Advertising Menswear on Reddit

July 1, 2020
Sporting Goods & Outdoor

Key Takeaways

Focus Allocation — Reddit: There are three factors that suggest Reddit as a white space for reaching a male audience that is interested in activewear.

1. Demonstrated Ability to Generate Results: Bonobos has generated 73% of its social traffic on reddit in the past 6 months, totalling hundreds of thousands of visits to their ecommerce site.

2. Audience Alignment on the Platform: The majority of Reddit’s audience is male and between the ages of 18-34. There are dozens of subreddits specifically dedicated to men’s apparel, sport, and activewear where relevant audience members can be reached.

3. Low Competition From Other Brands Compared to Other Channels: On average, the competing men’s apparel brands analyzed in this report spent 0-3% of their North American digital advertising budget on reddit ads over the past 6 months, compared to much larger budget allocation on other ad channels like Instagram (avg. 35%) and Facebook (avg. 30%).

Tactic — Reddit Advertising: Some brands successfully activated reddit organically, however many other have failed to do so due to the culture of the platform. Organic activations can be considered, and some examples are provided in this case study, but advertising is a less risky and proven method to activate on the platform.

Tactic — Subreddit Targeting: Run ads on specific subreddits that cater to the interests of your target audience. Use tools such as to identify the top subreddits for various interest categories such as gaming, sports, humor, and technology. 

In the past 6 months (Apr. - Sep. 2020), Reddit drove 73% of social traffic for Bonobos

For context, Reddit generated 8% of social traffic for the Fashion & Apparel vertical as a whole over the same time frame.

Reddit - Bonobos

Social traffic from Reddit was mainly driven by display ads. Bonobos spent approximately $116K in the past 6 months to run display ads on Reddit.

Total Display Ad Spend

The majority of Reddit’s audience is male and between the ages of 18-34 which is aligned with Bonobos’ target market.

All top three display creatives on reddit were focused on generating conversions, featured a promotion (15% Off Your First Order), and had a strong Shop Now CTA.

Top Three Display Creatives
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On Reddit you can run ads on specific subreddits that cater to the interests of your target audience, such as the following: 

Top Subreddits (Overall)

Subreddit # of Subscribers

r/announcements                                     71M
r/funny                                                      33M
r/askreddit                                                30M
r/gaming                                                   28M
r/aww                                                        27M
r/pics                                                         26M
r/music                                                      26M
r/science                                                   25M
r/worldnews                                             25M
r/videos                                                     24M

Top Subreddits (Men’s Fashion)


# of Subscribers

r/malefashionadvice                               2.6M
r/streetwear                                               2M
r/frugalmalefashion                                   2M
r/sneakers                                                1.6M
r/watches                                                 1.3M
r/malefashion                                          200K
r/goodyearwelt                                        139K
r/rawdenim                                                90K
r/techwearclothing                                    78K
r/styleboards                                             28K

Top Subreddits (Fitness)

Subreddit # of Subscribers

r/fitness                                                    7.8M
r/bodyweightfitness                                1.8M
r/running                                                    1.1M
r/getdisciplined                                        651K
r/gainit                                                      299K
r/homegym                                               202K
r/powerlifting                                            179K
r/crossfit                                                   170K

Organically on Reddit, Bonobos is featured the most often on the subreddit r/frugalmalefashion where users share the latest deals and sales.


Before organically marketing on Reddit, it is important to note that Reddit as a platform is often not welcoming of organic promotion from brands themselves. Reddit’s community guidelines state: “It’s perfectly fine to be a redditor with a website, it’s not okay to be a website with a reddit account.”


However, some brands have found creative ways to promote themselves on Reddit without using Display ads through sponsoring posts and AMAs (Ask Me Anything):

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