One day you visit an online store that sells sneakers. After 5 minutes of checking a few products, you left because your mom called.

The following day, you log into your Facebook account. Right away, you notice an ad from the sneakers store you visited. Guess what? The ad showed you the last item you viewed.

What just happened is called retargeting.

As a business owner, retargeting should be one of the tools in your marketing arsenal. Retargeting brings potential customers by showing them relevant ads.

Why Should You Retarget Your Audience with Facebook Ads?

Ever heard about the marketing Rule of 7? The Rule of 7 means that people need to be exposed to your brand seven times before they act on your message.

The main idea is that you need to show yourself more often to your potential customers. Because the truth is, not everyone who comes across you sticks around!

There is so much information overload these days. People are distracted by different messages from different brands. That said, it can be hard for a business to cut through the noise — even if that business has the best offer.

Retargeting helps you cut through that noise.

Why use Facebook as a place for retargeting your website visitors?

  • Facebook has 2.27 billion monthly active users (as of the third quarter of 2018)
  • Facebook offers great targeting options — you can target people based on location, interests, behaviors, etc.
  • Facebook benefits your business regardless of its size. You can always adjust your retargeting budget.

How To Make Money Posting Ads On Facebook (Creative Retargeting Ideas)

1. Bring back previous blog visitors

The truth is that not all people who get on your website come back to have a second look. There’s a big possibility that their first visit is also their last.

An effective way is to retarget previous readers with a free offer or lead magnet.


Make sure that this lead magnet relates to the content they saw.

2. Notify customers of your new arrivals

The best thing about Facebook retargeting is that it helps you get repeat customers. Repeat customers are the easiest to sell to.

All it takes is to remind them of your latest offers. A little nudge can go a long way!

Here’s one good example of a retargeting ad by ModCloth, a fashion retailer:


Notice how they encourage customers who haven’t made a purchase lately with their ad copy. It’s straightforward and consistent with their use of phrases like:

  • It’s been a while
  • A lot to catch up on
  • We miss you
  • Come back

If you offer services instead of products, use retargeting ads to notify them about a new course.

3. Showcase complementary products

Another reason to retarget your existing customers is to cross-sell to them. Cross-selling is the practice of recommending products that are related to the ones purchased by your customers. It’s a powerful strategy in that it doesn’t just bring more sales, but it also builds brand loyalty.

For example, a customer of yours purchased your printer. Showing him a retargeting ad of your ink cartridges would be an excellent idea since these products are always used together. Your retargeting ad will most likely lead to another purchase.

The trick to making cross-selling work is to offer products that are truly complementary. If they’re not, your retargeting ads may not work.

4. Entice with deals and discounts

If shoppers had the opportunity to buy items at a lower cost, they would. Your customers love you more if you help them save money. That said, retarget them with discounted products.

Doing so will also be a great strategy to reach your sales goals especially when sales are slowing down. Discounts also trigger people’s fear of missing out (FOMO).

Keep in mind these tips when leveraging discounts:

  • Tailor your discounted offers accordingly. Base your offers on their shopping habits and interests. Segment your customers if you must.
  • Use timing to your advantage. Run the ads on holidays or special occasions to make them relevant. Holiday promotions increase conversion rates.
  • Got first-time visitors? Retargeting them with discounts gives them a reason to become first-time customers!

5. Retarget subscribers who open your email

Don’t forget to retarget a valuable asset — your email list. How many of those emails did you send remain unopened? Or how many of your email subscribers open your emails but never clicked the link to your offer? Probably MANY.

Supplement your email marketing campaign with Facebook ads to turn your email subscribers into customers.

By retargeting your subscribers, you lower the risk of unsubscribes because you don’t bombard them with emails. Plus, you get them to be interested in you again.

You can use email retargeting to:

  • Reduce shopping cart abandonment. You can show subscribers the last item they left.
  • Increase your email open rate. Many subscribers are too busy or distracted to open their emails.
  • Introduce new offers to your email list (for example, a new webinar or lead magnet)
  • Remind subscribers who opened your email but failed to click the link to your offer.


If you want to make money posting ads on Facebook, use retargeting. Once you put these ideas into action consistently, you’ll realize why you didn’t do retargeting sooner. You definitely should be maximizing your opportunity to re-engage your converting and non-converting audience.

Retargeting Guide: How to Make Money Posting Ads on Facebook

PS. Be careful with discounts. If you offer them too often you’re training customers to hold off on purchases and to wait for another promo. So use them wisely, don’t offer them to everyone (only to specific segments), and don’t offer them often.