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Important: Mandatory Facebook Upgrade Arrives in 2018

The media world is ever-evolving, but one thing is abundantly clear: Facebook and Google, the almighty duopoly, have a firm grip on digital ad revenue. While successful media companies and brands struggle to meet revenue goals, the platforms are reaching new heights. As the state of digital media continues to puzzle publishers in 2017, it can be hard to strategize with all the changes and updates these mega platforms throw our way.

We often see media companies frantically trying to adopt a new strategy to monetize without knowing how to successfully execute. Case in point: The pivot-to-video trend, which has really been more like a pivot to ad-backed digital media, is causing editorial teams to take drastic measures prematurely.

RebelMouse is here to make life easier, and help you with your strategy along the way. Our team of experts live and breathe digital content. We stay ahead of all the algorithm updates, the platform changes, etc., so you can focus on producing great content. We help you take back control of your content and stay abreast of the best monetization strategies so you can bring in real revenue.

One of Facebook's recent updates makes it mandatory to switch to their Monetization Manager by February 2018. We'll walk you through this process so this change doesn't affect your monetization strategy.


You may have already received an email from Facebook with the following ominous subject line:

Upgrade to the New Audience Network Platform by February 1, 2018

It's a cumbersome but mandatory upgrade for accounts that don't use Business Manager yet (or at least haven't linked it to their apps). Facebook has a page explaining how to transition to Monetization Manager that you can read about here.

But here's our step-by-step breakdown for your convenience:

1. Head Over to the Business Manager Upgrade Link

This link was included in your email notification. If you missed it, you can access it here: https://business.facebook.com/pub/upgrade.

Provided you're already logged into Facebook, you'll be presented with a list of apps you own. Select the ones pertinent to the page you have to migrate. For example: Love Meow, Love Meow - Instant Articles.

If you lack access to your app, or you suspect that one is missing, please check with your RebelMouse account manager.

2. Select or Create a Business Manager Account

If you already have a Business Manager account, it will show up in the list.

If you don't have one set up yet, you can easily create one from within the wizard in two easy steps:

1. Name Your Business

2. Add Your Username and Business Email Address

At this point, you might be asking yourself, "Why can't I just ask my RebelMouse account manager to do this for me?" We'd love to, but unfortunately Facebook has a restriction on the number of Business Managers a single person can create. If you try to create more than two, you get this error message:

And here's Facebook's official response to this error:

So you'll have to create the new Business Manager yourself. Then us Rebels can be added as admins or analysts to help.

3. Group Your Apps and Websites into Properties

Facebook will perform this grouping automatically after steps one and two, but you'll be able to add more if needed.

4. Add People to Any Role on the Spot

This step is where you can add co-workers, partners, and your RebelMouse account managers.

After you click Finish, you'll be taken to your new Monetization Manager and will have created a Business Manager account (if you didn't already have one).

How to Include Interactive Elements in Posts

Enhance your articles with rich and creative media

Every article is a fresh chance to grab new readers and nurture loyal followers. This is why we give creators every opportunity to build content rich with media elements that enhance every reader's experience.

Add More Layers to Your Content

You can easily add interactive elements, like charts, to posts on our platform. For example, if you need to embed iframe code into a post, this can be done via our Add Media Bar. To do so, click the code icon (< >):

A text box will appear so you can insert your code:

Embedded Code Across Platforms

One important thing to keep in mind is that Google AMP, AppleNews, and Facebook Instant Articles will not always support embedded code. So if you use an iframe, it's best to turn off distribution to those channels for that particular post. If you have a lot of posts that require embedded code, this could be problematic for growth across those important platforms.

If you do want to use an iframe on a post destined for Google AMP distribution, it can be possible if the iframe is not at the top of the page or within the first 75% of the viewport when the page is scrolled to the top (whichever is smaller). AMP is a fast technology designed for mobile users and iframes are loaded using arbitrary timing that AMP's technology cannot ensure. For this reason, it's suggested that iframes be included in places that are not visible by users upon load.

If you have an article that needs to include an iframe at the top of the page, or within the first 75% of the viewport, AMP can be turned off for that individual article within Entry Editor.

If you don't need an interactive chart to be interactive in nature, can turn it into an image and upload it directly to your post. This way it will work on all platforms, including Google AMP, Apple News, and Facebook Instant Articles. This option, when possible, is ideal to ensure you're optimized for page speed.

Take Advantage of Shortcodes

Another great way to embed media is through our shortcodes functionality. Click here to learn more about shortcodes. Shortcodes can also inserted using the Add Media Bar. Click the brackets icon ([ ]) to choose the shortcode you want to use.

Here's an example of a chart on an article page that's been inserted using a shortcode:

If you have any questions about how to add interactive elements to your content, please email support@rebelmouse.com or talk to your account manager today.

Shortcodes Dashboard: Dynamic Media in Just a Few Clicks

Create multidimensional content with easy-to-find shortcodes

We believe static media is dead, and that every piece of content should be multidimensional and engaging. This is why our platform enables creators so they can add dynamic media to their content in easy and efficient ways.

One simple way to add interactive content to any post is through the use of shortcodes. Shortcodes are small snippets of code that are easier to remember than longer sequences. They typically will activate a feature or embed media into an article.

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