What Is Post-Click Automation & Why Digital Advertisers Need It

What Is Post-Click Automation & Why Digital Advertisers Need It

It’s a well-known statistic but worth repeating: More than 96% of ad clicks do not convert. That’s a massive waste in the multi-billion dollar digital advertising industry. So, why is this happening?

Metrics like conversions and revenue measures the success of direct response campaigns. Advertising targeting technology allows you to serve highly personalized ads to your audience based on various criteria like demographics, online behavior, past brand engagement, stage of the funnel, and more. This helps maximize ad clicks.

But once a user clicks on those ads, and for you to maximize conversions, users deserve a matching post-click experience that continues the personalized journey.

1:1 ad-to-page personalization is the only way to maximize advertising conversions.

Advertisers must have a way to create post-click experiences and move at the speed of advertising as easily as they create ads. Enter post-click automation.

What is Post-Click Automation?

Post-Click Automation (PCA) is the category of marketing technology that enables marketers to maximize advertising conversions by automating the post-click stage in the advertising funnel. One-to-one personalized experiences at scale make it possible.

PCA is an extension of post-click optimization because it involves creating optimized experiences personalized to each audience segment. It starts with visualizing the advertising funnel and connecting it with the ad network to create message matched post-ad click landing pages.

What is the market gap this category fills?

Reviewing the advertising funnel stages, the experience at each stage, and the end goal:

postclick funnel stage table

The technologies at every stage in this funnel have successfully created a separate category and offer comprehensive end-to-end platforms. In turn, marketers and advertisers can increase advertising conversions at every step except for the post-click stage. Scalability and personalization completely break down at this stage.

The 4 pillars of Post-Click Automation

The four pillars of Post-Click Automation include ad mapping, automated creation, personalization, and optimization & AI:

post-click technology pillars

Ad Mapping

This is a major component of Post-Click Automation because it allows marketers to focus more on strategy and less on mundane, repetitive daily tasks.

Currently, many PPC marketers download campaign information to spreadsheets and map their ads to post-click landing pages manually. The entire process is cumbersome and makes it highly challenging to determine the number of experiences needed per campaign, to log the updates made to each, and keep the message match consistent between each ad and page.

PCA platforms are uniquely built for PPC marketers to visualize the advertising funnel, with the ability to connect ad networks to specific page experiences. In doing so, advertisers save time and are more organized in determining which ad/ad group connects to each page.

Automated Creation

Automated creation is the capability to produce multiple post-click experiences quickly–but therein lies the problem: Each ad needs its own page.

With PCA, you can scale post-click experiences as easily as ads. By capturing personalized content into commonly used content blocks, users can automate the creation of hundreds of landing pages optimized for maximum conversions. These content blocks allow you to save any element or group of elements and insert them into a page later—whether that be a completely new page for a different audience or an optimized version of a former page.

With global content blocks, users can implant any of these saved blocks on groups of pages from a single place. That means any campaign-wide update such as new copy, or any cross-campaign change like a rebranding or customer testimonial, can be reflected in moments. Together these features enable users to move at the speed of advertising.

Personalization

Personalizing involves increasing the ad relevancy for a specific target audience, like ad platform or user-intent.

For example, search intent is a common scenario that requires separate post-click pages for users–users doing preliminary research have different needs than a user about to make a purchase. Catering to both types of users with different experiences is better for them and the advertiser.

Creating buyer personas and audience segments beforehand helps you create personalized post-click experiences for each audience segment, which can generate more conversions. In the end, an optimized experience from start to finish makes the advertising conversion likely.

Optimization & AI

Conversion rates can always be higher, but achieving any meaningful and sustained result is very difficult. The process is complex and it’s fraught with threats that can do worse than doom a single campaign. As important as it is to have an experienced tester on staff, it’s just as important to have tools capable of empowering that tester. So this pillar refers to all activities that contribute to the improvement of the post-click experience–data collection, analysis, editing, etc. Both qualitative and quantitative methods exist, like:

  • Built-in experimentation providing a unified and systematic process to perform advanced testing and data analytic functions.
  • Heatmaps that track scroll depth, mouse movement, and clicks.
  • Traffic allocation that allows you to determine how often audiences see a page variation.
  • Page duplication and editing page variations directly from the builder.
  • Comprehensive analytics dashboard that tracks metrics like visitors, conversions, and conversion rates.

