Overview

Expandable banners provide a user-initiated expand panel to extend and advertiser’s message beyond the standard unit ad dimensions. The expanded panel allows extra space for guests to interact with the advertiser’s message without leaving the page. Panel expansion direction in relation to the creative will be based on site’s requirements and where the ad units are positioned on the page.

Expandable ads are approved for the following ad sizes:

  • 320×50
  • 728×90
  • 970×90
  • 300×250
  • 300×600

Availability

Example

Ad Specifications

Please allow three business days for testing and review.

Assets Dimensions File Size
Initial Secondary
Audio/Video 3rd Party 1x1
Super Leaderboard
gif, jpg, png, swf
970x90, expands up to 970x315 150K Polite download: 500K
User-initiated: 2MB
Y Y
Leaderboard
gif, jpg, png, swf
728x90, expands up to 728x315 100K Polite download: 500K
User-initiated: 2MB
Y Y
Small Leaderboard
gif, jpg, png
320x50, expands up to 320x200
40K Polite download: N/A
User-initiated: N/A
N Y
Medium Rectangle
gif, jpg, png, swf
300x250, expands up to 500x250
100K Polite download: 500K
User-initiated: 2MB
Y Y
Large Rectangle
gif, jpg, png, swf
300x600, expands up to 500x600 150K Polite download: 500K
User-initiated: 2MB
Y Y
*All assets are required for display across various screen sizes and devices.

Controls

  • Expand: Must be user-initiated
  • Expand: Panels must close in same method as expanded and include a close button
    • Expand on mouse-over must collapse on mouse-off
    • Expand on-click must collapse on-click
  • Audio: Must be user-initiated on click and include a “Mute” button
  • Video: May be user-initiated or auto-play; if auto-play video cannot exceed 30 seconds
  • Video: Must include “Play” and “Stop” buttons

Additional Details

  • IMPORTANT: A non-expanding ad experience must be provided for small screens where the expand panel will not be visible, such as smartphones.
  • IMPORTANT: Any expand or floating creative must break out of i-Frames
  • A default experience must be provided for non-compliant browsers
  • Site reserves right of final approval on creative assets

HTML5 Guidelines

First party hosted HTML5 creative must follow the below guidelines:

  • A single click-through URL
  • All third party click tracking must be built into HTML5 file
  • No additional interactive features aside from the click-through (no photo galleries, mouse-over interactions, etc)
  • Assets must be submitted as .zip folders containing all applicable files; one .zip folder per creative
  • File references in the HTML5 must use relative file paths
  • HTML5 creative must be “plug and play”—assets must be delivered in a state in which the main HTML5 file can be opened and function correctly. HTML5 creative which is not in a functioning state will be rejected
  • Total animation may not exceed 20 seconds and may contain no more than three loops of animation within the 20 second limit

Flash Guidelines

  • Flash SWF file needs to be exported as version 10.0 or below.
  • Hard coded URLs are not allowed
  • A default GIF will be served to browsers that do not have a compatible Flash Plug-In.
  • Frame Rate: 18 frames per second.
  • Third party served Flash ads must be have a wmode set to “opaque” in their object/embed code.
  • All creatives must be designed with a solid background color to avoid unwanted color conflicts with the displaying page.

ClickTags: ActionScript 2

Click-through functions must use the “Get URL” command. The action script code needed for the button layer in your Flash file should look exactly as it is below. Do not insert your URL where the “http:” is below.

on (release) {
  if (_level0.clicktag.substr(0,5) == "http:") {  
    getURL(_level0.clicktag, "_blank");
  }
}

General Guidelines

  • Site reserves the right of final approval on creative assets.
  • The advertising content must be clearly identifiable as an advertisement, as opposed to a link within site content. Advertisers must be clearly identified by name in at least one frame of the advertising content.
  • Ad units that have a white or partially white background must be bound by a visible one (1) pixel non-white box built into the graphic. Creative must still meet size specifications with border.
  • All advertisers must have a privacy policy, no more than (one) 1 click from the linking page to the Ad unit.
  • Ad units must have a linking URL that resolves to an active page.
  • All linking URLs must open in a new window.
  • Placeholder or non-final ad content will not be considered as “proxies” for final creative.
  • ABC OTV’s ad server, FreeWheel, is IAB compliantSAS-70 certified, and Media Rating Council (MRC) accredited.