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Why is Retargeting indispensable for success?

What Is Retargeting, and Why It’s Indispensable When Running a Successful eCommerce Business?

Retargeting is a type of online advertising that uses website cookies to track your website users. Even after prospective customers leave their site, you can target them with ads for your brand or product. 

This process is the best-performing and most efficient type of advertising because it only shows ads to consumers who have expressed their interest in your product or service. By targeting warm leads, conversion rates go up, meaning ad spend is justified.

The Problem

Less than 2% of consumers purchase something on their first visit to an eCommerce website. On top of that, some reports suggest that more than 90% of consumers who first visit a website have no intention of making a purchase.The majority of web traffic is there to compare prices or review your items. 

In fact, it takes several interactions with a brand before a consumer makes a purchase. Salesforce suggests the number is between six and eight. Other estimates say it takes as much as ten.

Whichever way you look at it, getting visitors to your eCommerce website is just part of the battle. Making further impressions via marketing, advertising, reviews, word of mouth, etc., is what is needed to ensure sales.

These numbers demonstrate just how difficult it is for eCommerce brands today. Additionally, they highlight how difficult it is for merchants to compete in a crowded marketplace.

The Solution

Retargeting offers eCommerce websites an excellent solution to these issues. By targeting consumers who have expressed an interest in your products or services (by visiting your site) and targeting them with ads, you can increase the interactions that lead to sales.

Retargeting — also known as remarketing — has been used by digital marketing specialists and big brands for a long time. It’s a popular form of advertising because it gets excellent results. 

As we mentioned earlier, it’s the most effective type of marketing you can do because it deliberately targets warm leads. Instead of paying for advertisements that hopefully target a demographic, retargeting serves ads to people who are already interested in your products.

However, despite retargeting’s proven track record, many small eCommerce businesses don’t implement this form of advertising. There are a couple of reasons for this:

A) They don’t know about retargeting

B) They believe that retargeting is too challenging to do.

Not knowing about something is understandable. Running an eCommerce store has a big learning curve. It’s a lot of work, with many things to set up and suppliers and customers to deal with.

As for believing it’s too challenging, that can be true too. Sometimes it is hard for people to implement retargeting, especially for eCommerce store owners who aren’t digital natives.

However, eCommerce merchants need to overcome these challenges. The world of digital retail has shifted over the last few years. Failure to keep up with the times and use every tool at your disposal could lead to a closing business.

How eCommerce Has Changed in Recent Years

eCommerce has been a significant growth sector over the last decade or so. In 2014, the industry was worth around $1.3bn. That number will be about $5.4bn in 2022.

The pandemic exacerbated the existing trend toward an online economy. During the lockdown, many brick-and-mortar businesses went digital. Additionally, a glut of new merchants moved into the space, hoping to be part of this thriving sector.

eCommerce sales account for almost 1 in 5 of all retail sales worldwide. However, despite these positive numbers, 90% of eCommerce businesses fail in the first three months.

There are several reasons why eCommerce businesses don’t work. The top three are:

a) Poor online marketing

b) A lack of search engine visibility

c) A lack of demand for their products or services

This scenario is heartbreaking. Starting a business is such an exciting time for many entrepreneurs. It’s a significant investment of time and money, not to mention hopes and dreams. 

However, many eCommerce business owners quickly realize that getting a slice of the online retail pie is difficult. While the market is growing, so too is the competition.

One solution for eCommerce business owners is to run ads on social media (like Facebook or Instagram) or search engines like Google. But the increase in competition means that these marketing avenues have become more expensive and less effective. 

In short, it’s hard for businesses to stand out and run ads that result in a return on investment. Most companies don’t have a bottomless pit to pay for advertising while their store takes off. 

Retargeting is the solution to this issue because it helps businesses increase sales while keeping costs in check.

How Retargeting Works

While it may seem daunting to set up, retargeting is a simple process. 

When a visitor comes to your website, it drops a cookie (sometimes called a pixel) on their web browser. These cookies can identify each user as they navigate the web. 

