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AOL Homepage Partner DL

Description: 

Sponsored DL runs on all versions of AOL Homepages except Article Pages, Section Fronts & Client Narrowband. The Reserved DL currently rotates in 5th DL position on Desktop, Tablet & Smartphone

  • Desktop Size: 640x420
  • Tablet (Portrait View) Size: 768x504
Mock: 
Spec Classification: 
Content Module
Mobile
Native
Tablet
Spec Placement: 
AOL Homepage
File Type: 

Main Image Graphic: JPG or GIF/ No border / No animation
Sponsorship Logo: Transparent GIF / No border / No animation

Total File Size: 
Main Image Graphic: 80K max
Backup Image Submission Guidelines: 
Tag must always deliver either a primary experience or acceptable backup for instances when the user's browser does not support creative functionality (e.g. Flash, HTML5, JavaScript).
Z-Index Guidelines: 
Tablet Experience: 
Tablet (Portrait View) Size: 768x504 (THIS IS THE ASSET SIZE REQUIRED FROM ADVERTISERS). Responsive Design will automatically scale down the 768x504 to a 640x420 to accommodate Desktop.
Submission Guidelines: 

GENERAL

  • Sponsored DL Ad Unit will be labeled as "ADVERTISEMENT"
  • Clicks direct to Advertiser’s site. Graphic, headline text and hyperlink must point to same URL

MAIN IMAGE GRAPHIC

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: The copy will sit over the right of the image in a 248x360 white overlay box, so be sure that the image is cut to have the primary focal point to the left side to account for the text box. Subject of image should be left aligned, the "safe zone" (how much of the image is in viewable space since there is an overlay that sits on top) is 60% of the image from the left most edge of the image, which equates to 461 pixels of viewable space.
  • BG Hex Value: Optional but should stay in light color palette range and should not clash with page values. White background is not suggested.
  • Please submit multiple image options

ADVERTISING COPY AND LINK GUIDELINES:

Headline Copy:

  • 35 characters MAX including spaces (MIN of 25 characters)
    • 16 to 19 on each line
  • Cannot wrap to 4 lines (3 lines with 16 to 19 characters on each)
  • Must use sentence case – only the first word and any proper noun is capitalized – to be consistent with Edit DL
  • Exclamation points or excessive punctuation not acceptable
  • ALL CAPS not acceptable
  • Parenthesis not acceptable
  • Periods not acceptable
  • If quoting a source, must be single quotes (e.g. ‘_____’)
  • Suggested: Headline to align with image
  • AOL reserves the right to edit to meet native-edit standards

Body Copy:

  • Body Copy: 130 characters MAX including spaces (MIN of 90 characters)
  • Must be 4 lines, cannot wrap to 5 lines
  • Exclamation points or excessive punctuation is not acceptable
  • ALL CAPS not acceptable
  • Parenthesis not acceptable
  • Dashes must be written as double dashes (--)
    • 1 space between surrounding words
  • Periods must be at the end of all body copy
  • Responsive design may scale down copy
  • AOL reserves the right to edit to meet native-edit standards

Link Copy:

  • 33 characters MAX, including spaces (MIN of 10 characters)
  • Cannot wrap to 2 lines
  • Must use sentence case – only the first word and any proper noun is capitalized – to be consistent with Edit DL
  • Exclamation points or excessive punctuation not acceptable
  • ALL CAPS not acceptable
  • Parenthesis not acceptable
  • Periods not acceptable
  • Dashes must be written as double dashes (--)
    • 1 space between surrounding words
  • Must contain a clear call to action and should not rely on blind teases (e.g., 'Click here to learn more' or 'Find out more by clicking')
  • AOL reserves the right to edit to meet native-edit standards

Landing Page:

  • Partner DL cannot link to faux news pages
  • All offers on the creative must match the offers on the landing pages

PARTNER LOGO GUIDELINES:

Partner Logo:

  • Logo Max KB: 5k
  • There are now 2 acceptable 88x31 logo formats:
    • Partner Logo saved as a transparent PNG/GIF
      • Logo asset must be cut to the left most edge of the 88x31 space to maintain left alignment with "Sponsored By" attribution
  • Partner Logo with a background color that compliments the brand
    • Brand should sit comfortably centered in the allowable 88x31 space and should not touch the outer most edge of the allowable 88x31 box

