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Deconstructing Obvi's $40M Customer Acquisition Strategy: FB Ads, LP's, Email Marketing & More

If you’ve been active in ecom Twitter or LinkedIn you could not have missed Obvi’s rapid af growth.

Ronak Shah, Ashvin Melwani and Ankit Patel, the co-founders of Obvi, grew their collagen-focused supplement brand to a mc-whopping $40m in revenue in less than 3 years.

In this article, I’ll deconstruct Obvi’s online customer acquisition strategy, especially breaking down their:

  • Facebook and Tiktok ads testing methodology

  • Landing pages for each market segment

  • Email marketing

  • Community building efforts through facebook and their app

  • Product launches to boost LTV

What you read below is not conjecture or theory. These are real facts behind a blockbuster ecom business, and the strategies and tactics they use to scale at breathtaking pace.

The founders take pride in building their company in public and have shared a wealth of knowledge for free through twitter and podcasts.

Not only will I be knitting together everything they’ve shared, but also things they haven’t shared (at least not yet).

Summary of Obvi’s strategy

If you head over to ecom Twitter right now, there’s no shortage of threads that break down highly complex, 27-step strategies for each and every channel. Often over-segmenting and under-delivering.

But Obvi’s growth system is surprisingly simple, which helps them triple-down on the things that really matter.

Before getting into the weeds, I’ll try to summarise their system in a couple paragraphs: Obvi focuses on 3 major customer segments, and targets them with direct response Facebook and Tiktok ads with almost a 50-50 split in images and UGC-style videos that are systematically tested and iterated upon.

Each customer segment gets its own dedicated Landing Page, also heavily tested. All purchases go through a gamified cart to increase AOV, and customers are funnelled into their community, where they help evangelize future customers and keep each other engaged. The community also serves as the bedrock for further customer research to fuel an insane number of product launches (26 of them in 2022!) and hence boost LTV.

Okay, now off to the weeds!

Facebook Ads

We used Foreplay (a must-use for media buyers and creative strategists) to track Obvi’s ads for over a year and what we uncovered was an ads strategy that was equal parts beautiful and consistent.

A real system, not hacks.

As Obvi’s CMO (Ash Melvani) has revealed, their team believes in a simple ad structure (1-campaign!) to consolidate as much data as possible into a few adsets to maximize Facebook’s machine learning capabilities. Let the creative do the targeting. No Facebook pro is going to argue against that strategy in 2023.

So who is Obvi targeting with their creatives? If you sort through their ads in the last 12 months, you’ll find 3 clear cut segments: - Women 30+ interested in weight loss and fitness - Women 30+ interested in improving hair or reversing hair damage - Women 30+ interested in improving skin or reversing skin damage For each of these segments, Obvi uses a mix of image ads, animated video ads, UGC ads and lo-fi explainer ads. (Note: the ads also direct to different landing pages depending on the ad segment, we will dive deeper into that in the landing pages section of this article).

Here’s a creative matrix that shows the types of ads they run and the audience they run the ads to:

Let’s look at some examples of each type of ad for each segment.

Image ads

Animations Video 1:

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Video 2:

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Video 3:

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UGC ads

Fitness goals:

Fitness goals:

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3 reasons why:

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Tiktok made me buy:

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How to consume product:

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Creative Style

Whether you like or dislike the aesthetics, one thing is pretty clear: their ads (and product packaging) are all designed to stand out.

Lots of contrast. Images and scenes that are ‘unusual’. Distinct colors and elements that scream at you. There’s no scrolling past Obvi’s ads.


There’s a strong focus on clarity and packing a punch with few but important keywords, and then bolstering them with visual elements that show off authority and social proof.

Testing Strategy

Obvi’s creative testing discipline is probably the most impressive thing about their media buying strategy.

Since they spend several thousands a day (source: Obvi’s founders on podcast), creatives can hit fatigue very fast. But that’s not a problem for the Obvi team as they regularly keep pumping out new ads.

