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The year is 1999. I have a list of emails and phone numbers of prospective clients that I want to sell to. How do I reach them? Since it’s 1999, the only way I can reach them is by emailing them or calling them on the phone. Does that work? Well to a certain degree, yes, but this cold calling approach is a numbers game and very time-consuming. Luckily, we aren’t in 1999 anymore.
Besides that fact that we no longer have to worry about Y2K anymore, we also have access to a much more efficient way to turn our cold leads into warm and even hot leads through a little something from the information superhighway known as audience matching.
Audience Matching: With audience matching, you can show my ad to any user whose contact details (email or phone number) you have access to. This is a great way to target potential customers who reached out to you in the past but have not closed the deal yet, to remarket to existing customers (to have them purchase again), or to show ads to prospective clients whose contact details you gathered (hopefully by non-nefarious means)
Step one: Start with an audience list (as simple as an Excel or CSV file with a list of emails or phone numbers on it).
Step Two: Upload that list onto an ad platform (Google, Facebook / Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat or LinkedIn). The ad platform then matches that audience list you uploaded with the user’s profile. For example, if [email protected] is on your list, and you upload that list onto your ad platform, if a user exists with that email, and they also have an account on that service (for example, LinkedIn), it will match their email with their profile, and they’ll see your ad.
Based on my experience, conservatively around 20% of emails you upload will be matched. So if you have a list of 1,000 emails you upload to LinkedIn, I would expect an average of 200 to be matched for targeting (the reason it can be so low is that people often have multiple emails, and not all of them are linked to all of their online accounts).
Step three: Create an ad and for that targeting method, choose the matched audience.
Audience matching is a great way to target users whose contact details (email or phone numbers) you have if you:
It is also widely used in the B2B (business to business) community for sales. How it usually works is that you target your prospective clients with an audience targeted ad, which warms them up to you, because many of them would see the ad, so when your sales team reaches out to them (even if it’s a cold call or email), they would have some prior knowledge of your company offering.
Now, I’ll show you step-by-step, how you would implement audience targeting, in the 4 main channels that have popularized this method.
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