Reddit Marketing For B2Bs: 7 Tips You Should Know

Reddit for B2B is often overlooked as a digital marketing platform. It’s time for this to change.

What does Reddit have in store for B2B companies? How to implement Reddit marketing into a B2B brand growth strategy effectively?

Some businesses see it as a tricky, unsolvable enigma to crack. Let’s uncover its secrets together. (Spoiler: there’s nothing too complicated or enigmatic about it, you’ll see that yourself.)

Learn how to use Reddit for marketing B2B.

What’s Reddit and Why B2B Marketers Should Care

First, get acquainted with Reddit and then move on to the importance of using it for promotional purposes in B2B.

What Is Reddit? Definition and Key Terms

Being the third most visited website in the US after Google and YouTube, Reddit is a social sharing network with a forum-style structure. It consists of theme-based communities where people can share and discuss content.

Before diving into the “juice” of the article, there’s a short glossary of Reddit jargon you should learn:

Subreddit is a user-run community dedicated to a certain topic for discussion.

Redditors are registered users on Reddit.

Upvote (arrow pointing up) allows Redditors to mark content as a positive and valuable contribution to the conversation or network as a whole. Upvoted content gets to the top and is seen by more people.

Redditors use downvotes (arrow pointing down) to show that content doesn’t contribute to the subreddit, looks spammy, or is off-topic.

Karma is a specific points system that quantifies users’ contributions. There are two types of karma: comment karma and post-karma. They both add up to your total karma level. You earn karma when people upvote your post/comment and lose it when it gets downvoted. Gaining more karma is important for your reputation in this community.

AMA (an acronym for Ask Me Anything) is an interactive Q&A interview post.

Lisa from Inspire To Thrive’s Reddit Recap.

Why Bother About Reddit Marketing for B2B’s?

Here’s why you need to include Reddit in your B2B marketing strategy:

  • The platform has 50 million daily active users and above 1 billion unique visitors per month.
  • 90% of consumers trust Reddit’s recommendations of new products and trends.
  • Users on Reddit make a decision to buy nine times faster than on other social networks.
  • 69% of people say they respect brands that make an effort to be on Reddit, and 61% of users are more likely to trust a company that establishes its presence on this site.

How to get the most from Reddit marketing for your B2B brand? What should and shouldn’t you do? Read on.

How to Use Reddit in B2B Marketing (Dos)

So let’s demolish the wall of secrecy and learn the best marketing tips that work on Reddit.

I. Identify Your Target Subreddits

Effective lead generation starts with determining the target market and picking the right channels. In the case of Reddit, you can be overwhelmed by the number of sub-communities. Currently, the platform has over 2.8 million subreddits.

What to focus on when choosing the ones for your B2B’s reach?

Give your ear to what Greg Heilers, Co-Founder of Jolly SEO, has to say on this matter:

“Firstly, targeted subreddits should be related to your brand. Secondly, they should go in line with the particular keywords you have picked for your B2B digital marketing strategy. Thirdly, pay attention to the number of users and their activity. And finally, find information about moderators and learn the rules of each niche community.

For example, among others, we give priority to the following subreddits: r/SEO, r/localseo, r/TechSEO, r/bigseo, and the like.”

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Reddit comment thread.

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Greg summarizes his pieces of advice into a checklist for business-to-business marketers who search for dedicated subreddits:

  • Brand and keyword relevancy
  • Interest category
  • Number of Redditors
  • Level of engagement
  • Moderators
  • Rules

In addition, check this guide for subreddit targeting.

2. Choose The Best Posting Time For Reddit Marketing

Improper timing is one of the primary reasons for social media marketing failures.

If you google “the best time to post on Reddit”, you’ll get something like between 6 am and 9 am on Mondays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

“The suggested hours are based on the average statistics. They can’t be applied as a rule of thumb, because different topics get different user engagement levels,” highlights Mark Pierce, CEO of Colorado LLC Attorney.

“What you need is to know when exactly your subreddit gets the highest traffic.”

For this, Mark suggests a tried-and-tested tool used by his marketing team: “A subreddit traffic analysis tool developed by DelayForReddit is our go-to. When you need to check the proper time for a post, you indicate the subreddit’s name, for example, LLC, press Analyze, and voila – you get the best time to post on r/LLC.”

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Learn the best time to post on Reddit.

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Try the delay tool here and on you go choosing the appropriate time for your B2B advertising posts.

3. Produce Relevant and Well-Researched Content

Content without any value and relevance becomes an obstacle that doesn’t let you engage with your customers in a meaningful way.

“On Reddit, the essence of content lies in its quality and significance,” says Colin Palfrey, CMO of Crediful.

“Striving to deliver significant and informative content, you should offer how-tos, attach screenshots, mention your personal experiences, provide numbers, stats, facts, etc. At the same time, it’s important to spell out complicated matters in a simplistic manner so that everyone could understand you,” Colin emphasizes.

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Choose a relevant subreddit for your Reddit marketing strategy.

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4. Post External Links

External links are the most popular and desirable type of Reddit content, because Redditors are hungry for news, in the first place. What’s crucial, they generate more upvotes than texts, the study shows.

How should you approach the link-sharing strategy?

