How to make money from WhatsApp [using WhatsApp API]

How to make money from WhatsApp [using WhatsApp API] blog

By Maxine Hess

Writer | WhatsApp marketer | Creative

WhatsApp is being touted as the next big thing in marketing for consumer brands. But, like any marketing channel, it needs to pay its way. Here's how to make money from WhatsApp.



WhatsApp Business does what it says: it combines the personal, friends-like feel-good factor of WhatsApp, with ambitious revenue goals of businesses.


One has to lead to the other, otherwise WhatsApp would not be worth the investment.


The good news is, we have plenty of evidence that WhatsApp adds a powerful new revenue stream to your marketing mix – without a huge amount of extra work for your marketing or CRM team.


At charles, our top focus is generating revenue for our customers. We work closely with customers to maximize 2 key metrics:

  1. Revenue per conversation (RPC)
  2. Return on campaign spend (ROCS)


You want to know how much revenue you could make with WhatsApp? Use our free WhatsApp revenue calculator 😉 

WhatsApp marketing profitability (revenue per conversation) has quadrupled in four yearsThe average revenue per conversation of our customers quadrupled in the last 2 years



If you're curious about WhatsApp KPIs, see our top 5 WhatsApp marketing metrics.


We care deeply about building customer relationships and human connections, but at the core, we know that WhatsApp has to be profitable for businesses. In particular, for the enterprise brands that we work with like MediaMarkt, l'Occitane and ABOUT YOU.


And we're fully invested. In these tricky economic times, profitability and efficiency is essential for both your business and ours.


Note: this article is for mid- to large-sized businesses using the WhatsApp Business API and not for small businesses using the free WhatsApp Business app


Can you make money from WhatsApp Business?

Yes, you can make money from WhatsApp Business. And you can earn a lot of money with it. WhatsApp isn't just a messaging app; it's a revenue machine. This powerhouse of communication – now with rich marketing and commerce functionality – offers businesses the luxury of unprecedented closeness with their customers. Which leads to more sales.


Over 68% of WhatsApp's 2.2 billion users check in more than 10 times daily.


In Germany, the user base is a whopping 69 million. That's a massive audience waiting to hear from you.



WhatsApp works, as you'll see in our client success stories



And they're not just waiting to hear from you. They're eager to spend money with you. Customers love the close connections and personal interactions they enjoy with the brands they love through WhatsApp – and tend to show their appreciation with purchases.


Our clients are seeing an average RPC of €2 and for some campaigns it's as much as €30. Consumers are getting used to seeing WhatsApp as a communication channel option.


Our clients tell us that their customers are very positive about the WhatsApp experience – being able to receive bitesize messages and offers via WhatsApp, and be closer to the brands they love, in an app they love.


That aside, how do you actually make money from WhatsApp?


Here are the most popular ways our clients maximize revenue in this messaging channel:


€1. Do WhatsApp-only presales

Make your WhatsApp channel feel exclusive – and give it a separate value proposition, like exclusive access to the brand and its products that they can't get anywhere else.





Many of our clients offer presales via WhatsApp. For example, Leevje, who recently locked its website during a pre-Black Friday sale so only customers with a code sent via WhatsApp could see the offers. Some of our clients send the URL of a hidden webpage via WhatsApp only.


€2. Offer preaccess to products

Our client, Oatsome uses product preaccess very successfully.



oatsome 3Oatsome successfully gathered early reviews through WhatsApp to boost its public launch



It launched a new product early exclusively through WhatsApp and not only sold large amounts of it, but gathered 50 reviews to support public launch – which of course helps boost sales.


See Oatsome's success story here.


€3. Use WhatsApp automation

Many businesses are scared off by the resources WhatsApp may need. They don't need to be.


The good news is, a WhatsApp channel needs very little work when you use automation. With charles, you use our open canvas, Journeys to automate entire WhatsApp conversations.


This saves you time setting up flows and enables you to set up evergreen flows that earn you money through your website – for example product finder quizzes.



journeys_blog_feature_imageJourneys is an easy-to-use WhatsApp automation feature, beloved by our clients



It also allows you to set up entire CRM flows that keep reaching out to customers over months, or even years, to keep them buying your products.


You can also set it up to answer common questions through your website so that you can focus on revenue-generating tasks.


€4. Sell during conversations

With features like charles "Chatouts" agents can turn conversations instantly into sales. While having a chat with a customer, they can find out their preferences and sizes and fill a cart with the products they want. Agents then send a link to the customer in WhatsApp that they can purchase directly from.



charles Commerce feature for WhatsApp salesSell in chat with charles' Commerce feature



If the customer is already logged in to your online shop, all the better, they can buy in as little as one click. Meaning you lose fewer customers on the way to the checkout.  


