Demand Content Guidelines

Effective Date: December 15, 2016

I. Introduction

The following guidelines (“Demand Content Guidelines”) describe the mobile advertising standards for any demand side platform, advertising network, or advertising agency (“Demand Partner”) using the Smaato Services.

In order to use the Smaato Services, Demand Partner agrees to abide by the Demand Content Guidelines. Demand Partner also agrees to abide by Smaato’s Privacy Policy and any other applicable agreements entered into with Smaato. Any violation of the Demand Content Guidelines by Demand Partner is subject to enforcement as provided in Section V below, in Smaato’s sole discretion.

Smaato reserves the right to update the Content Guidelines at any time. If an update includes material changes, Smaato shall provide notice of such update via email. By continuing to use the Smaato Services subsequent to such notice, Demand Partner agrees to abide by the updated version of the Demand Content Guidelines.

Smaato, Inc. (“Smaato”) owns and operates certain services (“Smaato Services”) aimed to facilitate the delivery and insertion of Demand Partner’s advertisements (“Ads”) through publishers’ mobile websites and/or mobile applications, on end-users’ mobile devices. The Smaato Services may be comprised of one or more of the following: various web pages available at www.smaato.com and certain software, including the SOMA™ SDK and the Smaato Demand Platform (SDX).

II. Prohibited Content

Demand Partner is prohibited from serving Ads that feature or promote any of the following content categories:

  • Graphic or explicit violence (IAB25-2 (Extreme Graphic/Explicit Violence));
  • Adult sexual content (IAB25-3 (Pornography));
  • Discriminating, offensive, or profane material or hate content (IAB25-4 (Profane Content), IAB25-5 Hate Content));
  • Weapons, weapon accessories, and ammunition (IAB26-1 (Illegal Content));
  • Illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia (IAB26-1 (Illegal Content));
  • Tobacco and tobacco accessories (IAB9-9 (Cigars));
  • Spyware, malware, viruses, illegal hacking, or other materials that are intended to damage or render inoperable software or hardware (IAB26-3 (Spyware/Malware));
  • P2P file sharing, torrenting, or other content violating or infringing upon any third-party intellectual property rights (IAB26-2 (Warez), IAB26-4 (Copyright Infringement));
  • Counterfeit goods (IAB26-4 (Copyright Infringement));
  • Illegal products, activities, and services, including, but not limited to, “how-to” information on bomb-making, lock-picking, and similar topics (IAB26-1 (Illegal Content));
  • Unmoderated user-generated content (IAB25-1 (Unmoderated UGC));
  • Incentivized clicks and downloads (IAB25-7 (Incentivized));
  • Content or material offering traffic generation or promoting fraudulent traffic (IAB26-1 (Illegal Content));
  • Content or material pertaining to particular religions or spirituality, or advocating the superiority of a specific race/ethnic group, national origin, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, language, status as a veteran, or any other legally protected status (IAB23 (Religion & Spirituality), IAB25-5 (Hate Content));
  • Uncategorized content (IAB24 (Uncategorized));
  • Abuse support (IAB7-28 (Incest/Abuse Support));
  • Substance abuse (IAB7-42 (Substance Abuse));
  • Hunting and shooting content (IAB17-18 (Hunting/Shooting));
  • Content or material promoting or containing links that are disparaging to Smaato or Smaato’s partners;
  • Content promoting real-time bidding/supply-side platforms or advertising services outside of Smaato or Smaato’s partners.

III. Restricted Content

Demand Partner’s Ads may be permitted to feature or promote the following restricted content categories, provided that Demand Partner has appropriate controls to ensure that such Ads comply with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations of the country and jurisdiction in which the Ads are served:

  • Alcohol content (IAB8-5 (Cocktails/Beer), IAB8-18 (Wine));
  • Gambling or online casinos (if real currency is involved or if there is the ability to cash out) (IAB9-7 (Card Games));
  • Lotteries (IAB3-7 (Government));
  • Pharmaceutical or health products and services, including prescription medications (IAB7-5 (Alternative Medicine));
  • Financial services (IAB13-1 (Beginning Investing), IAB13-2 (Credit/Debt & Loans), IAB13-4 (Financial Planning), IAB13-5 (Hedge Fund), IAB13-6 (Insurance), IAB13-7 (Investing), IAB 13-8 (Mutual Funds), IAB13-9 (Options), IAB13-10 (Retirement Planning), IAB 13-11 (Stocks));
  • Political campaigning content (IAB11-4 (Politics)).

IV. Technical Requirements

General

  • Demand Partner’s destination URL must be written in a supported markup language (xhtml or html), viewable in mobile web browsers, and link to a working mobile website related to the applicable Ad.
  • Ads that automatically redirect the end-user or initiate a download without end-user interaction (i.e., click, touch, etc.) are prohibited.
  • Flashing, shaking, or misleading Ads (e.g., Ads imitating activities from known brands) are prohibited.
  • “Click-to-call” phone numbers must connect end-users to the advertiser’s business. Toll or fee-based phone numbers that require additional payment by the caller are prohibited.
    • Phone numbers must be functional (e.g., fax numbers are not permitted) and local or domestic to the Demand Partner’s Ad’s target country; phone numbers must use the correct format for the target country.
  • Proper grammar conventions must be followed.
  • Use of common text message abbreviations is permitted.
  • Ads must be visible and render properly.

Prohibited Creative Ad Attributes

Demand Partner must not serve Ads with the following creative attributes:

  • (1) Audio Ad (Auto Play)
  • (3) Expandable (Automatic)
  • (5) Expandable (User Initiated – Rollover)
  • (8) Pop (including Over, Under, and Upon Exit)
  • (9) Provocative or Suggestive Imagery

Smaato shall pass the above blocks in the bid requests within the “battr” field. Demand Partner must respect the Ad attributes of the bid requests.

Parameters Compliance

Demand Partner shall include the following values with all bids sent through the Smaato Services:

  • campaign ID (“cid”)
  • creative ID (“crid”)
  • seat ID
  • adomain
    • The adomain must match the top-level domain for the advertiser landing page. App store destination adomains must represent the application’s equivalent URL, and not the full app store URL (e.g., the adomain of Age of Empires would be “ageofempires.com” and not “ensemblestudios.com” or “play.google.com/store/apps/[AppName”).
    • All adomains must be passed in the following format, with no additional sub-domains, paths, or characters: [AdvertiserName].com
  • iurl
    • The iurl must be the actual creative image (or representative image), and not a link to an html page or generic placeholder image.
  • attribute
  • cat

V. Enforcement Policy

Any violation of the Demand Content Guidelines may result in the suspension or blocking of Demand Partner’s Ad on the Smaato Services, in Smaato’s sole discretion. Additionally, Smaato reserves the right to block Demand Partner’s other Ads on the Smaato Services or terminate Demand Partner’s account.

VI. Contact

Please contact ad-quality@smaato.com with any questions regarding the Demand Content Guidelines.