ADVERTISING TEXT GUIDELINES:

General Guidelines for Text (the following text is not acceptable):

  • Attention grabbing mechanisms, including text unrelated to the nature of the product being advertised. Words and phrases including “Shocking”, “Breaking News”, “Special Report”, “Alert”, “Stop!”, “Consumer Alert”, "Weird Trick" and “HATE” are not acceptable.
  • Words and phrases that insinuate a user’s computer has been compromised (e.g., references to a breach, malware, spyware, being spied on, etc.)
  • Masked vulgarity (e.g., “Huge A** Savings Today”)
  • Disparaging language
  • Language intimating that use of the advertised product or service will help avoid compliance with a law or promote illegal activity
  • Language that pertains to bodily functions (e.g., references to bathrooms, urine, etc.)
  • False or misleading claims. Claims must not overstate the product's effectiveness or the services ability to reach the intended goal. Words and phrases including cure, safe, remove, etc. are not acceptable.
  • Inconsistent offers. All offers presented must be consistent with the offers presented on the corresponding landing pages. All offers presented must correlate to the images being presented as part of the same advertisement.

ADVERTISING IMAGE GUIDELINES:

General Guidelines for Images:

  • Images must be in good taste and serve to enhance a user’s experience
  • No branding, text, or graphic/clipart overlays allowed in the image
  • There should be one image only. Image cannot consist of multiple images/collage
  • Images cannot look like user generated content or photos taken with a personal camera
  • Images must be photographic in nature and may not contain illustrations
  • Images must be of high resolution/good quality. Loud, clashing colors, poor resolution, intrusive, and/or high-annoyance design elements will not be accepted. Blurry, cluttered and/or hard to read images will not be accepted
  • Images must be clearly relevant to the promotion, easily identifiable as a visual component of the message communicated in the DL and align with the product or service being advertised
  • Images cannot be distorted and/or upside down or sideway orientation
  • Before and after images are not acceptable
  • Images cannot contain explicit or gratuitous sexuality (e.g., images focusing on women in form-fitting clothing, men with bare chests, etc.)
  • Images must be up-to-date making them feel timely and representative of the present
  • Images should not feature a person/object in front of a blank (colored or white) background/backdrop. Images should feature person/object in a contextually relevant environment.

Specific Guidelines for Images:

  • Dating ads are generally not accepted. Exceptions to this policy will be made on a caseby-case basis
  • Images of food (including fruits or vegetables) must be clearly referenced in the correlating copy and/or on the landing page
  • Cleavage is acceptable if: a) the person is clearly 18+, b) there is no disembodiment, c) it is not coupled with a sexual innuendo in the tagline, and d) the breasts are not the focus of the advertisement
  • Disembodiment: Advertisements that use images which focus on specific body parts or use exaggerated body parts to gain attention are not acceptable. Models should be shown in complete form including their head. Exceptions to this policy will be made on a case-by-case basis
  • Images must be complete and not cut off (e.g., a full image of a person’s face and head)
  • Images must contain a subject facing forward not an up close view from behind. Exceptions to this policy will be made on a case-by-case basis
  • Images must contain a subject wearing clothing including covering shoulders (straps are acceptable)
  • Religious symbols are not acceptable
  • Graphics images containing gore are not acceptable. Weapons cannot be presented in a violent or threatening manner.
  • Testosterone: Advertising for testosterone boosters is acceptable so long as the creatives do not have images of a) men and woman together in situations or poses that appear sexual in nature, b) women in sexually suggestive poses, attire, and/or situations, c) give the impression that the couple is going to engage in sexual relations, and/or d) are being used to make the user think the main benefit of the product is to enhance their sexual performance. Creatives must use images and text that tout the benefits of using testosterone to increase energy and overall health and well-being only. Images must show the subject partaking in healthful activity.
  • The depiction of drug abuse, implied drug abuse or the perception of encouraging drug use is unacceptable. This includes images of pills, pill bottles, and paraphernalia even if the actual image is of a supplement or herbal remedy. The depiction of drugs and/or paraphernalia is acceptable for promotions of drug related news and anti-drug content only.

Frequency Guidelines for Images:

  • Each DL creative image can run up to 4 times per month and 1 time per week max

 

 

Supported Countries: 
US