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Here you will find the technical specifications, requirements and guidelines for all digital advertising products. The links on the left will take you to specific product information.

Please Note: Some brands have different specifications than others. Please pay close attention when specific brands are listed. If you have any questions regarding these specifications, please contact the ST Media Group production department at online@stmediagroup.com.

If you are looking for PRINT specifications, you can download them here.

IMPORTANT: ST Media no longer accepts Flash creative for any ad units.

This page was last updated on December 12, 2016.

Contacts

Email materials for Big Picture, Screen Printing, Signs of the Times, and Signs of the Times and Screen Printing en español — Eric Caoili

Email materials for Boutique Design, BXP, and VMSD — (a href=”mailto:diane.jonesdunham@stmediagroup.com”>Diane Jones-Dunham

Web materials (All brands) – Diane Jones-Dunham

Print materials for Big Picture, Boutique Design, Screen Printing, and Signs of the Times – Linda Volz

Print materials for BXP, Signs of the Times and Screen Printing en español, and VMSD  – Kristen Gaddis

Deadlines

All ad materials are due no later than 5 business days before the run date. The materials must be uploaded to the server or sent to the appropriate materials contact by the deadline to ensure timely deployment.

Pricing is based on timely receipt of ad materials. Failure to supply materials by the established deadline may result in the rescheduling or cancelling of the ad.

File Submission Instructions

Please upload all materials to our FTP server at upload.stmediagroup.com. Select “ST Online Department” from the first dropdown menu.

When submitting multiple files, please include them all in one compressed folder (ZIP).

If you experience problems submitting your materials, please email the production department at online@stmediagroup.com or contact your sales representative.

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Graphic Ad Specifications

Please Note: All ad units are not available on all sites. All ad units marked with a (**) are only applicable to VMSD and BXP.

Ad Type Product Dimensions Max File Size Animation File Types 3rd Party Tags
Leaderboard Website 728×90 50K :15 jpg, gif, png, HTML5 Yes
Half Page** Website 300×600 50K :15 jpg, gif, png, HTML5 Yes
Medium Rectangle Website 300×250 50K :15 jpg, gif, png, HTML5 Yes
Top Leaderboard** Website 728×90 50K :15 jpg, gif, png, HTML5 Yes
Bottom Leaderboard** Website 728×90 50K :15 jpg, gif, png, HTML5 Yes
Featured/Lower Medium Rectangle** Website 300×250 50K :15 jpg, gif, png, HTML5 Yes
Standard Banner Website 468×60 50K :15 jpg, gif, png, HTML5 Yes
Wide Skyscraper Website 160×600 50K :15 jpg, gif, png, HTML5 Yes
Prestitial Website 640×480 75K :10 jpg, gif, png, HTML5 No
Showcase Image Email 220×220 25K N/A jpg, gif, png No
Medium Rectangle Email 300×250 25K N/A jpg, gif, png No
Wide Rectangle Email 600×100 25K N/A jpg, gif, png No

IMPORTANT: If you are using HTML5, you must host the HTML5 code and send only the URL where the code is hosted. (Ex. http://www.stmediagroupintl.com/index.html) This method will not allow ST Media Group to track clicks through our ad server and therefore any performance reports will only include impressions. Please use your own website analytics to track click throughs.

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Web Advertising

Ad Unit Types for VMSD and BXP

  • Top Leaderboard (728×90)
  • Half Page (300×600)
  • Medium Rectangle (300×250)
  • Bottom Leaderboard (728×90)
  • Featured Medium Rectangle (300×250)
  • Prestitial (640×480)
  • Video Spotlight (300×250)
  • Channel Sponsor Link
  • Footer Link

Ad Unit Types for All Other Brands

  • Leaderboard (728×90)
  • Wide Skyscraper (160×600)
  • Standard Banner (468×60)
  • Medium Rectangle (300×250)
  • Prestitial (640×480)
  • Video Spotlight (300×250)
  • Channel Sponsor Link
  • Footer Link

 

Featured/Lower Medium Rectangle — a 300×250 pixel ad that shows only on the home page.

