At a glance: Setting up Google Ads integration with AppsFlyer — as an agency.
Both advertisers and agencies must actively configure the system. The following video shows the steps required by both the advertiser and agency to enable the agency to measure and attribute mobile traffic to the advertiser's app using Google Ads.
The configuration enables AppsFlyer to attribute conversions to an agency from within the AppsFlyer dashboard.
Before the Agency can begin the process, the Advertiser must first configure the Google Ads integration. For details, click here.
Enabling agency attribution of Google Ads
AppsFlyer supports agency configurations with Google Ads. It is essential that the advertiser and the agency have separate Google Ads accounts to enable AppsFlyer to correctly attribute the data.
Setting up Google Ads attribution for agencies
To start agency attribution of Google Ads campaigns with AppsFlyer, follow these steps:
Advertiser pre-step: enabling the agency access to Google Ads
- In AppsFlyer, grant the agency access to the app using the instructions here.
- In AppsFlyer, activate the Google Ads partner.
To share the advertiser's Link ID:
1. In Google, go to the Google Ads Dashboard, click on the Tools icon
2. Select Linked accounts.
3. Under App Analytics Provider, find AppsFlyer. Select Options.
4. Click Share with another account.
5. Insert the Agency’s Google Ads Customer ID
6. Click Next. Click Send invite.
The advertiser can now see that the invitation request has been sent to the Agency. When the Agency accepts the invite, the status changes to Sharing.
For more details on sharing your Google Ads Link ID, click here.
Agency step 1: accepting the Link ID
The Agency can see the link status is now Active.
Agency step 2: setting up Google Ads on AppsFlyer
Click Integrated Partners on the left toolbar, search and select Google Ads.
Activate partner should be ON and the Link ID set by the advertiser. These settings are grayed out to the agency.
The Agency sets its Google Ads Customer ID.
Enter all of the Google Ads Customer IDs (Sub Accounts) of the Google Ads accounts that the agency is running campaigns for the advertiser's app.
You can find the Google Ads Customer ID by clicking on the arrow in the top left corner and thereby opening the Navigation Panel.
- To measure running retargeting campaigns on Google Ads, ask the advertiser to activate Google Ads Retargeting. Once done, you can configure the Re-Engagement Window.
- We recommend setting the Click-Through Attribution Lookback Window to 30 days, to match the Google Ads value.
- The View-Through recommended is 1 day, to match the Google Ads value. The scale allows you to customize the number of hours/days after an ad is viewed, during which the impression can be attributed to this partner.
- Reinstall attribution:
- To enable reinstall attribution, switch it on.
- No need to enable view-through attribution or configure lookback windows for reinstall attribution, as the values are taken from install attribution settings.
Click Save & Close.
Agency step 3: mapping your in-app events
1. Click the In-App Events tab.
3. Map all In-App Events you want to send to Google Ads, with the pre-defined Google Ads events.
4. Click Save.
Import the first-open and in-app actions to Google Ads to begin counting conversions in both Google Ads and your AppsFlyer dashboard.
To be able to import, you must launch the app and perform your mapped in-app events at least once.
- It may take up to 6 hours until the new conversions change status from No Recent Conversion to Recording Conversion.
- If an agency works with an MCC account and the app is promoted via several MCC sub-accounts all sub-accounts must be configured in the Google Ads Customer ID field (as seen on above screenshot).
In such a case there is no need to configure the customer id of the MCC account.
Agency step 4: measuring your app conversions
2. Under the Measurement section, click Conversions.
3. Click the + icon.
4. Select App from the list of conversion types.
5. Select Third Party App Analytics.
6. Click Continue.
7. Check the box next to first_open ALL your apps and for each event you want to import.
8. Click Import and Continue
9. Click Done. You can now see your third-party conversion event in the Conversion Actions table.
Click the name of the event to see more details.
Congratulations! You have now completed the agency setup for attributing Google Ads mobile installs in AppsFlyer.
To watch the video "Setting-Up Google Ads Attribution for Advertisers" click here.
For details of how advertisers can attribute multiple agencies/MCC Google Ads accounts, click here.
Agencies: collecting cost, clicks, and impression data
Agencies can retrieve cost data from Google Ads, which also includes the clicks and impressions data.
The cost data is displayed on both the agency and advertiser dashboards, at the campaign level.
If the agency is transparent, then in the advertiser's dashboard the cost data is displayed under Google Ads campaigns. If it isn't, the data is displayed under the agency's campaigns.