How to make custom native billboard ads

Billboard ads are large horizontal ads. The IAB specification for fixed size billboards is 970 x 250. You can use native templates to create billboard ad items that are tailored to your needs.

A sample billboard ad

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In this guide, we're going to create a simple billboard ad using a custom native ad template. This type of native template has all the code - HTML, JavaScript, and CSS - necessary to display the ad properly.

If you'd rather sanitize the template and have only HTML inside it, you should make your billboard ad using a styled native ad template instead. For more information on the differences between custom native ads and styled native ads, read About native ad templates.

Templates for custom native ad items are not compatible with styled native ad items, and vice-versa.

You will learn:

  1. How to create a template for a custom billboard ad. You can customize the sample code to fit your needs.
  2. How to create a custom billboard ad item once you have a custom billboard template.

How to create a custom billboard ad template

This template will require the user to provide the URL to where the image creative is hosted when creating the billboard ad item.

  1. Click Native Ad Templates in the left navigation menu to go to the Templates section.
  2. Click Add Native Ad Template in the Native Ad Templates table. The New Native Template window will appear.
  3. Click Custom Rendering/API. The New Native Ad Template page will appear.

Selecting a native template type

  1. Name the template then add an image URL variable for the image that will be in the ad. In our sample code, we called this variable ImageURL.

Creating a custom native billboard template in AdButler

You can save variables and use them in other templates. After adding a variable, click on the three dots at the far right of the variable fields then click Save Variable as Template. To use a saved variable, click Add Saved Variable while creating a native template.
  1. Enter the code in the HTML Template (Custom Rendering) field, then click Save Changes.

Here's the code we used in our example:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
    <head>
        <style>
            .billboard-container {
                position: relative;
                width: 970px;
                height: 250px;
                margin: 0 auto;
            }

            .billboard-image {
                height: 100%;
                width: 100%;
                object-fit: cover;
            }

            .billboard-close-button-container {
                position: absolute;
                top: 3px;
                right: 3px;
                cursor: pointer;
            }

            .billboard-close-button {
                width: 26px;
                text-align: center;
                display: inline-block;
                color: #ffffff;
                font-size: 22px;
                background: #000000;
                border-radius: 26px;
                user-select: none;
            }
        </style>
    </head>
    <body>
        <div class="billboard-container">
            <a target="_blank" href="[TRACKING_LINK]">
                <img class="billboard-image" src="[%ImageURL%]">
            </a>
            <div class="billboard-close-button-container">
                <span class="billboard-close-button" onclick="closeButton()">×</span>
            </div>
        </div>
        <script>
            function closeButton() {
                document.querySelector('.billboard-container').style.display='none';
            }
        </script>
    </body>
</html>

You can now use this template to create a custom billboard ad item.

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How to create a custom billboard ad item

  1. Go to the section of the relevant zone (Your AdButler > Publishers > Your Publisher > Your Zone) or campaign (Your AdButler > Advertisers > Your Advertiser > Your Campaign).
Custom native ad items can be assigned only to Standard zones or to Native zones. For Standard zones, the zone size must be set to Dynamic. For Native zones, the Enable Custom Rendering option must be turned on. Both the zone size and the custom rendering option can be configured only when creating a zone and cannot be changed afterward.
  1. Click Add Ad Item in the Ad Items table. The Add Ad Item window will appear.
  2. Click Native (Custom Rendering/API). The New Ad Item page will appear.

Creating a native (custom rendering/API) ad item

  1. Under Size, click Preset Size then select 970x250 - Billboard from the size dropdown menu.

  2. Select your billboard custom native ad template in the Template dropdown menu.

  3. Fill in the rest of the fields as needed, including the image URL. If you entered a destination URL, you can test it by clicking Open Destination URL to the right of the field.
  4. Click Save Ad Item.

Creating a custom billboard ad item in AdButler

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