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Why RebelMouse? The Best Centralized, Social CMS

RebelMouse is the best CMS for social growth, with a platform built for content creators to thrive in the age of social. See how we got here + how you can join us and start growing within days!

Chances are that the CMS you work in every day was built before social — before the idea of distributed content was even coined. Even though publishing has changed dramatically, a lot of that heavy and outdated tech still exists today.

For example, WordPress has more than 87 million sites, but each platform update still has to be pushed out individually to each and every one of those customers. By contrast, RebelMouse is a centralized CMS, meaning our updates are pushed out to all of our sites at once (and sometimes even multiple times a day). We are always updating and integrating which is why we are quickly becoming the most sought-after alternative to WordPress VIP, with a platform that features content creation tools integrated directly into social APIs.

Websites became a part of our lives long before the revelation that fans are born in the feeds. The opportunity to reach huge social audiences is now, but that doesn't mean the website is dead. Publishing has just evolved.


The Publishing Arc

2004: The Blogger.com Movement

In 2004, the world was introduced to the digital diary, aka blogging. Blogger.com launched and fueled this movement, gaining incredible traction in the marketing community. "Blog" was even declared word of the year.

When Google acquired Blogger, the importance of blogging and its position in mainstream media was solidified. It became a new outlet used to reach audiences in the ever-changing world of digital, and, soon after, a base for keywords and search engine ranking tactics.

2005: HuffPost Launches

In 2005, HuffPost launched, redefining the nature of online commentary as we knew it. Backed by some big names, HuffPost quickly began changing the way we publish and consume content online. RebelMouse CEO and founder Paul Berry was CTO of HuffPost when it launched, greatly impacting the new media world we currently live in today.

2008: WordPress Grows, a Ton

2008 was about the time when WordPress began to gain massive scale. Page views and global unique visitors grew like crazy, and millions of new blogs were being created each year. The company continued their quest for dominance with plans to continue releasing new, user-friendly updates.

During this period, 90% of traffic to websites still came from Google.

2009: The Rise of Facebook

2009 proved to be the year that social media went mainstream — the year everyone in the family jumped on board, and not just to post a status update about what they ate. Twitter + Facebook now featured breaking news and political events ... all in real time.

Businesses started to embrace the social platforms as a way to communicate directly with customers. And while new users spiked for a slew of new platforms during this time (Twitter, Reddit, YouTube), Facebook was quietly staking its claim as the dominate figure.

Facebook grew by over 200 million users in 2009. With various updates that focused on content creation, a real-time feed, and the Open Stream API, Facebook saw astronomical growth.

2011: The Shift to Social

2011 — the year web traffic began to shy away from Google and cling to Facebook instead. The social giant gradually won referral traffic market share thanks to a lack of analytics from Google, and Facebook's own ambitious effort to get content on its site.

Facebook begins taking referral traffic from Google.Business Insider

If you didn't start rethinking your content strategy to center it around social by this time, you were already behind. This is where WordPress got it wrong, taking advantage of the social movement instead of adapting with it.

That same year The Dodo launched on RebelMouse, receiving one million views within its first month.

2015: Facebook Knows What's Up

Capitalizing on the shift in traffic, Facebook began releasing more updates that pushed publishers to host content on its platform. In 2015, Facebook launched Instant Articles, which natively hosts publishers' content in Facebook's News Feed with uber-fast load times.

This, coupled with direct video upload shares surpassing YouTube, all but proved that if you're not working with Facebook, then you're on your own. The big video push proved to do wonders for engagement, so publishers adapted quickly.

2016: Native Content Is King

2016 was when we started to see native content get all sorts of engagement — the kind you'd be silly to not chase after. Websites that lacked the social integrations necessary to foster this type of engagement and native content slowly began falling off the map.

That same year, The Dodo was acquired at the best valuation of the year.

2017: Axios.com Launches on RebelMouse

After launching with RebelMouse at the beginning of 2017, Axios has yet to slow down. Axios delivers news in snackable microposts that are "driven by a style of reaching the modern (business)man in a hurry." Essentially, it mimics the social feeds with record-breaking page views and a bounce rate under 15% thanks to RebelMouse's Social UX design.

This is where we start to see the power of RebelMouse — a centralized, social platform at scale poised to be the dominant social solution by 2020.

The Solution

RebelMouse was born in 2012 as a social aggregator. Back then, our founder knew platforms would soon reign over the digital kingdom. Now, in 2017, we've evolved and created the best CMS wired for social growth. It is our mission to build a platform for content creators to build thriving businesses in the age of social. We publish to the speed of the social giants with everything under one roof:

UX/Front End/Tech

  • Social UX for Media
  • Robust Design Tool
  • Massively Scalable
  • Page Speed Optimized
  • Iterative Site Redesigns
  • Integrate any Third-Party JS
  • Insane GA Integration
  • And More...

