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Now that it’s spring again (in the Northern Hemisphere at least), it’s time for DFP’s annual spring cleaning! In this edition, we’ll be doing some pruning of our ReportService. What does this mean for you? We’re sunsetting some reporting dimensions, attributes, and metrics in existing versions (before the version is fully sunset), so your reports will break if you don’t migrate before the shutoff dates. I know what you’re wondering: “should I panic?”. Absolutely not. This type of behavior rarely occurs, so as long as you phase out usage for these particular fields, you should be fine moving forward.

Merged Metrics

Remember when Doubleclick for Publishers was called DART? I, too, get nostalgic about our old ad server, but it’s been a couple of years since we transitioned to the new DFP platform, and it’s just about time when the merged reporting columns are no longer useful (these columns only existed so you could continue reporting on delivery that spanned DART and DFP). In all versions after v201502, we will no longer provide merged reporting columns and dimension attributes in the API, that is, anything starting with 'MERGED_' or contains '_LIFETIME_MERGED_.' After August 1, 2015, these columns and dimension attributes will stop returning data entirely and will return INVALID_COLUMNS in all versions that still include them.

There are three scenarios in which you’re using these columns:

  1. Just for fun.
  2. Because you forgot you’re using them.
  3. Because you have lifetime line items that have carried over from DART (in which case you’ll have to recreate these). To give you an example, if the metric you care about is impressions, you can get the DART delivery portion by subtracting the portion of delivery from DFP Premium (AD_SERVER_IMPRESSIONS) from the MERGED value (MERGED_AD_SERVER_IMPRESSIONS) which represents the aggregate DART and DFP Premium volume. Additionally, you should make the switch to the non-merged columns and dimension attributes as soon as possible.

Dimension Filters

But wait, there’s more! Our next API version (v201505) will be the last to support some of our infrequently used dimensionFilters.

  • MOBILE_LINE_ITEMS
  • WEB_INVENTORY_UNITS
  • MOBILE_INVENTORY_UNITS
  • WHOLE_NETWORK
  • PARTNER_STATS_TYPE_ESTIMATED
  • ACTIVE_ADVERTISERS
  • PARTNER_STATS_TYPE_RECONCILED
  • WEB_LINE_ITEMS
  • ALL_SALESPEOPLE

In each of the cases above, the filters either no longer provide meaningful information (as is the case with mobile vs. web line items and ad units with platform unification complete), or weren’t being used at all.

Similar to the changes above, after August 1, 2015, these dimension filters will return an INVALID_DIMENSION_FILTERS error in any version that still includes them.

So if you’re using any of the reporting features above, consider this an early heads up (and an opportunity) to refactor some of your code for spring cleaning.

As usual, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, don’t hesitate to let us know on the forums.

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Since 2008 we’ve been working to make sure all of our services use strong HTTPS encryption by default. That means people using products like Search, Gmail, YouTube, and Drive will automatically have an encrypted connection to Google. In addition to providing a secure connection on our own products, we’ve been big proponents of the idea of “HTTPS Everywhere,” encouraging webmasters to prevent and fix security breaches on their sites, and using HTTPS as a signal in our search ranking algorithm.

This year, we’re working to bring this “HTTPS Everywhere” mission to our ads products as well, to support all of our advertiser and publisher partners. Here are some of the specific initiatives we’re working on:
  • We’ve moved all YouTube ads to HTTPS as of the end of 2014.
  • Search on Google.com is already encrypted for a vast majority of users and we are working towards encrypting search ads across our systems.
  • By June 30, 2015, the vast majority of mobile, video, and desktop display ads served to the Google Display Network, AdMob, and DoubleClick publishers will be encrypted.
  • Also by June 30, 2015, advertisers using any of our buying platforms, including AdWords and DoubleClick, will be able to serve HTTPS-encrypted display ads to all HTTPS-enabled inventory.
Of course we’re not alone in this goal. By encrypting ads, the advertising industry can help make the internet a little safer for all users. Recently, the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) published a call to action to adopt HTTPS ads, and many industry players are also working to meet HTTPS requirements. We’re big supporters of these industry-wide efforts to make HTTPS everywhere a reality.

Our HTTPS Everywhere ads initiatives will join some of our other efforts to provide a great ads experience online for our users, like “Why this Ad?”, “Mute This Ad” and TrueView skippable ads. With these security changes to our ads systems, we’re one step closer to ensuring users everywhere are safe and secure every time they choose to watch a video, map out a trip in a new city, or open their favorite app.

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We have launched the Google Mobile Ads Unity Plugin v2.2.1. The updated v2.2.1 Unity package is available for download on GitHub here.

Multiple ad positions

Google Mobile Ads Unity Plugin v2.2.1 introduces support for additional banner position locations. The full list of banner positions is as follows:

  • Top
  • Bottom
  • TopLeft
  • TopRight
  • BottomLeft
  • BottomRight

The additional positions are specified by setting the AdPosition value when instantiating a bannerView:

//Create a banner at the top-right of the screen.
BannerView bannerView = new BannerView(adUnitId, AdSize.Banner, AdPosition.TopRight);

iOS Ads SDK 7.0.0 Compatibility

With the v7.0.0 release, the iOS Ads SDK became a module framework and Google Mobile Ads Unity Plugin v2.2.1 complies with this change. For modules to work, you must enable them in the project build settings. Search for "modules", and set Enable Modules to YES. The Link Frameworks Automatically option should be set to YES as well.

