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Thriving on Facebook After the "Doomsday" Algorithm Change

RebelMouse clients still see tremendous growth on Facebook.

Algorithm Shift Aftermath: How We Got Here

It's been nine months since Facebook's bombshell and so-called "friends and family" algorithm update rocked the digital publishing ecosystem at the beginning of 2018. In January, the massive social platform announced that it would begin to prioritize posts from users' actual Facebook friends in its News Feed over updates from publishers. It was a major move for Facebook to get back to its roots after undergoing intense scrutiny following both the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the fake news fallout that surfaced in the aftermath of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.


The announcement had publishers scrambling for new ways to diversify their main distribution strategy in hopes of retaining some sort of social ROI. After all, how are users supposed to find their content if not through the biggest social platform available? Advertisers were quick to declare that organic reach was officially "dead" thanks to the sweeping change. By February, Facebook-dependent new media company LittleThings shut down its operation, citing the dip in reach from the algorithm shift. Though they were able to quickly relaunch after joining RockYou Media.

Seven months after the algorithm change, data from social management platform Buffer found that Facebook Pages had in fact experienced a 50% drop in engagement over the past 18 months.

Source: Buffer

Given the data, publishers have been correct in keeping content diversification top of mind since Facebook's change took effect. Relying solely on a third-party platform for survival is a strategy bound to fail. The silver lining here is that the scramble to distribute content across multiple vehicles has brought about new opportunities for publishers to survive. For example, Instagram has blossomed into a major platform with enough revenue and engagement to go around, and Google has regained its edge on referral traffic over Facebook, bringing in a new age of search.

But what publishers shouldn't do is double down on developers to build a site experience that stands out among their content competition — this can be done without expensive UX/UI teams. It's time for publishers to double down on the opposite to reach their goals. 2018 has proven that it's vital to consolidate tech architecture so more resources can be devoted to content creation and distribution instead.

At RebelMouse, we were born in the age of social. And this means we've been preparing for a shift like Facebook's for years. In turn, we're always braced for the digital space's unpredictable pendulum swings. We're a next-generation enterprise CMS, and a creative agency offering content strategy services from leading traffic experts across the industry. On our platform, your content creators can create dev-like designs that'll set your site apart in just a few clicks. Our proprietary tools help you easily find social influencers to amplify your content with every publish. By making the switch to a full-stack platform that blends product and strategy together, your content is prepared — and even immune to — dramatic algorithm changes and industry shifts.

The Data Doesn't Lie: Our Clients See Explosive Growth on Facebook

Our lean tech solution is the reason our clients are doing more than just surviving on Facebook — they're thriving. By publishing to a nimble, scalable platform that was designed around social distribution, our Rebels find new audiences on Facebook all the time. Part of the reason for this is because they take full advantage of our platform's tools, which makes creating social growth more intuitive. But just as important, they now have the time and resources to refine their content for audience building. But don't only take our word for it. Look at the numbers for yourself.

Grow Your Facebook Audience Before the New Year

Growth and monetization success on Facebook is still possible. If you want to experience stats similar to our clients, request a proposal and let's start working together. In the meantime, you can count on us to not only track every algorithm change on Facebook and Google as they get pushed live, but adapt our platform to flourish alongside every change.

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A Look Inside the Only Creative Agency Powered by Deep Technology

Strategic development of product that supports content distribution, conversion, and loyalty.

RebelMouse is a creative agency fueled by a publishing platform with deep technology. Our expertise is rooted in media and content marketing because there is no other team that understands distributive publishing better than we do. There is also no other CMS on the market today that provides content creators with the tools they need to unlock sustainable growth backed by sticky monetization methods. RebelMouse blends product and strategy together to move the needle where it matters most — organic traffic and user growth, conversion to loyalty, and revenue growth.

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Curate Well-Rounded Content: Embed Previous Posts With Assembler

Flat media is dead. That's why we are always updating our product to make it easier and more intuitive to create dynamic media. A great example of one of these features allows users to embed previously published posts into a new post through our Particle Assembler.

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Updates: Edit Email Templates in Entry Editor, Easily Select the Right Tags

We have two new product updates that will make editing each article easier and more customized.

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New: Simplify Your Workflow With Our New Copy and Paste Function

There's a new feature in RebelMouse's Entry Editor that easily lets you copy and paste an entire post, including lead media, headline, subheadline, body, social copy, and social scheduling information. Don't worry — we will only copy the social scheduling language you've previously set up. Using this functionality will not schedule the post to be sent out again.

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How to Set a Canonical URL

A canonical URL is an HTML element that prevents duplicate content. This helps prevent SEO issues by indicating whether a URL is a "canonical" or "preferred" version of a page.

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The CFO's Guide to RebelMouse

A look at how you gain more and spend less with our platform.

Every Chief Financial Officer (CFO) has an important mission: Balance efficiency with fiscal responsibility while eliminating risk. To survive and thrive in today's publishing industry, this can be a tall order. New options for vendors, hosting, and service providers pop up all the time, and as technology advances, so do the kinds of tools you need to grow reach and revenue.

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Be an Advocate for Engagement With Discovery Email Templates

RebelMouse's Discovery tool offers various forms of social outreach, including emails that you can send to influencers while you're editing your article. We utilize our proprietary technology to seamlessly pull in the email addresses of social media account owners. And now, coupled with customizable template language that automatically gets pulled into your workflow, you can easily send out messages to let these accounts know that you love their content and wouldn't mind if they shared a related story of yours.

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New E-Commerce Option: Easily Feature Products With Just a Few Clicks

Every year, the numbers of shoppers who choose to purchase online versus in retail stores continues to grow. It's estimated that the number of online shoppers will rise to 230.5 million by 2021. At RebelMouse, we've added a new particle layout for our clients that do e-commerce. This feature makes it super simple to highlight products right from within our Entry Editor.

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2018: A RebelMouse Year in Review

From product to personal, we flourished on every level.

It's always overwhelming to think about how far we've come as a company every time December rolls around. From all the peaks and valleys our ever-changing industry likes to throw at us, to the personal triumphs and challenges we experience as a team, each year is always one to remember. But this time, 2018 took the cake. It was 365 days of twists, turns, and far more shining moments than ever before.

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