Each test building on the previous one.

For example, check out these image ad tests. Same graphic, different taglines:

Same tagline, different graphics:

The same testing strategy applies to videos as well. Check out these thumbnails: Animated UGC:

Plain UGC:

Here’s another UGC test example where they use the same visual hook, but different text hook: “Best weight loss product”

“Here’s how I lost over 40 pounds”

“I’ve found the secret to reverse aging”

Keeping it lean

Unlike brands like Dr. Squatch, it seems Obvi has decided to keep their creative spending lower and opting to rapid-test image and UGC iterations instead of hi-def shoots that can cost 5-6 figures. Note: this does NOT mean that you should not explore hi-def videos. This is just an observation that at least in the last 12 months, we have not seen Obvi go down that route.

Tiktok Ads

Based on the no. of ‘top ads’ in the tiktok library, Obvi seems to be crushing the Tiktok game.

As further proof of Obvi’s success, it looks like they have cracked the type of creative that helps them scale. If you go through each of their ads, they may start with different visual hooks but they follow the same storyline: 1. State problem you’re trying to fix (damaged hair, loose skin) 2. Introduce Obvi as the solution within the first 3 seconds 3. Educate how Obvi helps (with collagen being the main feature) 4. Show how to consume Obvi easily with coffee, cereal, oatmilk etc. 5. Mention any additional benefits of Obvi while creating your Obvi meal/drink

What mainly varies from video to video is the visual hook and the creator. There’s a huge preference for creator-voiceover instead of the Tiktok-voiceover.

They used a range of hooks to begin the videos, but most start with something related to hair. E.g.: - My secret to healthier hair and nails - I’ve been losing hair with age but I found the fix - This is what I’ve been doing to reduce postpartum hairloss

Who knows, maybe Tiktok is just obsessed with hair?

Video 1:

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Video 2:

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Video 3:

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Campaign Structure

I suspect their Tiktok campaigns are probably structured very similar to their Facebook campaigns as Tiktok also improves when data is aggregated into campaigns and ad groups.

However, Tiktok’s broad targeting is not as sophisticated as Facebook (which makes considering a Facebook has a decade’s worth of headstart in figuring out their targeting), so I expect them to be running a few ‘interest’ and lookalike tests at the same time.

Landing Pages

The scariest thing I experience when auditing ad accounts is clicking on ads and being directed to the brand’s homepage. You’re paying good money for a click. To direct that click to the homepage is probably the most irresponsible thing you can do with your ad money.

When you want to squeeze the most out of every cent you’re paying for a click, you send people to a landing page. And given the number of hyper-specific landing pages Obvi uses, it’s fair to say they’re milking their Meta traffic like Holstein Friesian cows.

Over the last 12 months, we found at least 6 unique pages they send traffic to.

Here are the top 3 that are connected to the most number of ads. Surprise surprise, just like their ads, these 3 landing pages are also segmented to: - Women 30+ interested in weight loss and fitness:

- Women 30+ interested in improving hair or reversing hair damage:

- Women 30+ interested in improving skin or reversing skin damage:

LP Testing

Obvi’s iterative ads testing strategy is also applied to their landing pages.

For e.g., here’s a variation of their LP test for the ‘hair’ segment:



Testing the copy on the hero section of a page has high potential impact. It’s what primes the fickle social media scrollers. Refocuses their attention.

From the second the page loads, you’re in a tug of war to keep their attention on your page. The tagline needs to be strong enough to prevent them from hitting the ‘back’ button.

And the only way to come up with the best tagline is to constantly AB test it. LP Sections

Now we’ll go through every section of their standard landing page template.

1. All of Obvi’s landing pages begin with a solid hero section:

The hero section is a perfect summary of the page and has all the right elements (nothing more). It’s meant to capture attention and communicate the most important things. 1 benefit statement, social proof and a solid offer.

2. Explaining the key ingredient of the product

Obvi sells a functional product, and it’s important to justify what allows the product to ‘function’, leading to the benefit explained in the hero section.

