• Search intent audiences were divided into three groups SUV, SPV, and SV vehicles to target people who queried related terms on Google across Facebook’s ad network
  • To scale delivery, prospecting audiences were created with Search Intent lookalikes with Flexible exclusion targeting of their existing customer base layered in to accurately measure performance
  • Marin’s mass editor tool allowed for quick configuration of search intent audiences mapped to unique ad sets and creative


An automotive brand through Maxus UK leveraged search intent audience targeting in Marin to scale their cross-channel lead generation initiatives across both Google and Facebook. The automotive brand's primary objective was to generate leads through requests of brochures, test drives, and automobile quotes to both their existing customer base and prospects.

Marin Social helped us and our client achieve strong cross-channel results. By creating different dimensions in Marin's Search app and passing on the data into Marin Social, Maxus UK was able to define their Social audiences based on specific keywords and target more effectively. Marin's mass editor enabled a fast implementation, editing and optimisation of the campaigns. The results, more conversions and a lower CPL, the proof is in the pudding. The Marin stack has revolutionized the way we purchase media in Facebook. We were ultimately able to build, with the help from Marins Social Specialists, a truly unique and in-market car buying audience only applicable for our client. Given that this channel was an area which we historically struggled to obtain cost effective conversions from, this has now turned into a channel which delivers us valuable and cost effective leads. We, as a team, with the assistance from Marin Social Specialists are looking forward to the opportunities that we can explore in 2017.

Lee Pepper
Performance Business Director

Finding "In-The-Market" Audiences

The automotive brand was looking for new ways to drive cost effective lead generation through paid social advertising on par with the performance they were seeing from their paid search campaigns. They had predominantly viewed paid social as a top-of-the-funnel awareness driver and wanted to test more direct response strategies to audiences with high purchase intent.

Search Intent for Cross-Channel Lead Generation

In order to increase the volume of conversions and to reduce the overall cost per lead, the automotive brand took advantage of Marin Software’s search intent audience creation feature. The strategy was based on the creation of relevant groups of keywords that people were searching for to capture high intent audience segments on social that would be dynamically remarketed to with unique creative.

The Results

After seeing such strong cross-channel results, Maxus is planning to implement search intent targeting across different car models and will include this strategy for other brands as well.

  • 30.5% decrease in cost per lead performance when comparing broad Facebook audience targeting to search intent segments
  • 77.3% decrease in overall cost per lead over 3 month period when leveraging Marin for both Search and Social
  • 132% increase in conversions month over month while meeting CPA goal