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4.0 - Advertisements

In IP.Board 3.x, we have a setting group where you can specify some global advertisement HTML. You can enable and disable advertisements, and you can specify code to insert into the header and footer of the page. For the forum index, forum listings and topic view pages, you can override these header and footer ad codes, and you can specify advertisement code to insert into a couple of other areas specific to those pages. If you install IP.Nexus, this setting group redirects you to the IP.Nexus advertisement control panel where you can effectively do the same thing, but with a few more options (including click and impression tracking, advertisement image uploading, automatic cutoffs for advertisements, and more).

We felt that the entire system and process was too basic when IP.Nexus was not installed, and too disorienting once you do install IP.Nexus. This setting group suddenly redirects you to another application and configuring the advertisements is an entirely different experience prior to installing this application.

Subsequently, we have done the only logical thing and consolidated the two systems and improved the functionality.

(Please be aware that, as with all early screenshots of the 4.0 Social Suite, the interface displayed in the following screenshots is very much subject to change before release)


Advertisement Configuration



First and foremost, we have consolidated the functionality provided by IP.Board and IP.Nexus in previous software releases into one control panel. Now, whether you install IP.Nexus or not, you can have powerful advertisement management at your fingertips. Installing IP.Nexus still provides additional enhanced functionality, such as the ability to sell advertisements to your members.

You can now have both HTML and image-based advertisements available, and you can create multiple advertisements for the same "location" (more on this in a minute). There is a setting available to tell the software how to pick which advertisement to show if more than one is configured for a single area (options include picking one at random, showing the newest advertisement, showing the oldest advertisement, and showing the advertisement with the least number of impressions).

You can configure start and end dates for advertisements, set them to cut off after a certain number of impressions (or clicks, in the case of image advertisements), and you can filter by status (and toggle the status from this page). If IP.Nexus is installed, an additional status of "pending" is present and supported for advertisements that have been purchased but not yet approved. Naturally once you reach any cut offs specified or the end date has passed, the advertisement will no longer be rotated.

As you can see in the screenshot, javascript is removed from the preview for security reasons.

If you have a caching engine enabled, advertisement data will be cached to improve performance.


Some new functionality

If you are already familiar with the feature set of the current release of IP.Nexus, the advertisement functionality you already know and love will be carried over to the 4.0 Suite. You can still specify which groups are exempt from seeing advertisements, for example, to help you upsell subscription packages to users on your site. In addition to the current functionality, however, we've made some great improvements.


Ability to specify SSL advertisement code
Google Ads does not have an SSL version of its advertisement code, and including their advertisements on secure pages can lead to browser warnings for your visitors. This is especially troublesome when you only use SSL for logins or for your store (IP.Nexus), as it gives an impression that the page is not secure.

Now, you can specify an alternative secure page advertisement code if you wish, or choose not to show a specific advertisement on secure pages at all.


Ability to specify multiple images
When uploading an image advertisement, you now have the option to also upload a small and/or medium version of the advertisement image. The small and medium versions, if present, will be used on the responsive layout on the alternate views for mobile devices and tablets. If not provided, the software will simply use the next best size available.

We have NOT included the ability to specify alternate HTML for the different resolutions. In our research, most advertisement partners either (1) already handle responsiveness with their own javascript code or (2) provide alternative instructions for responsive ads.


If you use a CDN such as Amazon S3 for your file storage in the 4.0 Suite, your advertisement images will be served from the CDN.


Extendable application support
As of 4.0, any and all applications that wish to support advertisements can do so via the extension system built into the software. All an application will need to do is provide an extension for the advertisement system, and then call the advertisement location in the template where they feel the advertisement should display. You can even add custom settings (so for example, the forum application can allow you to configure which forums an advertisement will be displayed in...).

Skinners can move the advertisements around however they like in their skin templates simply by moving the appropriate custom tag.


Custom locations
You can now define entirely custom locations for advertisements easily in the advertisement configuration page. Once you have defined a custom location for the advertisement, defining where to show that advertisement in your themes is as simple as inserting a tag where you want the advertisement to be displayed.


