Creating and setting up an advertising campaign

Creating a campaign
To create a new advertising campaign in MyTarget, click on the "Create campaign" button in the upper left corner or use link
Creating a campaign
Campaign objective
Select an advertising goal: it affects the set of possible targeting, placements and ad formats.
Goals are divided into two main blocks: "Conversions" and "Awareness".
Campaign objective
The goals of the "Conversion" block are installation of applications, transition to the site, entry into a social network group, and so on. Use the target from the Conversion block if your campaign is aimed at getting specific user actions.
  • Traffic: select if you want users to visit your site more often. Use the link to the site you are promoting.
  • App installs: choose if you are promoting an app. Suitable for applications on iOS or Android. Use the link to the app in the App Store or Google Play.
  • In-app convertions (upon request): define a valuable event in the mobile application, set its value. myTarget will find the right audience and show ads to users who are most likely to perform the desired action.
  • Mobile App Reengagement: so that those who have already installed the application, use it more actively. Use the deeplink link to the application.
  • Social Engagement: select if you want to increase the activity in your social networks: more likes, comments, reposts and group memberships in social networks. Enter a link to the community or post in it.
  • Social Games Engagement: use to advertise games in social networks "Classmates" and "My World". Use the link to the game in the social network.
  • Catalogue Sales: choose if you sell online: show your products to the target audience and stimulate sales. Before you start, download the product feed.
  • Store Visits: suitable to tell people around your store, cafe or beauty salon. Use the link to your website and enter the address of the outlet.
The goals of the "Awareness" block are aimed at maximum coverage of users to whom you want to deliver an advertising message. You can use not only the usual ad, but also a video, an audio clip or articles.
  • Reach: choose if you want to make the product recognizable and show ads to the maximum number of people. Use the link to your product site.
  • Reach in the premium network (on-demand access): use to show ads on the most visited sites on the Internet. You can choose a location accurate to the domain. Use the link to your product site. Available for advertising agencies.
  • Video Views: select to share your video using video. Use the link to the video.
  • Audio Listening: tell users about your products and services with an audio clip
  • Specials (upon request): use for advertising on the Nativeroll Platform.
Enter the address of the advertised object — a link to the site, mobile application or social networking post. For better tracking of each campaign effectiveness, tag your links.

After that, enter the name of the advertising campaign. If you didn't choose the name of the campaign at this stage, you can enter it at the end of the creation process.
Advertising campaign name
Targeting and audiences
Targeting is a technology that allows you to target ads to a specific audience, taking into account socio-demographic, geographical characteristics and interests. Thanks targetings you can show ads to only those users that match the specified characteristics.

By default, gender, age, and geography are displayed. To specify other targets, open the "Detailed audience setup" panel.
The main targets of the advertising campaign


Choose who to show ads to. To reach users whose gender we don't know, choose both men and women.


Select the age of visitors to show ads. To add everyone, do not choose anything.

You can choose any age of users, a range of ages, an custom set (for example, only people 17 and 19 years old) or target ads to those whose age we do not know.

An audience of similar ages are users who behave similarly to people of the age you have chosen. Adding this audience increases the reach of the campaign.


To set up the geography of advertising, in the "Geography" block, select "Countries, regions, cities". Then enter its name and click "Add":
Selecting ad geography
By default, we take into account the subsidiary regions: if you add the Moscow region, advertising will be shown in the Moscow region and in Moscow.

You can exclude a region or city: for example, set up advertising for the whole of Russia, except Moscow. To do this, find and add the region "Russia", and then find "Moscow" and click "Exclude":
Geo targeting: ad will be displayed in Moscow region, but not in Moscow
Please note that region exclusion (= "do not show ads") is more priority than inclusion (= "show ads"). For example, if you turned on advertising in Moscow and the Novosibirsk region, but turned off the display in Russia, then ads will be shown everywhere except Russia: no ads will appear in either Moscow or the Novosibirsk region.
Ad will not be displayed, because of Russia exclusion
Local advertising allows to show ads to users who are located in a specific area on the map. So you can tell about your cafe, beauty salon or store people who are right now nearby, or who are often nearby: for example, they live or work close to you. Read more

Context targeting

You can use your search history as a data source for audience segments.

