NOTE: Google's Ad Manager (GAM) was previously known as DoubleClick for Publishers (DfP). Google changed the name in 2018, though most features remain unchanged. In some videos and documentation you may still find reference to "DfP".
Our Quickstart Tutorial is here: Tutorial – GAM (DfP) Ad Serving Basics
Part 1: Setting up GAM and Scheduling a Responsive Ad
The video above demonstrates how to set up your GAM account and create a basic line item.
Metro Publisher's integration with Google Ad Manager includes three default ad units to get you started.
- 970x90 leaderboard top
- 970x90 leaderboard nav
- 970x90 leaderboard bottom
NOTE: Use Sprockets to insert additional ad units on your section landing pages and within content.
As trends have evolved on the web and Metro Publisher has released new features, some of ad units have gone out of use. The three ad units below are used only by older clients and are considered deprecated:
- 300x250 mpu right
- 160x600 wallpaper left
- 160x600 wallpaper right
Part 2: Targeting your ads with Key Values
NOTE: GAM recently updated its interface. Please note that what formerly was labeled "Custom Targeting" or "Custom Criteria" are both now called "Key Values."
This video shows how to use key value targeting within your line items to place ads in specific sections of your website.
Using the tags automatically generated by Metro Publisher, you can use GAM's key value targeting to serve ads custom tailored to the needs of your advertisers.
NOTE: GAM is a service of Google. Troubleshooting delivery problems with GAM ads is outside of the scope of our standard support service. You are welcome to submit GAM questions, but many will require specialized support and will therefore require a Metro Publisher Custom Services contract. More information here: Custom Support Services.
So, with the new ad slots, will all 6 of those appear across the entire site? Homepage and sections? And, will the homepage still have the left rail?
And will the "wallpaper" ads appear on mobile, or no?
mpu right will still appear on mobile, and all three leaderboards, if loaded with responsive sizes, will appear on mobile, right?
Q: So, with the new ad slots, will all 6 of those appear across the entire site? Homepage and sections?
A: Yes, they will appear on all pages. And with custom tagging you will be able to target them individually.
Q: And, will the homepage still have the left rail?
Q: And will the "wallpaper" ads appear on mobile, or no?
A: No. They will only appear on desktop when the screen width allows for the minimum width of the canvas plus the width of the ads themselves.
Q: mpu right will still appear on mobile, and all three leaderboards, if loaded with responsive sizes, will appear on mobile, right?
A: That's correct. The 970x90 version will only appear if there is one. If not, the display will default to 728x90. So, you are not required to use the new wider leaderboard size. But on screen sizes less than 728px, the ad will be switched for the default size of 300x50. If none has been inserted into the line item in DFP, the ad will not serve.
Problem: If you insert an leaderpoard 728x90 it wont show on a normal website! Only a 970x90 version show up.
Yes, your comment is correct. You must use creatives for all three widths (970, 728, 300).
Originally our code was written to allow the behavior above based on Google's DFP spec. However that particular behavior was not clearly defined in the spec. The DFP JS picks randomly from whatever ad sizes appear at that screen size. As a result, that feature has been disabled until Google updates it's code.
Since I have two websites, how do you add instance_id to DFP? In the Custom targeting it won't take instance_id as a value exceeds 10 characters. How will I tell which site I want a ROS ad to run on?
The key value is just "instance" and the tag would be your site name which is displayed in the top of those tags on the DFP edit page within Metro Publisher.
We need help, we have changed everything over in DFP - however the new ad units from Metro arent the correct sizes? giving us 728 x 90 still?
Also the MPU seems to have disappeared from our site? HELP?
The new ad slots have a different naming convention from the previous integration with DFP. You Need to upload the new slots to your DFP account and retarget your ads to those slots. If you are having trouble, we suggest you switch back the the old integration until you have been able to test that your ads are targeting the new ads slots correctly. If you haven't changed the old orders in DFP, then they will still work when you switch back.