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Why Reddit is Also Exciting for Advertisers

If you want to attract attention as an advertiser, you must place it as best as possible. An exciting platform for this is the social media aggregator Reddit.




Why you should consider using Reddit, how to generate traffic and why the service is also exciting for advertisers: here, we’ll explain it all.

When the two American students Steve Huffmann and Alexis Ohanian founded Reddit in 2005, they wanted to create a large collection of posts that would make it easier for internet users to search for the right content.

The self-proclaimed “homepage of the Internet,” is now ranked eighth among the most visited websites in the world. In the US, it is ranked as the fourth most popular website. Over half of the users are male and have an academic degree.

In 2015 the operators of the website published official user figures, which amounted to 230 million visitors and 10 billion page views per month. 36 million people had a profile on the platform at the time of publication.

Openness and honesty

Former US President Barack Obama used the internet forum in his 2012 election campaign even for a so-called “AMA,” which stands for “Ask me anything.”

The politician used the platform in order to be in touch with the users as well as with the political issues at a private level, which was a major part Democratic strategy, along with good press.

Reddit users submit articles in the form of links, create a corresponding headline and let their content be evaluated by the community. However, registration is optional on the multilingual website, which is largely English-language.

However, visitors to Reddit who want to submit content in the form of texts, links, or media files must create an account.

Karma – the reputation of Reddit

Elemental for the site is their rating system. All featured content is categorized by the community with a thumb up or down. This creates a ranking from which the best posts are put at the top of the homepage.

If a user’s posts are rated positively, his karma will increase. This happens when a comment is commented on. The sum of the upvotes minus the downvotes  are displayed with a counter for the comment function and one for the evaluation of the post under the profile name.

The subdivision of the content into the so-called “subreddits” facilitates navigation on the platform. These sub-categories can also be subscribed to. For example, the sub-category “Worldnews” is followed by over 17 million users.

Advertising for 200 million users

With over 200 million visitors a month, the forum-like platform is a good option with regard to generating traffic.

Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian presented the relaunch of the website in June 2017 at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity – one of the most famous advertising festivals in the world.

Advertisers are now able to switch ads in the form of videos. Reddit also offers advertisers a new team of employees. Major brands such as Coca-Cola and E-bay have already used the new advertising opportunities.

“There is no other place on the internet where people come together just for a conversation,” Alexis Ohanian describes his platform in June 2017. He considers the users of his site to be very honest and open.

The blunt communication of users: A threat to advertisers?

And this openness can quickly become dangerous to advertisers. Reddit users are critical of advertising, as it interrupts their entertainment in the forums, is often not relevant enough, and is merely about selling or generating clicks.

With the new advertising format, the platform promises to improve this problem. Reddit employees are available to the advertisers in order to avoid serious mistakes.

The advertising is no longer involved in conversations, but only in the marginal column. For interested parties, Reddit has compiled an overview of the advertising formats.

Top target groups instead of wide spread

As on any digital advertising platform, advertisers should also be very well informed about the target group they want to reach with their advertisements at Reddit. The interests of the respective group can be well identified through the subreddits.

It is to be expected that a wide spread can result in image damage because of critical users. As Reddit is well aware of the fact that developing a commercial strategy for its platform takes a lot of time, a Help section has been set up.

The importance of Reddit as a space for public discussion on the internet is very significant. Even if the platform has not yet been able to build on its American success in Germany, its enormous influence should not be overlooked.

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Is your company GDPR ready? A checklist for start-ups!  



For users it means more safety, for companies, more stress: the new European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR has been in effect for over a year now and still presents a challenge for companies, especially for start-ups. How can a small company comply with all the regulations? The following checklist can help!  


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Social Media Feed with Juicer: Perfect for Your Website

It is not always easy to keep a company’s website up to date, to constantly add and update content. With Juicer, it’s now child’s play!




It is not always easy to keep a company’s website up to date, to constantly add and update content. With Juicer, it’s now child’s play! (more…)

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PS: I Love You – Hotmail’s Growth Hack

When the Hotmail e-mail service was founded on 4 July 1996, nobody knew the term “growth hacking”. Nevertheless, the ingenious marketing ploy of Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith goes down in history as the first growth hack.




It was the American Independence Day in 1996 – a deliberately chosen day. Developers Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith released their free email service Hotmail that day.

After a little more than 20 days – at the end of July, 1996 – the service was already being used by 20,000 users of the still young Internet. A respectable success, but the two founders wanted more.

The first growth hack in history

And so Smith and Bhatia discussed things with their investors. The discussion focused on the question of how the company could quickly get new users without a significant marketing budget.

The result of the brainstorming was a single line at the end of each e-mail sent via Hotmail:”PS: I love you. Get your free e-mail at Hotmail.” This is reported by author Adam L. Penenberg in his book* Viral Loop: From Facebook to Twitter; How Today’s Smartest Businesses Grow Themselves.

If you clicked on the blue “Hotmail” link, you were redirected to a registration page. There, you would receive all the relevant information on Hotmail’s offer. In addition, you were given the opportunity to create your own free e-mail account immediately. (That wasn’t standard at that time.)

Microsoft pays 12 million US dollars

Even though nobody knew the term “growth hack” in 1996, it was exactly what the Hotmail founders had succeeded in doing. With a simple trick, the company generated several million users – without having to place an ad.

While Hotmail took six months to break the 1 million-user barrier, the company reached the second million just five weeks later. When Microsoft took over Hotmail for 400 million US dollars just under a year later, the service already had 12 million users. At the turn of the millennium, there were 65 million users.

Today, Hotmail no longer exists. Since 2013, Microsoft has been promoting the first growth hack in history under the name Outlook, which has now spread to millions of computers and smartphones.

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