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Timing Retargeted Ads — The Sooner The Better

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Retargeting online consumers with ads for sites they’ve visited works. Some research shows that your clients could achieve up to a 25% purchase rate when they retarget correctly. How soon after a consumer visit should your client be paying for retargeting? Here is the answer.

Retargeting Impacts Revisit Rates

Navdeep Sahni and Sridhar Narayanan at the Stanford School of Business formally studied retargeting. They researched visitor activity to an online home building products site based in Canada. Using Google’s DoubleClick technology, they tracked site visitors. Over a period of four weeks, the researchers tracked some visitors who saw no ads and those who saw up to 15 ads a day.

Similar to research conducted by Performics, the university professors found that consumers who see a retargeting ad will return to the site they visited. In fact, these people have a 15% higher revisit rate than those who don’t see an ad. This statistic applied to consumers who had viewed a product page but hadn’t yet created a shopping cart.

Retargeting Ad Timing

Sahni and Narayanan also found that 50% of the impact of a retargeting ad takes place within the two-day period following the site visit. Narayanan states, “This is a relatively big deal because it goes against the canonical thinking.” The thinking he’s referring to is all about how marketers might not want to bother consumers too soon after a site visit. It turns out that marketers shouldn’t waste a minute in their retargeting efforts.

Consumers leave a site without purchasing for many reasons. They could be shopping for a better deal. But they could also have been distracted by a breaking news report. Or they might be hesitating to open a shopping cart and make a purchase because they are thinking about what to do.

Your clients’ competitors know what’s going on as consumers trawl online. They’ll waste no time sending ads to them in the content they’re viewing. If your clients don’t want to miss out on a sale, they should begin retargeting immediately and understand that after a week, the purchase intent may no longer be present.

Help your client set up retargeting ads either on your site or across a wider range of sites and apps, possibly including Facebook. To learn more about the kinds of digital ads that generate the best consumer responses, check out the AudienceSCAN profiles available on SalesFuel from AdMall.

Kathy Crosett
Kathy is the Vice President of Research for SalesFuel. She holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Vermont and oversees a staff of researchers, writers and content providers for SalesFuel. Previously, she was co-owner of several small businesses in the health care services sector.
November 15, 2019 Media + Marketing