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How Do I Add Pre-Roll Video Advertisements to My Livestream Events?

Livestream Enterprise customers can make advertising revenue by integrating their Livestream account with Google Doubleclick for Publishers (DFP), which serves pre-roll advertisements on the Livestream player on both live and on-demand content.

Here is a live player serving a pre-roll ad; notice the Ad countdown in the bottom left corner and the Skip Ad option in the bottom right corner.

Here is the same player as it transitions to the live content:

To enable pre-roll advertisements on your Livestream account you will need the following:

  • Livestream Enterprise Account
  • A Google DFP account: www.google.com/dfp
  • A video file or 3rd party VAST tag to traffic.
    • We have a test video available here (right click > Save Link As).
    • You can find VAST samples here.

Google provides a helpful introduction to DFP here.

 

When integrating your DFP account with Livestream, there are two pieces of information you need: Your DFP Network Code and the Path to Ad Unit.

 

To find the network code in your DFP account, navigate to the Admin tab on the upper right. You will find the Network Code in the Network Settings menu.

You can also find this the Network Code under your email address in the upper right corner, to the left of the search bar.

After this, you will need to create or use an existing ad unit. Navigate to the Inventory Tab towards the upper left corner.

This menu lists ad units. An ad unit name is what you enter into your Livestream settings to tell Livestream where to find your ads. If you wish to use a pre-existing ad unit, make sure that the ad unit you are using is for video, at either of the following sizes

  • 400x300v (video / VAST)
  • 920x508v (video / VAST)

To create a new ad unit, select New ad unit. Choose whether to add it at the current level or to nest it within an a selected, pre-existing ad unit (if you do not have any, it will say "One Level Below Network").

 

Enter the name and other relevant information.

Select Video (VAST) sizes, then select the field labeled Master. It is important to set your size to either 400x300v (video / VAST) or 920x508v (video / VAST). No other sizes are supported.

Additional settings on this page are optional. Select Save at the bottom of the page when you have finished.

 

To traffic an ad to your account you will need to create an order. To do this, go to the Delivery tab on the upper left. From there, go to My orders, then New order.

Enter all of the relevant information in the New order and New line item sections. Be sure to mark the Inventory sizes as Video VAST and set the size as 400x300 or 920x508.

The Trafficker is someone within your organization who is responsible for uploading creatives and tracking the performance of this order and its line items. This person's user role must include the following permission: "Edit orders and line items, and submit for approval." That field will contain this person's email address.

Fill in the other required information, including campaign times and quantity of impressions, as desired. Then scroll down until you see the Add Targeting section. Select Inventory on the left, then Ad units. You will see the one you created. 

Click Include next to your ad units name, your ad unit will appear on the right in the Selected Criteria area.

Next, select Save and... at the bottom, then Upload creative set.

From here, give this creative a name. You will see three different options for uploading a creative; select Video.

Overlay and Display Unit creatives are not currently supported by the Livestream player.

Fill in the information about the video you are uploading, then select Or Upload a New Asset...

You can save while it is transcoding your video. After that you will need to approve the order.

After approving the order, DFP will warn you that there might not be enough ad inventory. You can disregard this message and proceed because DFP does not have any historical data to forecast what is available.

In your Livestream account, go to Settings and navigate to the Advanced menu.

 

In the Google DFP section, check Enable DFP Advertisements and enter your Network Code and Ad Unit name into the corresponding fields. If your Ad Unit is nested within another Ad Unit, you will need to enter the path separated by forward slashes ("/") e.g. /region/state

Enterprise customers who use Livestream Studio can use the same integration to serve live mid-roll advertisements. This means if you are producing an event and you want your viewers to receive an ad or multiple ads in the middle of the broadcast, you can trigger them from the Studio.

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