4.9.1 Booking Calendar - Blocking

Why block?

Because your inventory is rarely defined distinctly and unique it is necessary to block some inventory if others have been sold. This might be for

  • physical reasons as the inventory items are overlapping or 
  • even political that certain slots will not sell if others have been taken. 

Here a print example: You have the option to sell a page in your periodical either in two half pages or one whole page. Having sold one or the other to a customer would restrict your available offers. To do so use the ADvendio "blocking inventory" objects and related lists. 

Types of blocking

ADvendio can manage the following blocking types:

  1. Placements,
  2. AdTypes,
  3. AdSpecs, or
  4. Content

Doing so is easy and it works the same for all three objects.

How to set up blocking

Related List for Blocked Placements/AdType/AdSpecs

First, your administrator has to add the related lists to the respective object: i.e. add Blocked Placements to your Placement Layout. 

Create Blocked Placements/AdTypes/AdSpec Records

Click on the new button to create a new record and enter

  • a master (preselected) and
  • a blocked placement and
  • set a blocking factor.

The same you can do for AdTypes and AdSpecs. Simply add the related list to your page layout and define which record blocks which.

You can do it only one way using master and dependent record or create two records if they both block each other. 


Important Information

If you are using one of the three Blocking Types make sure that you have your booking calendar template set to show exactly that field:
  1. Placement,
  2. AdType or
  3. AdSpec
name otherwise the blocking is not marked correctly on the calendar. Here is how to: 7.2.4 Setup Booking Calendar.

Create Blocked Content Records

Click on the new button to create a new record and enter

  • a master (preselected) and
  • a blocked placement and
  • set a blocking factor.

Blocking Factor

Constant Quantity=Quantity

Rounding

Rounds always to an Integer using the following rules - 

ValueroundValueExample
Booked up0,0000011
Offeredup0,0000011
availabledown0,0000010

If Constant Quantity=Frequency or Constant Quantity=Guaranteed AI: System does not round

Overbooking

Only the blocked Ad Spec/AdPrice (as one line in the booking calendar) will show them as over-booked and not negative value should be inherited to next level.