Closing

We hope these small changes will help you better manage your advertisements and provide you with the options you need to capitalize upon your community. If you have no use for advertisements, you can completely ignore this area of the software and no resources will be used by it, but if you do utilize advertisements on your community, the new tools should make it much easier to manage your site.

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This looks great.  I'd ask for one more feature though for the advertising options.  "Weighting"

I'd like to show Google Adsense ads, say 75% of the time and on site ads randomly the other 25% of the time.

This is fairly important since at times, I can get a lot more money from Google than local ads.  And this reverses at times as well. Being able to set a higher frequency on specific ads would be quite handy. :)

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So many more Adsense accounts will be disabled with this system.

 

When will you put better control over Adsense advertisements per guest/member etc?

 

I guess no one listens to me until it happens to them...........

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What about end user control? Based on advertising package sold, the ability for them to manage the destination URL and or the images uploaded ( placed in pending queue for admin approval ) but at least make it easy for end user to make modifications.

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Have you made it easy to hook into adding advertisements through say an application like ibEconomy where I could maybe sell ads through a virtual "points" system or is the ability to add ads through IP.Nexus hard coded?

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Just wondering, how you decide where to display ads???

For example is anyway display an ad in the first post of the topic

in blogs,

in gallery,

or any other application

 

This is very important

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For the method of choosing which ad to deliver, example least number of impressions, is it based on raw value or a percentage of the max? If one buys 1000 impressions and another buys 5000 impressions, it wouldn't make sense to keep flipping back and forth between the two until the 1000 impressions are used up. Not only would it get used up quick instead of spreading out, but the one who purchased the 5000 impressions might be wondering why their ad is only showing half the time (might feel their ad isn't being given any true priority).

Also, why are images counted for clicks and not impressions as well, or was it just like that for this blog entry?


Just wondering, how you decide where to display ads???
For example is anyway display an ad in the first post of the topic

Template logic comes to mind.
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yes, but it's been a long time since they said that. now it's going into November, so I would think they would have a better idea. I highly doubt it will be out this year, when it hasn't got to public betas or being used live on this site, though. Unless it's mighty close to some of that happening.

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Sounds good but swf format needs supporting plus if you really want to do it right there needs to be statistics so that you can show advertisers how many views and clicks they received along with percentage of clicks to views.

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This looks great.  I'd ask for one more feature though for the advertising options.  "Weighting"

I'd like to show Google Adsense ads, say 75% of the time and on site ads randomly the other 25% of the time.

This is fairly important since at times, I can get a lot more money from Google than local ads.  And this reverses at times as well. Being able to set a higher frequency on specific ads would be quite handy. :smile:

 

yes, showing like that would be extremely great. Nice suggestion Myr.

 

For the method of choosing which ad to deliver, example least number of impressions, is it based on raw value or a percentage of the max? If one buys 1000 impressions and another buys 5000 impressions, it wouldn't make sense to keep flipping back and forth between the two until the 1000 impressions are used up. Not only would it get used up quick instead of spreading out, but the one who purchased the 5000 impressions might be wondering why their ad is only showing half the time (might feel their ad isn't being given any true priority).

Also, why are images counted for clicks and not impressions as well, or was it just like that for this blog entry?

 

This is also very common sense. Good.

 

As for me. I have to say fix the SIDEBAR AREA. It was a waste when all through 3.x series we only could ADD ONE BANNER to the sidebar that we could control in the place where it can show up. I mean you could not have had this in sidebar:

 

- newest topics, sidebar banner, status updates, another sidebar banner, birthdays, yet another banner.

 

we had only one controllable sidebar banner item whose position we could change.

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Would this by pass AdBlock software? Also would you allow two images to be place and not just one? I would like to have two banners and not just one. So would it be possible to have two small banners to load side by side that are not the same? If so, would you expand on how it could be done?

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Thank you! In which quarter and year be expected the release of Version 4? Really - we do not see anything except regular announcements ...

 

When it's ready. :P That there answer and you know it. :D

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