Creative guidelines

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Basic materials must be delivered by noon, no later than three (3) full working days before the start of the campaign (png, gif, jpg and third-party tag materials). Special materials must be delivered by noon five (5) full working days before the start of the campaign.

All materials and any tracking pixels must be HTTPS-compatible.

Address for delivering materials is: digimainonta(a)almamedia.fi
Address for perfomance-based marketing materials: programmatic(a)almamedia.fi

In the subject field, please indicate the name of the advertising customer and the campaign period. Also indicate the following information in the body of the message:

1) name of the advertiser
2) campaign period
3) advertising solution (e.g. Alma RON, Almascope, mobile network)
4) Number of impressions
5) URL for redirecting clicks on the advertisement

Advertising materials can be delivered in picture file formats (jpg, gif and png) or alternatively, they can be delivered as third-party tags.

If the materials are in html format, please contact us at: digimainonta(a)almamedia.fi

General instructions for using video and sound in advertisements

Sound can be used in materials. Sound starts in 0,5 second delay after mouse-over, and ends when cursor is taken from over the advertisement. If materials are using auto-play, videos must start without sound. User must be able to stop the video.

We recommend using Alma Media’s standardized video solutions, that have been tested for performance. If video is supposed to be used in other formats, implementation must be done in accordance with separate material guidelines.   

Basic advertising formats desktop

Basic advertising formats, desktop


Interstitial

Parade

980 x 400 px

80 kb

Panorama

980 x 120 px

40 kb

Panorama*

980 x 160 px

40 kb

Giant parade**

980 x 552 px

80 kb

Mega Parade

980 x 600 px

120 kb

Extended Skyscraper

160 x 600 px

40 kb

Skyscraper

140 x 350 px 

40 kb

Skyscraper*

160 x 350 px

40 kb

Wide Rectangle

468 x 400 px

40 kb

Double Wide Rectangle

468 x 600 px

60 kb

Rectangle

300 x 250 px

40 kb

Wallpaper

1600 x 1200 px

100 kb

Dynamic Wallpaper

1600 x 1200 px

100 kb

Marketplace

150 x 200 px

40 kb

Ticker

1600 x 40 px

40 kb

Sticky Ad

300 x 200 px

40 kb

Interstitial

956 x 586 px

150 kb

Multichannel Interstitial

600 x 900 px

50 kb

Button (News section) ***

170 x 250 px

20 kb

Button (Stock and Companies sections) ***

160 x 200 px

20 kb

Button (Business Premises sections) ***

240 x 200 px

20 kb

* Alma Talent spesific

** Alma Regions spesific

*** Kauppalehti spesific

Mobile advertising

Instructions concerning materials:

    Wallpaper + Parade / Panorama

    • Sold only as a package with Parade or Panorama
    • Dublicable image on page background
    • Size: 1600 x 1200 px
    • Formats JPG, PNG, GIF

    Dynamic Wallpaper

    • Sold only as a package with Parade or Panorama
    • Implementation must be calm, all the animations should end in about 5 seconds
    • Size: 1600 x 1200 px
    • Formats JPG, PNG, GIF, Html5 (.zip) or 3rd party tag

    Multichannel Interstitial

    • Size: 600 x 900 px
    • Formats: JPG, PNG, GIF
    • Possible to add URL for redirecting clicks on the advertisement

    Interstitial

    • Size: 956 x 586 px
    • Formats: JPG, PNG, GIF
    • Possible to add URL for redirecting clicks on the advertisement

    Cross-device carousel

    Parade

    • Material: 5-8 pictures, format .jpg. Size 300x300 or 600x600 px, pictures in total should be no more than 300 kt
    • Pictures numbered according to desired order: 1.jpg, 2.jpg.
    • Each picture can have a separate target url. Links should be informed as 1.jpg = http://www.page.com etc.
    • Demo: (desktop and tablet): http://www.iltalehti.fi/ilona/?ad=carousel3d

    Rectangle

    • Material: 3-8 pictures, format .jpg. Size 300x300 or 600x600 px, pictures in total should be no more than 300 kt
    • Pictures numbered according to desired order: 1.jpg, 2.jpg.
    • Each picture can have a separate target url. Links should be informed as 1.jpg = http://www.page.com etc.

