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I Thank Paul Potratz For Haunting Me

Every day there are opportunities to learn, grow, and serve. I want to thank Paul Potratz for indirectly reminding me the power of remarketing campaigns. How did this learning take place you may ask? Well, all I had to do is visit his website. So before I continue, take a minute to visit so you can better understand the lesson I learned.

You see once you visit his website, you will be "haunted" by banner ads from Potratz Advertising on websites that you surf. Haunting is a good adjective in this case. Paul's remarketing campaign keeps the Potratz brand message in front of consumers (and me) who visited his website. These haunting banners are displayed on thousands of third party websites in a remarketing network.

His smiling face was on his banner ads that followed me around the Internet which forced me to dig into the subject of remarketing once again. For this, I have to thank Paul because the opportunities I discovered for my own business and automotive advertising is significant.

Leveraging Your Existing Website Traffic

Have you ever wondered how you could leverage the thousands of visitors that come to your website every month in a new way? Have you ever asked how you could market to the mystery shoppers that view your vehicles but never call or submit a lead?

The average car dealer get's between 3,000 - 5,000 unique visitors a month so wouldn't you like to automatically follow these consumers as they shop on competitive websites? How about having your ads show up on review websites, metro information websites, and popular automotive websites to people who already visited your site?

If you are answering yes to any of these questions, then continue reading.

Google Adwords ReMarketing

Re-Marketing Campaigns Leverage Visitor Traffic

If you have never taken time to learn about remarketing which is also known as retargeting, I'll provide a simple summary. Remarketing campaigns are offered by many companies including Reach Local, Cobalt, as well as Google Adwords.

Since many readers are using Google Adwords already, let me review how you can add re-marketing lists to your existing Adwords Ad Groups.
  • Google Adwords groups keywords and ads into Ad Groups. Let's assume a dealer has an Ad Group setup to market the 2011 Ford F-150. In this Ad Group a dealer would include keywords associated with the Ford F-150.
  • The dealer would also create text ads and banner ads which have a call to action message to purchase or test drive a Ford F-150 from their dealership.
  • These ads, when clicked go to a landing page. In this case, let's assume it goes to an optimized landing page for the Ford F-150 on the dealer's website. This landing page has clear calls to action and engages the consumer.
  • Even the best landing pages do not convert high percentages of visitors into leads or calls. Re-marketing allows you to get a few more tries at winning over this PPC visitor. (see graphic above)
  • What you need to do is to create a "tag" that will track anonymous visitors to this F-150 landing page. You do this by going to the "Audience Tab" on your Ford F-150 Ad Group, and click on the "Add Audiences" button.
Add Adwords Audience
  • Once you click on "Add Audiences" you will be asked to select a "remarketing list" but you will not have any. This means you need to create a remarketing list. In this example, your remarketing list will be all people who visit your F-150 landing page.
  • To create your remarketing list, click on "Create and Manage Lists" on the page and you can now define your list.
  • Then click on the button "New Audience" and select "Remarketing list" from the drop-down menu. Notice that I have created two other remarketing lists which can each have a membership duration.
New Audience Tab in Google Adwords
  • We'll pick a name for our list as "Ford F-150 Landing Page Visitors". (see below)
  • You will add a description to remember what this tag was created for and set the duration. Since car shoppers may be in the market for a 90 day cycle, I have set the membership duration to 90 days. If the consumer re-visits your website in 10 days, the clock will be reset.
Google Remarketing List Creation
  • Once you click on the "Save" button, you can retrieve the HTML code for this tag.
  • To get the code, click on the hyperlink for your remarketing list under the column "Tag/Rules".
  • You then need to place place this HTML tag (aka HTML Code) on the Ford F-150 landing page. You may need help from your website provider to insert the code if you are not comfortable with working in the HTML editor mode.
  • This code sets a cookie on the consumers web browser. Every visitor to your F-150 landing page is tracked via a cookie.
  • Once this cookie activated by a visit you can take advantage of the millions of websites in the Adwords Display Network that will show Google Ads. These websites need to have content that matches your Ford F-150 Ad Group keywords.
  • So for example, any website that allows Google Ads that has articles on the Ford F-150 can pop up your ads to consumers who visited your website.
  • By the way, if your keywords include "Ford Dealer" for "Ford" then you can expect your ads to show on popular review sites and business directories for competing Ford dealers in your market.
  • This includes review websites like,,,, and popular automotive websites like
  • Which websites your ad will appear on will be determined by your automatic and manual placement setting in the display network and your bids.

Does ReMarketing Interest You?

It should. You should consider testing it for your dealership but there are many strategies to consider and options in this advertising medium. Questions? Well the good news is that at the Automotive Marketing Boot Camp, April 16-18th in Orlando, there will be a special workshop on Automotive Remarketing Strategies lead by Jeff Kershner.

Secondly, the man that inspired me to write this post, Paul Potratz, will be speaking at the Boot Camp on effective mobile advertising strategies and of course you can chat with him on remarketing. You'll have ample time to speak with Cobalt Remarketing Experts, Paul Potratz, Jeff Kershner, and the other industry experts that have experience with remarketing.

Get registered and save $100 off your registration fee by visiting this link; Boot Camp Registration Offer.  I hope to see many ADM members at the Boot Camp, which is coming up fast!

Google Remarketing Video

Here is a summary video that Google created on the same topic of remarketing.

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Tags: adwords remarketing, automotive advertising, automotive remarketing, car dealer advertising


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Comment by Paul Potratz on April 6, 2011 at 8:42pm
I will be bringing case studies with facts of dealers success to Orlando during the Boot Camp since this fits perfectly with mobile marketing. We also utilize the technology for Social Media, QR codes and Text Marketing for Sales and Service. It's difficult to show unless we are in person since seeing it in action is the real eyeopener and when people get really excited about the opportunities and possibilties.
Comment by Brian Pasch on April 6, 2011 at 8:25pm


As a follow-up this this post, it would be great to show an example of a car dealer using your remarketing technology and show some of the ROI they experienced since many may be skeptical of how this can really work.

Comment by Paul Potratz on April 6, 2011 at 8:13pm
Brian, It would be a pleasure to share via a roundtable. Again Thank you for the kind words and excited to share a lot of great strategies with dealers and staff in Orlando.

Comment by Brian Pasch on April 6, 2011 at 8:01pm


I would love to have you share more information on your remarketing technology for car dealers.  We can setup a roundtable on that if you like or we can try to get it covered in another way.  The good news is that attendees will have 7 meals to share and they can sit with you and hear more directly about your approach.


Yes, this article is just scratching the surface and with any PPC campaigns, testing, tuning, and refining is a MUST.  I hope that those who are interested will explore more and call you for the scoop.  The proof is that you are you practice what you preach.

Comment by Paul Potratz on April 6, 2011 at 6:15pm
Brian, I just like showing the love. I also want to add that we have our own remarketing technology that we developed and put i to use June 2007 which was coined WebRatz. Our remarketing/retargeting utilizes a pixel and cookie technology which offers some very important functionality and can increase a dealers return visits by 41-46% based on the nearly 4 years of testing and measuring we have performed. Our technology is also resold under some other companies.

I would also like to add that there is much more than just placing the code and just letting it run on autopilot. You will burn cash quickly! A strategy has to be in place and it has to be measured, monitored, tested and reworked often and when you do this process it is a beautiful tool to any dealers tool box.

Ok I have to go back to haunting now so I am sure I will be seeing you on your favorite site since I do cover 92% of all websites now and thank you for the shout out. See you in Orlando April 16-18 but I will be arrivng on the 15th and you know I love sharing all we know and do.

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