The dashboard, in particular, reveals deficiencies in a campaign that allows testers a basis for optimization. At the system’s conclusion, it automatically updates your page layout as our system gets smarter and recommends content based on machine learning conversion insights.

True Post-Click Automation platforms come complete with all four pillars, allowing users to collect data on which pages you can run experiments to prove or disprove. The question then becomes why has Post-Click Automation lagged behind while the pre-click experience dominates all the attention?

Why does the pre-click experience get all the attention?

Pre-click optimization is creating and improving paid ads using various advertising platforms such as Google, Facebook, and Bing. The pre-click experience has a single component–the ad–and ads are comprised of headlines, ad copy, images, video, and URLs.

Since the advertising giants focus more on ad creation and targeting, the pre-click experience has always been their priority. Over time ad networks have developed advanced technology that helps advertisers use micro-targeting and personalization techniques to create ads for audiences. These techniques not only increased the number of ad clicks, but also saves revenue, time, and resources.

Unfortunately, most marketers neglect the post-click experience. Pre-click and post-click are two stages of the same journey, and each deserves attention to provide people the best experience possible and for advertisers to maximize conversions.

And while things have begun to improve with Google Ads, Bing, and Facebook now accounting for post-click landing page experience when considering ad rank and placements, Post-Click Automation continues to lag in a lot of areas.

A slew of different technologies address this strategic need for turning clicks into conversions in bits and pieces. No software has unified it into one stage of the funnel or one platform (more on this later).

Examples: Comparing post-click experiences

Post-click experiences should be designed as a natural extension of the ad clicked. Each element on the page should notify the visitor they’ve landed at the right place, and that the offer they wanted is only a CTA click away.

Square uses segmented post-click experiences for audiences looking for different services the payment platform offers. When search users research ‘mobile POS system’ they see this:

The ad headline summarizes how the POS system is powerful and free. The display URL clearly shows the ad is relevant to the search query and matches the headline. Finally, the copy details the entire POS system with its ease of use, quick set up, robust reporting, is customizable, etc. Once clicked, the post-click page continues the relevancy:

  • The ad and post-click page headline match, so the user is reassured that they’ve arrived at the correct place.
  • The copy and imagery tell visitors a story of how the platform works and what hardware is required to get started. Square answers the basic questions for users–how the software works, what’s needed, cost, and why people should use it.
  • There are zero distractions on the page, no exit links, or social media buttons to take people away from the offer. The page only highlights the POS system.
  • The floating navigation bar with the CTA button allows the user to click through at any point without having to search for it.

Now, compare…

In contrast, prospects won’t convert unless a post-click experience continues the same relevancy established at the pre-click level.

Churn Buster’s display ad promotes the application and talks about keeping new customers:

Once clicked, the post-click page connected to the ad:

  • The ad and post-click landing page headline don’t convey the same message because the ad talks about keeping customers, while the post-click experience talks about recovering more failed payments.
  • The ad’s subheadline “it’s time you see for yourself what all the hype is about” is too vague. What hype is the prospect supposed to know?
  • The branding colors don’t match, so there is no relevancy. The different headlines are already enough to confuse users.
  • The header navigation links provide visitors too many options to exit the page before converting.

Churn Buster’s post-click page is not a natural extension of the ad, so, it’s less likely that users will click the CTA button.

Why is PCA a new category?

