Recommends Developer Documentation¶
Recommends is Verizon Media’s native monetization solution with content recirculation. It provides publishers with personalized recommendations for content on their desktop and/or mobile properties. That means, publishers can promote higher levels of user engagement, increased page views, and drive traffic to their websites.
As a publisher, you can monetize your sites by sharing in the revenue earned when a user clicks on a sponsored recommendation.
Optimizing for the consumer experience is more than just a balance of content and ads. It’s the mix between drawing your consumers deeper into your content, generating loyalty and reinforcing brand identity - but it’s also about content discovery and creating fresh content experiences.
The Verizon Media Recommends solution brings the best of both worlds, with a native ad format that recirculates your content and brings relevant, out of network content to your users, across sponsored or non-sponsored.
As a publisher, if you want to syndicate your content to our O&O and other premium publisher partners, as traffic acquisition or a brand awareness tool, you can do that as well as an advertiser with Verizon Media – all with the same solution.
Verizon Media Recommends supports the following key features:
Includes responsive layouts, templates, placements and infinite scroll, among other features.
Renders various Native Ad Platform ad formats, like images, video, carousel ads and more.
Enables custom video playback for native video, as well as a player for programmatic video.
Relies on instrumentation via rapid.
Supports Google AMP via amp-embed (amphtml).
How It Works¶
To learn how Recommends works for Publishers using modules, tune into this video by Marco Morais, Senior Principal Software Dev Engineer on the Verizon Media team.
Duration: 2:55 min
How To Use This Guide¶
Use the guide as a toolkit to navigate topics and essential reference material, and to explore implementation details, how-to’s, case studies, FAQs and best practices.
This guide provides you with the basic steps on how to get started and Verizon Media Recommends. For managed accounts, be sure to reach out to your Verizon Media account team for greater assistance in setting up your content recommendation solutions on your desktop and/or mobile properties.
Recommends makes the following distinction between site and sponsored recommendatons:
A personalized content recommendation from the same publisher hosting the content.
A content recommendation in which the party hosting the recommendation is compensated by the content creator for making the recommendation.
FTC guidelines require that such content be identified as sponsored before and, in some cases, after a click.
For Native Ad Platform publishers who wish to onboard to Recommends, an
ads.txt entry is required for ads served from publisher sites. The ID that must be included in the
ads.txt file is the Native Ad Publisher ID.
Ads.txt was created by the IAB to allow publishers to publicly declare the specific exchanges they work with in the digital advertising space. The goal of ads.txt is to improve transparency and decrease fraud revenue.
Contact your account manager for details on ads.txt file formatting and other information about ads.txt.
For SSP, refer to the ads.txt and seller.json for Publishers for more information.
Your ideas, suggestions and feedback are important to our product and engineering teams.
For support, you can email the Verizon Media Ad Platform Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or, if you’re working with the Native API, reach out directly for more information at email@example.com.
Native Ad Platform API Partner Support includes product bulletins updated on a monthly cadence for Verizon Media API partners, account managers and developers.
Check out Verizon Media’s unified suite of intelligent advertising and publishing solutions at Verizon Media Ad Platforms.
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