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Approve an order

Reserve inventory and prepare for delivery

What happens when an order is approved

  • DFP reserves inventory for eligible line item types. Only sponsorship and standard line items types are eligible to reserve inventory.  Other lower priority line item types (such as bulk, house, or price priority) are never eligible to reserve inventory and only serve if no higher priority line item types can serve.
  • Order line items appear as contending in forecasts. Immediately after you approve an order, this information is passed on to the forecasting engine. If another trafficker runs a forecast after you've approved your order, they might see your line items as competing. If you want to make sure no one else books impressions that you want for a campaign, make sure you approve your order early on. If you wait a few days to approve the order after trafficking it, some of your forecasted impressions may no longer be available.
  • Order line items and creatives are cleared for delivery. An order must be approved before the line items can deliver to your inventory.

How to approve an order

The "Approve and reject orders and line items" user role permission is required to approve an order.

  1. Sign in to DoubleClick for Publishers.
  2. Click Delivery.
  3. Find the order you want to approve. Filter by the Pending approval status.
  4. Click Approve.

Overbooking inventory

If insufficient inventory prevents an order from delivering ads, you may opt to overbook. Overbooking will change the order status to 'delivering,' but may cause underdelivery of this order and other orders. For example, because ad tags with new ad units have to be on a live site for at least 28 days before the forecasting engine can forecast accurately against those ad units, if you have to traffic a line item to a new ad unit before that 28-day mark, you may consider overbooking.

We strongly recommend that you do not overbook orders
The danger here is if you overbook and the order underdelivers, you could break your contract with your advertiser or end up having to traffic additional campaigns later on to make up for the discrepancy. Only overbook after you've done a thorough inventory traffic analysis and can conclude that you have more impressions than the forecasting engine is allocating. Learn more about underdelivery
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