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Why We Chose to Be a Creative Agency

RebelMouse: The Media-Minded Creative Agency

It's important to spend a little time explaining why we chose to embrace becoming a creative agency. As a founder, the answer is actually very personal to me. I learned to code when I was young because my father started Palo Alto Software, and coding quickly became a creative passion for me — writing games and building things. As my career progressed, I quickly realized that because I knew how to code, people would try to put me in a box as the "IT guy." Suddenly they expected us IT guys to become task and code monkeys, following their visions and fixing their printers. But that was never me. I cared about the core business, the revenue models, the way the product came together, and how changes to the internet and its distribution models created opportunities.

At HuffPost, as CTO, I ran product and design. Ken Lerer and Jonah Peretti knew that tech done right was a creative process that could fuel the growth of a company. They didn't want a task monkey to do what was in their head. They wanted a partner to take what was in their head and make it something more — bigger, better, and real. I personally pride myself in building things that move the needle. But that doesn't come just by understanding someone's proposed solution and wireframes. It comes from understanding their problems and opportunities.


During the first years of RebelMouse, we branded and sold ourselves as a software platform. Our tech is cutting-edge, and our CMS is unique and far ahead in its ability to enable creators to learn how the internet works, win search phrases, perform exceedingly well on social, and reach the right audience for what they've created. I'm proud that savvy people can take in all of our strategy and how-to articles to go do amazing things on their own.

But for most of our clients, we're more than just a CMS. We're a roadmap, a compass, and a sherpa that figures out how digital is evolving, and how those changes can be used to their advantage over the competition. We talk with our clients about how content lifecycles work, how to create meaningful relationships at scale with social partners, and how to create something that can organically grow. It takes thinking about how headlines are written, and how content is conceived, curated, and created.

Just like every person is unique, so are the companies we work with. Being a creative agency allows us to spend time with beautiful people in ground-breaking companies to create the next big thing. We've built two massive properties from the ground up — Axios and The Dodo — and we're powering one of the most interesting community-powered properties in the world, The Odyssey Online. There are very few people in the world that have access to the insights we have now.

What Does Our Creative Agency Do?

Not all creative agencies are created equal, but the model for working with a creative agency is clear and enticing to companies who need direction. We take that model a step further, and offer dynamic services beyond simply managing ad spend. Everything from how to engage with readers to the getting the right monetization in place is clearly defined under our services umbrella. For each of our clients, we develop a comprehensive, always-adaptable strategy focused on growth that covers:

  • Monetization Strategy and Tactics: We make sure you're taking advantage of the most efficient path to revenue with our data-backed monetization strategies.
  • Audience and Influencer Engagement Strategy and Tactics: We understand that engagement is key, and guide you on how to create deep, meaningful connections within your social sphere.
  • Organic Loyalty/Affinity Strategy and Tactics: It's not just about creating great content. The experience you deliver has to nurture your audience into loyal visitors.
  • Organic Distribution and Reach Strategy and Tactics: Most creators are blind to the efficient things they can do to reach the people who would love what they've created. Growth teams, product teams, and edit teams end up in conflict with each other because they come to the table with siloed expertise. We see across all departments to create a culture that is fun, happy, and iterating off success.
  • Website Builds: We get your site to be fast, clean, social, and in your voice, and we do it quickly. If you're still on a custom CMS or WordPress, it's time to get on our cloud-based platform that gives you a true advantage. As a creative agency that has very deep technology, we understand how to migrate content in a way that creates growth and deepens engagement.

What Separates Us from the Other Creative Agencies

There is simply no other creative agency in the world today that has a better understanding of technology, product, design, edit, and the algorithms of the internet. Creative agencies today don't understand how organic works. And that's problematic in a digital realm that constantly changes direction. If you need a team to manage ad spend for you, most agencies are well suited for that. But if you need a team who understands how to get the most out of content and product, then other agencies are behind the times.

We understand the role organic plays in the media world. Publishers who utilize a pay-to-play strategy aren't going to survive 2018. You simply cannot create a successful, sustainable business without cementing deep, meaningful connections with your audience. These are the connections that foster organic growth and bring in real revenue.