Unity 5.0 and ARC

Unity 5.0 has moved out of beta and brings with it support for Automatic Reference Counting (ARC) for iOS. v2.2.1 of the Unity plugin takes advantage of ARC with no additional changes in project settings or code.

The source code and a sample app for the plugin are available on our GitHub repo. A changelog for this release is listed here. If you have any questions about Unity integration, you can reach us on our forum. Remember that you can also find us on Google+, where we have updates on all of our Google Ads developer products.

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Today we're pleased to announce v2.1 of the DCM/DFA Reporting and Trafficking API. This release introduces some exciting new functionality, including: All users are encouraged to adopt this new version and begin making use of its enhanced feature set. If you're still working with the legacy DFA API, please note that it will be sunset on September 30th, 2015. We recommend that these users skip v2.0 and migrate straight to v2.1.

As with every new version of the DCM/DFA Reporting and Trafficking API, we encourage you to carefully review all changes in the release notes. For those of you looking to get going right away, updated client libraries are now available. If you're just starting out, the getting started guide is a great reference to help you get up and running quickly.

Give it a try and let us know if you have any questions!

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A few weeks back we hosted a workshop for the Display Ads APIs and SDKs where we gave presentations on the DFP API, IMA SDK, and Mobile Ads SDK. If you weren’t able to attend, or want a refresher on something you saw that day, you can check out our presentation videos and slides. If you have any questions about those videos, feel free to ask on our respective forums:

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Starting today, the DCM/DFA Reporting and Trafficking API is available as an advanced Google service in Google Apps Script. This service allows users to easily integrate their DCM reporting and trafficking data with Google Docs and Sheets, schedule updates using triggers, and much more.

Accessing the API from Apps Script is simple: just enable the service and it's ready to use. Authentication is handled automatically and editor conveniences such as autocomplete make it easy to start writing code right away. As an example, here's a snippet of code that shows how to list all user profiles available to your Google account:
function listUserProfiles() {
  // Retrieve the list of available user profiles
  var profiles = DoubleClickCampaigns.UserProfiles.list();

  if (profiles.items) {
    // Print out the user ID and name of each
    for (var i = 0; i < profiles.items.length; i++) {
      var profile = profiles.items[i];
      Logger.log('Found profile with ID %s and name "%s".',
        profile.profileId, profile.userName);
    }
  }
}
To get started, check out the service documentation, which contains additional examples, as well as the full API reference documentation. If you have any questions, visit the API forum or reach out to Google Apps Script support.

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Imagine you’ve just finished creating a line item targeting mobile devices in DFP, and your manager comes to you and says, “Bad news! Our Android developer was just eaten by a bear, so now it’s your job to get that line item into our new app.” Don’t worry! Displaying DFP ads in Android applications is surprisingly easy.

First, check your configuration

If you’re already using the Mobile Ads SDK in your project, you’re ready to go. If not, check our quick starts for Android Studio and Eclipse to learn the best way to include the SDK.

Retrieve your ad unit ID and size

To display your new line item, you’ll need to retrieve its ad unit ID from DFP. Log into your account, locate the ad unit that targets the new line item, and look for a “Generate tags” button to the right of its name. Clicking that button will display a dialog with some options for the type of tag to generate:

Select “Mobile applications” in the Tag Type dropdown, and you’ll see the correct ad unit ID and ad unit size for your line item. Armed with those two pieces of info, you’re ready to start coding.

Place a PublisherAdView

DFP banner ads are displayed with the PublisherAdView class. It’s possible to create instances on the fly and add them to a layout programmatically, but the better practice is to define them in your XML layout files. Here’s an example element:

<com.google.android.gms.ads.doubleclick.PublisherAdView
    android:id="@+id/banner_ad"
    android:layout_width="wrap_content"
    android:layout_height="wrap_content"
    ads:adSize="320x50"
    ads:adUnitId="/1234567890/DemoAccount/BearRepellent"/>

Note the adSize and adUnitId attributes. These should be set to match the ad unit ID and size shown in the Generate Tags dialog. See our banner guide for more information about setting custom or multiple sizes.

Request an ad

With the PublisherAdView defined in your layout file, you just need to add a few lines of code to its corresponding Java class:

PublisherAdView adView = (PublisherAdView)findViewById(R.id.banner_ad);
PublisherAdRequest request = new PublisherAdRequest.Builder().build();
adView.loadAd(request);

PublisherAdRequest.Builder is a factory class that builds PublisherAdRequest objects. This example uses a simple, unmodified request, but there are a number of ways to add custom targeting, network extras, and test device information when building your own. See the targeting section of our banner guide for details.

Enjoy your line item

With the layout updated and request code in place, your app is ready to show an ad!

Feel free to use the code from this example in your own applications, and if you have any questions, come and see us on our forum.