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Don’t Fire Your Content Team — Arm Them With the Tools They Need

You might have heard about the recent layoffs at Mic following one unsuccessful pivot after another. The story is familiar in the modern digital media landscape, so I won't give another recap on how the mindless pursuit of digital trends ended up backfiring for another media company. Instead, I want to focus on solutions, namely, one solution that's been right under our nose for years.


We all know content is king. And we've learned the hard lesson that the written word is still important, making it imperative to keep content teams as strong as possible. But in an era of tightening budgets and endless pivots chasing endless trends, how can media companies both save money and give their content team the peace of mind to continue their work of delivering what readers want? Indeed, the solution is quite obvious if you think about it.

A Common Solution for a Common Problem

The answer was astutely given in a recent article by Jesse Knight, Vice's former CTO: Publishing companies need to move to a common publishing platform instead of relying on expensive, in-house solutions with massive legacy costs. He writes:

"It's as if every record label had their own dev team building their own version of iTunes or Spotify."

Why build and maintain your own CMS when there is a better solution? Indeed, it seems antiquated in retrospect. But if you're one of these companies that has already made such a commitment, it might seem impossible to take a right turn and strike out on a new path.

But there's always another way. And here at RebelMouse, we can help you make the transition to the best platform in the world.

Enter RebelMouse

What is RebelMouse? In short, RebelMouse is the solution Knight hinted at. As a centralized, massively scalable, proprietary CMS with the best social distribution tools in the industry, we have a proven track record of success. And as a centralized CMS, we are able to push updates instantaneously to all our clients. This is a tremendous advantage compared to traditional, decentralized CMS options like WordPress. It also makes us more secure.

Our publishing solution seamlessly adapts to every industry. We've helped launch some of the biggest new media companies to date — such as Axios and The Dodo — and have propelled brands like United Airlines, PAPER Magazine, and Dance Magazine to success in the digital and social space.

We are also the fastest enterprise-grade platform in the industry, with faster Google Lighthouse performance scores than our competitors. Site speed is critical to success in SEO. And when you combine this with our proprietary social distribution tools, organic traffic growth is all but guaranteed, especially when our average pages per visit across all of the sites we power is over five, meaning readers are spending significant amounts of time on RebelMouse sites. We also have proprietary SEO tools to help you grow your traffic from Google by optimizing your site structure and making it easy to give your posts the context Google needs for high rankings, as well as community and front end tools to drive loyalty and return visitors.

Take Success Into Your Own Hands

If all this sounds too good to be true, check out some of our success stories, including Mother.ly and Dance Magazine. One of our clients, the Italian newspaper La Verità, has seen tremendous growth using a paywall system combined with our proprietary technology that is specifically designed to engage readers and create loyalty. In August 2018, their return visitors increased by 74%, and new visitors increased by 115%. Using an infinite scroll design layout we call Social UX, La Verità is averaging 14 pages per visitor, far above the industry standard.

In short, RebelMouse is the answer media companies have been looking for. We are far from a cookie-cutter CMS that would limit your creative expression. Our Layout & Design tool offers near-infinite flexibility in design and our committed team of global developers can work with your tech team to develop solutions to almost any unique need.

We are constantly iterating to keep up with the latest updates from Facebook and Google, which is part of what makes our product the best in class. Our global team of experts is here for rapid response and we take security incredibly seriously. Since we do operate as a centralized CMS, all of our updates are deployed to every site in our network at once. Many times, our clients don't even know they're happening. Our coverage spans across time zones so your data is never vulnerable. And not only do we ensure every site we host is operating safely, but we make sure each is optimized for peak performance as well.

So, the only question left is: What are you waiting for?

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Meet RebelMouse

Build on a better platform that supports far-reaching content distribution, impactful conversion, and unparalleled loyalty.

The world's largest companies trust us to power their global, multiplatform content experience. As a platform, we're now one of the largest in the world, reaching 50+ million people every month. As a creative agency, we build mass pop culture hits that grow organically to become household names — Axios and The Dodo, for example.

We work strategically with United Airlines and many other brands to establish the new media roadmap for their future and implement it. RebelMouse was founded by the CTO who built The Huffington Post. The founding vision and mission is still the same today: to be the right new media platform for both media companies and brands. It's working exceedingly well, and we're delivering some staggering results for our clients.

Read our latest deck here!