Not only do we understand the importance of organic loyalty, but we've built the concept into our tech — creating tools that allow you to prioritize and nurture relationships, and create the kind of content that keeps readers coming back for more.

The Media-Minded Creative Agency

We started this business on the premise that content would become the new marketing. The return of the writer is more important than ever, and that fact continues to ring true the further we get into 2018.

As one of the few, if not only, creative agencies that has access to data across a ton of properties and media sites, we can better set up the next steps for our clients' growth. A common creative agency that only manages your ad spend simply couldn't have built HuffPost or The Dodo. It's something only a media-minded creative agency could accomplish. It's allowed our properties to see amazing stats that are crushing industry standards during a time when the fate of publishers is in question.

We're here to help you develop the concepts and strategies that not only allow you to prosper in the age of social, but propel you into the future of media. Request a proposal today to see how we can help you.

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A Look Inside the Only Creative Agency Powered by Deep Technology

Strategic development of product that supports content distribution, conversion, and loyalty.

RebelMouse is a creative agency fueled by a publishing platform with deep technology. Our expertise is rooted in media and content marketing because there is no other team that understands distributive publishing better than we do. There is also no other CMS on the market today that provides content creators with the tools they need to unlock sustainable growth backed by sticky monetization methods. RebelMouse blends product and strategy together to move the needle where it matters most — organic traffic and user growth, conversion to loyalty, and revenue growth.

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New URL Structure for Communities and Users

If you've been following RebelMouse for any length of time, you know that we've gone all in on the power of influencers and creators. This, in turn, has driven us to expand and enhance our community-building platform at an incredible rate. Since our network has grown several fold with no signs of slowing down, it's now time to change how our technology handles user and community URLs to prevent any confusion in the future, especially for clients of ours that employ multiple communities.

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More Elements Available for Lazy Load

Lazy loading has been an available option in our Layout & Design tool for quite some time. In the world of computer programming, lazy loading is a design pattern that allows specific parts of your site to load in a certain order based on what the user needs to see first. Its use is suggested for common page elements such as related post lists, sidebars, and any others features of an article.

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Manage Your Site's Global Settings

Create Your Powerful + Modern Publishing System

At RebelMouse, we use the term "lean tech" quite a bit. Lean tech is the opposite of what many publishers think may save their site in today's landscape: A big-box CMS publishing solution that is often costly to customize and maintain. In actuality, the key to sustainable growth and revenue is a leaner, full-stack tech solution that creates opportunities for growth not just on site, but on search and social, too.

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Let Your Audience Tell Your Brand’s Story

United Airlines' "Her Art Here" Campaign Blends Engagement With Purpose

The digital landscape has reached a turning point. Publishers are trying to pick up the pieces and figure out how to create quality content and monetize it now that readers have loosened up their dependency on the major platforms. In the meantime, massive audience hubs like Facebook are trying to recover legitimacy and relevancy with better prioritization of privacy and user experience.

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How to Leverage Annotations in Google Analytics

When looking at your website data in Google Analytics (GA), it can be difficult to remember exactly what happened on a particular day to determine why certain data spikes or dips may have occurred.

For this reason, it's important to keep track of when changes are made to your site. Thankfully, GA allows you to easily do this using annotations. Annotations are short notes you can add to dates within Google Analytics reports.

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Changing the Face of Tech: The Women of RebelMouse

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A Guide to User Permissions on RebelMouse

On our platform, user roles range from base-level contributors all the way up to administrators. These roles are especially important when operating within the confines of our community dashboard, which brings multiple creators together to create and share within one large content hub.

The way each role interacts with others is completely customizable. The workflow is designed to streamline the edit, revision, and publishing process to make sure live content is not only perfect, but always optimized for site, search, and social. The way each team sets up their role structure is typically dependent on the number of writers employed, the amount of content published, and the cadence of posts.

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RebelMouse Ad Integrations: Overview

Since the dawn of digital publishing, exactly how to make money on content has been a rocky road for publishers to navigate. The good news is that thanks to factors like user maturity, advancements in tech, and algorithms that deliver a new level of personalization, monetizing your site is easier than before. In previous years, it seemed like publishers were drowning in the revenue duopoly that is Facebook and Google, with little time to come up for air.

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