Remarketing and Audience Targeting

Remarketing lets you advertise to people who have previously visited your website, used your mobile app, or who are in your CRM databases, by showing them relevant ads when they visit other sites or search on Google.

The user lists used in remarketing can also be used for other types of audience targeting, such as Customer Match.


  • Sensitive information about users can't be used to build remarketing lists. Before setting up a remarketing campaign and placing the remarketing tag on your website or app, review our policy for advertising based on interests and location.

  • You can target or exclude user lists at both the ad group and campaign levels. However, positive (biddable) user lists cannot be set at both levels at the same time. Positive user list criteria must be removed from all ad groups within a campaign before one can be set for the campaign.

  • Positive targeting by user list is only supported for Search campaigns. For Display campaigns, the only option at the campaign level for user_list on CampaignCriterion is to exclude those criteria.

  • User list targets don't support setting the url_custom_parameters, tracking_url_template, final_urls, or final_mobile_urls fields in Search and Shopping campaigns.

  • User lists are not supported in test accounts and will automatically close upon creation.

Audience types in a UserList

You can remarket and target specific audiences with a UserList. The list can be constructed from different audience types:

Custom audiences

You can create custom audiences to reach your ideal audience by entering relevant keywords, URLs, and apps.