For example:

Martha needs a good winter coat. She visits an eCommerce store and sees a brand that she likes. The website records Martha’s visit and attaches a cookie to her browser that indicates her interest in the product or the website.

Later, Martha browses her favorite websites: Facebook and the New York Times. She is greeted with some ads that are based on the cookies the eCommerce store saved. Martha is reminded of the brand and the winter coat she was interested in. 

This process serves as one of the “touchpoints” or interactions required for a sale. Martha decides that it’s time to buy the coat and clicks through on the ad or goes directly to the merchant’s website.

This story is a simple illustration of the power of retargeting. It helps serve personalized ads to people who have already expressed an interest in a product. This process can help remind them or convince them to make a purchase.

Benefits of Retargeting

Almost 70% of consumers say they are happy with personalization on one condition; that the information used to target them comes from first-party data.

Put plainly, consumers are OK with an eCommerce store collecting their information and using that to send them personalized ads. However, they are less keen about an eCommerce store buying data from a third party, like Facebook, and using that information to target them with ads.

Retargeting satisfies these criteria because it uses a customer’s visit to the site as the prompt to send them a personalized ad.

For eCommerce businesses, retargeting has many benefits.


1) Increases brand awareness by keeping a business fresh in the user’s mind

2) Makes advertising more efficient by targeting interested consumers

3) Reduces the cost of marketing and advertising campaigns

Another great benefit of retargeting is how it combats what is known as “ad blindness.” Ad blindness is the term for a phenomenon that we are all familiar with.

When we browse the web, we are met with many advertisements. After a while, we tend to tune them out, whether consciously or subconsciously. According to some studies, ad blindness affects around 86% of consumers.

When you think about it, that is an incredible number. Almost 9 in 10 people don’t see or notice ads. You’re paying good money for ad space, but for many of your potential audience, your ads might as well not be there. 

The good news is that retargeting doesn’t suffer from this problem. In fact, statistics suggest that 75% of consumers notice retargeting ads. The likely reason for this is because they already have an interest and awareness of your brand.

That is the power of personalization.

The Remarketing Sales Funnel

If you are running an eCommerce business, you’ve probably heard terms like sales or marketing funnel being tossed around. Typically, these funnels are used to describe the various stages of a customer journey, from first finding out about a brand all the way to making a purchase.

It’s helpful to break this process up into stages. It makes it easier to identify where you are going wrong and what areas you can improve, for starters.

Remarketing also has a sales funnel; however, it’s a bit different from the traditional models that you’ve probably encountered.

The remarketing funnel can be broken down into four simple stages:

  • Cold Leads
  • Warm Leads
  • Hot Leads
  • Resale and Upsale Leads

Each of these stages describes where your prospective customers are in relation to your products or services. 

Let’s explore each stage and see how retargeting can help.

#1. Cold Leads

OK, so you are probably a bit confused. Isn’t the whole point of retargeting to focus on people who have already expressed an interest in your product? Shouldn’t we just be starting with warm leads?

Well, not exactly.

You see, cold leads can be part of a solid remarketing strategy because you can install a cookie or tracking pixel on the browser of someone who has visited any part of your site, including a blog.

You can combine retargeting with a content marketing campaign to drive more customers into your funnel. For example, if your eCommerce store sells golf equipment, you can write articles about golf. These could be product reviews, interviews, or tips and tricks on improving your game. Likewise, you can produce YouTube videos and retarget viewers.

Essentially, this stage is about increasing brand awareness. You are casting a wide net and getting attention from interested parties in the hope of turning them from cold leads who don’t know anything about your brand into warm leads that could become customers in the future.

#2. Warm Leads

Warm leads are customers actively looking for a solution to their problems. They are researching and evaluating different products and finding the right one.

eCommerce stores have a few different options here:

A) They can retarget based on a particular product they’ve expressed interest in

B) They can retarget based on all the products they are interested in.

