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Adding Your First Campaign with an Offer

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A Voluum campaign consists of several specific elements that have to be defined. Firstly, to organize the reporting of collected data. Secondly, to determine the destination of their targeted traffic. In the example with your shoe-promoting campaign you have decided, where you want your advertisement to be displayed and now you will define where visitors that were attracted by your ad will be directed.

This article shows you how to add a campaign using a dedicated form and how to create an offer from inside that form. In Voluum, it is also possible to create an offer separately, but for the simplicity of this guide we will show you how to add it from a drop-down to speed up this process. Let's start then!

Table of Contents
I. Start Adding a Campaign

In order to add a new campaign in Voluum, perform the following steps:

  1. In Voluum, go to Campaigns tab. The Campaigns view will show up.

  2. Click the New campaign button. The New campaign form will show up.

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II. Provide General Campaign Information

The New campaign form is divided into two tabs: General and Destination. The first tab is used to provide general information about your campaign, and the second one specifies where the traffic should be directed.

To set up general campaign settings, follow these steps:

  1. In the GENERAL tab provide a unique name for your campaign. The name of the campaign in Voluum is based on the following pattern: {selected_traffic_source} - {country_label or Global} - {your_unique_custom_name}. 

  2. Workspaces are an advanced feature that allows you to segregate your campaign's elements by different criteria. For the most basic setup you can leave this option as it is. To learn more, read the Workspaces: Overview article.

  3. From the Traffic source drop-down menu select the traffic source that you have just added.

  4. Select the Auto radio button from the Cost model section.

    Note

    Voluum Note: Your exemplary traffic source was pre-configured to pass information about costs in a token. This allows you to select the Auto option in a campaign setup.

    If you use another traffic source, make sure, that it passes information on costs to use the Auto option (if you're not sure, ask the traffic source's support about that). If it does not, select another cost model and provide cost value in the Cost value field.

  5. You have provided all basic information for your campaign. Don't worry, if some of the features where not described fully. You will have a chance to get more familiar with them later on. Now, you are going to define the campaign's destination - click the Next button and go to the next paragraph to see how to do it.

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III. Define a Campaign Destination

Once you have defined what kind of the campaign you want to advertize and in which traffic source, you need to characterize which offer should be assigned to your campaign. Voluum gives you an option to create many rules based on the characteristics of the incoming traffic, that can direct users to different offers. You can use these options in your shoe-promoting campaign to show different shoe types for visitors in different cities or using different types of an Internet connection. In the following example, one rule will be created to redirect users that use wireless connection to one offer and all other users to a default offer.

  1. In the DESTINATION tab, go to the Campaign destination section and select the Path radio button. The path settings will be displayed in the campaign form.

  2. You can set two types of paths:

    • Rule-based paths: The paths where the traffic is targeted within defined constraints. Adding the rule-based paths is optional and should be driven by your business requirements. The rule-based path consists of:

      • Rule that incorporates several conditions, such as connection type, country of origin, mobile carrier

      • Path that directs users who have met conditions set in the rule to the selected destination

    • Default paths: A single default path is always required in the flow. Default paths do not have any traffic-targeting options, thus traffic that does not match the criteria set in the Rule-based paths section will be passed along the default path.

    Traffic flows through these two types of path in a specific order. At first, the traffic goes to rule-based paths. Any traffic that matches criteria set in the rule is directed towards the path in this rule-based path. The remaining traffic goes to the second rules-based path, and than to the third one and so one. Lastly, all the traffic that was not redirected towards the rule-based paths goes to the default path.

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    Caution

    Voluum Info: Using the rule-based path requires having two different offers to promote: one for the traffic that matches rules set in the rule-based path, and one for the rest of traffic. If you have only one offer to promote, create only a default path, but read through below paragraphs to learn how to add an offer.

  3. Now, an exemplary rule-based path that includes only WiFi traffic will be added:

    1. To add a new rule:

      1. In the Rule based paths section click the Add rule button. The rule's details will show up on the right-hand side.

      2. Provide a name in the Rule name field.

      3. Click the Connection category and go to the Connection type section.

      4. Click the Add condition option.

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      5. By default, the logical condition is set to Is to include all traffic that matches the selected criteria.

      6. Select Broadband and Wireless criteria from the Select connection type drop down menu. This will include all WiFi traffic.

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    2. To add a new path under the specified condition:

      1. In the Rule-based paths section click the New path option. The path's details will show up on the right-hand side.

      2. Provide a path name in the Path name field:

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IV. Use Direct linking Option

Because you have decided not to use landing pages in your campaign setup, you need to use Direct Linking. Check the box next to the Direct linking option in the Path form to disable using landers.

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V. Add an Offer
  1. Click on the search field In the Offers section.

  2. Select the Create new offer option from the drop-down menu. The form of creating an offer will show up.

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  3. In the New Offer form provide a unique name of your offer. The name of the offer in Voluum is based on the following pattern: {country_label or Global} - {your_unique_custom_name}.

  4. Provide the URL of your offer in the Offer URL field. As it will be further described in the Step 3 of this guide, you need to add the click ID token to the offer's URL with a corresponding parameter's name from the affiliate network. Refer to your affiliate network's support to obtain this parameter.

  5. Select the Manual radio button under the Payout section. Provide a fixed value in the field. Every time a conversion is recorded, this value will be added to a total payout sum.

  6. Click the Save button. You have just added the offer that the rule-matching traffic will be redirected to. You will return to the New campaign form, to the DESTINATION tab.

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VI. Set up a Default Path

You have added an offer to your rule-based path. Now, you are going to create a default path where all non-WiFi traffic will be redirected to:

  1. In the DESTINATION tab, in the Default paths section, click the New path option. The path's details will show up on the right-hand side.

  2. Provide the path name in the Path name field.

  3. Check the Direct linking box to disable using landers in your campaign funnel.

  4. In the Offers section click the search field.

  5. Select the Create new offer option from the drop-down menu.

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  6. In the New Offer form provide your default offer details in the same manner as it was described above.

  7. After adding a default offer, verify all the settings for your campaign and click the Save button.

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  8. Once your campaign is successfully saved, a new Campaign URL is uniquely generated and the campaign is added to the list of active campaigns.

  9. Copy the Campaign URL to clipboard by clicking the Copy button and submit it to the relevant traffic source for approval.

  10. You have created the campaign in Voluum. Click the Done to return to close the window.

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Video Tutorials

You can also watch video tutorials that demonstrate the basic campaign setup.

After Reading This Step You Should Know:

✔ How to add a campaign

✔ How to add a rule-based path

✔ How to add an offer

✔ What is the difference between a rule-based path and a default path and which is higher in an order of traffic flow

✔ Where to find a campaign URL

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