You can follow the example of Jake Hill, Founder of DebtHammer, who prioritizes links in Reddit marketing:

“We often share links to our blog articles that contain case studies, research, or survey results. These go very well with our Reddit audience and have a 20%–30% higher user engagement rate than any other type of content.”

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Know where you can post external links and use them sparingly.

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But don’t just rush to spam the platform with your blog content. Jake recommends the following:

“Publishing external links, stick to the 80/20 rule: 80% of links should be shared from third parties and only 20% – be from your website.”

5. Boost Community Engagement with Questions and AMA

A question is a surefire way to increase your viewership and raise audience engagement. In fact, questions get 2x many comments as regular posts on Reddit (Foundation Marketing, 2018).

As another option for engaging with the community, host an AMA, aka an “Ask Me Anything” session (r/IAmA is a subreddit for those).

Ben Michael, Practicing Lawyer and Founder of Michael & Associates explain how his colleagues practice AMAs and how beneficial they are:

“Our criminal defense lawyers get such Q&A sessions going with: I’m a criminal defense lawyer at Michael & Associates, AMA. Such AMAs usually get heaps of upvotes and comments, help us learn our audience better, and enable human-to-human interactions.”

You can also schedule your AMA ahead of time on the r/IAmA’s scheduling and verification site.

Take a glance at the scheduled AMA by Reuters, a news agency.

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6. Take Advantage of Sponsored Ads

In 2016, Reddit introduced a new type of advertisement called Promoted User Posts.

See what one looks like in the feed. Below is a promoted post by Lumen Technologies, Inc., a provider of security, cloud solutions, and other network services.

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Add Reddit ads to your Reddit marketing plan.

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If you also want to promote your service or product with a paid ad, take these steps:

  • Step 1. Register an ads account
  • Step 2. Define the objective of your campaign (brand awareness, conversions, traffic, video views, or application installs)
  • Step 3. Add details about your advertisement (audience type, ad placement, budget, and timeline)
  • Step 4. Select the post type (video, carousel, text, or image) and make the actual post
  • Step 5. Send it for approval (it takes around two days)

Once it’s approved, it starts running instantly or on the preferred date you’ve set.

It’s also worth mentioning that Reddit allows adding one of the 13 different call-to-action buttons for ads that can help boost your conversion rates and increase business sales.

7. Capture User-Generated Content (UGC)

UGC is one of the content marketing trends worth following in 2023 and beyond.

And Reddit is a perfect digital location to search for it.

Here’s how B2B brands can do it, according to Anthony Martin, Founder, and CEO of Choice Mutual:

“You can look for mentions or reviews of your company on Reddit by typing the brand name in the search bar. It’s a superb advantage if Redditors talk about your products or services and express their opinions. You may spot some satisfied clients who tell you about their experience of using your product and then share their reviews on other social media.

If there are no reviews so far, like in my case, you can find discussions that simply mention your company or contain links to your website, go to the discussion thread, communicate with the audience on the topic, and carry on the conversation.”

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User-generated content is great for Reddit marketing

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How NOT to Use Reddit for B2B Marketing (Don’ts)

There are some bad and ugly things that can damage your brand reputation and ruin your B2B marketing campaigns on Reddit. Follow the below tips to keep at arm’s length with those:

Don’t Go Over Promotional

Or else you may face a shadowban or account suspension.

Shadowbanning is a measure taken by admins and moderators majorly to fight spammers on the site. Check r/ShadowBanned and r/ShadowBan for more information.

It’s always better to ask for a moderator’s permission if you want to post a link or text that seems too promotional.

Don’t Do The Post and Leave Thing

Or else your reach and karma will always stay low.

Instead, participate in subreddit discussions, interact with users, answer their questions, and react to their comments.

Don’t Be An Upvote Beggar

Or else your reach and karma will always stay low.

Instead, participate in subreddit discussions, interact with users, answer their questions, and react to their comments.

Bonus: Best Tools for Reddit Marketing and Analytics

Bonus: Best Tools for Reddit Marketing and Analytics

Grab the list of tools that will help you navigate Reddit like a pro:

Wrapping Up Your Reddit Marketing Tips For B2B

There you have it – the mysterious Reddit is cracked. Doesn’t seem so intricate anymore, does it?

Now you can reach your business objectives and goals in Reddit marketing more successfully.

Which of the above ideas have you already implemented or are planning to try? Do you have your own tricks on how to use Reddit for B2B marketing? Please drop a comment below so we can discuss it.

Lisa Sicard
  • Sarah says:

    We haven’t got much of a Reddit strategy yet but we’re working on it. We have seen very organic traffic from others posting our content on there though. Great guide, thank you!

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Sarah, yes, it can be the most complicated network to work on for sure! I’m glad you liked the Reddit guide here. Thanks for coming by and have a great day Sarah.

  • REALLY detailed, practical, relevant content works best on Reddit Lisa. I dig your mention of this point because people who visited my blog through that platform remarked on the detailed nature of my Reddit posts. Give away the farm to be seen, to gain a rep and to goad people to click your blog link via your profile. Be helpful and patient, too. Good things take time on that site. Super blog post my friend.

    Ryan

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Ryan, thank you. It does take a lot of time and many don’t have the patience these days Ryan. I almost gave up on it myself a few years back but I’ve stuck it through and am glad I have. Thanks for your input as well. I hope your new travels are going well Ryan.

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