How to Configure a Campaign with Pinterest

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Introduction

Pinterest, an AppsFlyer integrated partner, is one of the top contributors of traffic for bloggers and brands.

Pinterest offers both click-based and view-through mobile attribution. In addition, Pinterest also offers click-based retargeting which you can record with AppsFlyer.

 Note

  • After accepting Pinterest Ad Terms, accept Pinterest Mobile Measurement Terms & Conditions here.
  • Pinterest requires attribution providers to delete its user-level data 6 months after the install. This means that the events performed by these users 6 months after they install the app are counted as organic.
    Past aggregate data remains the same.

To configure your campaigns with Pinterest, follow the steps below.

Setting Up Pinterest

Go to the dashboard of your app and click on Integrated Partners on the left bar.

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Enter "Pinterest" in the search field and click on its logo to open Pinterest's configuration window.

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Pinterest's configuration window includes 4 active tabs: Integration, Attribution link, Cost and Permissions. Click on the items below to read about the tabs setup.

For a detailed description of the Partner Configuration Window Header, click here.

Integration Tab

Activate Partner

On the first visit, you will need to toggle ON the Activate Partner button to enable setup of the integration tab's parameters. The toggle MUST be ON for as long as you work with the partner.
For more details about partner activation please click here.

General Settings

The following are the general settings for the integration tab of Pinterest.

 Note

As an ALL-Installs network, Pinterest prefers to receive postbacks for all new installs of your app from ANY source, including organic. It is recommended to select Events attributed to any partner to send all install postbacks to Pinterest.

General Settings

Enable View-Through attribution

Toggle this to ON if you want to attribute view-through installs from Pinterest. The view-through lookback slider is available on the attribution link tab (described below).

Default Postbacks

AppsFlyer can send automatic postbacks to Pinterest following user installs and re-engagements. Use this section to define the source of the users that allow sending these postbacks.

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Select Only events attributed to this partner for events coming only from users attributed to Pinterest.
Select Events attributed to any partner or organic to have your entire user base available to be reported to Pinterest.

In-App Events Settings

In this section you can map your AppsFlyer events with Pinterest via postbacks.

Tag ID

Pinterest connects with AppsFlyer via a unique Tag ID. If you don't already have the Tag ID, you must obtain it from Pinterest to continue with the integration.

  1. Set the Pinterest Tag ID here
  2. Toggle In-App Event Postbacks to ON
  3. Select the Sending Option for all SDK defined events.
    - Only events attributed to this partner for events coming only from users attributed to this partner
    - Events attributed to any partner or organic to have your entire user base available to be reported to the partner
  4. Click Add Event to add an SDK Event to the list
  5. Fill in the following parameters:
Parameter Name Description
SDK Event Name The name of the event, as received by AppsFlyer either from the SDK integrated in your app, or from server to server events.
Tip - If you don't see the event you want in the list, make sure to activate the event on a device with a non-organic installation and recheck.
Partner Event Identifier The unique name or ID of each event as defined on Pinterest's side.
Obtain the corresponding Event ID from Pinterest and set in the text field.
Send Revenue When unchecked - AppsFlyer sends all the parameters of the rich in-app event to the partner, except for the revenue parameter, which is contained in the af_revenue parameter.
When checked - AppsFlyer sends all the parameters including the revenue value (if it exists in the event).

Attribution Link Tab

In this tab, you can create the attribution links you want to send to Pinterest for attributing Pinterest's campaigns, ad sets or even single ads. Note that AppsFlyer DOES NOT save your generated partner's attribution links.

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This tab is divided into different sections:

Attribution Link Parameters

In this section, select which parameters you want to add to the attribution link.

Adding parameters to the attribution link here enables you to later perform thorough drill-down analyses. Parameters that are already defined on the attribution link can be edited by adding them and their new values here.

  • Campaign - add it to compare different campaigns running with Pinterest.
    Attribution link parameter: c
  • Adset - set ad set names to compare different ad sets within specific Pinterest campaigns.
    Attribution link parameter: af_adset
  • Ad Name - set ad set names to compare different creatives within specific ad sets within specific campaigns Pinterest.
    Attribution link parameter: af_ad
  • Site ID and Sub Site ID - set Site ID parameter to attribute installs to specific publishers. If many publishers exist, we advise on limiting the number of used site IDs and using the sub site ID parameter, to avoid exceeding the site ID limitations.
    Attribution link parameters: af_siteid and af_sub_siteid
  • Subscriber Parameters - use any of the 5 subscriber parameters to insert useful values. Note that these parameters get parsed and appear in the raw data report, which makes them very handy for performing data aggregation or filtering.
    Attribution link parameters: af_sub1, af_sub2, af_sub3, af_sub4, af_sub5

Retargeting Settings

Add any other parameter to the attribution link simply by typing it in a new parameter box. For more information about AppsFlyer's Attribution Link Structure and Parameters.

When enabled, AppsFlyer recognizes a link as a retargeting attribution link, rather than a user acquisition link, by adding the &is_retargeting=true to the click recording link. Note that retargeting is currently only supported for click-through and not view-through attribution.
Attribution link parameter: is_retargeting.

The following setup below is displayed when retargeting is enabled.

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1. Standard Link vs. OneLink

Select standard attribution link option if:

  • You don't need to deep link with the URL or
  • Plan to use only URI schemes for deep linking

select Use OneLink for:

  • Using a single link for both Android and iOS apps or
  • Deep linking using Universal or app links

Note that selecting OneLink changes the click recording link from app specific to a OneLink URL.