If you have an eCommerce store focused on one particular item, then promoting that is sensible. However, if your store sells shoes, it might be worth paying for a carousel ad that shows several products.

#3. Hot Leads

Hot leads describe the prospects who are ready to buy. They’ve done their research and price comparisons, and all that’s left is to make a decision.

This stage is where remarketing excels at keeping your product fresh in the mind of potential customers. They’ve weighed up various solutions, and they’re thinking about which one is best. As they browse social media or news websites, your ads will serve as a gentle reminder.

Again, there are a few options that eCommerce stores can explore here.

A) Use ads to remind the consumer about your product

B) Anticipate the final objections that consumers might have about your product. It could be about price, quality, your returns policy, shipping costs, payment methods, and so on. 

Retargeting offers a few different ways that you can alleviate these concerns. You could write an ad copy that addresses issues and promotes your product. 

C) One time-honored sales tactic to employ is creating a sense of urgency. For example, you could offer a discount for a limited time or some other perk like free shipping. 

#4. Re-sale and Upsale Leads

Many eCommerce business owners don’t realize that one of their most significant potential sources of revenue is their existing customers. 

Upselling to customers is 68% cheaper than acquiring new customers. On average, it increases revenue by around 10-30%.

Of course, there is a delicate balance to be struck. We’ve all had the experience of buying a gift for someone online and then being bombarded with emails and ads by that same retailer for months afterward. It’s not a nice feeling, and it can actually lower our company’s opinion.

That said, retargeting your existing customers with relevant products they are likely to need is a powerful tactic.


Retargeting is the process of using web cookies to serve ads to people who have visited your website or product pages. It’s the most effective way to advertise because you target warm leads who have already expressed an interest in your product.

Competition in the eCommerce sector has increased considerably over the last few years. The cost of acquiring customers via ads is also on the rise. 

For an eCommerce business to survive, they need to get smart and find a way to stand without running ads that bankrupt their company. Retargeting offers the best solution to this problem by effectively and efficiently serving ads to warm users.

If you’re interested in exploring how Retargeting can help your business thrive, let’s have a chat. The Ad360 team is here to help businesses of all sizes succeed and be happy! We’d be delighted to have a conversation with you and show you a demo of how Ad360 App for Shopify makes Retargeting easy to get started with for any business, even if you have no technical skills whatsoever. 

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Introducing Ad360 App for Shopify

We are honored to present to you our new product: Ad360 App for Shopify!

Ad360 is building the next-generation platform to help e-commerce businesses of all sizes be more productive, grow efficiently and easily with minimal technical knowledge and no middlemen.

Watch the Explainer video below on YouTube to learn more!

E-commerce is booming.  More people than ever are starting an online business.  It’s great!  

But this also means it’s difficult to stand out.  

Do you have trouble being visible online and driving buyers to your store?  If you’ve tried advertising, you know it can be complex and time-consuming.  

That’s why we created Ad360 App for Shopify.  

Ad360 helps businesses of all sizes be more productive and grow easily, with minimal technical knowledge, cutting out the middleman.  

Handling multiple advertising platforms can be overwhelming.  Ad360 centralizes all your ads in one place.  Now you can easily run Google, Facebook and Menadex Media Web & In-App ads, directly from Ad360 App for Shopify.  Making your business more productive, and promoting your products all over the web.  

We’ll help you stop wasting days managing your individual ads.  Ad360 automates your advertising campaigns to save you time.  It’s easy to create a campaign in Ad360, All you need to do is set your budget, dates, and goals.  Ad360 uses your Shopify information to set everything else in the right way.  We do the heavy lifting to make your life easier.  

You can be successful even without a PhD in analytics.  Ad360 improves your ads outcomes thanks to machine learning, It’s as if a team of data scientists were working for you 24/7.  Your advertising budget will automatically be targeted towards where it needs to go, So that you can generate more sales.

