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Do you put any weight behind the saying “trust but verify?” If so, then you’ve probably been looking for some Facebook Remarketing statistics to back up how powerful they claim to be.

Word on the street is that retargeting delivers high ROIs when it comes to ad spend. And it’s been reported that CPC rates for Facebook Remarketing Ads are some of the best around.

But is this just hype? Or is Facebook Remarketing an online advertising strategy that really works?

In this post, we’ll help you separate fact from fiction. Armed with real, actual facts and figures drawn from right the most reputable sources on the SERP, you’ll be all set to prepare and optimize your digital campaigns.

So whether you’re new to Facebook Remarketing, to remarketing/retargeting itself (yes they are interchangeable terms), or just love facts and figures in general (like any smart digital advertiser) this post is for you.

Let’s get started with the basics.

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    According to Smart Insights 96.7 % of people will leave your site or app without buying anything. This means that you’re losing the vast majority of your traffic before you even do anything wrong. That doesn’t leave a lot of wiggle room for wasteful mistakes.

    Facebook Remarketing Stats Image 1: Percentage drop off by each stage in the funnel
    Each step of the funnel brings another drop in user percentage - image source

    Yep, fewer than 4% of people who interact with your brand online for the first time will buy from you.

    On top of that, even if you beat the odds stacked against you, it turns out that you have another battle to fight. Apparently, digital shoppers find it easier to walk away from an online sale versus a bricks & mortar one. 41% of shoppers  abandoned a transaction at a virtual check-out in 2018, compared to 24% who walked away from a purchase in-store.

    Looks like a pressing problem – one we need to find a solution for immediately.

    The answer lies in remarketing.

    Facebook Remarketing gives you a way to re-engage with past visitors and push them down the sales funnel to purchase.

    “Remarketing allows you to put targeted ads in front of people who’ve left your site while they’re browsing elsewhere online. You not only provide a more customized experience, but you do so in an unbranded and lower pressure environment. Both of which help conversion rates.”

    The time has come to answer the hype behind the question: Are remarketing ads better value for money than traditional ads?

    According to the retargeting statistics we came across it’s a big, resounding ‘Yes’.

    The folks at connectIO reveal that retargeting ads are 76% more likely to get clicks than Display Ads. And according to Growthbadger people are 70% more likely to convert when they are retargeted.

    Certain retailers are reporting an even bigger rise in conversions. Brands like Tire-maker Tirendo reported 161% increases after switching from traditional to remarketing ads.

    Growthbadger also shared this: The cost per acquisition (CPA) from a recent remarketing campaign worked out 32% lower than from a regular search ads campaign (and 65% lower than regular display).

    Facebook Remarketing Stats Image 2 - Average CPA by display, search, and remarketing shows that remarketing wins
    There are the Facebook Remarketing Statistics worth remembering - image source

    If the idea of Facebook Retargeting is starting to tempt you, you can start by learning some remarketing tips from the big brands that are constantly raking in the big bugs with this money-making tactic.

    Impressed yet? Well if you aren’t… keep on reading.

    It turns out that not everyone is as impressed with retargeting as we are. Which isn’t too surprising given that remarketing involves using cookies (pixel code) to track specific users and continually advertise to them with increasing accuracy.

    Lucky for us, the battle between the two sides of this debate has yielded some very interesting Facebook Remarketing stats:

    According to eMarketer in their recent report Consumer Attitudes on Marketing 2019 one in four US consumers are currently using a form of ad blocking. Obviously some people don’t like being followed around the internet.

    But don’t get too downcast yet.

    56% of users surveyed in September 2018 by programmatic exchange OpenX and The Harris Poll said relevant ads didn't bother them.

    And on top of that, Salesforce reports that US consumers will tolerate ads if they’re expecting them and/or if they’re incentivized. And of those with 57% percent of consumers stating that they're willing to share personal data in exchange for personalized offers or discounts.

    These stats are backed up by Smart insights who report that consumers are willing to sacrifice their privacy in order to get a better deal – as in 47% of people said they were comfortable being tracked online if they could get a better deal on a product or service.

    “The takeaways are simple: Consumers will engage with your remarketing ads so long as your ads are worthwhile and reflect their experience with your brand consistently throughout the remarketing process. If it’s going to get them a better deal in the end, most people are in for the ride.”

