Remarketing with cookies, Berkay Demirbas

Remarketing with Cookies

You may want to run campaigns that serve different landing pages to your users, especially in B2C mailing campaigns.

For this, instead of creating separate landing pages for each of your campaigns, you can develop more effective automation and marketing techniques using modern web technologies like NextJS.

Assuming that the user clicks on our UTM campaigns, we will show a different landing page depending on the cookie status, without changing the page.

Let’s see what we’re going:

  • Creating a new app with NextJs.
  • Building middleware for rewrite functions.
  • Create and set cookie status for UTM campaign values.

Create a new web app using. More details here.

Create a new typescript file called _middleware.ts on /pages.

Import objects from Next Server for Middleware API.

import { NextResponse } from "next/server"; import type { NextFetchEvent, NextRequest } from "next/server";

Add a new function for rewriting. Basically, the task of this function is to fetch the user’s cookie status, and rewrite them to the campaign page without leaving it on the same page path.

//pages/_middleware.ts const PUBLIC_FILE = /\.(.*)$/; export async function middleware(req: NextRequest, ev: NextFetchEvent) { let response = NextResponse.next(); if (PUBLIC_FILE.test(req.nextUrl.pathname)) { return response; } if (req.nextUrl.pathname === "/") { switch (true) { case Boolean(req.cookies["remarketing"] === "true"): response = NextResponse.rewrite("/marketing-page"); break; default: response = NextResponse.next(); } return response; } return response; }

Create a new marketing page called /marketing-page, you can duplicate the index page for now.

This page will use for our main redirected campaign page and changing cookie status to false.

For that, we use react-cookie.

//pages/marketing-page.js
const [cookie, setCookie] = useCookies();
const setRemarketingCookie = async () => {
try { setCookie("remarketing", "false"); } catch (err) { console.log(err); } };

And we will run this function for when the user wants to cancel campaign and return to the home page.

//pages/marketing-page.js
<div className={styles.grid} onClick={setRemarketingCookie}>
<Link href="/"> <a href="/" className={styles.card}>
<h2>Back to main page &rarr;</h2>
<p>I don't want it!</p> </a>
</Link>
</div>

Let’s refactor our original homepage. We use useRouter to check the current URL and, extracting UTM campaign values like Campaign, Medium. etc.

//pages/index.js
const [cookie, setCookie] = useCookies();
const router = useRouter();
const cookieName = "remarketing";
const utmCampaign = "lead_generation";
const utmMedium = "email";
const matchCampaign = router.query.utm_campaign === utmCampaign && router.query.utm_medium === utmMedium;

useEffect(() => { if (matchCampaign) { setCookie(cookieName, "true"); } });

Congratulations! 🎉

Now, the users when clicking any UTM campaign, our cookie and marketing page will change.

Also, you can send to Google Analytics, this cookie value as a custom event for which users cancel your campaign.

Originally published at https://www.raufsamestone.com.

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