Adjust tracker URLs
Adjust trackers are your foundation for campaign tracking. Use tracker URLs to:
- Link users to your app in the appropriate app store.
- Record user engagement with ads.
- Segment users by attribution source.
- Redirect users based on device type.
Your trackers can live wherever there is engagement with your campaign media. For example, in-app advertisements, emails, search engine results, social media posts, mobile websites, on connected TV, and more. The placement of the actual tracker URL depends on what advertising channel you use.
In Adjust, there are different types of tracker. The two most common are click trackers and impression trackers. These can be used in any type of mobile or web campaign and are created simultaneously in the Campaign Wizard. The third, connected TV trackers, are specifically for use in connected TV campaigns.
Connected TV tracker
All Adjust trackers contain an endpoint and tracker token, and many trackers also contain additional parameters to provide more information about the campaign or user engagement.
Every tracker URL includes an Adjust server endpoint. The endpoint that is used is dependent upon the type of tracker.
Click and impression URLs redirect to two separate endpoints. This helps maintain the integrity of your attribution data, since clicks and impressions use different attribution windows.
|Tracker type||Adjust endpoint|
|Impression tracker or Connected TV tracker||https://view.adjust.com/impression|
Adjust automatically creates a unique identifying token for every Adjust tracker. These tracker tokens contain 6 or more alphanumeric characters (for example:
abc123) and appear after the endpoint of your tracker URLs.
Click and impression URLs for the same tracker use the same tracker token.
You can use campaign structure parameters to see what networks, campaigns, adgroups, and creative content your attributed users engaged with. Like UTM parameters on desktop web URLs, campaign structure parameters on Adjust tracker URLs offer valuable insights into where your mobile users come from.
Adjust tracker URLs support up to 4 levels of data. The network level corresponds to the name you give your tracker. The values for the campaign, adgroup, and creative levels are instead collected using campaign parameters on the tracker URLs. Use these to segment your data into the granularity you need.
|Structure parameter||Structure level||Example segmentation|
|Network||Top level||Tracker name|
|Campaign||One sub-level down||Campaign name|
|Adgroup||Two sub-evels down||Ad publisher ID|
|Creative||Three sub-levels down||Ad creative ID|
Example top-level tracker URL with all three sublevels:
When users engage with your Adjust tracker, your network partners automatically fill in any campaign structure parameters. If you'd rather provide this data yourself, you can hardcode your own data values into your tracker URL.
The Campaign Wizard is where you create and customize tracker URLs within the Adjust dashboard (All Settings > Trackers). Whether you're creating a URL to track your own channels or run with an ad network, the Campaign Wizard makes it easy to set data points and design your users' engagement experience.
Use the Campaign Wizard to:
- Structure your campaigns within Adjust’s four-tier hierarchy, from the top level down to your lowest sublevel
- Add deeplinks to direct your users to a specific page within your app
- Append redirect or fallback URLs to send users to different web destinations
- Set tracker-level attribution settings (down to the adgroup sublevel) to decide exactly how and when your users are attributed/reattributed
- Track ad spend with any network that supports cost data
Note: Some features may not be available with your current Adjust package. For example: Cost features are available with a Business Pro (or higher) pricing plan.
Adjust trackers operate the same way for all campaigns. However, because retargeting focuses on specific customers, your tracker should always include a user's advertising ID. This lets you know your campaign is reaching the right audience.
Of course! Tracking QR codes with Adjust is simple and helps you leverage the full power of attribution across all of your marketing channels. The aggregated data is displayed in the dashboard and can be filtered like other networks. Fundamentally, the QR code operates in just the same way as any other ad your users see. A device’s camera reads the QR code like a URL: every time a code is scanned and read, it works like a click on a link in the device’s default browser.
To get started with tracking and receiving attribution data from QR codes, first create a tracker URL in the Adjust dashboard. Then, use a QR code generator to create your QR code. Enter your Adjust tracker URL into the space provided. QR codes can also easily be used as deeplinks to provide a seamless user experience, sending users straight into your app or via an app store. Simply generate your deeplink tracker in the Adjust dashboard and add it to the QR code generator like any other tracker URL.