This works because charles integrates with your online shops like Shopify and WooCommerce.


€5. Show you know your customers

The more relevant your WhatsApp messages, and the offers and products you send, the higher the conversion.


It's important to ask your customers preferences and store them for future use. In Journeys, their answers in WhatsApp are stored automatically as tags in the charles platform – and will go to Shopify and Klaviyo if you've integrated these.



audience+segmentation.svgSegment audiences for higher conversion. This is how you build an audience in charles.



You can then use this information to segment campaigns later on, so that only dog products go to dog lovers and cat products go to cat lovers, for example. 


This way, you not only sell more, you avoid annoying customers and losing them.


€6. Send fewer campaigns

This may seem counterintuitive if you're a hardcore sales person. But in WhatsApp, just as with friends (and school parent groups) less is more.


I used to be a high frequency, high relevance guy. Fast was never fast enough. As I’m getting older, I realise that being patient pays off. charles has been a big part of teaching me that.Florian Keller, founder, Pferdegold


Our clients find that a slow, steady approach of 1-2 campaigns per month to each subscriber works better than a quick burst of messages and sales, but then a drop off – because so many people unsubscribe.


€7. Make data-driven decisions

Numbers matter in marketing. Make sure you spend time on your WhatsApp marketing strategy and keep iterating as you go. Continually check analytics and tweak campaigns to improve performance and increase sales.



BRAINEFFECT webinar charlesSee how our customer BRAINEFFECT uses analytics to make more sales in our recent webinar



For example our client BRAINEFFECT recently had set out 4 weeks of Black Friday campaigns. It found that the first week didn't work as well as it thought, so used those learnings to immediately tweak the final 3 weeks and improved sales by doing so


See top 5 WhatsApp KPIs here.


€8. Invest in a revenue-focused WhatsApp platform

Some WhatsApp platforms are just that. A WhatsApp platform.


You need more than that.


You need ongoing, ROI-focused support to help you use this new, powerful tool in the most profitable way possible.


How to get your first WhatsApp purchase [with charles automation]

WhatsApp comes with extra costs compared to channels like email



charles stands out because of our incredibly dedicated, friendly and knowledgeable success team.


They are wholly focused on making your platform as profitable as possible, and helping you run your WhatsApp marketing campaigns in the most efficient possible way. Even giving you cost saving tips.



Our success team regularly runs webinars – like this one with SNOCKS – to share knowledge and help brands learn how to generate the most revenue with WhatsApp



Brands choose us because we go many steps further than most to make WhatsApp marketing seamless, efficient, and, most importantly, lucrative.


€9. Use WhatsApp for retention

WhatsApp is an amazing retention tool. Treat people like friends in this close, personal channel and they'll stay with you for a long time – and want to keep buying from you.  



whatsapp-customer-retention-honey-pot-mainSee our guide to retaining customers in WhatsApp, with 7 message templates



Use WhatsApp wisely for a wide range of customer uses, and offer extra value, including back in stock notifications, nurture messages, order tracking and reminders, and you'll find people coming back and back for more.


See more about retention marketing in WhatsApp here.


To sum up: how to make money from WhatsApp 

WhatsApp is not just a messaging tool; it's a revenue generator (calculate your potential WhatsApp revenue here) for brands when used in the right way, and an excellent retention tool.


By embracing WhatsApp as a key marketing channel, you're not just reaching your audience – you're building meaningful connections that lead to lasting relationships and increased revenue.


Make sure you include strategies – like preacess to products, WhatsApp automation, segmentation and using analytics to inform decisions – and in your WhatsApp strategy and you'll be making even €millions in WhatsApp in no time. 


charles helps brands get started in the most profitable way possible. We set you up for success right now, and stay with you for long-term success.


Ready to make money from WhatsApp?

That's what charles' WhatsApp marketing platform is for. Our platform and support are both optimized to generate the most profit possible in the long-term. Sign up for a free 30-min demo to see how it all works.


FAQs about making money in WhatsApp

How do I make money in WhatsApp?

First, get the WhatsApp Business API through a revenue-focused provider like charles, that offers good ongoing support.

Then implement our strategies above :) 

How much does WhatsApp cost?

You pay a fee to WhatsApp for every conversation you have with a customer. See our guide to WhatsApp API pricing here.

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