You visit a website to check out a pair of shoes you’ve been eyeing. You leave without buying them. You visit ESPN to check a score, then sign into Facebook to look at your newsfeed, and so on. Suddenly, you notice there are ads for the very shoes you were looking at following you around the web.
Maybe you ignore the ads at first, but after seeing the shoe ad for the tenth time, you decide to go back to the website and buy them.
That’s retargeting at work—and we’ve probably all had this experience in today’s digital age.