    Giant Rectangle

    • Material: 3-8 pictures, format .jpg. Size 300x300 or 600x600 px, pictures in total should be no more than 300 kt
    • Pictures numbered according to desired order: 1.jpg, 2.jpg.
    • Each picture can have a separate target url. Links should be informed as 1.jpg = http://www.page.com etc.

    Mobile advertising

    Materials must be HTTPS compatible.

    Please take the following special requirements concerning mobile advertising into account, along with the general instructions concerning materials.

    Mobile parade

    Size: Image creative 600 x 600 px, 3rd party tag and HTML5 creatives 300 x 300 px.

    Format: PNG, JPG, GIF, 3rd Party tag, HTML5 , max 60 kb

    The following redirect features are available for advertisements on a customer’s request:

    • Link to a website
    • Link to a mobile site
    • Link to a phone call
    • Link to send text message
    • Link to a video
    • Link to application store
    • Link to save new contact
    • Link to a passbook coupon

    Note: document.write cannot be used in mobile richmedia materials.

      Rich Media solutions

      Mobile rich media -solutions are available on iOS- and Android -devices and part of Windows -devices. Materials are targeted only on devices where they operate correctly.

      Example materials here.

      Celtra

      Celtra is the most innovative rich media campaign management tool on the market. With Celtra you can easily create impressive campaigns and make real-time analyses on campaign results. Celtra's AdCreator Support site provides detailed instructions for producing campaign creatives, analysing campaign results and using the system.

      For login username to AdCreator Support, contact media sales.

      Swipe Cube

      Rotating cube with 3-5 images.

      Cube rotates once automatically, after automatic rotation user can swipe material manually.

      Each side of cube can redirect to webpage, have click-to-call, click-to-calendar, click-to-apple-store or click-to-play-store function.

      Material can also be rendered as a standard swipe ad, so the ad does not rotate but slides from side to side.

      Swipe cube guidelines:

      • Size on the page: 300x300
        (Also 3rd party swipe cube creatives must be 300 x 300 px )
      • Images for swipe cube must be provided as an sprite -image, see example on the right
      • (300 x 900 – 3 sides, 300 x 1200 – 4 sides, 300 x 1500 – 5 sides)
      • Max 120 kb
      • Format PNG, JPG
      • Every side of the cube can have separate redirect url
      • Alma Media builds swipe cube without further costs from delivered images.

      Half Swipe

      Material with half swipe cube, half static image.

      Half swipe cube guidelines:

      • Background image 600 x 600 px, blank bottom half.
      • 3-5 images, size 600 x 300 px for rotating part of the ad.
      • Format: JPG, PNG, GIF
      • Max 120 kb
      • Every side of the cube can have separate redirect url

      Image – Video – Image

      Video ad, which has click-through full-screen video.

      When user exits the full-screen video, there is clickable image to landing page.

      Image-video-image guidelines:

      • Two images 600 x 600 px
      • Single image file max 60 kb
      • Format JPG, PNG, GIF
      • Video materials: MP4 (Codec H.264, Audio codec AAC, resolution 640x360)
      • Video max 3 mb, max length 1 minute.
      • First frame of the video must not be black.

      Video parade

      Part of banner is reserved for video. Can include text and link to webpage.

      Video starts when clicked.

      Video parade guidelines:

      • Image 600 x 600 px, which has 600 x 338 px space reserved for video
      • Image format JPG, PNG, GIF
      • Video materials: MP4 (Codec H.264, Audio codec AAC, resolution 640x360)
      • Video max 3 mb, max length 1 minute
      • First frame of the video must not be black

      NOTE 3rd party tag video parades cannot be shown on iOS -devices.

      Store Locator

      Material redirects to map-view, which for example shows advertisers nearest office.

      Store locator guidelines:

      • Image 600 x 600 px
      • Max 60 kb
      • Format PNG, JPG, GIF
      • Advertiser will provide office name- and address details in Excel file.
      • Advertisers logo can be added on top of the map and on office locations
      • Color of map elements can be changed.

