Google Marketing Platform - Display & Video 360 (DV360) integration

At a glance: Google Marketing Platform - Display & Video 360 (GMP-DV360) is an AppsFlyer self-reporting network (SRN) partner combining advertising and analytics. The GMP-DV360 integration  (dv360_int) combines advertising and analytics to enhance customer connections, reveal insights, and improve marketing outcomes.

 Important!

See the bulletin about supporting the new Google EU consent policy.

Overview

The GMP-DV360 integration uses the link ID for conversion measurement. You can work directly with GMP-DV360, via an agency, or both, using the following integrations:

 Note

  • The GMP-DV360 integration is designed to replace the Legacy GMP DV360/CM (doubleclick_int) integration, which will be deprecated in March 2024.
  • To use the API, contact your GMP-DV360 account manager.

The table below describes GMP integration solutions:

GMP solution Description Action required to integration
DV360  Integrate DV360 with AppsFlyer  Complete the advertiser integration
CM360 & DV360 Buy DV360 traffic via CM360

Complete the advertiser integration

CM360 & non-DV360 third-party media source Buy traffic from third-party media sources and measure mobile app conversions originating from this traffic in CM360. Measure 3rd party traffic using CM360

Data sharing between AppsFlyer and GMP - DV360

Data provided by AppsFlyer: AppsFlyer sends postbacks to GMP-DV360 relating to conversions and in-app events.

Data provided to AppsFlyer: When GMP-DV360 claims a conversion, they provide AppsFlyer with the media source parameters. These parameters populate analytics and raw data reports. The table below shows the mapping parameters for GMP-DV360 and AppsFlyer.

GMP  AppsFlyer
interaction type attributed_touch_type
timestamp attributed_touch_time
line_item_id campaign_id
line_item_name campaign_name
creative_id ad_id
product_type af_channel
external_customer_id network_account_id
site_id af_siteid

Setting up GMP-DV360 for advertisers

Prerequisites 

Before setting up the integration, make sure to:

To activate or edit the integration:

  1. To activate: In AppsFlyer, from the side menu, select CollaboratePartner Marketplace.
    To edit: In AppsFlyer, from the side menu, select Collaborate Active Integrations.
  2. Search for the Google Marketing Platform - Display & Video 360 (DV360) and select it.
  3. Click Set up integration. You’re directed to the integration setup page.
  4. In the Integration tab, select the app for the integration and turn Activate partner on.
    Note: The toggle must be on (activated) for as long as you work with the partner.
  5. Complete the configuration using the relevant tabs, as described below.

Integration tab

When AppsFlyer queries GMP-DV360, they return the parameters listed in their response. These are mapped to AppsFlyer parameters and raw data as detailed in the table that follows. 

GMP-DV360 parameter AppsFlyer parameter name URL parameter 
Placement ID Campaign name c
Placement ID Campaign ID af_c_id
Site ID Site ID af_siteid
Ad ID Adset ID af_adset_id
Creative ID Ad ID af_ad_id

The Integration tab includes a number of sections, as described below.

Activate partner

To configure the integration, you must first turn on the Activate partner toggle. Learn more about activating and deactivating partner integrations. 

Advanced Privacy

For iOS apps only: Your control over data shared with the partner via postbacks and reports depends on the Advanced Privacy (for iOS 14.5+ and later) toggle state:

Advanced Privacy: On Advanced Privacy: Off

Postbacks are sent only for events attributed to the partner

Postbacks are sent according to your configuration:

  • All media sources, including organic
  • This partner only

Postbacks are sent according to the Advanced Privacy template 

 

Aggregated and anonymous data is shared with the partner, meaning no user-level data (device ID) is shared.

 

General settings

Link ID: Enter the link ID mentioned in the prerequisites.

Non EU Users: Decide whether or not to turn on Non EU users.

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Install attribution

Set the different attribution windows to attribute new installs (first launches) of users who viewed or clicked your ad. This means the maximum time from click/view to the install. Only installs within the lookback window may be attributed to Google Marketing Platform - Display & Video 360 (DV360).

  1. Set the Install click-through lookback window to either 1-23 hours or 1-30 days.
  2. [Optional] Turn on Install view-through attribution and set the lookback window to either 1-23 hours or 1-30 days.

Re-engagement attribution

Set the different attribution windows to attribute re-engagements of your existing users who viewed or clicked your ad. Note that only re-engagements within the lookback window may be attributed to GMP-DV360.

  1. Set the Re-engagement click-through lookback window to either 1-23 hours or 1-30 days.
  2. [Optional] Turn on Re-engagement view-through attribution and set the lookback windows to either 1-23 hours or 1-7 days.

Learn more about re-engagement rules and windows.

Re-engagement window

Set the time window during which in-app events are primarily attributed to the re-engagement conversion. Learn more.

  • Set the Re-engagement window to either 1-23 hours, 1-90 days, or Lifetime

Ignore active users for retargeting

Set a window timeframe to ignore re-engagements and re-attributions of users who launched your app. This means their activity during the window timeframe isn't recorded in AppsFlyer. 

 Note

Re-engagement and re-attribution conversions of users who were dormant in the set timeframe are recorded

  1. Turn on Ignore active users for retargeting.
  2. Set the Inactivity window.

In-app event postbacks

Configure mapping of in-app events with GMP-DV360 events sent via postbacks: 

  1. Turn on In-app event postbacks.
  2. Click Add event to add an SDK or server-to-server event to the list. The following table describes the fields to complete:
    Parameter name Description
    AppsFlyer event

    The name of the event, as received by AppsFlyer either from the SDK integrated into your app or from server-to-server events.
    Tip: Don't see the event you are looking for?

