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Why RebelMouse Is the Best CMS for Social

Gone are the days of post + pray your content gets seen. There's a lot more that goes into creating loyal, sticky audiences. Facebook, Google, and other platform giants are evolving into centralized platforms with massive updates that roll out all the time. So if your corporate blog is stuck on an old paradigm, you're getting lost in the crowd.

RebelMouse is a centralized CMS built in the age of social. As the media landscape continues to change fast, we're able to keep up with the speed of these massive tech giants because we're a creative agency that's evolving with them — doing to WordPress what Airbnb did to Craigslist, one media company at a time.

Social is at the forefront of everything — your audiences live in the feed. RebelMouse gives you the tool set to not only distribute your content across platforms, but also ensure that users can easily move across platforms too.


What Makes Us so Good

The feed has dominated social media for years now, but the website has never caught up. That is until RebelMouse created a format that makes your site as viral + binge-worthy as the social feed. It's called Social UX for Media, and it's an absolute game changer. Whether you run a new media site, or a corporate blog, it just works. Here's how:

The Infinite Scroller

The core of Social UX is the concept that a feed should be its foundation. Much like a user would scroll through their News Feed on Facebook, they should be able to feel immediately comfortable in consuming content on your site in the same way. Rebels Axios and EcoWatch are already benefiting from this new layout with profound impacts on site stats like bounce rate, pages per session, social shares, and time spent on site.

To display editorial content in a feed, we use a number of techniques to make it a seamless experience for your readers:

Endless Stories

Let your users binge your content. By serving up an endless feed of stories, they're more likely to read more than just the article they originally came for.

In-Feed Article Expansion

Expand/Collapse stories to bring the jump into the feed. Readers can consume an entire story without ever leaving the page.

Asynchronous Page Views

Take full advantage of binge reading with our SEO-friendly Asynchronous Page View functionality. This function loads post URLs as the reader scrolls from story to story without ever clicking through to an individual post.

Topic-Specific Sub Feeds

Further encourage post binging by linking to topic-specific sub feeds in each post. Providing a pathway for similar content will ensure that a user will consume the maximum amount of content per visit.

In-Feed Article Sharing

Share stories directly from the feed. Activate your readership to engage directly with your content to maximize reach.

Smart Newsletters

Build loyalty and return traffic using smart newsletters to add personalization to your site with little effort. Built right into your normal workflow, we provide you with the tools necessary to get the right content to the right sub-audience with a simple, fast opt-in process for readers.

Frictionless Monetization

The RebelMouse platform supports core monetization approaches that integrate into and enhance your site's user experience. Naturally integrate native ads and sponsored posts into your post feed to provide a smooth, unobtrusive ad experience for your readers.

How We Share to Social

But we don't stop there. Chances are the CMS you're using was created before social. If this is true, you may still view content on your website and social feeds as two different entities you have to control and manage. We're here to blur those lines for you and take publishing where it needs to be.

We're obsessed with creating content + distribution tools that propel your website into the future, set you up for success, and create loyal audiences that are addicted to your site.

Meet the RebelMouse Particle Accelerator

The core unit of content on the web used to be the article. Whether you called it a post, blog, article, or column, it's always been your core content. You created it and measured its performance. It's what fueled you to go viral.

Social has completely changed that paradigm.

Now, the core unit is much smaller. It's a Facebook video, an Instagram post, a tweet, a YouTube video, an interactive element, or even just an image. The core unit is now a particle. A particle is — quite literally — part of an article.

The particle cannot be treated as a flat embed anymore because it has to be formatted and rewritten to work for Instant Articles, Apple News, and AMP. It has to be meta tagged to optimize sharing across social platforms. It has to be able to stand alone on native, but still be able to weave its way into the context of an article. The kinetic energy of a particle can be harnessed to accelerate the momentum of an article. Particles need to be strung together and assembled to create context and voice, and through that, loyalty.

We're announcing a significant and very exciting upgrade: the RebelMouse Particle Accelerator

It's Working — Big Time

Every site that we migrate sees the same lift. Every. Single. One. So when we say we can double your traffic in a week, we mean it. And we're proving it with these success stories:

How to Include Interactive Elements in Posts

Enhance your articles with rich and creative media

Every article is a fresh chance to grab new readers and nurture loyal followers. This is why we give creators every opportunity to build content rich with media elements that enhance every reader's experience.

Add More Layers to Your Content

You can easily add interactive elements, like charts, to posts on our platform. For example, if you need to embed iframe code into a post, this can be done via our Add Media Bar. To do so, click the code icon (< >):

A text box will appear so you can insert your code:

Embedded Code Across Platforms

One important thing to keep in mind is that Google AMP, AppleNews, and Facebook Instant Articles will not always support embedded code. So if you use an iframe, it's best to turn off distribution to those channels for that particular post. If you have a lot of posts that require embedded code, this could be problematic for growth across those important platforms.

If you do want to use an iframe on a post destined for Google AMP distribution, it can be possible if the iframe is not at the top of the page or within the first 75% of the viewport when the page is scrolled to the top (whichever is smaller). AMP is a fast technology designed for mobile users and iframes are loaded using arbitrary timing that AMP's technology cannot ensure. For this reason, it's suggested that iframes be included in places that are not visible by users upon load.

If you have an article that needs to include an iframe at the top of the page, or within the first 75% of the viewport, AMP can be turned off for that individual article within Entry Editor.

If you don't need an interactive chart to be interactive in nature, can turn it into an image and upload it directly to your post. This way it will work on all platforms, including Google AMP, Apple News, and Facebook Instant Articles. This option, when possible, is ideal to ensure you're optimized for page speed.

Take Advantage of Shortcodes

Another great way to embed media is through our shortcodes functionality. Click here to learn more about shortcodes. Shortcodes can also inserted using the Add Media Bar. Click the brackets icon ([ ]) to choose the shortcode you want to use.

Here's an example of a chart on an article page that's been inserted using a shortcode:

If you have any questions about how to add interactive elements to your content, please email support@rebelmouse.com or talk to your account manager today.

Shortcodes Dashboard: Dynamic Media in Just a Few Clicks

Create multidimensional content with easy-to-find shortcodes

We believe static media is dead, and that every piece of content should be multidimensional and engaging. This is why our platform enables creators so they can add dynamic media to their content in easy and efficient ways.

One simple way to add interactive content to any post is through the use of shortcodes. Shortcodes are small snippets of code that are easier to remember than longer sequences. They typically will activate a feature or embed media into an article.

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