Creating a schedule

Last Updated: Nov 04, 2016 01:19PM CET

In this article

    Please read our Previous scheduling article which covers what Scheduling is and how it works.

    Setting up a schedule

    To create a schedule, start off by going to the Schedules section on your account and then create a new schedule by clicking on New schedule, giving it a name and then clicking Create schedule.



    Inside the schedule, begin by adding a banner set to your schedule by dragging one of the banner sets in the list on the right hand side into the schedule area/calendar timeline.



    When you add a banner set, BannerFlow will detect if a placeholder for the respective language and format size combination the banner set contains exists in the Schedule already, if it doesn't, you'll be prompted to add it.

    What is a placeholder?

    A placeholder is a container which is relative to a combination of a Language/Translation and a size. What this means is that the placeholder can only display a banner which is relevant to it's combination. For example, the 300x250 English placeholder will never be able to display e.g 300x250 Swedish or 728x90 English.
    What is displayed in the placeholder depends on what banner set(s) concurrently is active in the Schedule timeline. If no banner in the active banner set matches a placeholder, then schedule will try to display a banner of the placeholder based on the backup banner set and if the backup banner set doesn't has no relative banner then the placeholder will display nothing.


    Note that you can add placeholders afterwards from the Placeholders section.

    Managing scheduled Banner sets

    To manage how banner sets should be scheduled isn't harder than moving the banner sets around in the calendar. To adjust the time frame for a banner set, simply click and drag the end of the banner set you wish to adjust. If you need to specify a more specific date/time, start by clicking on the the banner set and then click on Settings. From there you can specify the date and specific time (down to quarters of an hour).

    Settings

    From the settings you're able to specify more specific time frames, activate and pause the scheduled banner set and also weigh multiple banner sets that are running simultaneously against each other. For example, if you set the weigh of Banner set 1 to 1 and Banner set 2 to 2 then Banner set 2 will potentially be displayed twice as much as Banner set 1. The Override setting simply overrides any other banner sets that are running simultaneously in the schedule.

    Backup banner set

    What is generally recommended is to setup a backup banner set (under the Schedule settings) which will act as a backup when none of the scheduled banner sets can fill a given placeholder at any point in time. The backup banner set is usually ought to be a banner set that is designated to just be a backup so in general terms have a more generic banner design and have all formats and languages that you use throughout your banner sets, solely so that everything is backed up. Note however that this is completely optional and that if a placeholder can't be filled by either the active banner set nor the backup then the placeholder will render nothing.

    Previewing the schedule

    The schedule can be previewed at any time by either clicking on the preview button for each respective placeholder in the list of placeholders or by clicking on Preview just above the banner set in the calendar.


    From the preview popover that appears, you can spoof the current time to preview the placeholder based on the time/date you select which is handy when you want to know how the schedule plays out.

    Publishing schedules

    To publish schedules, begin by saving the schedule. Once saved, the Publish button will appear instead, click it and publish exactly the same way as you would publish regular banners.

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