Add search queries, negative keywords, and the search period — how many days ago to take into account search queries. Based on your list, myTarget will create an audience segment and target the campaign to these users. This block is an analog of the data source "Contextual targeting", more in the article.

Advanced social features

Education, marital status, income, occupation, etc.

Advertising will be broadcast only to those users whose characteristics correspond to the campaign settings.

see also:
Where does the system get data about users
How targeting works together

Age restrictions

If you are advertising informational products (tickets, concerts, games), specify the age limit on FZ-436 "On protecting children from information harmful to their health and development."
This is an information tag for users, not targeting: if you want to limit the age of consumers who see your ad, enter it in the Age section.


Use if you have your own list of potential customers.

If you select multiple segments, we will show ads to users who included into at least one segment. Read more


Mark the areas of interest of your customers, and we willshow ads to those who have searched or watched something similar in the last 1-3 months. If you select multiple interests, we will show ads to users who are interested in at least something one in your list.

Where does the system get user data

Information about age, marital status, etc. myTarget takes from profiles in social services, search queries and behavioral data of users on Mail.Ru Group projects. Compliance of users with other indicators is determined on the basis of research.

How targetings act together

Different targeting stacks up.
If in the "Sex" targeting you selected only men, and in the "Age" values of 20-25, then only men aged 20 to 25 years will see the advertisement.

Within a same targeting, top-level values also add up. For example:
  • If you select several values within the same targeting, the system will show ads to users who fall into at least one category: if you mark the Moscow and Leningrad regions, residents of both regions will see ads.
  • If you choose two values within the "Interests" targeting - "Auto" and "Business", the advertisement will appear only to those who are interested in both auto and business.

Within the same targeting, the lower-level values intersect in OR.
If you select the "Interests" targeting and select a few items inside the "Auto" category ("Premium Class Car", "Middle Class Car"), we will show ads to users who are interested in at least one of this list.
Ad display time
You can choose the time when users see your ad. By default, advertising is shown around the clock, and the time of the advertising campaign is unlimited.
Advertising campaign time

Display time and days

Set your ad schedule: for example, on weekends only or during business hours. Choose at least 8 hours per week.

If you'll show ads in several regions in different time zones, mark "Take local time into account".

To display ads only on business days, tick the box "Take Russian holidays into account".

Active campaign period

If you want to limit the campaign by time, select the start and end date of the broadcast advertising.
When you set the end of period and broadcast time, you determine the date and time of the last impression in your advertising campaign. Campaign will be stopped at 23:59 on the specified last day of the show.

If you pay for clicks, they could be charged within a few hours after the impression, therefore, charges for clicks can be displayed in statistics on the next day, accordingly to the time of the click.
Type of payment and budget limits
The goals of different advertising campaigns are different. To make campaign successful, we show ads to those users who are more likely to do the necessary action: for example, they will click on the banner or watch the video.

In the "Price and audience coverage" block you can choose how to optimize your advertising campaigns and what action you want to pay for.

How to choose the optimization option and type of payment

Depending on the purpose, advertising can be optimized by impressions, clicks, video views and application installations.
Price and reach

  • Impressions — show your ad so that you get the maximum amount of impressions at the lowest price.
  • Clicks — we calculate the clickability of your ad and show those users who are most likely interested in your product.
  • Video views — let's analyze the probability that the user will watch your video to the end, and show the most interested.
  • App Installs — we show ads to those who most likely want to install your mobile application. Optimization will work only when we receive enough conversions: do not forget to set up the "Install Application" event sending. Instructions:

Payment type
Payment type depends on the purpose and optimization model that you choose. You can pay for impressions, clicks, installing applications or watching videos.

Payment for impressions (CPM) — money is written off for advertising impressions. You specify a price for 1000 impressions.
If you are advertising a mobile application and choose to pay for impressions, configure the in-app event install event.

For best results, we recommend not changing your campaign settings and bid after launching a campaign:
  • the system takes time to train and configure the ad translation model
  • dozens of application installations are required
Pay for click (CPC) — money is been writing off for clicks on your ad. You specify the cost per click.

Pay for view video (CPA) — money is been writing off if the client has watched the video in part or in full. You specify the price for one viewing.

Pay for Installation (CPI) — money is been writing off when a customer has installed a mobile application that you are advertising. This type of payment is available after the accumulation of several installations through the system myTarget.

