Beginners Guide - 3 Tips to Set Up a Retargeting Campaign in 24 Hours

What is Retargeting?

Retargeting is a form of online advertising that helps you engage with people who have previously visited your website. It’s a cookie-based technology (not the sweet, delicious kind though) that tags all users who land on your site. Once they leave your website, they carry your cookie. This cookie is recognized by publishers around the web. These publishers can then display your ads to the same users.

This graphic does a great job in explaining the retargeting journey.

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Why Should You Care About Retargeting?

Retargeting WORKS. Check this out:

  • For most websites, only 2% of the web traffic ends up converting after the first visit.

  • In a study that evaluated various strategies in terms of the average lift in search activity generated for an advertising brand, retargeting represented the highest lift in trademark search behavior at 1046%

  • Retargeting can boost ad response up to 400%

  • Web visitors that are retargeted with display ads are 70% more likely to convert

3 Tips to Setting Up a Retargeting Campaign

This post is written to provide tips and solutions that could help a beginner set up a retargeting campaign if you don’t have much knowledge of retargeting campaigns, creating audiences, and most importantly, ways to increase your conversions and ROI from your retargeting efforts.

TIP #1: Use link Retargeting to Build a Retargeting Audience

When building your retargeting audience, you ideally want to build an audience of people who have shown interest in your product or services. There are tons of tools you can use to build your retargeting audience, like Adroll, Facebook retargeting, or Google AdWords. However, since they take a lot of set-up and prior work, for a beginner, these are probably not the best options. BUT with link targeting, you don’t need anything to get started. No retargeting script, no display ads, and no ad copy.

It’s as simple as building a retargeting audience out of everyone that clicks on your links. Plus, you know these people already had enough of an interest to click on your site.

Here is how you can do this with link retargeting:

  • Your first step is to find a piece of content that your audience would like to read. This can be your own content or third-party content.

Then you want to shorten the URL of the content using a link retargeting platform such as RetargetLinks, which we will be using as an example:


Share your short link on all your broadcasting platforms: social media, email, blog posts, PR Releases — anywhere your target audience exists. Everyone that clicks on your short links will automatically be added to your retargeting audience.

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Create and upload your ads into the RetargetLinks Most link retargeting platforms help you build your retargeting audience but do not show your ads for you. This means that you still need to learn Google AdWords and all that goes with it (building audiences, bidding, and weeding through different placements to get your ads on high-authority sites) in order to display your ads to the right consumers.

However, RetargetLinks specifically gives you a leg up. All you need to do is drag and drop your ads into the platform. They display your ads for you.


Additionally, with Link Retargeting you can segment your users. Since the retargeting audience is built out of everyone that clicks on your short link, you have the ability to build highly segmented audiences with the content that you share.

For example, if you wanted an audience of curly haired individuals, you could share an article about “Tips for Managing Curly Hair.” Most likely, the majority of the people who would click on that article have curly hair.

Since everyone that clicks on the article automatically gets added to your retargeting audience, you now have an engaged audience of curly haired individuals! Link Retargeting allows you to be extremely granular with segmenting—something that is quite complicated to do with other retargeting platforms.

TIP #2: Use a Landing Page Provider to Optimize Conversion Rates

In order to get the best return from your retargeting efforts, you want to have a strong page that the user lands on when they click on your display ad. However, optimizing your entire website to improve your conversion rates can be a pretty big project —and definitely falls outside of our 24-hour timeline. Instead, we recommend using an online landing page provider to create a destination for your click-through , like Unbounce, Square Space, or LeadPages

You can even use the landing page templates that are provided by online programs like Unbounce, since they have everything built out for you already.

So, here is how you can optimize conversions with landing pages:

  • Navigate to any landing page platform and create a new landing page. For this step-by-step, we will be using the example of Unbounce. You can either create one from scratch (no coding required, just drag and drop) or you can select one of their pre-built, tried-and-tested templates.


Unbounce allows you to host landing pages for free under their own domain. This means that your landing page URL might look something like this:

  • You can also opt to add your own domain as a subdomain in Unbounce. This is highly recommended, but it does require a paid subscription.


With Unbounce, you create a desktop and mobile version at the same time. And in order to have the most optimal conversion rate, it is crucial that both these versions work well. So make sure you double check that both versions look good and work to drive your audience to the CTA.

  • Unbounce also tracks every lead that comes in and compiles it into a list for you. Say hello to easy conversion tracking—no script, no conversion pixel—nothing!

  • Here is how you can access this information: Navigate to the Unbounce dashboard and check out how many leads have come in by checking up on the conversions. You can also navigate to the leads section and view a list of the leads.


If you would like to export this list into your CRM or email marketing platform, you can also generate a CSV of all of your leads!

With these templates, you can get a great head start with your conversion rate optimization (CRO) without the hassle of learning the ins-and-outs of landing page design (at least for now). That way you can set up your retargeting campaign sooner and get selling faster. 

TIP #3: Using Banner Templates to Make Display Ads

Creating your display ads using online banner makers is probably one of the most important aspects of the entire retargeting journey. Why? Because your ads are competing with a lot of other information — content on that site, other display ads, and other calls to action that could take away from your ad.

Hence, it is important to create an eye-catching ad that stands out, relays the right information, and encourages the click.

Online banner makers like Bannersnack, Canva, and Snappa are life-savers in these situations. Not only do they have pre-set templates with great ideas to create your own banner ads, the templates are also set to the right dimensions.

Here is how you can get that done:

Find an online banner maker that works for your needs, but for this step-by-step, we will be using Bannersnack. Bannersnack has one of the most affordable starter plans in our opinion ($7/month for 30 static banners) and a really user-friendly interface.

Once you have logged in, you can start by selecting the size of the ad that you would like to create.

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Choose a pre-made template you want to use (or build your ad from scratch with the easy drag-and-drop tools). These templates will make your job quick and easy since the image-to-text ratio and the layout is built with keeping CRO in mind.

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Save the banner you create and download it to any device! Once you have done so, you can drag and drop the banner into a link retargeting platform or upload the banner into Adwords/Facebook.

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That’s it! You are done. You now have beautiful, high-converting banner ads with a singular call to action, the right text-to-image ratio, and the correct dimensions.

We hope these 3 tricks help you take your retargeting campaign from zero to hero and aid you in employing one of the most efficient forms of advertising as early as tomorrow!

NOTE: Before you set up your retargeting campaign, you need to know who your ideal customer is, where they are, and what they will purchase. Contact us today and we’ll help you create your customer avatar and get clear on who you’re selling to!