The worst ad campaign?

The worst ad

At Bango, we love great targeting. That’s why we’ve just bought the worst billboard in the UK.

According to ClearChannel data, no billboard in the country gets seen by fewer people. This is it, the bottom of the ad targeting barrel.

Still, we’re happy with our billboard. In fact, we’re confident that it’ll get more relevant eyeballs than a PPC advert shown at the top of Google.

Why? Because search targeting is broken.

Having run experiments with over 65,000 search ad impressions, our data shows that more than a third of search ads never reach the audience. For those that did, more than a quarter still failed to reach anyone in the market to buy.

That’s why we’re sticking with our lonely billboard… because it’s still more targeted than your average search ad.

“One in every three ad dollars spent goes down the drain… before the campaign’s even started!”


of search ad spend was immediately wasted in 2020


of search ads never reach their target audience


of those that do, don’t have purchase intent


of those that do, don’t hit key decision makers

This matters.

Ok, our lonely billboard is obviously a PR stunt. But get this — last year $171 billion was spent on search advertising around the world.

If more than a third of ads displayed are being shown to the wrong audiences, that means more than $60 billion (!) of that marketing budget was completely wasted.

Search advertising takes marketers’ money on the promise that its big data targeting is more accurate than anything else. It’s not. What people search for is rarely an accurate indication of what they will go on to buy.

If you’re going to target new audiences find buyers for your products and services, you need to target the handful who are actually in market to make a purchase. That means targeting based on purchase behavior, not just search history.

Bango Audiences

Bango Audiences open-up an alternative world of ad targeting. By using purchase behavior targeting marketers can reach potential customers based on what they’ve previously purchased online.

Analyzing billions of dollars of ecommerce spending data, Bango delivers custom audiences straight to your social ad campaigns. You spend your precious ad budget targeting people that are interested in purchasing your products. Buyers, not just browsers.



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Our other worst ad

We like great targeting at Bango. We like Tik Tok, Instagram Reels and YouTube Shorts almost as much, but marketers aren’t taking advantage of the targeting features offered by these short-form video platforms.

To illustrate this point, we’ve returned with some more low-grade advertising capital to offer a profound marketing lesson.

Discover The second worst ad campaign in the world