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December 16, 2016

Growing a Business on Instagram: Brownie do Rapha

BY: Instagram Business Team

San Francisco, CA

After we started using Instagram, investing in videos, and bringing this content to the platform, we managed to double the revenue from 2015 to 2016.
Raphael Mendes, founder of Brownie do Rapha (@browniedorapha)

Started in Juiz de Fora, Brazil, Brownie do Rapha was born in the most unlikely of circumstances. While Raphael was finishing his physical education major, he got injured. Not being able to finish his major with the injury, Raphael watched the cooking channel while he recovered. One day while watching, Raphael saw a brownie recipe and decided to try it out. After the 10th try, Raphael says the brownies came out perfectly. And shortly after, people were paying him to bake them.

Fast-forward to 2016, and Raphael now has a physical store with over 20 employees as well as an online store that ships throughout Brazil. More than the basic brownie recipe he started with, Brownie do Rapha is known for it’s overly decadent desserts of brownies topped with candy bars, icing and, in some cases, even ice cream popsicles. With such over-the-top and visually stunning treats, customers began sharing photos of them on Instagram.

But more than creating a product that’s often shared by customers on Instagram, Raphael credits the platform for helping the continued growth of his tasty company. “It helps the company by bringing it closer to our customers, to transmit the essence of our company in a much more personal way,” he says. And more specifically, Raphael credits the help of video ads on Instagram in doubling the store’s revenue in a single year.

BY: Instagram Business Team

San Francisco, CA