The Reddit Ads Experiment Part 2: Spending $200


You guys wanted two sequels so we will deliver them! This is the Reddit Ads Experiment part 2. You can watch the first video here: The Reddit Advertising Experiment: Spending $50 on Reddit.

This time I partnered up with Ladder, a company based in New York City and we decided to spend 200$ on Reddit Ads pushing traffic to their site.

Testing more Reddit Ads with $200

We decided to pull four pages from Ladder’s site and try to push them with Reddit Ads, putting 50$ on each one. We’ve got a ton of headlines to test for each one of these and we are going to start.

The first try on Reddit Ads

The last time we did the Reddit Ads Experiment we only pushed people to the X27 homepage, there was no content, there was nothing, we just sent people directly to the homepage and we saw 0 conversions but a bunch of clicks. There were about a thousand clicks for 50$.

This time we took a slightly different approach and I wanted to test sending people to a specific content.

These were the pages we decided to push:

The Reddit Ads Experiment Part 2: Spending $200

The Reddit Ads Experiment Part 2: Spending $200

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The Reddit Ads Experiment Part 2: Spending $200

The Reddit Ads Experiment Part 2: Spending $200

Our team worked together to write headlines for every single one of these. Then we did the purchase, remember we were going to spend 50$ on each page.

We targeted mostly the front page though some of them I targeted specific subreddits and some of the material groups. I wanted to go very broad on this just so we could see some kind of return. We ran over about 25 Ads, we got them paid and we came back 7 days later to see how the campaigns were going.

The Reddit Ads’ results:

7 days later we got some analytics from Stefan at Ladder:

The Reddit Ads Experiment Part 2: Spending $200

The Reddit Ads Experiment Part 2: Spending $200

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The Reddit Ads Experiment Part 2: Spending $200

The Reddit Ads Experiment Part 2: Spending $200

We got about 39 pageviews for 200$ and about 141 from the main blog, 30 sessions on referral and very low pageviews in general.

It’s over a dollar per pageview, which is pretty high so I jumped back into the Reddit analytics to check how we did there.

The Reddit Ads Experiment Part 2: Spending $200

This is the only one of the headlines that got an upvote with no comments. As for the other 24 headlines

Conclusions:

We spend over 250$ on Reddit Ads for 0 leads and about 400 bits of traffic across both experiments. Normally, when somebody post one of our videos on Reddit, it will get like 3,000 views, even one of our videos got 25,000 views when it hit the top of the subreddit, all of this for 0 dollars!

What is really strange is that some of these posts from Ladder have been posted on Reddit as non-ads and they still get engagement, they drive traffic, they get comments but just having them as an Ad they get nothing and it’s very concerning for Reddit’s future, at least when it comes to advertising.

I’m saying it, Reddit Ads for B2B is dead, maybe I will try again in a year but right now Reddit Ads has a big problem.

 

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