Distributed Content

  • Social Sharing
  • Social CRM
  • Personalization
  • Google AMP
  • FB Instant Articles
  • Apple News
  • Smart Newsletters
  • And More...

Editorial Tools

  • Creation Tools
  • Listicle Tools
  • A/B Testing
  • Post Layout Config.
  • Slideshow Tools
  • Editorial Workflows
  • Native Stats
  • And More...

Monetization

  • Native Ad Tools
  • Prog. Ad Tools
  • Affiliate Partners
  • DoubleClick/DFP
  • Playbuzz
  • Outbrain
  • Taboola
  • And More...

Social Content Creation

We've made social a priority before and during publish, blurring the lines between content and social once and for all. Thinking of social and content as two different entities that have to be separately controlled and managed is not what new media means in 2017.

The features woven into our social CRM are built for audience growth, including:

  • Powerful social scheduling tools for immediate amplified reach.
  • Content creation tools directly integrated into social APIs to find potential sharing partners and influencers.
  • A series of influencer outreach tools to fuel brand awareness with every publish.
  • Easy-to-use social embeds to create multi-dimensional user-generated content layers to articles.

We believe that subscribing to the mindset of "organic social is dead" is a cop-out, because quality content optimized for social growth will succeed organically. Our community platform is built for deep engagement with content that is optimized for mobile viewing and social feeds by default — not as an afterthought.

Data

Our tech is built for repeatable success on social. At RebelMouse, we're obsessed with contagious media and repeat viral reach. One-off viral moments happen every day, but we power repeat viral events that are backed by data.

We're perfecting the next-generation audience data layer on every platform. It's a strategy so sticky that you'll see your content not only live on every platform, but also travel across platforms seamlessly.

Facebook

Our proprietary technology lets writers search for Facebook Pages that align with the content they are creating. With those search results, you are then able to engage with likeminded pages through a variety of social signals right from the platform. And we give you the data on who is sharing your content while keeping a detailed timeline of every share. It's your target audience delivered right to the palm of your hand.

Twitter

We offer the same game-changing search API for Twitter that we do for Facebook. Writers can also deconstruct articles into microposts right from our platform. You can build a listicle and tweet each item right from the RebelMouse Entry Editor in no time flat.

Instagram

With Instagram, we include all of the same functionality that we do for Facebook and Twitter to light up your community. But you can also embed Instagram posts right into your regular content to create influencer awareness and friendly user-generated content with little effort.

Whatever the social accounts, influencers, or specific platforms that will be most in sync with your content, our platform has the data tools you need to find them. With every publish, your content teams will be exposed to the social accounts they need for organic success.

The paradigm has changed, and quickly. The opportunity window to reach huge social audiences is now. Failure to move fast is causing the decline and collapse of companies.

Join RebelMouse and start growing on social — and everywhere else — within days, not months. Feel what it's like to publish new media on the best CMS in 2017.

Page Speed Is Crucial to Your Marketing Efforts

Most marketers don't prioritize page speed because they don't think it impacts their bottom line. However, page load has a direct impact on conversions and revenue.

Here's a very simple scenario, supported by industry data, to underscore why the way pages are built and powered is crucial for paid media initiatives and your overall business:

Let's say a paid media campaign drives 100,000 new visitors to a landing page that takes five seconds to load. Google says that 53% of mobile site visitors will leave a page that takes longer than three seconds to load. So of the 100K mobile site visitors you paid to bring to the page, ~50K are leaving immediately due to poor page performance alone.

Some studies even show that bounce rate increases approximately 100% for every two-second delay. So, if site load jumps to seven seconds, you'll pretty much lose all of the visitors your paid strategies brought in.

A Poor Site Experience Costs More Than You Realize

Page load plays a huge part in customer dissatisfaction, too. Continuing on with our previous example, let's classify the ~50K that didn't abandon the page as dissatisfied due to poor page performance. As HubSpot points out, 79% of them are less likely to buy again from the same website. That's ~40K visitors never coming back to the site due to poor page speed. The loss is even greater when you consider how valuable returning visitors are: They represent up to 48% of all transactions and spend almost 2x more than new visitors, according to Business Insider.

Plus, people love to spread the word about a bad experience, probably more than a good one. 40% of visitors who had a bad experience with a website's performance would tell a friend or a family member. So of your 50K dissatisfied visitors, 20K are talking negatively about your brand. If they tell only one person each, that's an opportunity cost of another 20K potential site visitors and customers.

The main takeaway? Your paid media has to work much, much harder when you neglect to optimize your site for performance.

Owned and Paid Media Should Work Together for Better Efficiency

And speaking of site improvements to help the bottom line, marketers can't overlook the value of owned content (e.g., articles, reviews, social feeds, etc.) and its impact on overall traffic and lead generation strategies. Sites tend to see significant lift in audience reach and conversion when content is paired with commerce: For e-commerce companies, content can account for up to 69% of total organic traffic. And, even more compelling, conversion rates have been 6x higher for companies that adopt content marketing.