And that’s not all.  Store visitors often put products in their cart, but leave your website without completing their purchase.  With Retargeting you can show them your ads on other sites and apps, to bring them back to your store,  so that all those abandoned carts are converted into sales.  Ad360 can generate display banners using your Shopify product data, So, you can start advertising right away.  With the help of our geo-targeting tools, you control where people can see your ads.  There are visual reports, that help you understand in a glance which ads work best.  And you get a free audit plus amazing support and services, to help you along the way.  

It’s never been easier to grow your business.  Install Ad360 App for Shopify and try for yourself.  Start for free today.

Success Stories

“Online Ticket Sales Have Doubled!”


In the airline industry, each Origin & Destination pair, or route, is a specific Business Unit with its specific market, target audience, behavioral patterns and competitive landscape. It thus makes sense to manage them independently through different campaigns, and optimize them against each other to increase the overall performance.


Increase online plane tickets direct sales through the airline website.


  • Set up granular campaigns that reflect the complexity of the client operations with 17,000+ O&Ds in a cost-effective way.
  • Optimize all campaigns in real-time in a very competitive environment to drive more ticket sales.
  • Monitor all campaigns, detect anomalies and provide actionable insights & reports on their performance.


Ad360 implemented its automation, optimization & visualization products to solve the challenges of the client.


Online sales tickets were multiplied by 2.

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Features Highlights

Automatically generated ad banners

It’s never been easier to start advertising all over the web and in mobile apps, thanks to Ad360 App Dynamic Creatives.

Ad360 App for Shopify automatically and instantly builds creatives banners for your ads. You can also customize these banners and change the logo, background, button and text colors.

The Product details such as the image, price and title are automatically retrieved from your Shopify store. It’s instantaneous, and very easy. Save time and money, and get creatives assets right away.

Ad360’s goal is to make it super easy for everyone to advertise their products everywhere, in multiple ad formats, and grow their business!

If you’d like to learn more, book a demo to see this in action by yourself.

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Turn product collections into ads

Discover the easiest way to start advertising your Shopify products collections!

Ad360 App for Shopify leverages the Automated Collections feature of Shopify so that you can automatically advertise for all the products that are part of your chosen Automated Collection.

Ad360 simplifies the management of your ads thanks to advanced automation and machine learning algorithms.

The Ad360 App makes decisions to automatically manage the campaigns budgets, bids, targeting  and other settings so that your advertising budgets goes towards the users most likely to buy your products.

All the heavy lifting is done for you, so that you can relax and focus on your core business while the magic happens.

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Why Retargeting is indispensible!

Gone are the days of traditional marketing; the world has, and is still evolving digitally with no signs of stopping in sight. This is why you – as a business owner – need to re-evaluate your business and marketing strategies on a regular basis. If you want to drive customers to your website/business, you need to advertise, and you need to do it over and over again. 


Because according to Business Insider, over 97% of the people who visit your website for the first time are likely to leave without buying anything. This is where it becomes crucial to bring them back, otherwise, they will be lost forever. 

The solution for this is “Retargeting”.

No worries if you don’t know what this is or how it works. Ad360 is here to help businesses of all sizes get more results out of their online activites! You’re about to learn everything you need to know to make a massive difference in your business and get more sales! 

So let’s turn back to retargeting and discover how it can help your business grow.

What is Retargeting?

Retargeting is the process, rather, a strategy that keeps reminding visitors who have visited your website once that you still exist. This is done via ads and is one of the most powerful ways to re-engage with customers. It allows you to reconnect with potential customers online (on websites and even on apps) and convert them into paying customers. 

Basically, you are targeting people who have visited or interacted with your website previously at least once. This includes people who abandoned shopping carts. 

Unfortunately, this is an option too frequently averted by new and small businesses; this is a big mistake!

Why is Overlooking Retargeting a Mistake?

Because retargeting focuses on people who are already familiar with your brand. If your brand reappears to them over a course of time, it is proven that they will return and shop from your site. Over 92% of people who visit your site for the first time are not yet ready to make a purchase; retargeting them over and over helps to ease them in and convert them into paying customers. 