Prestitial — a 640×480 pixel ad that displays as the home page loads.

Footer Links — text links that appear at the bottom of every page.

Channel Sponsor Links — text links up to 25 characters long that link anywhere you choose.

Run of Site Advertising

Run of site ads appear throughout the entire site, except exclusively sponsored channel pages.

Exclusive Channel Sponsorships

Sponsoring a channel guarantees exclusive ad placement on the channel and any content that has that as the primary category.

For VMSD and BXP, a channel sponsorship includes:

  • Top Leaderboard
  • Half Page
  • Medium Rectangle
  • Bottom Leaderboard
  • Up to 5 Channel Sponsor Links

For all other brands, a channel sponsorship includes:

  • Leaderboard
  • Wide Skyscraper
  • Medium Rectangle
  • Standard Banner
  • Up to 5 Channel Sponsor Links

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Email Advertising

Email Announcements

Announcements are advertiser-specific custom HTML emails. Designed and developed by the client, these emails can feature any content the advertiser chooses.

HTML emails must adhere to the specifications listed here.

The following must be included in submission materials for announcements:

  • HTML and text versions of the message
  • Subject line
  • Email addresses for inquiries, approval, and final distribution

Development Services

If you do not have the resources to create your HTML email, development services are available for an additional fee. Cost will vary depending on the format you provide and the complexity of the design. Please contact your sales representative for a quote.

Approval

Once all materials are received, the email will be created in the distribution system. A draft will be sent to the specified contact address for approval. Clients must respond within one business day of receiving the draft to ensure timely delivery.

Limitations

Because email software varies in code support, HTML emails will render differently in each program. Clients are responsible for
coding and testing all HTML messages to ensure proper appearance prior to submission. If you need some guidance on how to build an HTML email, check out these HTML Email Basics. For a list of what CSS and HTML5 properties are supported in each email client, view this table.

Please Note: ST Media Group cannot be held responsible for improper display of an HTML email.

Putsmail is recommended to send drafts for previewing how the email with appear. This is a free service, the url is: https://putsmail.com/.

E-Newsletters

E-Newsletters provide the opportunity to advertise alongside editorial content.

E-Newsletter ad units include:

  • Product Ad (220×220 image, brief headline, maximum 300 character description, approximately 50 words)
  • Wide Rectangle (600×100)
  • Medium Rectangle (300×250)

Acceptable file formats include jpg, gif, and png. Please send the destination URL for your ad after uploading your creative. Please Note: Animated gifs are accepted. However, many email clients will only display the first slide. Due to email client restrictions, Flash, HTML, Javascript, ActiveX, and other scripting are NOT permitted.

Showcases for Signs of the Times, Big Picture, Screen Printing, and Signs of the Times and Screen Printing en español

Showcases highlight several advertisers within one email. Each listing contains an image, text, and a “learn more” link. Advertiser logos also appear in the header and footer.

Please send the following for showcase ads:

  • How you would like your company listed
  • Logo (high resolution, will be resized to 100 px maximum width)
  • Showcase image (220×220 px)
  • Headline (7 words maximum)
  • Description (maximum 300 characters, approximately 50 words)
  • Destination URL

Logo should be submitted as a high resolution jpg or a vector-based file (eps). Logos will be resized to fit the email style and format.

Acceptable file formats include jpg, gif, and png.

Showcases for VMSD, Boutique Design, and BXP

Showcases highlight several advertisers within one email. Each listing contains a showcase image, a brief headline, the company’s name, and a link. View a sample of the design here.

Please send the following for all product showcase ads:

  • How you would like your company listed
  • Showcase image (220×220 px)
  • Headline (7 words maximum)
  • Destination URL

If you want to include your logo with your listing, please incorporate the logo into your showcase image.

Acceptable file formats include jpg, gif, and png.

