You Ask, I Answer: Remarketing Strategy and Tips?

Dominique asks, “What type of remarketing are you using / on which platforms have you been the most successful?”

Remarketing, the art of showing ads to people who haven’t converted, on the surface seems like a pretty simple tactic – show ads to people who haven’t converted. The question is, which kinds of conversions, and which kinds of people? The best overall strategy is to think about remarketing in terms of conversion type, time, and audience – then advertise along those three vectors as budget allows. Platform is less important than strategy. Watch the video for full details.

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In today’s episode Dominic asks, what type of remarketing Are you using or on which platforms have you been the most successful? So remarketing, the fine art of showing ads to people who haven’t converted.

On the surface seems a pretty simple tactic, right? show ads to people who haven’t converted.

The question is, what kinds of conversions? What kinds of people remarketing requires, like everything, a bit of strategy to it.

Think about the things that customer does b2b or b2c.

When they’re not converting what caused them to not convert? Because the offer was wrong either the wrong person did the landing page of the creative not striking that they get distracted while they were at their computer or on their phone and just forget there’s any number of reasons that People don’t convert, one of the most important things to do is to try and figure that out.

So to the extent that you can use exit surveys, reengagement campaigns, reaching out and calling people to say, hey, not trying to pressure you into buying the thing, it’s want to know why you didn’t buy the thing.

So that we can better tune our product development, marketing, etc.

So that’s step one, figure out to the best extent you can the reason why because of the reason why it’s something that you can fix with operations.

That then means you don’t need to spend money on the advertising in order to recoup those audiences.

For remarketing itself, the best overall strategy is to think about remarketing in terms of three vectors, three different dimensions or factors that you can see in your analytics versus conversion type.

So this is especially true in b2b but it’s still true and b2c, particularly complex b2c.

Conversion types.

Is it a lead generation conversion? Is it a purchase conversion like e commerce? Is it a booking? Is informational? Is it just transactional? Is it even just awareness generation? What’s the conversion type? Because different conversion types obviously are easier or harder to win back the more risk or the bigger the commitment of the conversion, the more likely to someone’s going to bail out.

Second time, you need to have in your remarketing system, the ability to track and remarket against time, the longer somebody has been away from the purchase, the probably the less likely they are to, to buy something, and they may have already purchased something else that fulfill that need.

So you want to have that as a dimension.

And the third of course, is the audience.

Who when where, who are the people that you have not converted? And where are they take a look at your analytics and look at things like organic search, the Google ecosystem, and then the Facebook ecosystem.

Those are sort of the two big platforms that live digital markers focus on this is Google ads and Facebook ads.

Look at your existing traffic, look at your existing converting traffic in your web analytics.

And make the determination about where you get more of your converting traffic from that’s going to be your best bet for where you’re going to run your retargeting ads.

And if it’s if it’s an even mix, then you’re going to split your budget.

What you want to do is advertise along those three vectors as far as budget allows.

And this is important that you get the vector ID and because it’s not one of those dimensions, there’s a very good chance that it’s going to be a combination of those dimensions that determines what causes somebody to come back So it could be somebody that is relatively low risk and recent to your site.

But maybe they’re the audience type doesn’t matter, or could be somebody coming from Google and somebody who gets to like step stage three of your purchase process.

Whatever the case may be, you’re going to have to do some analysis to figure out along those three vectors whatsoever, the sweet spot where you can see the these three factors are differentially impacting the likelihood of a conversion.

Then you run your advertising along that you target people who are at a certain point in the funnel at a certain period of time, from a certain place and running ads against them.

Generally speaking, you’re going to want to if you think about your operations funnel from almost purchase, to Who are you, who you want to run your ads With all of your spend, starting at the bottom until you get hit diminishing returns for your lowest funnel audiences, and then moving up the funnel spending until you run out of budget, essentially, whatever you’ve allocated upwards of the funnel, but you have to start at the lowest part of the funnel that you can possibly get to because logically, if someone is almost committed, and they just need a nudge, you’re going to get a higher return on investment, a higher return on ad spend from that person at the bottom, then the person at the top was like I still don’t, I don’t even remember who you are, or how I ended up on your website.

So think about it along those lines.

Most of this data is in your web analytics, particularly if you’re using Google Analytics and using Google ads.

There, there really is no, no reason not to have access to all this data and it is there and it’s very, very easy to get ahold of Facebook a little bit harder but not a ton harder because again, Facebook wants to make it easier, easier for you to spend money with them.

Where Facebook allows you where Facebook gives you some advantage is that it has different properties.

And it has.

And they’re known behaviors.

People do behave differently on Facebook than they do on say, Instagram or WhatsApp or messenger.

And so you can retarget based on the audience of behaviors, the known propensity of people to behave a certain way on those platforms.

With Google, Google has such a massive footprint that it can be difficult to know how someone’s behaving on the Display Network, the Search Network, YouTube, Gmail, all these different systems.

That said when it comes to display retargeting people have been finding very, very good success with RLSA and RLSA.

youtube RLSA means retargeting lists for search ads, somebody types in keywords related to you.

campaigns and you we target those people with retargeting ads based on their search history.

If they’ve got high intent searches, it’s particularly for competitors.

There’s a, there’s a really good opportunity to steal some market share there.

And then there’s RLSA for YouTube, which is when you are taking that search history and then showing YouTube ads to those people on YouTube.

Later on, it’s like somebody searches for winter snow boots here in New England where I am, and, and then the next time they’re on YouTube, they see ads for your snow boots.

reminding them hey, it’s about to get cold where you are.

Buy a pair of our boots.

Those retargeting vehicles have traditionally done very, very well for people.

So there’s a lot to unpack in a retargeting strategy if you do it well.

But those fundamentals of conversion type time and audience really help you set your strategy well and in some cases even dictate the platform.

We’re less about the platform we’re more about do you have the data to target the right audience that will give you your highest return on ad spend? Leave your comments in the comment box below.

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