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February 4, 2020

Reddit and Quora for Ecommerce Traffic with Davis Nguyen

Reddit and Quora for Ecommerce traffic are not yet widely used by marketers. You can have a great advantage once you know how to wield these platforms.


Why Reddit is a great marketing platform in general

There are people looking up the stuff you’re trying to buy

There are self-forming communities

If Davis was buying supplements, 2 years ago, he would type in “product name” plus Reddit

  • They can’t do affiliate links there
  • But you can put an ad in there.
  • None of the big headphone companies was on the subreddit and there were 100K people there!

Reddit results in Google searches

Try typing in a product name on Google

You’ll get Reddit results

A lot of times to get reviews, Davis will search on Reddit

It’s moderated so if it seems like you’re an affiliate, you get unbiased reviews

Reddit ads costs

  • Costs depend on the Subreddit and competition level
  • Reddit can. be as low as $1-2 to get CPM (1000 views) of people who have
  • Compared to Facebook CPM $30-50

Trust is there – there are companies that have representatives on subreddits

(Eg Wendy’s the fast-food chain)

More and more brands are going on this. The chief brand officer of Reddit is pushing hard for this too.

This is similar to the trend with Facebook. It was also just users to start with – now it’s the bigger brands.

That’s the trend with Reddit too.

How does Reddit compare to Facebook?

Firstly, always put strategy before tactics

Think about where your audience is before you worry about shiny object

Facebook vs Reddit mindset

FaceBook is Baby boomer territory

People share photos etc.

Whereas on Reddit, people are in the highly specialist mode

Davis goes into wrestling subreddits for example.

He gets hit with an ad for wrestling belts – ads have been there for 2 years.


What is Quora?

It’s a Q & A platform

Like Google but has the Q and A aspect of Reddit:

Like: “What’s the best noise-cancelling headphones?”

Also, “What’s the best workout bench for my studio?”

Eg: “What’s the best brand for vitamins?”

Why Quora is great for marketing

It’s very public-facing – people put their FaceBook profile is

Not for everyone – if your product solves as an issue

Some kind of differentiated products.

“Everything I do that my competition chooses not to is a competitive advantage”

Quora is not yet widely used by marketers.

3 ways to hit the audience on Quora 

  1. Answer a question.
  2. You can advertise.
  3. Retarget them.

How to answer a question on Quora

First of all, be a user of the platform

  • See what irks people
  • How would a Quora user perceive it?
  • If you’re selling a closet-hanger, it’s not the platform for you

 Avoid being salesy!

Software companies do this well.

If anyone mentions your brand, you can click the ad and end up back at your site.

How do software companies do this well?

Monday.com (task management software) is good on Quora

They have reps who answer Qs there.

Also, they never pitch.

They point out the pain points.

The basic structure is:

  • “This is how to solve it yourself”
  • “This is how Monday.com would solve it”

Davis has bought a lot of products based on Quora eg Headphones, Vitamins.

Different mindsets on different platforms

Eg Youtube vs. Facebook

On FaceBook you have to grab attention, whereas onYouTube, already have this – although you have to keep it.

In Quora, it’s similar to YouTube – people are there to get an answer.

Quora best practices

Davis has a friend who got an award for best Quora

He says “I just get straight to the point”

DON’T talk about how your brand is different

Advertising on Quora

Quora advertising basics

  • Headline
  • Body
  • Image

On FaceBook you can target age, gender etc. Whereas on Quora, you can target the kinds of questions they ask: Eg if you’re in financial services

You can also tag by categories eg digital nomad. But this is based on behaviour,  not demographics (a critical distinction from demographic-led platforms, like Facebook).

Top 3 do’s and don’ts for Quora and Reddit

  • Are people going to actually talk about this?

Eg sex toy isn’t going to be on Quora as it’s a public profile

  • Try out ads


  • Don’t be salesy
  • Type in Google topic +subreddit
  • Click on Reddits and look for other subreddits in recommendations (“Cursive research”)

Final thoughts

Read reviews! And figure out where your audience hangs out.

How to contact Davis


Watch my full interview with Davis Nguyen

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