If you have put any effort at all into promoting your site then this is a great tactic for maximizing your return from that effort.
If you are paying for traffic to come to your site using Google Adwords or through Search Engine Optimisation then this is an absolute must for you.
The sad truth is that in most cases a visitor to a web site will not take the action you want them to take on their first visit.
Even though these visitors did not buy or make that call you at least know they are interested in what you offer.
What do you do ?
What you do not do is just let them go and hope they will come back…. in most cases it will not happen and all that time , energy and money spent getting them to your site in the first place has been wasted.
What you do is try again to get them to buy by re-targeting them with ads.
Re-targeting is simply advertising again to your site visitors who did not convert after they have visited your site. It works because you are advertising to people who already know you and have some understanding of what you do. They must have a need for your services or products. That is why they were on your site.
Is this really worth it I hear you ask, is this more trouble that it is worth. Well here are some facts about the effectiveness of re-targeting.
You can check out this web site for the source of this data
So re-targeting works.
There are many places you can re-target visitors to your site and Facebook is one of them. As there is an excellent chance your site visitors spend a lot of time on Facebook then it is actually one of the best places to re-target them with ads.
To re-target your site visitors on Facebook you need to set-up what are called web site custom audiences.
These are really lists of visitors to your site that Facebook has access to.
To set-up a Web Site Custom Audience you need to click on the Ads Manager tab in the right hand menu on your screen
Next you need to click on the Audiences Tab followed by Create Audience
Facebook has many options available here so select Create Web Site Custom Audience from the list in the box.
You will now be brought to the screen where you define your Web Site Custom Audience.
Lets think about this for a minute. Not all site visitors want the same thing. You may sell different products and services.
People interesting in your product or service A may have no interest in your product or service B.
It makes sense that when you re-market to this person you focus on your product or service A. This will clearly make the ad more interesting to the viewer and so more likely to success.
So you have a shopping site with 100 different office products. Somebody came to your site and looked at photocopier section. They did not buy.
You now want to promote ads about your photocopiers to them. As you know they are really interested you may put a discount voucher code in the ad or use some other way of convincing them to buy.
Facebook will allow you to do all of this.
Following on from the previous steps you have this screen to fill in to create your web site custom audience.
Once all of this has been done and the code installed on your site Facebook will start building your custom audience so you can use it for targeting ads to Facebook users.
Re-targeting works, it is a conversion strategy that if implemented will add to your bottom line.