How to add different hyperlinks to images in a rotating banner ad

Scenario

You are using the Rotating Banner Ad feature of Exclaimer Signature Manager Exchange Edition. This allows you to place multiple images in a given folder location so when displayed in messages, the image changes (rotating through images in the given folder). Images can be associated with a (single) hyperlink so, when clicked, the given web address is displayed.


However, you want to specify a different hyperlink for each image in the ad.


Solution

The process required to achieve this is detailed in the following three steps:

  • Step 1: upload required images
  • Step 2: create a HTML file for each image
  • Step 3: update signature template in Exclaimer Signature Manager Exchange Edition

Step 1: upload required images

First, upload your banner images to a web-based server (such as the one used to host your website). Ensure that the folder specified will not be deleted in any future changes. For this example, we will assume the location is as below:

http://www.example.com/Signature/Images/banner1.jpg


Step 2: create a HTML file for each image

For each banner ad image, you will need to create a simple HTML file using a text editor, such as Notepad, that contains the hyperlink you wish to use and the image. You can use the following HTML as a template:


<html>
      <a href="http://www.example.com/your-web-link">
      <img src=http://www.example.com/Signature/Images/banner1.jpg border="0" />
      </a>
</html>

Here, you must change:

  • http://www.example.com/your-web-link to the web address you want to use when the banner ad is clicked
  • http://www.example.com/Signature/Images/banner1.jpg to the full path of the associated banner ad image

It does not matter what you name each HTML file, but they must all be stored locally on your Exchange server - for example:

\\server\banners

When you open each HTML file using a web browser, you should see a single banner ad image that takes you to the specified website when clicked.

Step 3: update signature template in Exclaimer Signature Manager Exchange Edition

Finally, you need to edit your template in Exclaimer Signature Manager Exchange Edition and make the following changes to the
{Rotating Banner Ad} field:

  • Set the Folder Location to the folder where you saved the HTML files - for example:
    \\server\banners
  • Set the Filter to be *.htm*.
  • Ensure the Address property is blank.

Once the template is saved and deployed, you will have rotating banner ads in place with separate hyperlinks.


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