Please note that in order to launch a campaign with this payment model, you first need to get at least 5 installations using the identical tracking link for the last 48 hours in CPM / CPC campaigns. More details

You pay for each installation. At the beginning of the campaign, the amount of write-offs for all CPI campaigns for the last two days (at least 10,000 ₽) will be frozen on the account — all conversions will be paid from this amount. This is due to the fact that installation information may come from the tracker to myTarget with a delay.

Optimization of the installation price (oCPM) — specify the desired conversion price: the bid in the auction will be calculated automatically, so as to adhere to the set conversion price. Funds from your balance will be deducted for ad impressions. This strategy is available not for all ad formats.

How to choose an auction strategy

Auction strategy is the rule by which your ad participates in auctions.
Maximum number of clicks / impressions (recommended) - choosing this strategy provides an increase in the coverage and the number of conversions by specifying the rate as the average price per 1000 impressions or click. Participation and winning in auctions are possible both with payment of a lower bid and more if the system predicts high efficiency for such an auction.

Fixed bid — your bid in auctions will be the same regardless of the competitors bid.

Minimum expense — set the maximum price you are willing to pay, and participate in auctions with the lowest possible bid. So you optimize the cost of the show or click, but you can not increase the coverage, in contrast to the strategy "Maximum number of impressions".

How to manage a budget

Budget limit is a financial limit that you set for a day or an entire advertising campaign. The budget must be a multiple of 100 and not less than 100 rubles. If the budget is less than 500 rubles, it is possible to exceed the limit on the cost of a few clicks or impressions.

Budget allocation is the setting for campaign intensity.
  • Fast — the maximum number of hits. Use if you want to reach all available users in the shortest time possible. After successful testing of banners, audiences and targeting, launch advertising campaigns with a quick budget allocation.
  • Evenly — the optimal intensity, taking into account the amount of available audience, the period of the advertising campaign and the daily budget, if specified. Evenly budget allocation will work only if a campaign period is set.
Budget limits

Detailed setup of mobile devices

You can specify the parameters of mobile devices on which the operating system version is installed, the communication channel and so on. Please note that configuring mobile devices can significantly reduce desktop traffic for an advertising campaign.
The choice of settings for mobile devices
Please note that some targeting cannot work together: for example, if you select the device type "tablets", companies that do not produce tablets will not be available in the list of manufacturers.

If the required setting is not available, check and change the remaining targeting.

Ad format

Depending on the chosen purpose and type of payment, a set of ad formats is available to you. For each format, the type of content that is used in this format is written on the right.

Depending on the purpose and payment settings, you can choose different platforms for displaying ads:
  • paying for impressions you can choose specific locations for display on various resources,
  • for the rest - to choose between mobile and desktop shows.
Select a format to specify the placements.

To see how your ad will look and on what resources it will appear, hover over the format bar.
Selecting ad format

URL tags

In the "Advanced Settings" block you can specify URL tags (UTM tags). In links to sites, posts, or online stores, we recommend that you specify UTM tags in order to distinguish users who came to the site for a particular advertising campaign.

Offline conversions tracking

In the "Advanced settings" section, you can also enable offline conversion accounting: so you can take into account the visits of users who saw the campaign ads to your offline store. Read more

Creating ad

Enter the text of the title and ads and download media files: images, video or audio. File requirements are in the article.
Creating ad
To create an ad, fill in the fields and click "Add Ad"

Choosing bid

The system automatically calculates the recommended bid — the cost of 1000 impressions, click or target action. The higher the bid, the more auctions your ad will win and more people will see your ad.

When choosing a bet, be guided by the scale:
  • Red zone — set bid is lower than the rates of other competitors, it has minimal chances to show. Broadcast ads are not guaranteed.
  • Yellow zone — set bid is in this segment provides a display on a par with competitors: the higher the rate, the more often the ad will appear.
  • Green zone — set bid is in this segment provides the most complete coverage of the audience.
Selecting bid
Сoverage estimate depending on the bid can be viewed on the chart: click on the button next to the scale to open it.
Сoverage estimate on a chart
Then click "Create Campaign" — it will automatically go to moderation.

When the ads are moderated, they will begin to broadcast according to your settings. You can watch it live.

If the ad has no impressions, check out the most common reasons.
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