Geo-Retargeting

What Are Top Digital Advertising Industries for 2019?

As 2019 approaches, it’s imperative that we understand what’s working and continue to add fuel to the fire. Following up to our last blog about preparing for next year, we wanted to share with you some of the top industries spending money in Digital Marketing.

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Breweries. Breweries are popping up all over the country. Their individual spin on some classic bar food and their craft beer make them a winner when choosing where to dine or go for happy hour. But, how do they continue to grow? Some of it comes down to how they market.

A couple of products that we have seen work well for breweries are Behavioral, Keyword, and Native (Keyword) Ads. Some of the behaviors used are bars, restaurants, nightlife, and food. Finding people that are showing these behaviors online can be great potential brewery patrons. Some of the keywords used are beer lovers, beer, craft beer and many others related to the industry. Having the ability to show their ads on websites where their keywords appear, whether the ads are display ads or Native Ads, gives them the ability to have their name in front of someone interested in beer, or craft beer, for example. 

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Another hot industry that continues to see the benefits of Digital Marketing are Colleges and Universities. These schools, in most cases, have large budgets set aside for digital specific strategies. One of the top products used by this type of advertiser is our Mobile Conquesting product. With soon- to-be-college students, a great way to target them is on their mobile device. Almost everyone has a smart phone these days so being able to serve ads on websites and apps that they use while on their smart phone, is brilliant. Also, with the ability to geo-fence high schools, job fairs, other schools’ admissions offices and more, they can zero in on their target market while they are looking for more information about extending their education.

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Banks and Credit Unions. While they hold onto our money for us, they also spend theirs on Digital Marketing. Facebook and Instagram are very successful strategies for this industry. One of their best plays within Facebook and Instagram is utilizing the Custom Audience Targeting. Through this method, banks and credit unions are able to take their current client/member lists (emails, phone numbers, or even names and zip codes) and find their members on Social Media. Once we do that, we can target those members with specific messaging about other services that they offer. Living in a world where a lot of people do online banking, this strategy lets them inform their current clients about additional services like mortgages, personal loans, auto loans, and more. This is a great way to focus on increasing the value to your current customers before they go out and get new customers.

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HVAC Companies. These companies are continuing to increase their spend on digital. One of the methods used by this industry is Household IP Targeting. What several of them are doing is using their own database of previous customers. Since it’s a service that they offer, they have the names and addresses of their previous customers. We take that list, and through proprietary software, match that list of names and street addresses to their IP (internet protocol) address (or internet address). Then, we can show the HVAC company ads to only their previous customers in hopes of getting them to become customers once again. This is a great tool they have been able to utilize and fill open appointments for quotes and service calls.

Truth of the matter is that there are many industries spending a lot of money in Digital Advertising. Here are just a few more:
– Automotive
– Concerts and Events
– Law Firms
– Marijuana Dispensaries
– Medical (doctors, dentists, etc)
– Political (think local races)
– Recruitment (HR departments have budgets too)

The differences between Geo-Targeting, Geo-Fencing, Geo-Framing

You may have heard about a new tactic that’s becoming popular with advertisers seeking to reach people on their mobile devices…It’s called by some Geo-Farming. It’s also referred to as Geo-Retargeting. Why can’t everybody in the digital ad game agree to call things by the same name? Let’s save that for another day!  What is Geo-Farming/Geo-Retargeting?

Well there are a lot of “geo” terms when it comes to digital advertising, so let’s take a look at each:


Geo-Targeting:  This is delivering ads to people who meet specific targeting criteria AND who enter inside of a defined geographic area (city, zip radius). It hones in on specific consumer targeting criteria like demographics, behaviors, interests, keywords, AND where the person is located. So you are NOT showing the ads to EVERYONE inside the geographic area you have designated, they must ALSO meet the targeting criteria. This marketing tactic can be utilized to reach people on mobile phones or across all devices.

Geo-Fencing: Refers to drawing a virtual fence around a location and delivering ads to ANYONE who is inside that fence. For example, you could Geo-Fence a neighborhood, an event, business locations, even competitor locations. It uses a device’s global positioning system (GPS) or Internet Protocol (IP) address. Ads can be served on computer, tablet, or mobile devices as potential customers are browsing the web. Most people when they are referring to Geo-Fencing are looking for a very tight radius around a location. A misconception with Geo-Fencing is that once inside the fence you receive push notifications, or text messages to the device, which is not accurate. What Geo-Fencing does instead is show ads to the person inside the Geo-Fenced radius, if they are browsing websites or on apps that have ad inventory available.

Geo-Retargeting or Geo-Framing:  This tactic is just done on mobile devices and is a method of capturing mobile device IDs of users who have entered a defined geographic location (Geo-Fence), AND targeting them with ads after they have left the Geo-Fenced area, even if they never saw your ad while inside the Geo-Fence. For example, let’s say you are trying to reach homeowners. You could Geo-Fence a Home Expo Showcase and try to show those people ads during the event. However, many may not be actively browsing on their phones while there. Geo-Retargeting (Geo-Farming) enables you to reach those people after the event, by continuing to target them while they are at home or at work.

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Geo-Retargeting Lookalike:  With this tactic you can take your Geo-Retargeting a step further. In addition to following people after they leave the area you were Geo-Fencing and targeting them with ads, you can target those people’s neighbors and show them your ads as well. This is a great way to extend your message to people who are similar to those you were initially targeting.

How does Geo-Framing technology work?

Geo-Framing technology allow us to go back in time to previous events where we have captured people’s mobile Unique Device ID’s, map those Unique Device ID’s to their homes, and show those people ads now, across all devices.  It combines the best of aspects of Geo-Fencing and Household IP Targeting.

How does it work?

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If the event you are interested in targeting has already happened, but you still want to target those people, Geo-Framing comes to the rescue! As long as it is an event where Unique Device ID’s have been captured, it can be an event that happened up to 6 months ago! All you have to do is tell us the address where the event took place and the dates. We then let you know how many matches we have, and you can begin targeting those people.

How might a business use this type of technology? Maybe you want to target people who attended a home show, a sporting event, a fair, a concert, a convention – all of which took place months ago – no problem! Or maybe you want to target people who went to a shopping center on Black Friday and show them your ad – no problem!

How can we go back in time to target people from an event that already happened? We go through a four-step process to do Geo-Framing:

Who = Capturing unique device IDs. 

Where = Geographical coordinates (latitude & longitude) of that device.

When = A time stamp of when that device ID was captured.

Verify = Once verified and mapped to the household, your ad is shown on all devices – not just the mobile phone!

This is different from the other “geo” products so let’s review:

Geo-Fencing: Drawing a virtual fence around an area or location and showing your ad, to people inside that “fence.”

Geo-Retargeting:  Following people AFTER they leave the geo-fenced location and continuing to show them your ads.

Geo-Retargeting Lookalike:  Following people AFTER they leave the geo-fenced location and continuing to show them your ads as well as showing their neighbors your ads.

Geo-Framing:  To go back in time to previous events where we have captured people’s mobile Unique Device ID’s, map those Unique Device ID’s to their homes, and show those people ads now through the Household IP technology on all devices.