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Reach a Wider Audience on Instagram

Update: 2017 marked the year when Instagram became everything to media companies, brands, influencers, and everyone in between. We've mastered how to grow Instagram followers. It can be done with a small and dedicated team. Click here for our latest strategy.

Content creators have one, big challenge: content nobody sees. That's why we're obsessed with distribution. We truly believe if you funnel your content to platforms in a methodical way, you'll see organic growth — because audience development isn't a hope, it's a strategy.

That's why we created Rebel Discovery. Discovery uses proprietary technology to find communities on social platforms that would be interested in sharing your content. You'll see results that won't come up through native searching alone.


Through Discovery, you can send pages + profiles a variety of social nudges. This includes "liking" a recent post, sending an email, and tagging them in your post via comment or video. It also works in any CMS.

We've been doing this on Twitter + Facebook for months, and we're now happy to announce you can also tap into new audiences on Instagram!

If you're having trouble trying to reach more people on Instagram organically, then it's time to Discover them.

Here's how it works. After you've identified your selected targets on Instagram, you have two options:

1. Like the Post on Instagram

Once the post is published, the Instagram likes will go out on your behalf. If the post is already published, you can send them out via the "Send Pings Now" button:

Here's how it appears on the Instagram post:

2. Include the Image/Video in Your Article

Once you opt to include an Instagram post in your article, the post is immediately added to the bottom of the article:

Note: Discovery-only customers only have access to the "Like on Instagram" option.

Think about when you notice an acquaintance you haven't seen in a few years suddenly liking your photos on Instagram. Aren't you tempted to check out their page to see what they've been up to? It's the same logic here, and it's part of the reason why our clients, like The Dodo, see such high engagement.

Let's start working together too. Contact us for more information, or request a proposal today.

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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