Emma Cullen
Emma Cullen 2 November 2016

11 Awesome Ideas For Your Next Retargeting Ad Campaign

Whether you’re working in a SaaS company, with eCommerce, or in any other branch of sales and marketing, you can use retargeting in a lot of different and often remarkable ways. The following points will give you some inspiration for your next retargeting campaign.

Retargeting banner ad campaigns are increasingly popular with online B2B and B2C marketers alike: today 1 in 5 marketers now have a budget exclusively for retargeting ads. Not only that, but every year the spend on retargeting increases. Retargeting ads are incredibly popular with online marketers because they work, and the statistics speak for themselves, as seen in these great infographics from Wishpond.

However, there is a lot more to retargeting campaigns than showing ads to visitors who have previously been to your website. Whether you’re working in a SaaS company, with eCommerce, or in any other branch of sales and marketing, you can use retargeting in a lot of different and often remarkable ways. The following points will give you some inspiration for your next retargeting campaign.

1. Build Campaigns With Lists

Try retargeting segmented lists of leads who have previously been on your website, and that are in your database or marketing automation platform. It is possible to segment leads in a variety of different ways. You can base the segments on their location, their stage in the sales cycle or interests based on the web pages they have viewed on your website. You can go into even more detail with the segments if you feel you need to as well. All you need is the right amount of data based on user behaviour.

Once the leads have been segmented, it’s time to build different retargeting banner ads that appeal to the leads in each segment.

Creating different retargeting banner ads that are relevant to all the leads in your different segments will mean that you will need to build many variations of the ads, which could be a lot of work. However, by using BannerFlow you can make small tweaks and changes to you banner ads quickly, and build new variations in seconds. This gives you more time to focus on the analysis, and allows you to find out what works for your business and what doesn't.

There's also the option of using Dynamic Creative Banners in your retargeting ads. This means that rather than having to create a number of different ads, you use a feed with a number of different products pre loaded. This feeds your banner ads, which display different products based on the user's previous behaviour. 

So for potentially thousands of different, specifically targeted ads, the work is minimal. If you want to know more about how you can do this with BannerFlow, get in touch!

2. Retarget Every Stage of the Sales Funnel

Building a retargeting strategy that targets visitors and leads at every stage of the sales funnel can be used very effectively in most businesses, especially those with longer sales cycles. Build display ads that will help nurturethe leads through your sales pipeline, from the awareness stage until they are ready to make their purchase.

3. Show Previously Viewed Content

So, a visitor abandoned their shopping cart, viewed a product without a purchase or visited a landing page without clicking the call to action? Help them to come back and transform them into customers by reminding them of what they're missing out on.

In your retargeting banner ads, you can add images of the products they have viewed or the content they previously considered downloading. This will make your banners more appealing and engaging to viewers that you target during retargeting campaigns, as they will recognise your brand/products and will more likely be drawn to click on it.

4. Retarget Email Opens and Clicks

If you want to think outside the box and try something new, try retargeting those who have opened your emails, but have not taken action. Retargeting leads that have opened or clicked on your promotional emails can help to bring customers back. This retargeting can also help boost your email marketing efforts too, which remains a fantastic marketing method for most online businesses.

5. Don’t Forget to Retarget Customers!

Retargeting campaigns shouldn’t be limited to visitors who have not made a purchase yet. You can retarget your customers in some different ways. You can run campaigns to upsell and cross sell. You can target customers who are due for contract renewal, and even retarget customers who haven’t returned to make another purchase for a while.

Consider including a discount or offering something valuable to them for free. This will make them feel as though they are valued customers, and encourage a positive attitude towards your brand.

6. Use Discounts and Offers

You might find that there are some visitors who have been very close to purchasing, but they have abandoned their shopping cart or for some reason or other, and they haven’t made the purchase. Try out retargeting banner ads that contain a discount or offer that may entice them back onto the website to make a purchase.

Be aware that some marketers recommend being careful when using discounts and other similar offers because it may cause customers to become accustomed to getting discounts, or will reduce the real value of your product or service.

7. Behavioural Triggers

Try building a retargeting online display advertising campaign that focuses on actions as triggers. You can show a visitor different banner designs depending on their last action taken on your website. Again, this means building a lot of different creatives with different designs and texts, so make sure that you choose a banner production platform that lets you easily scale up your campaigns.

8. Personalize the CTA

In your next retargeting online banner campaign try A/B testing different call-to-actions to see which works best. With this data, you can then optimise your banners by customising the CTA used to suit the viewer; personalised CTAs convert 42% better than non-personalised ones!

9. Align Content and Offers

Remember that your whole retargeting campaign should be a streamlined process. One way to ensure this is the case is to make sure that the retargeting ad that the person views relates in some way to the action they previously took.

For example, if someone has downloaded an eBook about marketing, you might want to encourage further engagement for that lead by showing retargeting ads about your next marketing webinar. This will help prospects to heighten their engagement and move them closer towards a sale.

If you’re working in eCommerce, you may want to have an offer that relates to the items that the user had been looking at on their last visit. Creating relevant ads through retargeting will help to increase your click-through rate and overall sales.

10. Keep Your Ads Fresh

Prevent surfers that are being retargeted from getting bored of your ads by making sure you rotate your retargeting ads frequently. If your display ads aren’t converting, then it is worth changing them to see if you can improve your click-through rate.

This means that you need to build and frequently update the banners you are using in your display advertising campaigns. However, you will be able to test, analyse, and ultimately benefit from banner improvements, and you will end up showing more engaging ads.

11. Build Super-Charged Retargeting Ads

Online banner advertising is only one branch of the online marketing tree. Try combining your retargeting ads with other campaigns and other marketing channels to get your message across to a wider audience.

Many marketers fail to create a succinct omnichannel marketing strategy that is well-executed, but you can take advantage of this by creating a successful multi-channel marketing strategy that incorporates retargeting banner ads to target prospects.

You could streamline an email marketing campaign with a retargeting campaign, or even use different channels, including social media, to run retargeting campaigns to target your users wherever they are on the web.

Final Thoughts

Retargeting online banner ad campaigns can be as simple or as advanced as you like. The key to making retargeting campaigns that rock is to make sure that you target the right people and build plenty of banner ads which are both attractive and innovative.

Original Article

What types of retargeting campaigns have you tried out, and which ones were most useful?

Re-targeting should be handled with care and not become another automated task, especially towards previous conversions! I'm a middle aged male and made a purchase of some clothing from Hollister, and ever since they have been re-targeting me with promotions and offers for ladies clothing - I now regard their messaging as spam and lost all interest in the brand! Re-targeting a previous conversion is demonstrating gratitude for their custom, the same as thanking someone for a gift, it makes you/them feel good and ultimately builds loyalty. Too many advertisers are not spending enough time understanding their visits and to simplify their re-targeting, the content is automatically generated rather than appropriately selected and used in a relevant manner. This becomes synonymous with spam! Use it wisely, treat your conversions with respect and they will come back for more and more importantly spread the word about their experience!

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