silverlight 2 Application (windowless) Flash 8 Interactive Ad Javascript Interaction
  15. 15. //ActionScript“pauseVideo”); //JavaScript function pauseVideo(){ mySilverlightHost.Content.myApp.PauseVideo(); } //C# [ScriptableMember()] public void PauseVideo(){ this.backgroundMediaElement.Pause(); }
  16. 16. Silverlight 2 Application Player – Media Element Ad – Separate Silverlight Library WebClient for On-Demand retrieval of Ad
  17. 17. webClient.OpenReadAsync(new Uri(“PS3.dll”)); private void wc_OpenReadCompleted( object sender, OpenReadCompletedEventArgs e){ AssemblyPart part = new AssemblyPart(); part.Load(e.Result); DisplayAdFromAssembly(); } private void DisplayAdFromAssembly(){ PS3Ad ad = new PS3Ad(); this.canvas.Children.Add(ad); }
  18. 18. XAML Media Elements Images Polygons Storyboard Animations C# code behind Event Handlers Logic
  19. 19. private void timer_Completed(object sender, EventArgs e) { this.menuHideStoryboard.Begin(); switch(this._video) { case PS3Video.Bluray: this.videoBGMedia.Source = new Uri(“video/BG_Bluray.wmv”); this.trailerMedia.Source = new Uri(“video/bluray.wmv”); break; case PS3Video.NBA: this.videoBGMedia.Source = new Uri(“video/BG_nba.wmv”); this.trailerMedia.Source = new Uri(“video/nba.wmv”); break; } }
  20. 20. Client-side Playlists Streaming Playlists Web Playlists Description A playlist that is A playlist that resides A playlist that is delivered from a Web on a streaming media requested from a Web (or streaming server) server. (Also known as server that returns a and resides on the Server-side playlists) client side playlist (ASX) client PC. with obfuscated URLs. Delivered From Streaming (WMS) or Windows Media IIS7 Media Pack Web server (IIS) Services (WMS) File Type .ASX . WSX .ISX Pros Simple to author and Hides the location of Hides the location of deploy. each media asset from each media asset from the client. Seek/Skip the client. Seek/Skip can be disabled for ad can be disabled for ad scenarios. scenarios. Cons URLs for playlist items Not yet supported in Lacks some advanced are exposed to the Silverlight 2. features of WMS client. Ads can be streaming playlists. skipped.
  21. 21. Support for Advertising Ability to “bake” overlaid elements into encoded video Example Elements: XAML Alpha channel video (Quicktime) Scripts & Markers MediaElement eventing model Media state changes Script events
  22. 22. Integrating Media in Silverlight Applications Thursday @ 8:30 AM, San Palo 3501A Monetization 101 Thursday @ 10:15 AM, Delfino 4003 Overview of Microsoft Ad Formats Thursday @ 2:30 PM, Delfino 4003 Overview of Expression Encoder V2 Friday @ 8:30 AM, Delfino 4005 Future of Advertising Technology Friday @ 8:30 AM, Lando 4201
  23. 23. Silverlight 2 provides a comprehensive programming model for rich media and in- stream advertising scenarios. Ad format innovation is in your hands. Strong 3rd party support for Silverlight from rich media, ad serving and publishing partners. Now is the time to evolve your workflow.
  24. 24. Eric Schmidt Dan Penn Michael Scherotter mischero Jonathan Tabak Mark Kapczynski Director, Product VP & GM InStream Solutions Development 424-731-2528 (demos)
  25. 25. © 2008 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Microsoft, Windows, Windows Vista and other product names are or may be registered trademarks and/or trademarks in the U.S. and/or other countries. The information herein is for informational purposes only and represents the current view of Microsoft Corporation as of the date of this presentation. Because Microsoft must respond to changing market conditions, it should not be interpreted to be a commitment on the part of Microsoft, and Microsoft cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information provided after the date of this presentation. MICROSOFT MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY, AS TO THE INFORMATION IN THIS PRESENTATION.