RebelMouse's CMS makes it easy for brands to systematically optimize page speed performance and organic reach, which allows paid media to be more efficient.

RebelMouse allows clients to easily manage website layouts and components at any time, ensuring sites remain fast and are rewarded by Google and Facebook. Our platform features proprietary SEO tools designed to help clients optimize organic search with every post and better align paid and organic search strategies for increased efficiency. Similarly, our platform also includes proprietary social tools to organically build community and growth, and our data helps clients spot winning organic trends that can inform paid social media.

RebelMouse Is a Partner That Can Guide You

When it comes to content marketing, it's important to be mindful of the relationship between owned, earned, and paid media — it will only help your teams engage and convert more audiences into customers and brand loyalists. At RebelMouse, we're proud of how we work with brands and our ability to provide the expertise, best practices, and modern technology that help teams become better content marketers. If you're a brand marketer, feel free to reach out to us to learn how RebelMouse can help you be more strategic and effective in your content marketing efforts.

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Target High-Value Users With Affinity Categories

Unlock valuable audience data and shape a new strategy

In today's landscape, quality content isn't enough — it's half the battle. Publishers need to produce shareable content backed by data to experience sustainable growth. At RebelMouse, we have a unique pageview methodology that provides an innovative user experience for every reader without sacrificing revenue and growth opportunities for publishers.

To do this, we track massive amounts of data across our platform through the use of custom-built Google Data Studio dashboards.

Click here to see the kind of growth our clients experience every day.

One of the best ways to discover more about your audience is by taking advantage of Affinity Categories. This feature breaks down audience demographics, including age, location, interests, and more. Affinity Categories are usually used to target audiences for ads, but we also use them to gain insights on what topics a site's visitors are interested in overall.

Normally, each category is listed out separately in Google Analytics. In the example shown above, our data experts split categories into separate levels to reveal different levels of audience depth. For instance, by splitting up the category News & Politics, we can better explore the detailed distribution of users interested in specific types of news:

  • News & Politics/Avid News Readers/Avid Political News Readers
  • News & Politics/Avid News Readers/Entertainment News Enthusiasts

From an editorial standpoint, this is useful because it allows publishers to determine and target varying levels of high-value users, improving the efficacy of a new content strategy or ad campaign.

If your site is already powered by RebelMouse, email support@rebelmouse.com to get a breakdown of your audience's Affinity Categories. If you aren't powered by RebelMouse yet, request a proposal today and start receiving the data you need to grow loyal followers at scale.

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Infinite Scroll: An Innovative + Intuitive UX

There is a common misconception that publishers have to sacrifice monetization and professional design to deliver a high-performing, quality user experience to its readers. But in today's modern publishing environment, websites can deliver an unobtrusive site experience that's intuitive, elegant, and prosperous.

To do this consistently, RebelMouse supports infinite scroll as part of our bigger design strategy called Social UX for Media. Much like the news feeds of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, infinite scroll provides an endless stream of articles to its readers so they never reach the "end" of your content.

Infinite scroll is an innovative approach, but it is also a widely adopted standard that has been endorsed and is supported officially by Google, Comscore, Nielsen, and many other industry giants. It's part of a new media strategy deployed by companies with massive valuations and the highest level of visibility in the U.S. market, including Axios, Vice, and The Verge.

In fact, RebelMouse built and launched news powerhouse Axios, now one of the biggest new media companies to date, with our Social UX for Media design featuring infinite scroll. It's still a core part of Axios' successful publishing strategy today. The feature has also been key to the growth of many other RebelMouse-powered properties, including La Verità, Dance Magazine, and United Airlines.

RebelMouse's Social UX for Media design, featuring infinite scroll on hub.united.com.

The primary reason infinite scroll is so successful is because it mimics user behavior in an innovative, yet familiar way, thanks to its similarity to social feeds. On mobile, expandable posts make it easy for users to read "before the jump" and quickly expand to the rest of the article with one click, rather than being taken to another article page. This is similar to when a user expands a caption on Instagram. It's these simple design details that bring massive growth to key stats like return visits and time on site.

Our page view methodology not only keeps the user experience intact, it also includes robust ad serving technology. We use industry standard rules for page views that require at least 50% of the screen space to change before it counts as a new page view. So whether you use Comscore or Nielsen to verify your site traffic, infinite scroll will not have a negative impact on your insights.

If you're interested in launching a site with our game-changing Social UX for Media design, request a proposal today and let's start working together. If your site is already powered by RebelMouse, and you have questions about infinite scroll, email support@rebelmouse.com.

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You can now insert ads between slides in a slideshow!

Monetizing users' engagement and page views is pivotal to most digital businesses, and our Particle Assembler has been an invaluable tool in helping RebelMouse clients to insert native ads seamlessly into their content. Now we've taken this functionality one step further by introducing support for ads between slides in Assembler's slideshow layout.

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