How can I get a screenshot of an ad on a targeted site?

As we see over 60 billion impressions daily, we don't log screenshots of ads and their placements. (The data pull would be astronomical, and the process would generate non-human traffic.)

If a client wants to see a screenshot of their ad, you might want to understand what they're hoping to get from it. If your client would like to see an illustration of where their ads ran, we recommend creating one with Photoshop or another design tool. If the client is looking for proof of delivery, screenshots cannot prove details like a delivery report. (A digital "tear sheet" proves only that the ad appeared once.)

If you'd still like to see your ad on a site where you're running, we recommend creating a special retargeting campaign and placing a cookie on your browser. The method is not guaranteed to work—your special campaign might not win bids from your chosen website while you're checking—but these steps increase your chances:

  1. Create a test retargeting campaign, using your ad and the site that you'd like to take a screenshot of. Set up a new audience for this test.

  2. Once you've setup the retargeting campaign, cookie your browser with your audience pixel—you'll be added to your own retargeting list.

    1. Get the retargeting code for your test audience. In My Audiences, click the Actions button and choose Get Tags. Select the audience pixel code, and copy it.
    2. Place this code in an HTML file and save is as index.html
      <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN">
      <html>
      	<head>
      		<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8">
      	</head>
      	<body>
      		<!--PLACE THE BASIS RETARGETING PIXEL TAG CODE HERE, BETWEEN THE TWO BODY TAGS-->
      	</body>
      </html>
    3. Open index.html in your browser. This calls the audience pixel code, which cookies your browser.
  3. From there, set your retargeting campaign CPM to a high bid (e.g. $20.00) and start visiting the page that you'd like to get a screenshot of.

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