The key to developing the most effective strategy possible for this campaign was to try to understand the full customer journey, moving through from an early awareness stage, to final purchase. This led us to combine the respective benefits of both Paid Search and Programmatic Display to create a unified campaign that was greater than the sum of its parts.
Using DoubleClick’s attribution tools, we moved beyond the last-click model and better understood the value of prospecting to new customers through Display. Huge numbers of new users were pulled in with branding-oriented creative (e.g. ‘We’re Back Online’), and driven to purchase by product-level Search coverage and audience-focused Display ads.
With a tight timeline in the run up to Christmas, we really needed to hit the ground running and made sure that every preparation was in place to allow the strategy to launch in its complete form from the off. The first stage of this process was to place a large number of on-site pixels to allow us to understand the user’s on site behaviour. We then segmented those users into customised audiences, based on their inferred interest in the products for sale. Finally, we remarketed to those audiences with various levels of assertiveness, in terms of bids and frequency caps, based on how valuable they really were to us. This allowed us to greatly increase cost efficiency by having huge insight into the value of each individual user.
A comprehensive, seven-strong set of Shopping campaigns helped to drive new users to purchase. Split down to item ID, we had product-level control over bids, enhanced by DS bid strategies. This way we could aggressively push new and high-value releases through Shopping, while supporting with more generic Search ads, thus dominating the results page. Using Merchant Feed Rules, we were also able to drive sales of pre-order products, selling most of a title’s inventory before it was even released. Finally, audience pools segmented by funnel position allowed us to retain non-converters and simultaneously encourage repeat purchases and brand loyalty.