Feeds are set up through the Asset Manager in the 'Feeds' tab. They are initially created by the Flashtalking feeds team and linked directly to your login. Once a feed is available in your login, it can be used in any new projects you set up. To set up the feed, click 'Add New Feed' in the Feeds tab of Assets Manager.

Select A Feed

A new feed for the project will be made available. You then select the feed from the dropdown box of available feeds linked to your login.

Set Components For Feed Items

After linking the feed to your project, Ad Builder automatically detects the appropriate Ad Builder component to use for the feed item. The details are automatically picked up as text fields, images, click strings or maps and assigned an appropriate Ad Builder component. The feed details displayed allow you to change the automatic assignment of any of the details (e.g. if an image URL was automatically assigned as an image but was intended to be used as a click URL).

There are three types of feed available to be used in Ad Builder - Single-item, Carousel and Location.

Single-item Feeds

These feeds are for display of a single set of feed details. On impression of the ad, it will always display one item and the values directly from the feed.

Upon setting up, the feed details instantly become available in the Feeds panel, located next to the Components panel in the top right of the workspace. These components can be used anywhere in the ad,

This type of feed is useful if you are displaying one set of data directly in the main page of your ad. Once set up, the feeds panel will display the feed items as components that can be directly dragged onto the stage.

Carousel Feeds

Carousel feeds are identified by the blue 'Carousel' tag that appears next to the feed name in the Feeds tab of the Assets panel.

Carousel feeds display more than one item and are set up using a component very similar to the normal Carousel component. Once this feed ls linked to your project, the Carousel component is available from the 'Feeds' panel in the top right.

By dragging this component onto the stage, an animation page is automatically set up in your project. This animation page is then used to set up the layout of the carousel's slides. By opening the animation page, the Feeds panel in the top right of the workspace then shows the available components you can use to set up your layout.

Exporting or previewing the ad will then show the carousel displaying the appropriate amount of separate items, returned by the feed.

Location Feeds

Location feeds act in much the same way but use Flashtalking's location-based technology to return one or more items based on the user's location. Location feeds are identified by the 'location' tag that appears once the feed is selected.

Once set up, a set of components are made available in the Feeds panel - a Locator component, Input text field, Search Button and GPS location button.

Locator Component

This component is used for setting up the layout of the Location Feed details. In much the same way as the Feed Carousel component - when the component is put onto the stage, a corresponding animation page is created. This animation page is used to set up and adjust the layout of the items within the feed.

The locator component can be set up to display more than one item returned from the location lookup. It can also display more than one result at a time, using the multi-item property inherited from the Carousel component.

Search Input Field, Button and GPS Button

These components automatically link to the corresponding Locator component and can be used to make a custom search by the user to return results based on an input location. Simply drag them onto the stage and position them as required next to the locator component.

The search field will allow for postcodes, towns or lat,long co-ordinates.

The GPS button allows users to opt to use more accurate location-based details from their device r browser. This will show a message requesting permission to use their location. Once opted in, the message will not appear.