      Guidelines for listing offices:

      • Office details must be added in excel format in example file
      • Obligatory details: Office name, address, postal code, city
      • Optional details: Latitude and longitude -coordinates, phone number, email -address, webpage
      • Custom paragraph can be used for additional info, such as opening hours, sales or other info.
      • Excel template can be downloaded here.

      Click-to-calendar

      Click opens calendar reminder, which user can save on device’s calendar.

      Click-to-calendar guidelines:

      • Image 600 x 600 px, 3rd party tag materials must be 300 x 300 px.
      • Max 60 kb
      • Format JPG, PNG, GIF
      • Advertiser provides materials where click-to-calendar functions is implemented, with details of the calendar reminder. Title, text content, event start- and end date and reminder timing. For example 30 min before event.

      Scratch ad

      User can scratch or wipe surface of the ad. Surface can be e.g. rain, ice, lot surface. Underneath reveals clickable ad.

      Scratch ad guidelines:

      • Two images 600 x 600 px. Scratch surface and revealing image.
      • Format JPG, PNG, GIF
      • Scratch surface must have clear prompt to scratch/wipe.
      AlmaSwipeSprite300x1200

      HTML5 materials


      HTML5 materials

      Technologies

      • Using light libraries in materials is permitted. It is recommended that the libraries are included in the materials package. Use of jQuery is not recommended.
      • The external loading of large font files is not recommended. The sizes of font files must be included in the calculation of kilobyte limits. A font can only be included in the package if the advertiser holds the relevant licence.
      • If data is retrieved from external servers, the server must have sufficient capacity to handle the traffic volume of the publisher’s website.
      • Connection errors must be taken into account in the functionality of the materials.
      • The effect of the materials on computing performance must be taken into account (maximum CPU load approximately 20%)
      • All external data must be loaded using the HTTPS protocol.

      Required functionality

      • The pointer must change on clickable areas to clearly indicate that there is a link there
      • Links must open in new tabs

      File sizes

      Initial loading

      • The advertisement’s initial loading size must be minimized. This can be achieved by optimizing images and files and loading larger files after the page has loaded.
      • The size requirements for materials and recommended maximum kilobyte sizes for their initial loading are shown below.

      Size in pixels

      Maximum initial load size file

      160x600

      100 KB

      300x250

      100 KB

      468x400

      100 KB

      980x120

      100 KB

      980x400

      200 KB

      1600x1200 (wallpaper)

      300 KB


      Lazy load/polite load

      • Refers to loading files included in the materials only after the page has been loaded.
      • Loading files must take place no earlier than one second after the DOMContentLoaded – event.
      • This must be used if the size of the materials exceeds the kilobyte limits. The initial load file size must be within the kilobyte limit.
      • While loading additional data after the initial load is possible, unnecessary loading must be avoided.

      Links

      • Links in the materials must be made using the window.open(url, …) command or as normal <a> tags
      • For materials produced using Adobe Edge, links must be created using the compositionReady event.
      • Clicks may not be registered in all materials—for example, if the clickable areas are created dynamically

      Delivering materials

      When delivering materials, the advertiser must indicate what browsers the materials are compatible with. A back up image may be displayed on incompatible browsers. The normal website kilobyte limits apply to back up images.

      HTML5 materials must be delivered:

      • zip archives that contain all files used in the materials. The index.html file must be in the root of the zip archive. The content of the advertisement is displayed inside an iframe.
      • 3rd party tag

      HTML5 files run via tags must also comply with these specifications.

      Additional information

      More information on Alma Media’s online advertising management: digimainonta(a)almamedia.fi



      Performance-based advertising


      Perfomance-based marketing

      Please take the following special requirements concerning performance-based advertising into account, along with the general instructions concerning materials.

      • For each campaign, the advertiser must deliver at least three (3) advertising formats:
        • panorama 980 x 120 px or giant banner 728 x 90 px
        • box 300 x 250 px
        • extended large banner 160 x 600 px
      • Maximum file size 40 kB
      • The materials must direct the user to take action (action request, competition, special offer, etc.) and they must be clickable over the entire area of the advertisement. The materials may not include sound or video.
      • Only one (1) clicktag per material is permitted in performance-based advertising

      Video


      Video

      Instream video advertising

      Target page URL must be indicated for advertising traffic.