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Digital Edition Advertising

File Specifications

For Boutique Design, Big Picture, BXP, and VMSD:

Ad Type Size Preferred Formats
Ad Left of Cover 7.2” x 8.7” High res. PDF only
Leaderboard 728×54 px (72 dpi) Static or animated jpg, gif, png
Toolbar Buttons 100×31 px (72 dpi) Static or animated jpg, gif, png
Belly Band 9” x 5” or 1350×750 px (150 dpi) High res. PDF or HTML5
Leaderboard 6” x 4” or 900×600 px (150 dpi) High res. PDF or HTML5

For Screen Printing, Signs of the Times, and Signs of the Times and Screen Printing en español:

Ad Type Size Preferred Formats
Ad Left of Cover 6.4” x 8.7” High res. PDF only
Leaderboard 728×54 px (72 dpi) Static or animated jpg, gif, png
Toolbar Buttons 100×31 px (72 dpi) Static or animated jpg, gif, png
Belly Band 8” x 5” or 1200×750 px (150 dpi) High res. PDF or HTML5
Leaderboard 6” x 4” or 900×600 px (150 dpi) High res. PDF or HTML5

Please note: All HTML5 files must be provided having all functionality and hyperlinks included. ST Media Group will not edit any HTML5 files.

Digital Edition Video Options

Video Hosting Choices

  • ST Media-hosted video up to 25GB streamed, extra $50 fee for additional 25GB (our player will be used, reader remains in the magazine, video tracking)
  • YouTube Hosted Video (our player will be used, reader remains in the magazine, video tracking)
  • Streamed from advertiser’s website
  • Video is played on advertiser’s website; our player is not used.
  • Reader is redirected to advertiser’s website.
  • Video tracking excluded from digital edition tracking.
  • If the advertiser wants to stream their own video, it must be encoded as an .FLV or H.264 file and can be streamed via HTTP (i.e. they would tell us the movie is at http://www.website.com/video.m4v, for example).

Video Options

  1. Click to play or Auto play – Either the video plays when you get to the advertisement or the reader must click a button (various styles of play buttons are available).
  2. Still image options – choose the picture (or none) that shows on the player before the reader clicks the button.
  3. Hide the player until the reader clicks on a call to action somewhere on the page.
  4. Make video box static or drag-able, resize-able.
  5. Show video controls/Hide video controls.
  6. Have video controls be transparent on top of video or on a control bar immediately below the video.
  7. Remove video, which makes this an audio player.

Video Sample

Static, click to play video, with controls viewable, with a custom image chosen as the still: http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/salem/ccm_201001/#/6

Video Guide

http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/NXTbook/2010_videoguide/#/1/OnePage

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HTML Specifications

HTML files should adhere to the following specifications:

  • HTML should be designed with plain text and supporting images. Avoid single image emails or image-dependent messages since many email clients have images blocked by default.
  • Positioning should use tables, not CSS. This includes the “absolute position” attribute. CSS can be used for text formatting.
  • All images must have alternative text. Please provide an ALT tag coded into all <img> tags.
  • HTML files must not contain any scripting (including ActiveX, Javascript, or Flash).
  • Do not use animated gifs or background images since many email clients do not support them.
  • To ensure consistent display, HTML should be written with the simplest code possible.
  • The email should be no more than 700 pixels wide.

Putsmail is recommended to send drafts for previewing how the email with appear. This is a free service, the url is: https://www.putsmail.com/.

If you have any questions regarding these specifications, please contact the ST Media Group production department at online@stmediagroup.com.

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Animation

All web graphic ad units support animation. Animated gifs are recommended. Please consider the following recommendations when submitting animated banners:

  • Animation length should not exceed 15 seconds. (Home page takeovers and interstitials should be no more than 10 seconds.)
  • Do not include more than 3 slides.
  • Include a prominent call to action and keep it visible during the entire animation. The most effective call to action is a button.
  • We recommend limiting movement to the first 5-8 seconds of an ad to allow for adequate response time.

Please Note: ST Media Group does not provide technical support. The client assumes all responsibility for an ad displaying properly.

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Print Specifications

Click on the links below to download the print specifications for each brand.

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