Retargeting will keep you on the top of their mind the next time they are out to look for a product you are hosting/selling on your website. Websites that employ retargeting experience higher Return On Investment (ROI). The goal of a retargeting campaign is to make potential customers take action that they didn’t on their initial visit. 

How does Retargeting Work?

Most of the people have already experienced retargeting and have converted into paying customers without even knowing. 

  • When a customer visits your website, their visit data is store in a privacy-compliant way. 
  • Instead of showing ads to random people on the internet, retargeting will use all the information about the activities of the customers (the product they viewed, etc.) to show only relevant ads to persons that have shown an interest in your products. 
  • When the customer visits some other website that displays ads, they will be served ads based on those or similar products that are available on your website.

By constantly reminding them of those products and having your website just a click away for them, the ad campaign will prompt the customer to click on the ad and redirect them to your website where they will take the desired action: make a purchase. 

Note the importance of repetition!

There is a marketing rule of thumb where if you really want to make up a visitor’s mind to make a purchase from your website, you must ensure they see your ad at least 7 more times. This means in order to convert a visitor into a customer, you must use retargeting to show them your ad repeated so they finally make up their mind about purchasing from your website. Not to mention it greatly increases your brand visibility to people who already have displayed an interest in your products. 

Benefits of Retargeting

According to InternetSearchInc., over 56% of businesses employ retargeting to win more customers. And if more businesses knew about retargeting, this figure would be much higher. According to Google, by combining retargeting with other marketing and advertisement strategies, you can increase sales by 50%.

Retargeting allows new businesses to regain loyal customers over a period and serves as a long-term strategy. You can use it to:

  • Showcase your best selling products along with promoting other items that are popular among your targeted audience, increasing your ROI gradually
  • It helps you promote new products to an already existing audience and let them know how you are expanding your inventory to include a new variety of different types of products; this makes them revisit your website and view those products
  • You can show ads about sales and special promotions to your audience without having to put in any extra efforts
  • It keeps your brand on top of their mind and the next time they need to make a purchase; they will visit your site instead of looking for a new place to shop from


Retargeting is a low-budget yet highly efficient technique that has helped new and small businesses develop an online presence as well as a loyal customer base. 

Ad360 App for Shopify make it easy for individuals who are not tech-savvy to develop their brand further with its advanced easy-to-use features. Grow your online sales and business by generating more visibility, traffic, and sales.

If you want to learn more and or helped with implementing retargeting, book a demo and see by yourself how we’ll help you boost your business outlook

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Ad360 joins data privacy framework TCF

Today, Ad360 announced their approved status as the latest Vendor to join IAB Europe’s Transparency and Consent framework.

The framework, which was launched in April 2018, is designed to help all parties in the digital advertising chain ensure that they comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and ePrivacy Directive when processing personal data or accessing and/or storing information on a user’s device, such as cookies, advertising identifiers, device identifiers and other tracking technologies.

The Framework was developed by IAB Europe in collaboration with organisations and professionals in the digital advertising industry. It provides transparency to consumers about how, and by whom, their personal data is processed. It also enables users to express choices. Moreover, the TCF enables vendors engaged in programmatic advertising to know ahead of time whether their own and/or their partners’ transparency and consent status allows them to lawfully process personal data for online advertising and related purposes. 

Through the Framework, publishers can continue funding themselves through relevant online advertising, and brands can continue to reach their audiences. All the while and most importantly, consumer privacy is protected. 

Privacy by Design
Privacy is at the core of Ad360’s product designs

Ad360 cares deeply about customer’s data privacy and security. The company has integrated data privacy by design in all its technologies and products so that no personal or confidential information is tracked to run Ad360 Media ads. Ad360 run ads that are fully respectful of every user’s privacy.

Therefore, Ad360 is honoured to be part of IAB’s TCF v2.0 framework. 

The added registration of Ad360 to the Framework, further bolsters IAB Europe’s mission to raise the standard and trust in digital advertising across Europe.