Roku integration with AppsFlyer

At a glance: Integrate your Roku Connected TV (CTV) app with AppsFlyer to receive attribution and event data for your campaigns on Roku.

Related reading: CTV overview

About Roku CTV attribution

The Roku OS for streaming runs across all Roku devices, including streaming players and Roku TVs. 

CTV apps, AKA channels, streaming on Roku can integrate with AppsFlyer via API to receive attribution data and performance measurements about which sources (non-organic or organic) and paid campaigns drive app installs and post-install events. Marketers rely on these insights to measure and optimize marketing activities.

The Roku API integration supports:

  • Roku Smart TV and CTV devices. The integration doesn't support mobile, tablet, or desktop devices.   
  • CTV-to-CTV attribution and event recording. Meaning, attribution and recording of Roku app installs and events that occur on a user's Roku device.

Roku attribution flow

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Integration procedures

The following table lists the tasks required to integrate your Roku CTV app with AppsFlyer. To record your progress, download this spreadsheet.

Task Actions Who's involved

App setup

Marketer

API integration with your app

Integrate the AppsFlyer CTV API into your CTV app with commands to report the following events to AppsFlyer.

  • Installs
  • In-app events
  • Sessions

Verify that when you set up the API, you set up and map the CTV events to send to AppsFlyer. 

Note: Installs must be reported before in-app events and sessions.

App developer
Partner integration

Add Roku as an ad network (integrated partner) in AppsFlyer.

Marketer
Reports setup Set up Data Locker to receive user-level raw data reports. Data engineer 

Integrate the AppsFlyer Roku API into your app

The developer must: 

  • Integrate the API. This enables the app to report first opens, in-app events, and sessions
  • Note: Installs must be reported before in-app events and sessions.
  • Send events using the API.
    • Tell your developer which events to send.

Add Roku ad network

To record attributions and in-app events from Roku, you must connect AppsFlyer to Roku as an integrated ad network.

To set up Roku as an integrated partner:

  1. In AppsFlyer. go to Configuration > Integrated Partners.
  2. Select Roku.
    The Roku partner integration page displays.

  3. Go to the Integration tab.
  4. Turn on Activate partner. See partner activation/deactivation.
  5. [Optional] Edit Click-through attribution. Default is 14 days.
    The click-through attribution setting lets you set the maximum time from click to install. Only installs (first launches) that take place within this lookback window can be attributed to Roku. See click lookback windows.
  6. [Optional] Turn on and edit View-through attribution. Default is 14 days.

    Use the slider 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 partner, providing there was no other relevant ad click. See view-through attribution.

  7. Click Save Integration.

View data

Dashboard

The Overview CTV dashboard gives advertisers a real-time window into the lifetime value (LTV) performance of non-organic and organic users, based on subscription, in-app purchases, and ad monetization. LTV metrics are calculated from the attribution date until the present.

To open the dashboard:

  • In AppsFlyer, select your CTV app and go to Dashboards > Overview.
    The dashboard opens, with the settings and filters, headline metrics, charts, and table, specifically relevant for CTV.

Tip! Familiarize and experiment with the dashboard and use our Overview dashboard V2 article as a reference guide.

Reports

Roku raw data reports, as seen in the list that follows, are available via Data Locker (Premium feature; requires subscription). The list of fields is described in the next section. Click on a report type to view a sample. 

The list of fields available in reports is in the raw data field dictionary.

Roku discrepancies with AppsFlyer

Cause Roku AppsFlyer
Click attribution lookback window

14 days

1 hour-14 days. Make sure to set to 14 days in Roku partner integration.

View-through attribution lookback window

14 days

1 hour-14 days. Make sure to set to 14 days in Roku partner integration.

Install

Roku records new installs on the install time.

AppsFlyer records new installs on the first launch of the app.

Cross-device attribution

Roku attributes its users that click and install on different devices, for example, 2 different TVs.

AppsFlyer attributes single devices, which perform both the engagement and the install.

Traits and limitations

Trait Remarks
Retargeting

Not supported

Delete app

Must contact CSM

Transfer app

Not supported. App can't be transferred to another AppsFlyer account.

Account users

Access to data can't be restricted.

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