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What the Latest Facebook News Feed Change Means for Publishers

Your social feed is most likely filled with frenzy-generating headlines highlighting Facebook's latest News Feed update. That's because it's a big one, and it's forcing brands and publishers to alter their social strategies and figure out how to better approach the mega platform early on in 2018.


At RebelMouse, we're experts in growing organic loyalty and building audiences, despite the platforms. We've developed tech and strategy to increase traffic, growth, and revenue that can iterate alongside any algorithm change. Here are some of our materials that have become a publisher's lifeblood to surviving and thriving in the new media landscape:

This recent landmark shift is part of a broader effort by the company to increase the well-being of its users. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to the platform to address the new direction of the News Feed.

"I'm changing the goal I give our product teams from focusing on helping you find relevant content to helping you have more meaningful social interactions."

By fostering these meaningful social interactions, the goal is to build stronger relationships and a stronger community that allows users to feel more connected, in turn increasing happiness and long-term health.

So Who Gets the Boost?

Facebook will begin to prioritize more posts from friends and family, specifically those that spark a discussion in the comments section. This harks back to the original intent of the platform, to be an outlet where friends and family built meaningful connections through the content they shared.

This means you'll see more content like live videos that generate discussions, celebrities, Groups, local businesses, and your occasional trusted news sources. Adam Mosseri, VP of News Feed, revealed to TechCrunch that Oprah's 2018 Golden Globes speech is a prime example of content that might perform better after the updates.

What About Publishers?

The effort to promote the well-being of its users is certainly a positive change that we can get behind. But the core worry is that it's at the expense of brands and publishers who have been working tirelessly to create the kind of meaningful, useful content that shows up in the News Feed. Now their visibility may be reduced to nothing.

"As we make these updates, Pages may see their reach, video watch time and referral traffic decrease," Zuckerberg continued on.

Don't Abandon Hope — This Can Be an Opportunity

While it might seem like a lost cause to promote any of your content on Facebook as of now, this isn't the case. Now, more than ever, it's time to up your content game and keep focusing on what your core audience craves. If building organic loyalty has been a main focus of your strategy since day one, you're ahead of the game. Users that are addicted to your content can still choose to see it by updating their News Feed preferences.

It's our goal to keep up with the algorithm changes, so you can focus your time and energy on churning out quality content. We'll continue to track the impact of this important algorithm change, and how you can optimize your strategy to win at social in 2018. Stay tuned.

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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