      MP4

      Video

      • Format: mp4
      • Codec: H.264
      • Resolution: 640x360 px
      • Bitrate: 2000 kbit/s
      • Framerate: 24, 25, 30 FPS
      • Duration: max. 30 seconds

      Audio

      • AudioCodec: AAC-LC
      • Channels: Stereo
      • Data rate: 160 kbit/s
      • Sample rate: 48 kHz

      VAST

      Video

      • VAST 2.0
      • Format: mp4, webm
      • Codec: H.264
      • Resolution: 640x360 px
      • Bitrate: 750 kbit/s
      • Framerate: 24, 25, 30 FPS
      • Duration: max. 30 seconds
      • Moov atom at the start of the file (Fast Start / Progressive download)

      Audio

      • AudioCodec: AAC-LC
      • Channels: Stereo
      • Data rate: 128 kbit/s
      • Sample rate: 48 kHz

      VPAID

      • VPAID 2.0 (application/JavaScript) compatible tag
      • https://www.iab.com/guidelines/digital-video-player-ad-interface-definition-vpaid-2-0/

      Inread Video

      Inread video is shown in between article paragraphs on desktop and on mobile devices. Video starts automatically without sound. Last frame of the video is left on the ad placement. Inread video can be targeted with geo, section and time parameters. On mobile devices inread video is shown on iOS and Android devices. (Not in applications or Windows phones.)

      Videoparade

      Alma Media hosts video and creates technical implementation

      Videoparade includes these elements:

      • Background image
      • Start image, click starts video
      • Video
      • Post image (not obligatory, but recommended)

      Video is placed on the right side of the banner.

      Campaign reporting includes events of the video (play, paused, ended)

      Impression- and click tracking can be added to materials.

      Background- and post image can have separate redirect urls.

      Example in Iltalehti

      Videoparade guidelines

      • Size 980 x 400 px
      • Image formats JPG, GIF, PNG
      • Background image 980 x 400 px
      • Start image 640 x 360 px (Play-button is automatically implemented)
      • Post image 640 x 360 px
      • Summed max 80 kt

      Video

      • See video MP4 instructions above
      • If necessary, video files will be converted on correct format

      Provided materials

      • Advertiser will provide video, background image, start image, post image and redirect urls
      • Alma Media offers videofile hosting as a part of videoparade

      General functionality

      • Video cannot be clicked, background image and post image can include different redirect urls
      • Video controls can have different features depending on the browser

      Videoparade through 3rd party tag

      Advertiser hosts video and creates technical implementation

      • the server must have sufficient capacity to handle the traffic volume of the publisher’s website
      • Moov atom at the start of the file (Fast Start / Progressive download)
      • If Auto-play is used, videos must start without sound. Note polite load when loading video materials
      • Size 980 x 400 px
      • Image files summed max 80 kb
      • Video: See MP4 instructions above
      • When delivering video parade through 3rd party tag, the advertiser must indicate what browsers the materials are compatible with

      Video megaparade

      Alma Media hosts video and creates technical implementation

      Videoparade includes these elements:

      • Background image
      • Start image, click starts video
      • Video
      • Post image (not obligatory, but recommended)

      Video is placed on the center of the banner

      Campaign reporting includes events of the video (play, paused, ended)

      Impression- and click tracking can be added to materials

      Background- and post image can have separate redirect urls

      Example in Iltalehti

      Videoparade guidelines

      • Size 980 x 600 px
      • Image formats JPG, GIF, PNG
      • Background image 980 x 600 px
      • Start image 640 x 360 px (Play-button is automatically implemented)
      • Post image 640 x 360 px
      • Summed max 80 kt

      Video

      • See video MP4 instructions above
      • If necessary, video files will be converted on correct format

      Provided materials

      • Advertiser will provide video, background image, start image, post image and redirect urls
      • Alma Media offers videofile hosting as a part of video megaparade

      General functionality

      • Video cannot be clicked, background image and post image can include different redirect urls
      • Video controls can have different features depending on the browser