How to Configure a Campaign with The Trade Desk

Introduction

The Trade Desk, one of AppsFlyer's integrated partners, uses its enhanced mobile advertising solution to cultivate strategic, scalable and smart campaigns to meet the needs of cross-device users.

In addition to click-based mobile attribution, The Trade Desk also offers retargeting and view-through attribution, which you can track with AppsFlyer.

To configure your campaigns with The Trade Desk, follow the steps below.

Setting Up The Trade Desk 

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

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

The Trade Desk's configuration window includes 4 tabs: Integration, Tracking link, Data enrichment 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 

The Integration Tab is divided into different sections as described below. 

 Note

As an ALL-Installs network, The Trade Desk 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 The Trade Desk. 

General Settings 

Advertiser ID

The Trade Desk connects with AppsFlyer via a unique network ID and password. If you don't already have the advertiserid and Tracker_ID, you must obtain it from The Trade Desk to continue with the integration.

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Enable View-Through attribution

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

Default Postbacks

AppsFlyer can send automatic postbacks to The Trade Desk 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 The Trade Desk.
Select Events attributed to any partner or organic to have your entire user base available to be reported to The Trade Desk.

In-App Events Settings

In this section you can map your AppsFlyer events with The Trade Desk via postbacks.

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  1. Enter the advertiserid and Tracker_ID again.
  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. Complete 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 The Trade Desk's side. 
Obtain the corresponding Event ID from The Trade Desk 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). 

Tracking Link Tab 

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

This tab is divided into different sections:

Tracking Link Parameters

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

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

  • Campaign - add it to compare different campaigns running with The Trade Desk. 
    Tracking link parameter: c
  • Adset - set ad set names to compare different ad sets within specific The Trade Desk campaigns.
    Tracking link parameter: af_adset
  • Ad Name - set ad set names to compare different creatives within specific ad sets within specific campaigns The Trade Desk.
    Tracking 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.
    Tracking 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.
    Tracking link parameters: af_sub1, af_sub2, af_sub3, af_sub4, af_sub5 

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

Retargeting Settings

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

Tracking 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 The Trade Desk.

Tracking link parameter: af_click_lookback

More details about the click lookback window here

Click Tracking Link

This is the tracking link that contains all the setup information you have set for it. Send it to The Trade Desk 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 The Trade Desk, providing there was no other relevant ad click. 

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

Tracking link parameter: af_viewthrough_lookback

More details about the view-through attribution here

Impressions Tracking Link

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

Data Enrichment Tab

Cost integration is not available for The Trade Desk.

Permissions Tab

In this tab, you can select the permissions to grant The Trade Desk, whether the partner acts as an ad network, agency or even both. Note that even if attribution is disabled for The Trade Desk, the permissions tab is active and you can grant control to The Trade Desk.

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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