In their case, the key ingredient is collagen. Including a graph is a great way to add ‘authority’ to this section while clearly showing the issue - that collagen levels drop with age.

3. Competitor comparison - all the ways the product is better

This is where you highlight all the important features of your product, especially the ones that make you better than competitors. Prospects really need to know what makes your product better than others.

General advice given to marketers is ‘features tell, benefits sell’. That’s simply untrue. Different prospects are at different levels of awareness regarding their purchase. So while benefits are perfect for completely unaware or problem-aware prospects, solution-aware prospects actually need to understand what features of your product set it apart from competitors.

Obvi is doing a great job hitting prospects at all awareness levels.

4. “But what about….” - don’t let objections get in the way of conversions!

What holds back people from buying supplements? Most of them taste awful.

Obvi tackles that objection head on in this section.

One additional thing I want to note here, Obvi is only able to make this claim because they researched their audience and figured what holds people back from taking supplements, and then actually developed products that solve for that issue. You cannot make these claims unless your product is actually differentiated (at least not ethically!).

And then they use facebook and tiktok ads (probably in middle-funnel) to show their products can be turned into delicious meals with step-by-step video recipes.

This is a brilliant way to go from customer research to innovation to ridiculously effective marketing.

5. Don’t forget to tell them about all the other benefits

To make an airtight case for your product, don’t forget to inform prospects about all the other benefits. Obvi uses visuals + short text to make it easy to consume all benefits.

6. Don’t forget about secondary features too!

The same applies to all secondary features.

You’ll never lose a customer for ‘over-communicating’.

7. Social proof is one of the most important pillars of persuasion

If it works for others like you, it’ll work for you. Not only does Obvi show off a massive amount of social proof (4000+ Reviews) but also highlights specific ones with the customer’s age (and even their weight on the fat loss LP) to show more relatability to prospects.

Also, using UGC images adds a touch of authenticity that polished headshots don’t.

8. Money-back guarantee is a no-brainer

It’s impossible to miss their 30 day money back guarantee. This is a pretty standard practice in DTC, but unfortunately too many brands fail to highlight their guarantee on LP’s.

9. Increase AOV with multiple offers

Obvi has some juicy offers and they do a great job of increasing the perceived value of their offers by bundling items together. This is a great way to increase AOV. Some customers are willing to spend more. Give them that option. You’ll do them and yourself a favor.

10. Addressing remaining objections with FAQ’s

The only thing left to do at the end of a solid LP is addressing all remaining objections to sales e.g. is the product dairy free? Is it safe for diabetics? Obvi answers every imaginable objection in their FAQ section.

A great way to build a comprehensive section like this is to deep dive into your customer support queries and go through at least 300-500 tickets, and noting down every single sales related question that’s asked.


That concludes a full analysis of Obvi’s preferred format for most LP’s.

Note that all sections are written and designed to be easily scannable. There’s a focus on clear copy over clever copy (which is 100% the preferred style for DTC direct response) and all visual elements are designed to first and foremost stand out.

Are the LP’s too long? Look, we’ve all heard the argument ‘people nowadays have the attention span of a goldfish’ and ‘most traffic doesn’t even scroll past the hero section!’ Well guess what, most traffic doesn’t even buy. Don’t let the looky-loos murk your data.

Focus on the 5-10% of the traffic that actually are interested in buying your product. Watch what they’re doing, closely. What you’ll find is pretty wide attention spans and deep scroll depths.

You can bet they are not just scanning what’s on your website, but what others are saying about you elsewhere on the internet.

In my opinion, a LP can never be long enough. Simple as that. Have a bias for overcommunicating and ruthlessly test everything you suspect can have a high impact.

Increasing AOV


AOV is one of the strongest profit levers. With the cost of advertising not slowing down any time soon, DTC brands need to ensure a high conversion rate and AOV from the traffic they’re driving.

Obvi does a great job leveraging a gamified cart to maximize AOV.