How to Use DFP Audience for Better Ad Targeting

DoubleClick For Publishers / Google Ad Manager Ad Optimization
Last updated: October 27, 2020 | by Kean Graham
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This post was most recently updated on October 27th, 2020

DFP audience helps leverage your audience data for better targeting and monetization of your site.

DFP provides different methods for targeting your ads to the right people:

  • Inventory targeting- serve ads to specific ad units
  • Geography targeting- show ads in different countries
  • Key values- serve ads to individual positions on your pages

How to Use DFP Audience for Better Ad Targeting MonitizeMore

DFP Audience is another targeting mechanism that you can combine with the existing methods to take your advertising one step further. It allows you to create audience segments for grouping your visitors. Your site visitor can be segmented by interests, hobbies, age, demographics, and other identifiers.

Setting up these segments enables you to target, forecast and report on these Audience Segments as other targeting criteria.

Publishers can make use of DFP Audience to meet their business objectives such as Increasing Rates and Enhanced Desirability of the Inventories.


A visitor who frequently browses a site or app’s business content could be categorized as a “business news junkie”. Using this information, it’s possible to deliver line items tailored to such users during later visits regardless of whether or not they’re viewing business related content.

How DFP audience works

  • Audience segments are lists of identifiers (cookies that discern visitors based on their identifiers, mobile advertising IDs (AdID or IDFA), or PPIDs).
  • The segments record visits to DFP tagged pages or apps based on a combination of four membership criteria that you define:
    • frequency of page views or app activities
    • recency of page views or app activities
    • membership expiration date
    • interests through ad units or key-values.
  • You can work with your advertisers to target line items to relevant audience segments such as “sports enthusiasts” for sporting goods ads, “travelers” for vacation advertisements, or “fashionistas” for haute couture ads.
  • Targeting such specific audiences provides a better advertising experience for site or app visitors and improves effectiveness for advertisers and publishers alike.

What’s in it for publishers?

Publishers may use DFP Audience to meet their business objectives such as increasing rates and enhanced desirability of the inventories.

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