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Instagram-style E-commerce Features on RebelMouse

Revolutionizing E-commerce on RebelMouse

Whether you're a brand with a blog or a media company with a site, driving purchasing behavior and building an audience that uses your content to find things they love to buy is vital. We're very proud to have built out the same functionality that everyone is now used to on Instagram, with layovers on images that lead to products with attribution.


Instagram finished 2018 with explosive growth, clocking out the year with a record-breaking one billion active users per month. That growth hasn't slowed in 2019, and now the social platform is evolving into a place that isn't just for friends and influencers, but also a vibrant e-commerce platform. While the social network has always been a strong way to showcase products, the app built on this strength with the launch of its Shopping on Instagram feature in March. The new functionality allows users to browse and purchase products without ever leaving the platform.

The new shopping capabilities are a brilliant addition considering 60% of users discover products on Instagram, and 75% of those users will take action on those products, which includes visiting a brand's website.

The reason Shopping on Instagram works is because it diminishes a seller-heavy environment and allows users to discover the products they want in an immersive experience that's already familiar.

Personalization and quality UX are key for modern monetization. Read more about this here.

Instead of heading to a traditional site that's full of banner ads for sales and intrusive product suggestions, Instagram's shopping function gives users more control over which products they browse while simplifying the purchase process.

But what if this same shopping experience could be mimicked when users make it to your website? Instagram is a beautiful place to showcase products in a way that's relatable to target audiences, so why stop when the app closes?

Driving Purchasing Behavior Is an Important Monetization Strategy

As part of RebelMouse's enterprise e-commerce solution, we have a feature that resembles the product-browsing experience you can find on Instagram. In their app, interactive dots lay over images that, when clicked, expand to show a product's image, title, price, and link out to buy it:

We've replicated this functionality in our Particle Assembler so users can easily browse products directly from an image:

In a couple of clicks, users can purchase the items they want by directly going to the respective product page, whether it's a RebelMouse internal page or an external link.

Not only does this experience give users more control over their purchase journey, it's a fast and intuitive process aimed at triggering conversions and building loyalty. When users have a pleasant experience purchasing a product, they're more likely to return. RebelMouse is built on these simple truths.

Check out this live example of the feature being used by our client PAPER Magazine in partnership with Prada.

If you want an e-commerce solution that's visually stunning and designed to create organic engagement with a social-forward experience, request a proposal today and let's create something beautiful together.

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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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