Turn on Server-Side Forwarding

Server-side forwarding is designed for customers who want to share data from Analytics to other Experience Cloud Solutions in real time. When enabled, server-side forwarding also allows Analytics to push data to other Experience Cloud solutions and for those solutions to push data to Analytics during the data collection process.

Server-side forwarding improves upon data collection because it:

Tip: Current Audience Manager customers who use Analytics should migrate to server-side forwarding. New Adobe Analytics and Audience Manager customers should implement server-side forwarding (instead of DIL) as the default data collection and transfer method.

To understand where your organization is in terms of implementing server-side forwarding, go through these validation steps:

Step # Task Description Notes

Verify whether Marketing Cloud ID (MID)service is implemented, by inspecting the Analytics tracking request.

On the Request tab, verify that a MID value is being set. This tells you that Marketing Cloud ID service is implemented correctly, which is a pre-requisite for server-side forwarding.

Verify whether you already have a version of server-side forwarding implemented, by inspecting the Analytics tracking request.

In the “Response” tab, check that the response contains Audience Manager data. If you see:

  • A JSON response from Audience Manager that includes items such as “postbacks” or “dcs_region”: you have some form of server-side forwarding already enabled. Continue to step 3.
  • The “status":"SUCCESS”: you have the Audience Management Module implemented, but do not have server side forwarding properly configured. Continue to step 3.
  • A 2 x 2 image: you do not have server-side forwarding or the Audience Management Module implemented. To correct this:
    • AAM Customers with DIL: coordinate the following 2 items in close conjunction:
      1. Remove the DIL code and install the Audience Management Module page code.
      2. Enable server-side forwarding in the Analytics Admin UI as described in step 3. Enabling this setting before removing DIL code will duplicate data and create additional billed server calls to Audience Manager.
    • New AAM customers - install the Audience Management Module page code and continue to step 3. Data will not be sent to Audience Manager until server-side forwarding is turned on in step 3.

Verify whether you have server-side forwarding implemented at the report-suite level, rather than the legacy tracking server approach.

Server-side forwarding at the report-suite level is recommended over the legacy tracking server approach because you can control at a finer level what data gets shared from Analytics. It is also a pre-requisite for this Audience Analytics for AAM integration.

Go to Analytics > Admin > Report Suites > (select report suites) > Edit Settings > General > Server Side Forwarding. If the checkbox is:

  • Inactive (You are unable to make a selection or the menu does not exist): you do not have the selected report suites mapped to your IMS Org. Make sure that your applicable report suites are mapped to the proper IMS Org using the Report Suite Mapping UI.
  • Disabled: You do not have the new server-side forwarding turned on. Read the content on the page and then proceed with enabling the feature.
  • Enabled: You are provisioned for new server-side forwarding. You are also able to set up this Audience Analytics for AAM integration.
Note: Data will not appear in other Experience Cloud solutions, such as Audience Manager or Profiles and Audiences, until all 3 steps are complete. Once enabled, it will take several hours for these settings to take effect.