Loading external Ad-Served images and URL's


We currently send out template based newsletters every day. Within the templates, we have an image tag to allow us to drop in a banner ad and URL. Very easy!

However, recently we've been getting more and more requests from our clients to use externally hosted banner images and URL's. (so they can better track the ads / rotate their creatives, I assume)

Is there a way within the template system to select to load an external image & URL, instead of only being given the option of importing them from my own computer?

So far, the only way I've been able to do this is to hard-code a custom (unused) template with the said external image & URL... this is a VERY time consuming process!

Please advise.

roshodgekiss roshodgekiss, 5 years ago

Hi scottolymano, welcome to the forums! I've heard good reviews for http://www.adzerk.com - from what I've heard, you can drop a code snippet into your template, then manage the banner ad and reporting from Adzerk. Alternately, you could try using custom fields in your subscriber list to set a unique image URL for each campaign. Let me know how you go :)

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scottolymano, 5 years ago

Hi rosh-

Thanks for getting back to me. Unfortunately Adzerk is not an option for us. They require us to upload the clients' creative to them, then load it into the templates, thus defeating the goal we are trying to achieve. i.e. loading the external creative and url from the specified advertises server.

The custom field tag you refer to also does not help with ease of use of loading the external creative/url either, which requires hardcoding of our templates.

Here is an example of what we want to load into the 'tagged' image space (instead of importing the creative/URL from my own computer):

<A HREF="http://ad.doubleclick.net/jump/CODEHERE.13;sz=160x600;ord=[timestamp]?">

<IMG SRC="http://ad.doubleclick.net/ad/CODEHERE.13;sz=160x600;ord=[timestamp]?" BORDER=0 WIDTH=160 HEIGHT=600 ALT="Advertisement"></A>

We've done some research on other ESP's and it looks like SilverPop allows us to do this with ease...

Do you think CampaignMonitor would be implementing this anytime soon?

roshodgekiss roshodgekiss, 5 years ago

Hi scottolymano, thank you for clarifying. To be honest, we don't get this request very often so it's not likely that we'll be introducing this in the near future, I'm sorry to say. The other options are to edit the source code in <multiline> or to simply overwrite an existing ad image, but it sounds like you're after something more sophisticated than this. I'm happy to record your request internally and will keep you posted if it's something we add in the future. Thank you for writing in! :)

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