What are Intent Targeting Playbooks

Intent Targeting Playbook offers you a pre-packaged way to efficiently activate upon 3rd Party Intent data signals by serving ads across the web to those accounts surging in the Intent Topics you choose in your RollWorks account. 3rd Party Intent data surfaces accounts that are researching topics related to an industry, category, or product dynamically and is based on content consumption across the B2B Web.

After setting up the RollWorks Pixel on your site, our platform is able to capture the traffic and their behaviors on your website. To launch an Intent Targeting Playbook you will:

  • Start by choosing the Intent Topics that you want to monitor.
  • Select an Account List to target. Only accounts surging with Intent from your Account List will dynamically be targeted.
  • Then, you will select the Target Persona criteria (Job Function and/or Seniority) for whom you specifically want to reach within those accounts surging with intent.  
  • Next, select the Ads that you would like to utilize for engaging these users. There are 2 parts to every Playbook: 1) Unaware 2) Aware. You'll be able to choose Ads for each campaign in the setup flow based on their behavior with your website.
  • RollWorks will update the account intent surge data every week as new intent data is synced into RollWorks.



  • Uncover & engage accounts in early buying cycles
  • Quickly activate more targeted and effective account engagement 
  • Help optimize your budget for improved ABM program ROI
  • Drive better marketing and sales alignment


Who can access

Your access to launch Intent Targeting Playbooks depends on your RollWorks package:

Your RollWorks Package

Can I launch Intent Targeting Playbooks?

- Starter

No, you cannot launch Intent Targeting Playbooks but can achieve the same goal by following the 3 steps below:

  1. Choosing your Account-level Intent Topics. Learn how-to here.
  2. Creating an Account List and adding logic to layer Intent Topics. Learn ho-to here.
  3. Launching an Account Targeting Playbook. Learn how-to here.

- Standard

- Professional

- Ultimate

Yes, you can launch unlimited Intent Targeting Playbooks.


To find your current subscription, log in to RollWorks and navigate to Settings > Billing > Plans & Usage.


Launch an Intent Targeting Playbook

Before your start:

To use the Intent Targeting Playbook, you must first complete the following steps in the RollWorks Platform:

Now you are ready to create your new Intent Targeting Playbook. 

  • Login to RollWorks and navigate to ‘'Advertising' > 'Campaigns & Playbooks' > 'Create'


  • Select 'Intent Targeting' and 'Get Started'

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Step 1: Select your Audience: Account Lists, Intent & Buyer Persona

  • Select the Account List and Account Group that you want to target with Ads.
  • Customize your Intent Filters to specify the accounts you will target:
      • Select 'Intent Level':

          • 'Medium to Very High'

          • 'High to Very High'

          • 'Very High Only'

      • Select the Intent Topics that will be used in this Playbook

      • Select Intent Signal Recency:
            • 'Last 7 days'
            • 'Last 30 days'
            • 'Last 90 days'
  • Select General Exclusions - Decide if the customers you defined previously in General Exclusions should be targeted or not in this Playbook. We will automatically exclude your competitors and coworkers if you have them set up within your General Exclusion Settings. 
  • Layer Buyer Persona - Select one or more attributes to define the people that you want to target. Learn more about how to define the Buyer Persona in this guide.
      • 'Country' 
      • 'Job Function'
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Step 2: Select Creatives for Each Campaign

  • Select Ads for both parts of the  Playbook by clicking 'Set Up'. You will select which Ads you want to use in 1. Unaware and 2. Aware. 

    Tip! See this Ad Creative Best Practice guide to learn how to select creative content that matches your customers stage in the marketing funnel.


Step 3: Select Budget & Schedule

Continue to set up your budget and schedule for this Playbook. While you enter the details below you will see the estimated Reach Forecast on the right side.

  • Select ‘Budget Type’:
      • 'Ongoing': Select for campaigns that will run indefinitely.
      • 'Fixed Dates': Select if you want to run this playbook during a specific date range.


  • For ‘Ongoing’ budget:
      • Select a ‘Start Date’ between ‘Immediately’ or ‘Future Date’
      • Enter your ‘Monthly Budget’, RollWorks will aim to spend this amount monthly.
  • For ‘Fixed Dates’ budget:
      • Select a ‘Start Date’
  • Select an ‘End Date’
      • Enter your ‘Total Budget’, this is the total spend for the duration of the playbook.
  • Select ‘Day Parting’
          • Show Ads 24/7 - Your Playbook will run 24/7 without interruption.
          • Pause on Weekends - Your Playbook will run 24/7 on weekdays and pause on weekends.
          • Custom Day Parting - Your Playbook will run on specific days and hours


Step 4: Review and Launch

  • Review that all the configurations in your playbook are correct: Audience, Campaigns and Budget.
  • Add a 'Playbook Name' to easily identify your Playbook in the RollWorks platform and reports
  • Click 'Launch'


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Best Practices

  • An Intent Targeting Playbook is one way you can activate an Account-Based strategy with limited resources, as well as reach users earlier on in their buying process based on 3rd party research they are consuming.
      • If your budget is not sufficient, limit it to only targeting the highest surging accounts and/or accounts surging more recently.
      • If your audience size is too small, try broadening your Intent Filtering, Buyer Persona and/or include additional accounts in your Target Account List.
  • If you want to use different messaging for specific Intent Topics, use a new Intent Targeting Playbook for each creative and topic alignment. 


Use Cases

  • Prospecting: Prioritize accounts for top of funnel digital advertising and/or prioritize accounts for Sales outreach
  • Content Personalization: Customize messaging for intent-topic-based sub-segments
  • Retention: Identify at-risk customers
  • Learn more about 3rd Party Intent here



How can I find how many intent topics I have available and select them?

To find out how many Intent topics are available under your RollWorks subscription package, log in to your RollWorks account and go to 'Account Insights' >' 3rd Party Intent' > 'Edit Topics' to view your topics and how many do you have available.


What types of creatives are supported in Playbooks?

Playbooks support all Web Image Ads, Web Video Ads, Web HTML5 Ads, and Native Ads.


What types of creatives are supported in Playbooks?

Playbooks support all Web Image Ads, Web Video Ads, Web HTML5 Ads, and Native Ads.


Can I make changes to a Playbook once it is live?

Yes, the following actions are available after launch: Edit, Pause, Clone, and Delete.


Why is my Account List grayed out during the Intent Playbook setup?

If you are using 3rd Party Intent Data as an input to create your Account List, you will not be able to launch an Intent Playbook targeting this Account List. Instead, try launching an Account Targeting Playbook.


Can I run Intent Playbooks at the same time as Account Targeting Playbooks?

Yes, you can run Intent Playbooks and Account Targeting Playbooks simultaneously. 

If you are targeting the same Account List in an Intent Playbook and an Account Targeting Playbook, the Accounts will only be targeted within the Intent Playbook until the account stops surging with Intent.

Note: Due to the time it takes for RollWorks's infrastructure to update many systems it is still possible to serve some impressions to an account in both Playbooks as the audiences get updated to be targeted or excluded as the account surges in intent.


What is the list of Intent Topics available?

An up-to-date list of the Intent Topics in the Bombora taxonomy can be found here.


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