    • Make sure to activate the event on a device with a non-organic installation, and recheck.
    • Type it in AppsFlyer event, then click Create custom. Read more about custom event mapping.
    mapped to partner event

    The unique name or ID of each event, as defined on the partner's side. Possible mapping configurations are:

    • Text field: Get the corresponding event ID from the partner.
    • Drop-down box: Select the most suitable pre-defined AppsFlyer event.
    • As is: Send the events as they are, without name mapping.
    for users from

    Select the sending option for the event:

    • This partner only (default): Send postbacks only when this event is attributed to GMP-DV360.
    • All media sources including organic: Send postbacks for events attributed to any partner, as well as organic events. 
    including
    • No values & no revenue (default): Send only the event itself without any event values.
    • Values & no revenue: Send all the parameters excluding the revenue value.
    • Values & revenue: Send all the event parameters, including the revenue value (if exists in the event).
  3. [Optional] Click the Add conditionconditional-iae-postbacks-icon.pngicon to set conditions for an event.
  4. Click Save integration.
  5. [Optional] After saving the integration, while remaining on the configuration page, you can integrate more of your apps with GMP-DV360:
    1. From the top-left corner, under the partner name, click the app name to open the list of apps. 
    2. Select a different app from the drop-down list.
    3. Repeat the integration steps for the selected app.

 Note

For iOS apps only: Your control over data shared with the partner via postbacks and reports depends on the Advanced Privacy (for iOS 14.5+ and later) toggle state.

U parameter mapping

AppsFlyer supports sending additional parameters (u parameters), limited up to u26. The U parameters are pre-mapped and fixed on AppsFlyer's end. Take the following into consideration:

  • Since these parameters are pre-mapped, no additional custom U parameters can be configured.
  • If data is missing for a specific U parameter, AppsFlyer won't send it. For example, when the carrier data is missing, AppsFlyer doesn't send U5.
U parameter Name Example value 

u1=

af device id

1540995037437-2811776739500410055

u2=

customer user id

eaf8a5f2.1836.4686

u3=

Android:
Advertising id
iOS: idfa

9d9d03ab-f211-4e17-994e-d0afdf23ac01

u4=

wifi

true

u5=

carrier

Jio%204G

u6=

country code

IN

u7=

Region

HR

u8=

city

Gurgaon

u9=

device type

motorola::Moto G (4)

u10=

os version

7

u11=

sdk version

v4.8.18

u12=

app version

3.31.1

u13=

install timestamp

1540995041

u14=

click time

1546441586

u15=

impression time

1546441586

u16=

campaign name*

Appinstall_campaign

u17=

campaign id

12345ABC

u18=

adset name*

Appinstall_adset

u19=

adset id

12345ABC

u20=

ad name*

Appinstall_ad

u21=

ad id

1234567ABCDE

u22=

site id

site_id_123456

u23=

event time

2019-01-04 12:56:35.707

u24=

event name

af_purchase

u25=

event value

{"af_price":459,"af_content_id":"77147","af_revenue":4.59,"af_currency":"EUR"}

u26=

currency

EUR

* If AppsFlyer doesn't receive this parameter name in the response from GMP-DV360,  it populates the field with the corresponding ID. For example, the Adset name will show the Adset ID, which is 12345ABC.

Attribution link tab 

Attribution links aren't relevant for this integration.

Cost tab (for cost, clicks, and impressions)

Cost data isn't supported for this integration.

Ad revenue tab

Ad revenue isn't supported for this integration.

Permissions tab

Set permissions to grant Google Marketing Platform - Display & Video 360 (DV360).

Setting up GMP-DV360 for agencies

Agencies are able to run campaigns with GMP-DV360 on your behalf.

Agency setup

Procedure performed by  Procedure
Advertiser
  1. Verify that you've completed advertiser GMP-DV360 integration.
  2. In AppsFlyer, from the side menu, select Collaborate Active Integrations.
  3. Select an agency.
  4. Go to the Permissions tab, and turn on Agency permissions
  5. [Optional] In the Integration tab turn on In-app event postback. This enables the agency to turn on or off postbacks on their end.
Agency
  1. In AppsFlyer, from the side menu, select Collaborate Active Integrations.
  2. Select Google Marketing Platform - Display & Video 360 (DV360).
  3. Go to the Integration tab.
    The integration status with GMP displays.

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  4. Verify that Activate Partner is On. If this is not the case, the advertiser must complete Advertiser GMP-DV360 integration. 
  5. Verify that the remaining settings, such as the lookback windows and in-app event mapping, are correct. If necessary, ask the advertiser to make changes. 
  6. Enter one or more DBM Advertiser IDs. The ID is available in your GMP dashboard.
  7. Click Save.

GMP-DV360 discrepancies

See possible reasons for discrepancies and how to minimize them:

Cause Description AppsFlyer tip

View-through attribution window

View-through in the GMP-DV360 attribution window is 14 days, while the AppsFlyer default window is 1 day.

Set the view-through window in AppsFlyer to match the view-through set in the GMP-DV360 setup window.
Incorrect mapping

Mapping between AppsFlyer and GMP-DV360 isn't correct

  • Verify the link ID 
  • Verify that the in-app events are correctly mapped