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How to Set Up an Effective Remarketing Campaign

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How to Set Up an Effective Remarketing Campaign


Remarketing is a powerful online advertisement strategy, targeting the consumers who have already shown an interest in your product. Instead of seeing online ads that are completely irrelevant to them—which used to be a lot!—they see you.

Innovations in technology have completely transformed how we, as business leaders, can market our services, making it easier than ever to reach your ideal audience. This contrasts starkly with the overbroad marketing efforts of yesteryear (Sorry, Don Draper).

With remarketing, you can target those who were on the brink of converting (becoming a paying customer), but stopped just short. This not only allows you to re-engage lost visitors but helps you to increase brand awareness.

So, how do you do it?

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Smart cookies

Remarketing hinges on a little thing called “cookies”—not of the chocolate chip variety! First, let’s explain what a cookie is. An internet cookie is a simple text file that is stored in the web visitor’s device when they enter your website. This text file contains information about their behavior on your site.

Cookies tell marketers:

What pages the consumer visited, what products and services they looked at, how many pages the consumer looked at and how long they stayed on the site

To set up cookies for remarketing, you add a small piece of JavaScript (pixel) to your website’s code. This will “drop a cookie” every time you get a new web visitor. (It won’t affect their web experience in any way). After your web visitor has been “cookied” and proceeds to visit other websites (or use social media), your remarketing ad service provider will display your ad on these other web locales.

Your ad can be personalized in some way to the particular visitor seeing it. The way it’s “personalized” depends on how that user behaved when visiting on your site (events or actions). Let’s see remarketing in action:

Lola visits She puts a lamp, a bedspread, and a blouse she loves in her shopping cart. She doesn’t purchase any of them, closes the tab, and forgets about it. Lola is prime for a remarketing campaign … if Target has such a campaign in place.

Lola is reading a gossip news site a couple nights later—in the margins, she sees the same lamp, bedspread, and blouse she’d selected in a banner ad for Target. All Target has done is present Lola with the same items she already liked, putting them back in her line of sight.

It’s a simple truth: Consumers usually don’t make a purchase or dial a phone number their first time visiting a website. But now, they’ve shown some degree of interest in your product. That’s more than you can say for Joe Schmoe, who has never visited your website, has no use for your product, and should in no way account for any of your ad spend. When you zero-in on your “lost visitors” and court them until they convert, this is one of the smartest possible uses of your marketing budget.

Remarketing: A Smart Strategy

I’ll be frank—remarketing can feel a little weird to consumers. When you’re wearing the hat of consumer, you may find it odd, too. It certainly raises a few eyebrows, with consumers wondering, “How do they know I looked at that product? Why am I seeing it again now?” But once you put on the hat of business owner and marketer, you understand why companies employ this strategy.

Remarketing has proven indispensable in the ad game. It allows for increased user touch points, drives repeat traffic to your site, and increases brand recognition and awareness. In practice, you begin to appreciate just how intricate the process is.

… and today you can get access to a much-needed piece of software for cheaper and much more targeted traffic.

It’s called WP InstaPixel and you can download it here:

With this plugin, you can:
– Add your facebook pixel to your blog and
– Create audience targeting events of any kind

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With Facebook events, you’re able to save money with your advertising
because you’re able to show your offers to an audience as specific as you choose.

Some uses for this could be to:
– Only show a certain page to someone who subscribed, but didn’t buy
– Show followup ads if they bought one product, but not another
– Display ads to bring people back if they visited the checkout page but left before buying…

And… so much more.

This article only serves as an introduction to the concept, which can be employed on the web, social media, and other platforms. Every remarketing strategy is a little bit different, depending on the nature of your business and what you offer. It can actually be exciting to tailor a remarketing campaign to your business, reviewing the behavior patterns of web visitors to determine who is ripe for retargeting.

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If you don’t have a remarketing campaign in place, it’s time to consider one.

Post by: Adam Witty

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