IAB Updates In-Stream Video Ad Guidelines

  |  April 4, 2008   |  Comments

The trade group will accept comments on the new guidelines for in-stream, overlay and companion ads over the next 30 days.

Three years after releasing its original in-stream video ad guidelines, the Interactive Advertising Bureau has come out with the next iteration. The goal of the new proposed Digital Video Ad Format Guidelines for in-stream, overlay and video companion ads is to simplify specs, make creative submissions more efficient, and aid consumer understanding of video ad interaction.

The guidelines, intended for comment by the industry over the next month, deal with linear formats such as pre-, mid-, or post-roll ads, as well as non-linear units such as overlays or product placements. With the document, the trade group has rendered its 2005 guidelines obsolete, and plans to update the new standards as necessary.

"This really makes it possible to go to one place and understand how to implement and harness the power of digital video ads," said Sherrill Mane, SVP industry services at the IAB.

When it comes to linear units, the IAB suggests ads should feature start/stop and audio volume player controls, and recommends others such as fast forward/rewind and pause. Ads should encompass less than 25 percent of the total length of the video experience. In other words, four minutes of content should include no more than one minute of advertising. The organization also suggests publishers enable frequency caps, in which case they should notify advertisers.

To help users understand interactive features of linear ads, these units should include "interaction cues" like graphics or animations.

Recognizing the more recent adoption of overlay ads in video content, the IAB devised a set of guidelines for what it calls non-linear video overlay ads. Such units should be clearly identified as advertisements in the video frame or near the overlay. Also, the units should include a close button in the upper right corner.

The IAB also makes size recommendations for companion ads, or display ads placed alongside video. Publishers should offer companion ads with the following pixel dimensions: 300x250, 300x100, 468x60, 728x90, and 300x60.

In addition, the document offers several technical specifications for ad creative dimensions, file sizes and platforms. The guidelines were developed by the IAB's Digital Video Committee, which includes representatives of Hulu, AOL, PointRoll, and Valueclick. Companies including Broadcast Interactive Media, OMD, Revver, and others support the proposed guidelines.

"The development of these guidelines took into account the thoughts and the knowledge of representatives from across the entire ecosystem," Mane said.

The IAB seeks comment on the proposed guidelines on its Web site for the following thirty days. Afterwards, the group will finalize them for release to the public.

Note: This story originally named Broadcast Interactive Media, OMD, and Revver as members of IAB's Digital Video Committee. They are not, though they are among companies supporting the proposed guidelines.

ClickZ Live New York What's New for 2015?
You spoke, we listened! ClickZ Live New York (Mar 30-Apr 1) is back with a brand new streamlined agenda. Don't miss the latest digital marketing tips, tricks and tools that will make you re-think your strategy and revolutionize your marketing campaigns. Super Saver Rates are available now. Register today!


Kate Kaye

Kate Kaye was Managing Editor at ClickZ News until October 2012. As a daily reporter and editor for the original news source, she covered beats including digital political campaigns and government regulation of the online ad industry. Kate is the author of Campaign '08: A Turning Point for Digital Media, the only book focused on the paid digital media efforts of the 2008 presidential campaigns. Kate created ClickZ's Politics & Advocacy section, and is the primary contributor to the one-of-a-kind section. She began reporting on the interactive ad industry in 1999 and has spoken at several events and in interviews for television, radio, print, and digital media outlets. You can follow Kate on Twitter at @LowbrowKate.

COMMENTSCommenting policy

comments powered by Disqus

ClickZ Today is our #1 newsletter.
Get a daily dose of digital marketing.




Featured White Papers

Google My Business Listings Demystified

Google My Business Listings Demystified
To help brands control how they appear online, Google has developed a new offering: Google My Business Locations. This whitepaper helps marketers understand how to use this powerful new tool.

5 Ways to Personalize Beyond the Subject Line

5 Ways to Personalize Beyond the Subject Line
82 percent of shoppers say they would buy more items from a brand if the emails they sent were more personalized. This white paper offer five tactics that will personalize your email beyond the subject line and drive real business growth.


    Information currently unavailable


    • Lead Generation Specialist
      Lead Generation Specialist (The Oxford Club) - BaltimoreThe Oxford Club is seeking a talented writer/marketer to join our growing email lead-generation...
    • Health Marketing Editor
      Health Marketing Editor (Agora Inc.) - BaltimoreCome flex your intellectual muscle as part of Agora, Inc’s (http://agora-inc.com/) legal team...
    • Technical Business Analyst
      Technical Business Analyst (OmniVista Health) - BaltimoreOmniVista Health is looking to add a Technical Business Analyst to our expanding team...