Retargeting is a strategy that nearly every successful programmatic marketing campaign needs to be utilizing. Since it’s uncommon for users to visit a website for the first time and convert immediately, retargeting becomes a highly valuable, cost-effective way to ultimately get these interested users to convert. In fact, average conversions via landing pages are 2.35%, which means that 97.65% of users may never convert if not retargeted (Wordstream).

Retargeting Is The Answer

So, for the users who clicked through to a client’s homepage but didn’t make a purchase, didn’t look into available auto inventory, or didn’t look up how to contact the company -programmatic retargeting is the answer.

Say a user clicks through to an auto dealer’s homepage, absorbs enough necessary information about the brand, and leaves without looking into the dealer’s inventory. Since it’s already known that this user is interested in the brand, it’s beneficial to retarget them to a page of the website that brings them further down the conversion funnel (i.e. the inventory page).

This can work particularly well when paired with a separate set of incentive-based ads aimed directly at previous website visitors, as it may further entice them to engage and make a meaningful conversion. In this particular example, an ad with a call-to-action could be something related to a certain percentage off the MSRP of a vehicle for new customers. By linking this ad set to the inventory page, users who are already familiar with the brand will be much more likely to convert (i.e. visiting the contact page, calling the dealership, visiting the dealership, etc.).


Another imperative aspect of a programmatic retargeting strategy to keep in mind is the frequency of which the ads are served. While spamming users with ads could certainly hurt a brand’s image, it may take more than one ad to entice a user to come back to your website. If you’ve ever shopped on Amazon, you’re likely very familiar with their retargeting strategy.

You may even be able to ignore that 120-pack of Yoohoo you were looking at if you only see the ad one more time. However, if it keeps appearing, you may just decide that you really should treat yourself to 120 Yoohoos.

According to iMedia, the ideal frequency rate is from one to four ads per day per user, depending on the campaign and industry, and anything above this will typically result in a diminished conversion rate (iMedia). So while it’s essential to capture the user’s attention, the line between optimal and annoying needs to be clearly defined.

Increase Conversions

Retargeting is an extremely effective way at increasing conversion rates and keeping a brand top-of-mind in situations where a user could be shopping around for other brands. When it comes down to it, it’s really all about getting into the mind of the user, and if properly executed, it can be a major driver for a client’s ROI.

3 Steps For A Successful Programmatic Advertising Campaign

With the variety of constantly-evolving targeting options programmatic advertising companies are utilizing – Geo-Fencing, Behavioral, Native Advertising, Site Retargeting, Whitelisting, 3rd Party Data Targeting, Event Targeting, Addressable Geo-Fencing, Cart Abandonment Retargeting, the list goes on – just figuring out how to set your campaign can seem like a daunting task. However, there are a few fundamental aspects that will ensure your campaign crushes it for your client!

1. Place The Campaign Pixel

This may seem obvious, but we cannot understate the importance of placing the campaign pixel on your client’s website! Not only does this allow us to Site Retarget people who have engaged with their website – which leads to people coming back to your website 3x as often – but this also allows us to track campaign engagement in much greater detail than just clicks.

Where the pixel placement process used to be a bear – we previously had to place individual conversion pixels only on the specific pages we wanted to track, YIKES – we can now set up your conversion tracking internally once the pixel is placed on all pages of the site.

This means we can track how many people saw the campaign’s ads and then visited key pages on your client’s website, like the Contact Us or Locations page.  Perhaps even more intriguing, for applicable e-commerce websites, we can retarget only people who have an item in their Cart but haven’t checked out yet!

2. Provide A List Of Competitors

There are several different ways in which we can get your client’s ads in front of their competitors’ customers. You may already be familiar with Geo-Fencing, where we can build a digital fence around a competitor’s physical storefront and retarget anyone who enters that fence with your client’s ads, and then track how many people actually visit your client’s storefront. BTW – in 2018, people who saw our Geo-Fencing ads were on average 175% more likely to actually visit our client’s locations! But did you know we can also serve ads to people who have searched for your competitors across the web, and even people who have searched for your competitors’ websites? And with our integration with some of the industry’s top Data Providers, we can even serve ads to people who have been identified as a customer of several National Brands!

3. Provide All Necessary Creatives

This may also sound obvious, but one of the most common hindrances we see comes from only running one or two ad sizes. By providing each of our recommended ad sizes (300×250, 320×50, 728×90, 160×600, 300×600 and 300×500), as well as a .mp4 for Pre-Roll, your campaign will be set up to knock it out of the park right from the get-go! This will allow us to analyze performance data on each ad size and format, and then optimize accordingly by maximizing your top-performers!


Ad Retargeting is one of the best ways to ensure your programmatic campaigns see incredible success. By following these simple steps and understanding the importance of programmatic ad retargeting, you can ensure your clients’ campaigns grow to the moon! Conduit Digital has a team of experienced experts in every product. See how our Programmatic Audience Targeting team creates success for clients just like yours!

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