A marketer's guide to the different types of retargeting for your campaign.
In my first blog in this series, I explained the very basic concept of a successful retargeting campaign. AdExchanger's daily digest noted it quite precisely as a "marketer's POV." Following the Twitter feed for the term "retargeting" gives you a fair gist of what the world thinks of it. There are several who find it annoying and a stealthy follower of one's digital footprint. And then there are those who are amazed by it, for whom a contextual banner ad is more welcome than an arbitrarily laid out one.
There are several strategies that one can devise to ensure your ads end up being perceived a whole lot more useful than annoying, but we'll come to that later. Today I'll give you a brief overview of the many different flavors of retargeting (they may not really add up to 50, in case you were going to count). There are several ways to classify types of retargeting.
Let's Begin With the Marketing Channel
In the Way You Bid for the User's Impressions
The kind of retargeting can also differ in the way the brand invests in the user's impressions. This is important from a marketing/campaign ROI perspective.
In the Banner One Displays to Retarget the User
|Feature||Static/Segmented Retargeting||Standard Dynamic Retargeting||Advanced Dynamic Retargeting|
|Useful for||Awareness campaigns where the communication is standard - e.g., a car launch or for the Customs department to remind users about things they cannot bring back.||Businesses with less products, categories, or customer segments. Marketers running their own retargeting campaigns (limited ability to customize communication).||
Businesses with large and frequently changing product portfolios, many customer segments - e.g., OTAs, e-commerce.Marketers who work with an agency or vendor who can continuously optimize banners for them.
|Personalization||Nothing much to be done here. Messaging and banner design is standard.||Banners developed on the basis of a few factors like last X products viewed, name, image, and price.||Several factors affect banner content - e.g., top products bought, upselling, viewed-bought correlation.|
|Creative Optimization||Rarely needed and no scope as there exist only one or two different messages/banners (pre-created).||Some optimization possible if banner templates are loaded dynamically.||High need and scope for optimizing banners based on several customizable elements.|
On the Retargeting Vendor's Business Model
There are different ways in which brands may engage with a vendor (retargeting specialist). These will include:
In every way one might look at retargeting as a marketing tool, I have tried to provide a list of variants that are disparate. However, there exist shades of grey, overlaps between many of them that threaten to be a variant in themselves - e.g., a website retargeting campaign that publishes on social media (think FBX), or self-serve operational models where the vendor provides creative design as a service. Maybe if we count all these variants, I will have indeed covered 50 shades in all. Let me know if you know of or use or sell variants that I haven't covered here!
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Parth heads the marketing team at Jifflenow and brings in considerable experience in the tech marketing space for products as well as services. In this capacity, he manages brand and marketing strategy, investments, campaigns, and product evangelism. Prior to joining Jifflenow, Parth was senior product marketer at ad tech startup, Vizury and he has also worked at Adobe , Cognizant, and Infosys. Parth holds an MBA in Marketing from XLRI and a Bachelors degree in Engineering from IIT Kanpur in India. He can be found on Twitter @parthsm and LinkedIn.
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