Unlocking the Power of Interest Audience Targeting: An In-Depth Look


In the ever-evolving world of digital advertising, advertisers are constantly seeking innovative ways to reach their target audience with precision and effectiveness. One such powerful tool in their arsenal is interest audience targeting. By leveraging the insights gained from user interests, advertisers can tailor their campaigns to specific audience segments, resulting in higher engagement and conversion rates. In this article, we will explore the targeting logic behind interest audience targeting and shed light on how it enables advertisers to connect with the right users at the right time.

Workflows - Audience Creation

To set up an audience for interest audience targeting, follow these steps:

  1. Go to your advertising platform's dashboard or interface.
  2. Locate the "Tools" section or tab, usually located in the top navigation menu.
  3. Click on "Audiences"  to access the audience management options.
  4. Look for the "Add Audience" or "Create New Audience" button and click on it.
  5. In the audience creation form, you will be prompted to select the type of audience. Choose "Behavioral (user interest)" from the dropdown menu. This option allows you to target users based on their specific interests.
  6. Next, you will see a list of available user interests or categories. Select the interest(s) that align with your campaign objectives. For example, if you are promoting cat-related products, you might choose "Cat Lovers" as the user interest.
  7. Provide a name for your audience to easily identify it later. You can also add a description or any additional notes for reference.
  8. Save or submit the audience to create it.

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Workflows - Campaign Setup & Audience Selection

Once you have set up your audience(s) for interest targeting, you can add them to your campaign setup to ensure your ads reach the desired audience. Follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the "Campaigns" section in your advertising platform's dashboard or interface.
  2. Look for the option to create a "New campaign group" or select an existing campaign where you want to add the audience. Click on it to proceed to the campaign setup page.
  3. On the campaign setup page, scroll down or locate the "Location & Audiences" section. This is where you can define the targeting parameters for your campaign, including audiences.
  4. In the "Audiences" section, you should see an option to add audiences to your campaign. Click on it to access the audience dropdown.
  5. In the audience dropdown, you will be able to view and choose from the audiences you have previously created. This is where you can apply the audience(s) you created for interest targeting.
  6. Select the relevant audience(s) that you want to include in your campaign. In this case, you can choose the audience you created for cat lovers or any other relevant interest-based audience you have set up.
  7. Once you have selected the audience(s), save your settings or proceed to the next steps of the campaign setup, such as defining budget, ad creatives, and scheduling.
  8. Review and confirm your campaign settings before launching it to ensure everything is set up correctly.

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Targeting Logic - Audience Targeting

Behavioral targeting allows campaigns to participate in auctions based on specific criteria related to the interests of the target audience. Let's explore the targeting logic behind behavioral audience targeting:

  1. Domain Categorization: When a campaign is set up with behavioral targeting, it enters an auction if the domain associated with the bid request matches the desired category. For example, if the campaign is targeting cat lovers, it will participate in the auction if the bid request's domain is categorized as 'cat lovers'. This ensures that the ad is displayed on websites or platforms that fall within the specified category, reaching the intended audience.

  2. User Profile Matching: In addition to domain categorization, campaigns can also participate in the auction based on user profiles. Each user has a unique identifier known as a Data Management Platform (DMP) ID. If the user's DMP profile indicates an interest in cat lovers, the campaign will enter the auction. This enables advertisers to target users who have expressed a preference for cats, ensuring that the ad is shown to relevant individuals.

By leveraging both domain categorization and user profile matching, campaigns can effectively reach their target audience in the context of behavioral targeting. This approach maximizes the chances of engaging users who have a genuine interest in the specific category, leading to higher engagement and conversion rates.

It's important to note that the targeting logic operates within the framework of an auction, where campaigns compete for ad placement. The highest bidder who meets the targeting criteria secures the opportunity to display their ad to the user who triggered the bid request. This ensures that ads are delivered to the most relevant users based on their interests and the campaign's targeting settings.

Targeting Logic - OR, AND & Exclude Functions

In the Audience section of the campaign setup, advertisers have the flexibility to combine audiences using OR and AND operators, as well as exclude unwanted audiences.

Utilizing these functionalities, advertisers can tailor their targeting strategy to align with their business goals. Whether it's reaching a broader audience, targeting specific interest combinations, or excluding certain segments, these options provide flexibility and optimization opportunities. Regular evaluation of campaign performance is essential to ensure effective targeting.


Audience creation in digital advertising involves defining user interests and behaviors to effectively target desired audiences. In campaign setup, advertisers add audiences and configure targeting options to refine their reach. The targeting logic combines domain categorization and user profile matching, allowing campaigns to participate in auctions based on relevant domains or user interests. By leveraging these processes, advertisers can create precise audiences, set up campaigns with tailored targeting, and maximize the effectiveness of their digital advertising efforts.

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Created 28 June 2023 12:00:56 by Gabriele
Updated 7 May 2024 14:13:00 by Elvinas Kazlauskas