Your Guide To Retargeted Marketing

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Finding Customers / March 30, 2014


We’ve all seen ads follow us from the sites we visit. How did my favorite sports blog know I was in the market to purchase an easel for my daughter? The answer is retargeting.

It’s a new(er) way to retain the customers who check out your site without actually checking out. Retargeting is more cost-effective than Google Adwords. It’s also more focused, as it reaches the individuals who found your site for a specific need.

Keep in mind there are two different types of retargeting: search and site. Search retargeting is when a company collects data surrounding a user search and shows a potential consumer your ad based on the keyword searched. Site retargeting is focused solely on customers who’ve visited your site. This is what we’re discussing below.

Here are answers to the most common questions involved with integrating retargeting into your marketing plan.


It’s pretty simple. You place a code (it may also be called a pixel) on your website that “follows” your visitors after they view your site in the form of ads. The code is not noticed by your visitors and doesn’t affect your website’s performance. It’s simply a means to target a specific type of customer – those visitors who went to your site looking to purchase what you offer.


The average website conversion rate is a little over 2%. This means that 98% of customers, who visit a website where something can be purchased, choose NOT to pay your company money. In addition, nearly 3 out of 5 (60%) of U.S. online buyers say they notice ads for items they’ve searched for on another site.

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Retargeting is a tool that takes these statistics into account. It’s also easy to set-up. Just simply place the pixel or code given to you from the retargeting vendor right before the end body tag </body> in your pages HTML code or on your websites HTML template.

Your SEO or online marketing manager should be able to assist with this. If you’re still unsure, the vendors typically offer online tutorials or customer service to help out.


Pricing is pretty transparent. Campaign costs are calculated by the vendor purchasing ad impressions (for your company) and adding in their margin.  With most services, you can start and stop whenever you’d like. You also set the daily budget.

Although you’re able to set the budget, you want to ensure your ROI is satisfactory. The more people you “target” the better percentage of a return you’ll collect. As long as you’re reading the weekly reports, you’ll be able to determine the best budget for your company.


Very. You can control font, color, size and logo. In addition, you can select how specific the ad is. For example, you can have a general ad that has your logo and URL. Or, you can specifically mention the collection or product type the customer was searching for on your site. It’s probably a good idea to not go too specific, this may scare people off.


The analytics for the retargeting company we use are very simple to read and include all the basic metrics of a Google Adwords report, including impressions, clicks, CPC (cost per clicks), and total spend.

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Unlike Adwords, the vendor you choose must first collect visitor data from your site (a specific number of targets to follow once the ads go live). Depending on the traffic to your site, this may take a few days or a few weeks.



  • “The most widely used retargeting platform in the world.”
  • Free two week trial.


  • “A programmatic advertising platform that connects marketers with their exact target audience in real time across Display, Social, Mobile, & Video.”
  • Offer numerous marketing management solutions.

  • “Directly access unstructured data to enable marketers to target, bid, optimize and report at the individual data element level.”
  • Offer numerous marketing management solutions.


As we all know, there isn’t one sure-fire marketing method that will take your sales to the next level.

Retargeting is no different. While an interesting and effective tool, it works best when paired with inbound and outbound marketing efforts. Use retargeting as an adjunct to your online marketing plan.

Please share your thoughts in the comments!

Ben Camerota is the President of MPV Visuals, suppliers of high-impact visuals and custom displays for trade shows, retail promotion and corporate events. Ben is passionate about delivering excellent customer service, building businesses, relationships and experiences. 

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Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson is Co-Founder of Under30Experiences, a travel company for young people ages 21-35. He is the original Co-founder of Under30CEO (Acquired 2016). Matt is the Host of the Live Different Podcast and has 50+ Five Star iTunes Ratings on Health, Fitness, Business and Travel. He brings a unique, uncensored approach to his interviews and writing. His work is published on, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Huffington Post, Reuters, and many others. Matt hosts yoga and fitness retreats in his free time and buys all his food from an organic farm in the jungle of Costa Rica where he lives. He is a shareholder of the Green Bay Packers.