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Engagement on the Rise: Why It’s Your Ticket to Loyalty

Engagement on the Rise: Why It’s Your Ticket to Loyalty

New data from Chartbeat shows engagement time is increasing despite traffic dips

Getting users to your site is only half the battle. For publishers, it’s now become more critical to focus on how long those users stay on your site — and if they ever come back. Q1 2022 data analyzed by Chartbeat found that engagement is on the rise, even though metrics like pageviews and mobile traffic experienced a decline.

Chartbeat measures engaged time by the “amount of time that readers spend actively engaging with a page — scrolling, clicking, or moving their mouse.” With this in mind, their data showed that most regions in the world registered an average of 30 seconds of engaged time on site in Q1. Readers in Latin America led the results with an average of 34.7 seconds of engaged time.


data from Chartbeat shows average reader engagement during q1 2022

Taking a look at how engaged time has increased in recent weeks, and even years, is critical because engagement builds loyalty. If you provide users with an engaging experience, they are more likely to return. It’s those repeat behaviors that create sustainable growth for your site. Chartbeat’s data from Q1 certainly confirmed this. In Northern Europe, 40% of traffic came from what Chartbeat calls “loyal readers.” A loyal reader is someone that returns to your site at least 50% of the days in a two-week period.

data from Chartbeat shows average loyal pageviews from q1 2022

How RebelMouse Builds Engagement and Loyalty

Since Chartbeat’s data shows that loyalty can account for nearly half of your traffic, it’s important to make sure that your content isn’t just resonating, but that it’s also supported by the right technology.

Here are just a few of the ways RebelMouse can help you build loyalty and engagement.

Page Performance: Many publishers are still on the fence about whether or not excellent scores on Google’s Core Web Vitals are worth the effort. They also worry that even a quality user experience won't deliver the boost in readership they need. Fortunately, our prioritization of performance at RebelMouse has given us the data to prove that Core Web Vitals are an excellent way to generate new traffic and build the user loyalty needed to have a successful business. Click here to read more on Google’s web.dev blog.

Custom Data: It’s important to clearly see how users engage with your site so that you can identify strengths and weaknesses within your user journey. RebelMouse offers unique, customizable dashboards through Google Data Studio that provide key insights into the metrics that matter most to publishers. We give our clients the ability to quickly understand the performance of their sites so that they can then make important decisions on the fly. Click here to learn more.

Distribution: Your loyal readers aren’t just on your website, which means it's important to properly engage them across multiple platforms. As publishers, you don't need to waste resources on strategizing the perfect plan for every platform. RebelMouse enables companies to succeed in a world where audiences can get easily fragmented. Click here to learn more about all of the distribution channels that easily integrate into our platform.

Holistic SEO: Another key way to improve engagement and loyalty is through content discovery, and search is the top referral traffic source in 2022. However, a modern search strategy takes a lot more to pull off these days. RebelMouse’s platform takes a holistic approach to optimizing websites for search, combining the best practices for content and technical SEO out of the box. Click here to learn more.

The data is in, and it’s never been more important to focus on the engagement and loyalty metrics that move the needle. RebelMouse can make this an easy part of your content strategy so that you can build new audiences with every publish.

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Meet the RebelMouse Platform: The Highest Performing CMS on the Web
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Meet the RebelMouse Platform: The Highest Performing CMS on the Web

Make sure your site is set up for success in 2022.

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Since its rollout, developers have felt the impact of how their publishing platforms stack up against the new standard. Important decisions around the architecture of your site can now make or break your site's performance in the eyes of Google.

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Getting superior scores on Google's performance benchmarks isn't easy, either. The Ahrefs blog analyzed Core Web Vitals data from the Chrome User Experience Report (CrUX), which is data from actual Chrome users, to see how the web stacks up against Core Web Vitals. Their study found that only 33% of sites on the web are passing Core Web Vitals.

data from Ahrefs tracked on a line chart finds that shows only 33% of sites on the web pass Google's Core Web VitalsFrom Ahrefs.

Luckily, performing well on Core Web Vitals is possible with thoughtful, strategic changes to your site’s codebase. Here's what you need to know and how we can help.

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Multivariate Testing: An Introduction to Data-Driven Site Design
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Multivariate Testing: An Introduction to Data-Driven Site Design

Understand the differences between multivariate testing and A/B tests

The modern digital landscape is founded on one critical element — data. From content creation to site design, there’s no reason to take chances on what will resonate with your audiences. Adopting a data-driven mindset means you can take the guesswork out of your business strategy and focus on the methods that are actually moving the needle.

And one of the best ways to figure out what strategies are moving the needle for your website is through multivariate testing.

What Is Multivariate Testing?

Multivariate testing is the process of testing one or more components on a website in a live environment. These components can be anything from a CTA button, headline formatting, or even an entire page design. The beauty of multivariate testing is that you can test each one of these individual features on a page to see what performs well among your users.

Think about it for a moment. Creative teams with great ideas are most successful when they have an environment where ideas can easily be tested against each other instead of trying to find total agreement on one idea. Multivariate testing allows teams to cherry-pick each idea to create an end result that works best, backed by the data to prove it.

multivariate testing allows for various layout designs and element placements to be tested live to see what attracts the most readershipSee which elements and layout designs attract the most readers with multivariate testing. Graphic from Invesp.

Multivariate Testing vs. A/B Tests

Traditional A/B testing is the process of creating two different layouts and splitting the traffic between the two to see which one performs better. It’s possible to test more than just two layouts, of course, and there’s no issue with creating A/B/C/D/etc. tests depending on how many layouts you have to try.

A/B tests can produce great results, but they are limited since they test an entire layout at once. Remember, multivariate testing allows you to test the different components of a layout individually. Think of multivariate testing as running multiple A/B tests at one time. Here’s a good illustration of the differences between A/B testing and multivariate testing from HubSpot:

A/B testing compares two layouts as a single page, while multivariate testing allows for multiple elements to be tested simultaneouslyAn illustration of the more complex testing available through multivariate testing. From HubSpot.

Multivariate testing is a great way to help creative environments stay focused. However, it’s vital that all ideas get measured, because one idea might sound awesome to the group or a team member, but it may not always perform.

How Do I Know When to Use Multivariate Testing?

If you are looking for fast results, it’s best to use A/B testing. However, multivariate testing is the preferred choice if you have the time to analyze and review multiple data points. Combined, the testing on each one of your site elements will help you curate the highest-performing page possible. It’s also recommended that you use multivariate testing on your pages with the highest traffic because there will be more data to analyze to determine which site elements are garnering the most engagement.

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