Welcome to Video Advertising Documentation

Optimise your ad revenue and make the most of your growing audience with the Pulse Products. The Pulse ad management and programmatic trading tools are designed specifically to help broadcasters and publishers run their video ad businesses. For an overview, see Video Advertising Overview and Pulse Video Advertising Platform.

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New Parameter for Break Number

A new parameter, bn, is available for direct VAST and VMAP integrations to help you identify and override the number of the ad break targeted by the ad request, in order to request ads for a specific ad break. Read more in Campaign, Goal and Ad Filtering Parameters.

Target Any Break

It is now possible to target a goal to one or more linear ad breaks by setting a break restriction rule when adding both normal and sponsor goals through the Pulse user interface. This allows you to show certain types of ads in specific ad breaks and provides greater control of your ad serving. For example, setting break restriction to break numbers 2 and 3 means that ads from that goal can only be shown in the second and third ad break. Read more in this release note.

VideoJS v7.x and Brightcove Player v6.x HTML5 Plugin

A new plugin is available to integrate your VideoJS v7.x and Brightcove Player version 6.x with Pulse for ad serving. The plugin and all its documentation can be found on GitHub: Pulse Plugin for VideoJS and Brightcove Player. Read more in this release note.

Daily and Hourly Impression and Event Caps

We have extended the goal delivery capping functionality to allow for:
  • Daily and hourly impression caps: to limit the daily and hourly amount of impressions delivered for certain goals.
  • Daily and hourly event (% ad completion and click through) caps: to limit the daily and hourly amount of events delivered for 25%, 50%, 75%, and 100% ad completion, or click through goals.

Currently, in Pulse, you can set the following impression and event caps, and combine them where applicable:

Cap Type Impressions (normal and sponsor) Share of Voice (normal and sponsor) Unlimited impressions Priority unreserved 25%, 50%, 75%, or 100% Ad completion Click throughs
Total Impression Cap X X X
Daily Impression Cap X X X X
Hourly Impression Cap X X X X
Daily Event Cap X X
Hourly Event Cap X X

This provides you with more control around delivery pacing and distribution during the entire goal period, and reduces the amount of manual work previously needed to achieve this. Using daily and/or hourly caps means that the goal's daily and/or hourly delivery should not exceed the cap, but there is no guarantee it will reach the cap, especially in case of traffic pattern changes. For more information, refer to Daily and Hourly Goal Caps vs Pulse Dynamic Design.

Support for caps has also been added in the Goal REST API, which means you can handle all available impression and event caps through the https://api.videoplaza.com/api/1.0.cpvext/goal set of endpoints. Read more in these release notes: 2019-02-14 Release and 2019-03-08 Release.

Target Any Position in a Linear Ad Break

Previously, you could already target the first, the last, or, the first or last ad position in an ad break. Now, it is also possible to target absolute positions in an ad break, but only from the second to the ninth position. This allows you to reserve specific positions in an ad break for certain types of campaigns or goals. Read more in this release note .

New Performance Metrics Explorer Functionality in Pulse

A new reporting tool, called Performance Metrics Explorer, is available from the Pulse Analytics tab. The Performance Metrics Explorer allows you to quickly and easily retrieve and share near real-time or historical performance data from a specific campaign. Performance Metrics Explorer should be used for:
  • Campaign progress monitoring in near real-time.
  • Visualising the near-real time or historical campaign performance in the form of a time series graph, broken down by day.
  • Quick and simple retrieval of near real-time or historical performance metrics totals.
  • Sharing the active campaign's performance view with relevant advertisers, so they can monitor on their own without having access to any other data in your Pulse account.
Read more in this release note.

Back-to-back Clash Protection

Client Categories are used to create clash protection rules for advertisers and brands. Previously, it was only possible to set up clash protection to prohibit ads from certain advertisers or brands to be shown together in the same ad break or in the same session. Now, it is also possible to allow ads from advertisers and/or brands within the same Client Category to be shown together in the same ad break, but not back-to-back. This means that an unrelated ad, in terms of clash protection, should be located in between the related ads.

The introduction of back-to-back clash protection allows you to fill more inventory, and still fulfil your obligations to your advertisers. Read more in this release note.

Where to Find What

Find your Video Advertising documentation here:
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