2. Deep Link URL

Use this field if the link is meant to deep link users to any specific activity within your app.
Attribution link parameter: af_dp
You can find more information about AppsFlyer's Deep Linking solution in this guide.

3. Re-engagement Window

Set the time period following the re-engagement, where the user's in-app events are attributed to the retargeting media source. You can set the value in days (1-90), hours (up to 23), or even lifetime.

Attribution link parameter: af_reengagement_window

Click-Through Attribution

This slider allows you to set the maximum time from click to install. Only installs (first launches) that take place within the lookback window may be attributed to Pinterest.

Attribution link parameter: af_click_lookback

More details about the click lookback window here.

Click Attribution Link

This is the attribution link that contains all the setup information you have set for it. Send it to Pinterest to be activated when leads click on a corresponding ad.

View-Through Attribution Lookback Window

This slider allows you to set the maximum time from impression to install. Only installs (first launches) that take place within this lookback window, following an ad impression, are attributed to Pinterest, providing there was no other relevant ad click.

You can customize this value to 1-23 hours or 1-7 days.

Attribution link parameter: af_viewthrough_lookback

More details about the view-through attribution here.

Impressions Attribution Link

The impression attribution link contains similar attribution data to the click recording link (besides the different lookback window). Send it to Pinterest to be activated when a corresponding ad is watched, usually for 1 second or more.

Cost Tab

Enabling And Testing Pinterest Integration

From the Cost tab you can configure cost with Pinterest.

Follow these steps to configure cost with Pinterest:

 Important!

Make sure you are passing campaign IDs on the attribution link to increase reporting accuracy.

  1. Click Connect to configure cost with Pinterest.

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  2. The Pinterest Login window opens.
  3. If you are not logged in already, login and click Authorize App.

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  4. When successfully connected the following message appears:

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  5. Close the message and return to the AppsFlyer dashboard.
  6. Click Save.

Cost Data Sync Status

The cost tab shows the status of your cost integration and the last time AppsFlyer managed to pull matching cost data.

Pinterest allows you to sync several accounts for pulling cost data. For each synced account, AppsFlyer shows the status of cost integration and the last time AppsFlyer managed to pull matching cost data.

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The table below describes five different status messages, and what to do if you see them in the cost tab.

Status Message Description What to Do

Active

Partner API is responding and returning data.

Nothing

Active

 

With sync message:

Cost Data was never successfully pulled

One of the following is possible:

  1. You just set up the integration and AppsFlyer have yet to pull data.
  2. There is no data in AppsFlyer about installs coming from the ad network.
  1. Wait for AppsFlyer to pull data.
  2. Start running campaigns with the ad network.

 

No Matching Data

 

AppsFlyer queries this app's active campaigns with the Partner API, but the partner API isn't returning any data for these campaigns.

This might happen if you change the campaign ID while it is still running.

 

If you rely on cost data, do not change the IDs of campaigns while they are still active and running.

 

Also, make sure you entered the API credentials for the correct app, and that the network is passing the correct campaign IDs on the attribution link.

Partner API is not responding

The ad network cost data API is either down or experiencing issues.

Wait for the network API to become responsive.

Invalid Credentials

Cost API credentials are incorrect. AppsFlyer in unable to pull cost data.

Make sure that the cost API key is correct. 

Last Successful Data Pull

The cost tab shows the last time cost data has been pulled yet. If cost data has never been pulled, the sync message shows Cost Data was never successfully pulled.

Examples

 Examples

 

Scenario 1 - Stopped Campaigns

AppsFlyer pulls cost for several campaigns that you run with ad network A. You look in the cost tab and you see the message Last successful sync 2 hours ago. The same day you stop running campaigns with ad network A. Two weeks later, you look in the cost tab of ad network A. You then see the message Last successful sync 14 days ago.

 

Scenario 2 - Ad Network API Issues

AppsFlyer pulls cost for several campaigns that you run with ad network B. You look in the cost tab and you see the message Last successful sync 2 hours ago. Ad network B then experiences issues with their API. It takes them a few hours to fix it. When you look in the cost tab you see the message Last successful sync 8 hours ago.

Stop Pinterest Cost Sync

  1. Log in to your Pinterest advertising account.
  2. At the top right-hand corner click the three dots and then click Settings.
  3. In the left-hand menu click Apps.
  4. Click Revoke Access next to AppsFlyer.

 Note

Once you set Pinterest's cost do not change the name of any running campaign, ad set or single ad, nor use dynamic macros with the campaign name parameter, as they may cause serious discrepancies or missing cost data.

Ad Revenue Tab

Ad Revenue data is not supported by Aarki.

Permissions Tab

In this tab, you can select the permissions to grant Pinterest. Note that even if attribution is disabled for Pinterest, the permissions tab is active and you can grant control to Pinterest.

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Use these toggles to give the ad network permissions to handle its own configuration for your app:

Ad Network Permissions

  • Allow to configure integration - permit the partner to setup the integration tab (except in-app event postbacks)
  • Allow to configure in-app event postbacks - permit the partner to setup in-app event postbacks mapping to itself on the integration tab
  • Allow access to your retention report - only to the partner's own retention data
  • Allow access to your Protect360 dashboard - only to the partner's own Protect360 data, and providing the feature is enabled for the advertiser

Learn more about granting ad network permissions.

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