How to Use Reddit for Content Marketing

March 22, 2024

Modern-day marketers are entrenched in a plethora of social networks, analytic tools, trade publications, and more. We’re constantly looking for better ways to research, create and promote.

But where do these ideas come from? Where can we extract more insights?

An often overlooked yet highly beneficial medium for marketers is Reddit; a veritable treasure trove of information for marketers about trends, customer sentiments and pain points. There are hundreds if not thousands of subreddits, or individual boards/forum-style communities, dedicated to nearly any topic you can think of. It doesn’t matter what your poison is, you can find a place for it on Reddit.

The anonymous environment allows users to freely express themselves, whether it’s aggressive but constructive criticism, or just friendly pointers. As someone who has been on the platform for almost 4 years now I can tell you there are some incredibly talented and wise minds lurking throughout subreddits. I’ve made contacts, partnered up on content marketing projects, advertised, and even crowdsourced data on Reddit.

The benefits of regularly using Reddit for content marketing might surprise you. Let’s explore them:

A goldmine of ideas

Reddit can be extremely valuable to marketers, provided you know what to look for. Its value has everything to do with how the platform operates and how we utilize the platform. Don’t get confused. We’re not consuming media; rather, we’re analyzing it.

Content is voted upon, which directly influences the visibility of it. If it’s not relevant or particularly interesting, then it receives downvotes pushing it further and further down the stream. If the community deems it worthy, they will lobby it with upvotes pushing it higher up the stream. In this regard, you can see what’s popular and more important to a community by the top-rated posts.

Each post, image or piece of content has a dedicated comments section that allows reddit users to weigh in on a discussion. More importantly, this is where you can find customer sentiments, popular opinion and complaints about various topics.

For example, marketers in the gaming industry who frequent the “gaming” subreddit would find a lot of information about their titles. They could easily find a consensus of what the community thinks about the different elements of a game. If the community doesn’t like their game, they can also find plenty of solid points as to why that is. In turn, this should help them make and market a better title in the future, provided they learn to listen to their customers. Keep in mind that this same example can be adapted to fit any market or business.

An important thing to remember is not all content needs to be on the front page to become a hit. Reddit is entirely different from most social media networks and SEO. You don’t have to obsess over being the top post in a stream. You’re better off targeting smaller groups and delivering your content and posts to the subreddit that fits your brand most.

When it comes to marketing, this aspect of using Reddit can help you grow a laser focus on what’s important. It will help you get better at trimming excess fat, so to speak. You’ll quickly learn what type of content is worthwhile to a demographic or community and what types are not. You’ll learn that relevancy is more important than volume and how to choose more relevant topics.

Community centered

Reddit is for the community. That means people using the platform are not scared to voice their true opinions and weigh in on a discussion. You might see some of this on a brand or company forum, sure, but there it will be largely filtered.

On Reddit, however, you have access to pure, authentic discussions, the kind that most people have in their day-to-day lives with friends, family, or colleagues (granted, some of this stuff can be NSFW).

One of the most defining traits of Reddit is the insanely quick ability for users to band together in support of a cause or charity.

Rest assured, if you want to know what a demographic or particular audience thinks about a topic, you can head to reddit.

GummySearch is an AI-powered audience research tool for Reddit. The tool helps to:

Do customer discovery (like finding pain points and solution gaps)
Search Reddit effortlessly with advanced filters
Track relevant keywords and brand names
Extract insights from Reddit posts in bulk

Your first step is to search Reddit using one or more keywords and select subreddits:

For every individual thread, you can see a quick summary and click a link to participate on Reddit. Overall, it is an effective tool to monitor your target subreddits and engage with those discussions that discuss topics where your product is relevant.

Use the tool to research pain points, brainstorm content ideas, and generate sales leads.

Discover trends and memes

Since most subreddits have active communities, it’s a great place to discover budding trends, memes or what-have-you. Redditors love to repeat memes consistently, which often go on to become viral. In addition, the kinds of group opinions and ideas you can collect will show signs of budding trends.

As a marketer, this should help you stay on top of your game in terms of popular content. If you stick with it, then it should also teach you how to better identify popular trends.

For instance, some trends and memes seem to have an initial spark, before sputtering out shortly after. Other trends appear seemingly out of nowhere. By being active in communities like this, some of which happen to be the birthplace of said trends, you can analyze and pinpoint the various elements that go into the rise of a trend. If you want to learn what goes into the creation of viral content, Reddit is the place to be.

It is also a great way to create an engaging newsletter by regularly covering trends you find on Reddit.

Of course, there are never any guarantees, because some trends are just downright unpredictable. However, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to learn from them.

Teaching consistency

Reddit is not a social platform that you will benefit from right away. In order to take advantage of it, you need to remain consistent and stick with it. You need to frequent the same subreddits, offer advice and participate in discussions. This increases your reputation, what’s referred to as “karma” on Reddit.

If you want to really show your bosses that you’re extracting something tangible, create a spreadsheet and start logging information. Make a list of the best type of content and analyze the ingredients that made it popular, i.e;

type of media used

Patterns will quickly arise and we’ll be able to identify which types of content our respective budgets can cover. In turn, we go into the creation stage knowing there is already validation for the type of content we’re making. Along a similar vein, we can simply ask others if “this is something they would be interested in” and keep a record of answers.

The important thing is to start participating now. You’ll gradually start absorbing the social norms of the subreddits you subscribe to and will ultimately craft your own tactics to extract value for your next campaign.

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This article, “How to Use Reddit for Content Marketing” was first published on Small Business Trends



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