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The Corporate Blog Is the Achilles' Heel of Content Marketing: Fix It

Company blogs have become the Achilles' heel of the content marketing stack. This owned property is key to content marketers being able to spread traffic across different platforms and create loyalty. But while Facebook, Instagram, Google, Snapchat, Twitter, and others are evolving into centralized platforms with massive updates that roll out every quarter, corporate blogs are stuck on an old paradigm.


WordPress, Drupal, and the custom CMS solutions of the world are all independent, non-connected instances that each need to be updated individually. There are over 87 million instances of WordPress alone in the world, and each security upgrade, feature update, and every other single thing has to be updated for each site individually.

RebelMouse was built to keep up with the speed of the tech giants. We have automatic import tools and a distributed team on a centralized platform so we can get clients off of clunky CMSs and into the future in a matter of days. Many of our clients have seen page views and unique visitors grow anywhere from 50–300% literally within the first days of launch.

That's because it's modern and adapted to look, work, and feel like social. The editorial tools are super slick and linked to social so you can seamlessly publish to Instant Articles, AMP, Apple News, Twitter, Facebook, etc., all during the content creation process. Readers stay longer, read more, and share more.

For example, Facebook recently eliminated the ability for publishers to edit the OG metadata and image that populates when sharing articles. Your social schedulers won't be able to let you edit any teaser features either. RebelMouse gives you back this control. We have a simple bookmarklet in our Entry Editor that allows your social team to easily modify the headline, image, and description of an article. You can optimize how a story looks every times it's shared, and it all remains 100% compliant with how you've been publishing all along.

We iterate with the times and tell you what's changing in the world, how we've reacted to it, and how it's built into the updates you get from the platform. Our creative agency team trains your teams or takes on special projects.

At a starting price of $500 a month per site, why wouldn't you leave your insecure, clunky WordPress instance? Get your content marketing team building into the future today.

Here are just some of the brands we power:

United Airlines

As one of the most recognized and established global brands, United Airlines understands how effective content can be at attracting, engaging, and converting audiences — when done correctly. As content consumption patterns become more complex, United is committed to elevating its content game to stay relevant among customers.

United revamped its online hub to combine evergreen travel guides, episodic videos, tentpole content, and user-generated content (UGC) in one cohesive environment. The always-on channel is connected to the airline's main domain, allowing United to seamlessly promote key initiatives throughout the year. Powered by RebelMouse.

BlackRock

BlackRock relies on RebelMouse for a simplified app that meets the needs of the financial industry. RebelMouse native apps provide BlackRock with a way to provide personalized news to investors based on the country they live in. The apps are optimized and available for mobile and tablet. The BlackRock app also leverages the benefits of core offline caching technology to enable easy reading for users.

PowerToFly

RebelMouse powers PowerToFly, which connects powerful women in tech with the jobs they deserve. The new media company launched in 2014 as a recruiting platform to source female engineers and place them in careers that promote a work–life balance, usually on a fully remote team. RebelMouse delivers PowerToFly with a robust but simple site for them to connect easily with women in workforces all over the world.

Why Big-Name Brands Choose RebelMouse

RebelMouse was born in the age of social, not before it. We're a refreshing option for brands who are looking to create relevancy in the social ecosystem and better connect with their core audiences. Within our Entry Editor is a content assembler, which breaks down articles into pieces of micro content. These bite-sized pieces can then be easily supported with influencer-focused social content to bring a new dimension to every story. These micro pieces of content — we call them particles — are then supported for social success even before the publish button is clicked.

If your brand already has great content, or needs to adapt to the new social landscape, RebelMouse is also a creative agency that can keep up with the trends for you. We have experts all over the world that help our clients with everything from content optimization and social strategy to configuration for essential publishing tools like Facebook Instant Articles + Google AMP.

Elevate your brand to the same space occupied by new media companies currently enjoying high engagement and meaningful traffic. Join RebelMouse today.

Publishers No Longer Have to Submit Their Site to Google News

Google's Publisher Center creates new opportunities for audience growth

Just before the start of the next decade, Google announced an important change to its Google News offering with the launch of Google Publisher Center. The new interface merges Google News Producer and Google News Publisher into one to streamline the partnership process for publishers.

Overall, the change should make it easier for publishers to manage their Google News settings, including updating themes, directing URLs to section pages, and configuring user permissions. Read the full list of features here.

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How to Find Work-Life Balance as a Remote Employee

Tips from our CEO on making the most of an office-free lifestyle

Working from home is becoming increasingly popular, with an estimated 66% of companies now allowing remote work and 16% operating completely office-free. RebelMouse is one of those fully remote companies, and over the years we've mastered how to stay close to each other despite being spread across more than a dozen countries. We believe working remotely is good for both our personal lives and our productivity. Read more about this here.

Still, working free from the shackles of an office environment doesn't mean every day is a dance party in your pajamas from 9 to 5. Working from home comes with its own set of challenges just like any other job.

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Inside RebelMouse’s Quality Assurance Operations

How We've Perfected Stress-Free Publishing

At RebelMouse, we like to refer to our enterprise publishing platform as "lean tech." Most publishers have a natural inclination to start doubling down on teams of developers who try to build unique experiences to help stand out above the noise. But they should actually be doing the opposite: Lean tech is the preferred way to cut through content saturation. By allowing RebelMouse to obsess over your product, content producers, editors, managers, and everyone in between can focus on creating quality content and taking advantage of opportunities to leverage distributive publishing strategies that create real revenue growth.

One of the major reasons we're able to maintain a lean tech environment is thanks to our approach to quality assurance (QA). We make updates to our platform daily to ensure our clients always have access to the most robust, high-performing, and secure version of our platform. Behind the scenes, this means having a solid QA structure that's efficient, creates less bugs, and catches the ones that do pop up before they go live. It's a system of checks and balances that's hard and costly to replicate on a custom CMS. Here's a glimpse into how it works.

Our Tech Stack Toolbox

  • Cucumber
  • Java
  • Junit
  • Maven
  • Selenium WebDriver
  • TeamCity
  • Zalenium (Selenium Grid)

Our Checks and Balances Workflow

Automated Regression Testing Cycle

The Lifecycle of a Product Update

When an update is first made to RebelMouse, TeamCity immediately triggers the start of automated tests to review integrity.

TeamCity Build

TeamCity Agent

The tests run in parallel on TeamCity's Build Agent. Next, Zalenium creates docker containers with browsers that matches the count of parallel threads. An Allure report is then generated from the test results, which shows the state of the application after the update.

Allure Report Pass

If a test doesn't complete successfully, the testing framework receives a video with a failed test and attaches it to the Allure report.

Allure Report Issue

Based on the report analysis, a QA specialist will create a "bug" ticket in our product management software to address the issue if needed. Then, information about the bug is immediately sent to the project manager and we begin the process of correcting the problem.

The media powerhouses we power can publish with confidence knowing that any product issues that arise are met with a tried-and-true process to fix the problem with little-to-no disturbance to their workflow. If you have any questions about this process, please email support@rebelmouse.com.

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