Existing categories like Conversion Rate Optimization and Landing Page Builders already exist. However, Post-Click Automation is a new category because it:

  1. Unifies Capabilities: It brings together new and existing capabilities scattered across different categories into a single category for the first time. For example, Marketing Automation brought together automated journeys and existing capabilities, like sending bulk emails.
  2. Into a Single Funnel Stage: It reshapes the thinking of advertisers and marketers to unify efforts across different technologies into a streamlined flow of initiatives focused on one stage in the funnel–converting ad clicks into conversions.
  3. On a Single Platform: It simplifies advertising and marketing operations by unifying a disparate set of marketing technologies into a single platform that cleanly maps to a single stage in the funnel.

So, what can advertisers do when it comes to Post-Click Automation? How does Postclick address this gap?

How does Postclick automate advertising conversions?

Postclick is the leader in maximizing advertising conversions for consumer brands by delivering 1:1 personalized experiences at scale. Our platform has progressively developed features that automated the creation, optimization, and personalization processes.

Automating the building process

With the builder established as the foundation, the platform automated the building process at the block level with the ability to save and reuse page blocks with Instablocks™. Now entire blocks of a page are automated and users can build a page in minutes by assembling pre-built blocks. They can also use Global Blocks to make updates to thousands of pages with a single click.

No other software offers this level of scalable creation capabilities. WordPress offers reusable code blocks, but they are not created visually.

Automating integrations

Postclick also automated the integration process with an integrated ecosystem that covers the most popular technologies in the martech space. No more coding of integrations. It is the only platform that integrates with Google Ads and Analytics, as well as Facebook Ads Manager. The solution also automated the demand gen process with forms, retargeting, and conversion goals.

Automating the experimentation process

Postclick also automated the experimentation process with server-side A/B split testing. The server automated the testing technology and the builder automated the creation.

Doesn’t Optimizely automate the experimentation process?

Optimizely offers A/B testing, but it requires coding. Their software offers a drag and drop variation builder, but it can only handle minor changes within an existing layout and cannot create different layouts as variants.

For the testing process, Optimizely offers client-side splitting. That means all the variations are coded into a single page and are hidden from the other audiences. This makes pages bulky and loads slowly. On slower networks, audiences can see the baseline version overlaid with a variant–creating a bad experience.

With Postclick, the splitting technology is server-side so the server only presents the right variant for the right audience. This lets pages load quickly and guarantees accurate splitting.

Automating the optimization process

By introducing heatmaps, users gain valuable insights into how visitors are interacting with your pages. Heatmaps include scroll depth, mouse clicks, and mouse movement. This allows users to develop better-informed hypotheses for A/B testing:

Postclick heatmap example

Automating the personalization process

We automated the personalization process with server-side dynamic audience targeting. You can create any number of experiences, point them to an audience, and the correct experience is dynamically served to the right audience:

Don’t other software offer personalization?

Yes, but other platforms require coding because with drag and drop builders, they can only handle minor changes within existing layouts. Creating different layouts for separate audiences is not a realistic option.

With other software, all customizations and the targeting logic are coded into a single page and hidden from non-target audiences. This makes pages bulky and slow. On slower networks, audiences can see the baseline version overlaid with a customized experience. This is a bad experience. Users can choose to not show customized experiences on slower networks. However, you likely sacrifice being able to personalize for audiences reliably.

With Postclick, server-side personalization technology automates page creation. So, the server only shows the right experience to the right audience. This ensures fast-loading pages and accurate targeting.

The Post-Click Automation difference

With all of these capabilities under one platform, it’s easy to see why customers have seen the following results using our team and proprietary tech:

conversion intelligence statistics

What is next?

Advertising technology continues to get more refined with each new update and software technology is becoming more automated each day. Don’t neglect the post-click stage anymore. Your prospects and bottom line deserve better.

With automated page creation, integrations, experimentation, heatmaps, and server-side audience targeting–there is no complete post-click automation platform comparable to Postclick.

Get a complimentary conversion analysis today, and see how much your results can improve.

Tyson Quick
by Tyson Quick

Tyson Quick is the Founder and CEO of Postclick, the leader in delivering advertising conversions for consumer brands. After years of seeing advertisers lose money in underperforming campaigns, his mission has been to automate advertising conversion.

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