    Overall these statistics bode well for retailers so long as they’re doing Facebook remarketing the right way.

    Since this post is about Facebook Remarketing Statistics it’s probably worth mentioning that ad blocking on social media networks is harder to do.

    However, “harder” doesn’t mean “impossible.”

    While Facebook doesn’t give users the option to stop ads entirely, it does give them the option to select to see only the ads that are most relevant to them. This can mean good news for you Facebook remarketers. And it can also mean bad news if you don’t know who you’re targeting.

    This customizable ad preferences in Facebook’s user interface means that only ads that are highly relevant to the user’s search activity and behavior will be shown. This means that you’re audiences are likely to be more limited, by much more engaged and more likely to convert.

    Only one of the many reasons (say...157 or so?) that Facebook Remarketing is so powerful.

    Let’s start with a brief snapshot of the playing field to better understand which platforms have which remarketing strengths.

    Facebook Remarketing Image 3 - most popular remarketing networks
    Beyond search most marketers turn to Facebook - image source

    According to Growthbadger, social media sites are where you should be focusing your retargeting strategies:

    “Social media is becoming a bigger and bigger part of our eCommerce and economic cycles – to the point now where it’s nearly a driving force. Nearly 40% of all digital consumers draw their purchase inspiration from the ‘Big Three’ of Social Media.” 

    That’s right, 37% of consumers find purchase inspiration via channels like Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin.

    You can look at a more complete breakdown of the reported purchase inspirations as of last year in the chart below.

    Facebook Remarketing Image 4 - percentage of purchase inspiration by device and platform
    A whopping 20% goes to visual social networks as well! - image source

    The folks over at connectio.io agree and tell us that 57% of marketers think social media is trending as a location for retargeting. This isn’t too shocking seeing that when people are on their personal networks they’re relaxed, engaged and hopefully open to suggestion.

    So, now that we’ve worked out why social media is probably a good place to start your retargeting campaigns, how do we settle on Facebook for our platform? Well, read on my friend, and you shall see.

    Well, let’s start with a simple answer to that question:

    Because it’s the biggest and fastest growing online social networking site in the world with 2.2 billion active users on the main platform (as reported in the latest earnings release).

    So it’s a safe bet your customers are on there as well as your competitors.

    Plus, in an eMarketer survey, 95% of social media marketers cited Facebook as the platform to advertise on because it gave them the highest ROI. And it doesn’t stop there. These timely Facebook stats (provided courtesy of Hootsuite) reveal why Facebook is so attractive to advertisers:

    • Facebook Messenger is the top mobile app by number of downloads - with Facebook itself the second most downloaded app
    • Facebook’s revenue per user has tripled in the last three years indicating it’s shift towards monetization - the platform earned a massive $13.2 billion in the first quarter of 2019 alone. That’s a 42% year-over-year increase.
    • 63% of US citizens use Facebook, compared to 35% on Instagram
    • Facebook reaches 22.9% of the world’s population
    • Facebook is the best place to advertise to an older demographic - teens are just not that into the platform anymore - just 7% of 13-15 year olds are on there. However 30% of 25-34 year olds are
    • Facebook’s also the place to target and retarget seniors.The number of Facebook users aged 65+ has almost doubled since 2012 with 40% on there
    • While Americans account for 10% of all Facebook users, Brazil, Indonesia and Mexico are in the top five - so there’s plenty of potential to reach out globally to find new audiences
    Facebook Remarketing Image 5 - Facebook user base and frequency
    Not just quantity of users, but the quality of engagement - image source

    The buck doesn’t stop there. You can keep on reading to see some Facebook Remarketing statistics about just how much this massive audience is actively engaging with your ad content.

    • Globally 1.47 billion users tap into the network daily, that’s 66% of all users
    • Americans spend an average of 58 minutes a day on the platform
    • 78% of Facebook users discovered a product they wanted to purchase on Facebook as they use the platform to browse, research and get inspiration - outranking both Pinterest and Instagram
    • Facebook users are likely to be influenced by ads on the platform. According to sotrender
    • Roughly 44% of Facebook users’ purchasing decisions are influenced by ads they view on social media networks. - and 26% of Facebook users who click on ads proceed to purchase (Wishpond).
    • 24% of Facebook pages use Paid Ads.
    • 71% of users increased their video usage in the last year - a trend that’s expected to grow.
    • Facebook owns a quarter of all video ad spend in the US

    Now you’ve been bombarded with stats about Facebook Remarketing let's put the two together for the big event… The stats you were really promised.

