Remarketing lets you target your ads to people who have visited or interacted with your website before. Here, find some common user questions, tips, and best practices when getting started with remarketing:
A UET tag records what customers do on your website then Microsoft Advertising starts collecting that data allowing you to create conversion goals to track conversions or target audiences using remarketing lists. UET is a prerequisite for conversion tracking and remarketing. You create one single UET tag in Microsoft Advertising and then add it to your website once.
It is important to note that the only thing common between conversion goals and remarketing lists is that they share the common UET tag. Beyond that there is no need to have goals created to define remarketing lists or vice versa. During the creation of a conversion goals and remarketing lists, you select what UET tag to use. We recommend that you install one UET tag across your website and use that tag for both conversion tracking and remarketing.
When you create a remarketing list, you can use Sharing to determine whether to add the remarketing list to the current account or allow the remarketing list to be shared across all accounts under the manager account.
Once you set sharing, you can't change it. If you want to change the sharing scope, you need to create a new conversion goal and delete the old one.
If someone qualifies to be part of multiple remarketing lists AND the remarketing lists are associated with the same ad group or campaign with different bids, the highest bid will be applied.
If you set different bids for device, ad schedule, location and demographic, the bids get multiplied when your ad is shown.
This is the same as Google Ads. Note that there are complex ad selection algorithms that optimize for revenue and relevance.
It isn't always guaranteed that the highest bid wins. Microsoft Advertising allows bid adjustments to be defined based on Device, Ad Schedule, Location and Demographic at both the campaign and ad group level.
Yes, Microsoft Advertising does. People can opt out of personalized ads in two ways: from Microsoft's Ad settings page and from Windows Settings. When someone opts out the expectation is that they don't receive any ads that are targeted based on their demographic/geographic attributes or their inferred interests based on their online behavior.
Yes, remarketing works across devices. Meaning if a user uses different device + browser combinations (and hence may have different MUIDs), all their MUIDs and ANID are associated with the remarketing list that their actions qualify them to be part of.
So, when they come back to your website, our ad delivery engines apply your specific bid boosts. Or if a user previously visited your website on a device, they will be qualified to see your ads on any other devices, as long as they have signed in with a MSA account. All this is possible because Microsoft uses a heuristics based approach to associate users MUIDs and ANID across devices.
Please note that any heuristics based approach is ultimately an approximation science and cannot guarantee good results all the time. There are ongoing efforts to make optimizations.
UET tag only supports browsers, which means that user actions on your apps can't be used to add them to remarketing lists.
There are 2 parts to this question:
Note that changing the name or description of the remarketing list will not affect the audience or the reporting data.
When you create remarketing lists, you specify what user actions on your website qualify them to be part of the remarketing lists.
When users perform qualifying actions, they are added to the remarketing lists within minutes. If the remarketing list minimum size of 300 (minimum cookie pool) is met, and you have associated the remarketing list with an ad group or campaign (including exclusions) and set a specific bid amount, the ad delivery engine will start serving remarketed ads to those users on Microsoft Advertising.
Note our reporting pipelines are slower and take one day to reflect the list size. When you create their remarketing lists, we try to provide an estimation of the list size in the first 6 hours based on some sample data. The data is then replaced with the actual list size when the reporting pipelines execute.
All platforms (Google, Microsoft, etc.) use browser cookies to track users online. These cookies are specific to a device + browser so it is commonplace for a single user to have several cookies based on device + browser combinations they use. These platforms have components in place to identify multiple cookies of the same user as duplicates and de-dup. It is commonplace hence to see variation in the counts b/w these platforms given the differences in the logic used by those components.
A greater or smaller list size is not always a bad thing. A list is ultimately a collection of user cookies. Even if one user is represented multiple times in that list, it is still the same user. Depending on which device + browser combination the user uses, the system will identify the corresponding cookie to be associated with a remarketing list. It is impossible that a user that is not actually part of a remarketing list will ever get remarketed to.
Creating associations in Bulk: While the Audiences table allows creation of associations, it can only be done for one ad group or campaign at a time. In order to support the creation of large number of associations across ad groups/campaigns in bulk, we have extended the Ad group and Campaigns tables to support associating selected ad groups/campaigns with one or more remarketing lists. Simply filter for and select the ad groups/campaigns you wish to associate with remarketing lists and click on Edit > Associate with Remarketing lists on the action bar.
Managing associations in Bulk: Please note that once created, associations can only be edited from the Audiences table. You can pause, enable or delete associations in bulk from the Audiences table by clicking on Edit option on the action bar. You can also convert any existing targeting association to exclusion and vice versa, through the Edit option. Similarly, bid adjustments can be edited in bulk by selecting Edit > Change bid adjustments. Please read the next FAQ for editing targeting setting.
No, you can only select one targeting setting per ad group/campaign that will apply to all your audience lists in that ad group/campaign (either "Target and bid" or "Bid only"). It isn't possible to use different targeting settings in the same ad group for remarketing lists, in-market audiences, and custom audiences. Whichever setting you've selected most recently ("Target and bid" or "Bid only") overrides any previous settings.
Targeting settings can be edited one ad group/campaign at a time from the Audiences table by clicking on Create association and then selecting the relevant ad group/campaign. The updated targeting setting is applied to all the associations of that ad group/campaign. If you want to do this in bulk for multiple ad groups, please use Microsoft Advertising Editor. Learn more about editing targeting settings for an association
All retargeting must comply with all laws and regulations, including any prohibitions to creation of remarketing lists based on sensitive data. It is the advertisers responsibility to ensure they comply with all applicable laws and regulations.
We recommend that advertisers follow industry best practices where retargeting on sensitive categories is not prohibited by law. Advertisers can find more information on industry best practices in the NAI code of conduct. Additional information about our remarketing policy can be found on the remarketing policy page.
Sensitive data is, among others, information about a person's physical or emotional health, sexual orientation, religion, or financial status. Some examples of sensitive categories are listed below:
Advertisers are responsible for compliance with applicable regulations and industry best practices. Some vertical-level restrictions do exist:
As an advertiser, you are in full control of the retargeting categories you create and Microsoft Advertising requires that you to comply with any applicable restrictions. Upon receipt of an escalation or complaint for a sensitive retargeting category you created, we may reject your campaign. Ad review will otherwise work as usual.
No, advertisers cannot create a remarketing list, retarget, or otherwise profile users under the age of 13 (or a different local age requirement). In addition, advertisers cannot target users under the minimum age required for the product they are advertising. For example, alcohol ads cannot be targeted to individuals under the minimum drinking age in the location(s) targeted.