I truly think there is no social media site more misunderstood and undervalued by PR pros and marketers than Reddit.
Reddit is nicknamed the “front page of the Internet” for a reason.
It attracts millions—if not billions—of eyeballs every day.
Yet, it’s also a quirky place with its own etiquette and rules of conduct and people who don’t follow those rules are quick to be called out.
There are two groups of people you don’t want to anger online: Mommy bloggers and Redditors.
Both can wreck havoc on you and your brand.
That said, many PR pros and marketers are quick to dismiss Reddit as a viable outlet because of their own preconceived notions, or due to horror stories they have heard.
That’s not always a wise move.
In this post, I’ll walk you through seven excellent use cases, and give you a Reddit marketing guide that won’t anger the Reddit mob.
Reddit Marketing Guide: Identify Subreddits
Before you can even start to think about putting your plans into action, you need to test the waters and see what’s already being said about your topic on Reddit.
There’s literally a subreddit for anything and everything.
Don’t believe me?
So meta, I know.
You can find subreddits related to your topic by running a few searches in one of these finder sites:
I’d recommend keeping a list of all subreddits on your topic in an Excel or a Google Spreadsheets file for easy access. This will be the beginning to your Reddit marketing.
Your Reddit Marketing Can Crowdsource Blog and Longform Content Ideas
Another epic use-case is to cure writer’s block (eh, blogger’s block) once and for all.
Spend 10-15 minutes browsing one of the subreddits you discovered in the first step.
You should be able to come up with at least three blog post ideas just from conversations already happening in that subreddit.
Here are some things to look for:
- “How do I do X” types of comments.
- Lengthy debates.
- AMAs (Ask Me Anything.)
Use Reddit for Keyword Research
>Insert gasps from all the SEO types reading this post.<
This is because you can see which keywords come up over and over again, and determine the context and tone in which they are used.
Keywords are good, but the context for how they are used is better.
You can use this newfound knowledge to help write SEO-friendly headlines for blog posts and news releases, craft meta descriptions, write landing page copy, or even just to give you a better sense to see how your target audience searches for information on this topic online.
Just like you can use Reddit to generate post ideas, it can also be used as a great sounding board to see if your ideas will stick.
Just be careful that you don’t abuse this.
Your Reddit marketing should also consist of asking for feedback, which you can get just by asking. But do make sure you have thick skin; Redditors are known to be honest and a tough crowd to impress.
Let’s say your Reddit marketing strategy includes working with experts in your industry.
Journalists are already doing this because it can be a goldmine for finding possible sources to amp up your pitch.
This is the most common use case people generally think of when it comes to using Reddit.
With good reason.
AMAs are so popular even President Obama has done one.
That said, here are a few good starting points to consider before going all-in with an AMA:
- Have a solid angle that will appeal to a broad audience.
- Get a well-known person (who already has an audience) in your industry to be the spotlight/feature.
- Seed some initial questions in advance. This helps get the conversation going at the start, and can help ensure the AMA doesn’t go super off track.
- Be prepared for how to handle “tough questions” and “negative feedback.”
Another great, inexpensive way to promote your content is through Reddit Ads.
Largely overshadowed by Facebook, Twitter, and Google, Reddit ads can be an excellent way to promote your content to a highly targeted audience for pennies a pop.
You can drill down by country, demographics and even by subreddit.
Reddit has a great resource for how to get started with ads on their Wiki.
Are you using Reddit marketing to supplement your PR efforts?
If so, what efforts have worked for you?
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