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How to Add an Authors Element to Search

If you have a community of creators contributing to your site, it can be helpful for users to search for articles by a particular author. By default, if a user searches for the name "Rachel Williams," the results will pull up stories about Rachel Williams instead of the author profile of Rachel Williams. There's an easy way to change this behavior in our Layout & Design tool. Here's how.

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New: Seamless Site Design With Global Styles

Keep your site's aesthetic consistent with one-click Global Styles

Site design should be seamless, which is why we obsess over creating a CMS experience that's intuitive and user-friendly. At RebelMouse, we believe that a site's look and feel should be part of the everyday workflow, and it should never distract developers or site contributors from their daily tasks.

This is why we've recently rolled out Global Styles in our Layout & Design tool. Users now have the ability to override styles by creating their own preferences in Global Settings that can then be applied to other pages en masse.

Users can create custom styles for any element, and then use those styles in other layouts by selecting them from a drop-down menu in one streamlined motion:

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How to Add YouTube Feeds via RSS

Easily add videos to your articles on RebelMouse

Since YouTube is one of the most popular social networks around, it's likely you'll want to add a YouTube channel's feed to your site at some point. Additionally, you may want to add a YouTube playlist to your site. Both options are possible on RebelMouse thanks to RSS Feeds. Here's how it works.

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Update: “Show Less” Function Removed From Layout & Design Tool

This new change helps improve the infinite scroll experience

As a RebelMouse client, you're likely familiar with our Social UX for Media layout, which includes an infinite scroll design that allows users to expand and collapse articles as they consume content.

To improve this experience, we've removed the "Show Less" function, which previously collapsed lead media, post, and/or post content elements in our Layout & Design tool. Now, if you uncheck Show Full Post Body, the "Show More" function will be enabled and the "Show Less" function will no longer be available.

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RebelMouse CEO: Reimagining Diversity “Starts in the Office”

Why women, minorities, and the LGBTQ+ community will restructure workplace norms

Entering a new decade means a new opportunity to change how we approach diversity. In a joint interview alongside Leanne Pittsford of Lesbians Who Tech, RebelMouse founder and CEO Andrea Breanna said that the only way to fight patriarchal dominance is to encourage and nurture more women, minorities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community in the workplace, particularly in tech.

Over half of RebelMouse's employees are women or identify as LGBTQ. Read our full diversity and inclusion report here.

Check out the full video below.

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Mailchimp Free Users: You May Need to Upgrade Under New Pricing Plan

Features previously available in Mailchimp's Free plan have changed

Mailchimp has recently updated their pricing structure, and template customization features that were originally supported in the Free plan have been moved to the Standard plan.

The change means that any Free users will need to upgrade to the Standard plan that currently costs $14.99 per month. Beyond template customization, the following RebelMouse features will also no longer be available if you're using their Free plan:

  • Sending emails using Discovery
  • The ability to send daily and weekly newsletters
  • Turning a post into a newsletter using Entry Editor

While it may be an inconvenience to upgrade your Mailchimp account to a paid plan, consider this a small investment in a strategy with winning potential. Think of a newsletter as an extension of your site's content that puts the experience back in the hands of your readers. After all, users prefer to read and consume content on their own time in familiar interfaces, like Gmail. Click here to learn more about crafting an effective email strategy.

If you have any questions about Mailchimp's new changes and how they will work with RebelMouse's integration, email support@rebelmouse.com or contact your account manager today.

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How to Make Your Top Menu Disappear on Scroll

Create an un-sticky Top Bar using Layout & Design tool

Depending on how you structure your content, it can be helpful to have your site's header and menu bar disappear as readers scroll. We call this un-sticky Top Bar behavior. Here's an example of what this looks like:

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Boost Your Performance With RebelMouse’s New AMP-Rendering Engine

Using React + Node, AMP-powered sites provide a next-level user experience

RebelMouse is proud to announce a new rendering engine driven by Google's lightning-fast AMP format. In our relentless pursuit of world-class site performance, our team of developers put together a faster experience for our clients that includes a more cohesive codebase, quicker development output, and increased reliability and overall performance.

To do this, we used React and Node — JavaScript languages that appeal to a broad pool of developers. The same code can run on both servers and browsers, and allows us to leverage modern front end optimization tools.

Here's a quick rundown of what React, AMP, and Node are, and how RebelMouse has used them to create an AMP-focused front end experience that's fit for the next decade of publishing.

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