    With 80 million active Business Facebook pages it’s getting harder to stand out from the crowd.

    Hootsuite’s 2018 Barometer Report illustrate that 98% of B2C businesses use Facebook compared to 89% of B2B companies.

    To separate your business from the ‘white noise’ you need to need to streamline your advertising campaigns. Retargeting to Custom Audiences on Facebook is a great place to start.

    You can create Custom Audiences based on existing customers, on visitors to your website (by page or all-site) or by actions people have taken in your apps.

    Current customers are a good place to start because these people already know your brand and they’re primed to hear from you. (A  study by Adobe revealed that 41% of e-commerce spend is a result of repeat-purchasing in the US).

    “It’s cheaper to get people to purchase again than to recruit new customers - Repeat customers are responsible for generating 40% of revenue in some cases. So why not double down on your most profitable clientele?”

    Facebook Remarketing Image 5 - increasing purchase likehood statistics
    You can see the lifetime value compounding with each sale - image source

    Repeat customers are 9X more likely to convert than first time customers. That’s simply a conversion rate boost you can’t ignore.

    Retargeting is a powerful tool when it comes to building brand awareness.

    Here’s a stat that says retargeting can lead to a 726% increase in site visits over a 4 week period. That’s intense.

    But if that ‘don’t impressa you much’ - according to connectio, Retargeting Ads can lead to a 1046% increase in branded search. This stat shows that when someone has seen your Remarketing Ad they’re more likely to keep you top of mind and when they come back to browse - they’ll  search for you again.

    Not only can this boost your rankings in search but increase your leads and ultimately your conversions.

    Not only can you create Custom Audiences in Facebook which target people who’ve interacted with your brand (e.g. read your posts, signed up for your email list etc.). You can also create Lookalike Audiences, which you can see the value of below:

    • Your source audience must contain at least 100 people from one country for Facebook to be able to base your Lookalike audience
    • You’ll get better results by using your top customers rather than all your customers
    • Facebook recommends using a source audience of between 1000 and 50000 people
    • People in your Lookalike audience will exclude people from your source audience (unless your pixel is your source audience)
    • You can set up 500 Lookalike Audiences from one source

    For more info on finding your perfect Facebook audience and remarketing strategy head over here.

    If you aren’t convinced yet here’s my final attempt. Below you can check out this successful example of what Facebook Remarketing can do when implemented correctly. And these are without even reaching out to a professional PPC agency like yours truly. ;)

    Online store Sanea Haushalt created Lookalike Audiences based on their customers and showed them ads. When sales grew they created more Lookalike Audiences based on the top 10% of the store’s best customers. They showed retargeting ads to this group based on pages they’d browsed on the company’s website.

    Their results? They attracted 46,000 unique customers in its first 6 months, decreased their Cost Per Purchase by 24%, and increased customer volume by 300% over 18 months.

    Facebook Remarketing Images 7 - damn impressive
    Well. Damn. - image source

    You’re now in possession of a ton of statistics you didn’t know – or didn’t know you needed to know – before now. But don’t worry. Your efforts thus far have not been in vain.

    If you’ve been struggling to convince higher ups of the vital importance of implementing remarketing campaigns into your PPC strategy, you now have an arsenal at your disposal. If you’ve been struggling to make ends meet with your remarketing campaigns, you may hopefully have a better picture of how your campaigns should look by now. And if you are already killing the remarketing game, you know just how big of a pat on the back to give yourself.

    Even more importantly, however, by looking at these stats and numbers - you’ll now be more aware of the areas where you should be putting your marketing budget and your precious time.

    If these facts and figures have given you food for thought when it comes to planning your next PPC campaign we have many useful resources that will help.

    For more info on how to get started with Retargeting on Facebook this post,  tips on retargeting on Facebook will help get you started. Or if you’re looking for inspiration on great Facebook Retargeting Ads check out this post.

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