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The Editor in Chief’s Guide to RebelMouse

Everything we've built at RebelMouse has been designed to help Editors in Chief drive sustainable growth. We believe that the only way the publishing industry can survive and thrive is through the powerful work of reporters, writers, editors, and creators. We founded RebelMouse because we hated the quality of the tools that editors and writers were forced to use. That's why we've spent almost eight years building, iterating, and refining our platform to make editorial life easier and, more importantly, to support your content successfully. Thousands of creators and hundreds of content teams use our platform every day. We're fast, stable, and intuitive, and we work on mobile, too.


We believe in empowering you and your teams with the data that helps you understand how your content is performing across all platforms. We give you the tools you need to win the search phrases that matter most. We want to help spread the ideas that are worth spreading.

Beautiful Creation and Curation Tools

RebelMouse's Entry Editor makes it simple to create gorgeous, dynamic articles that stand out without sacrificing user experience. We also make curation of social content simple. Your articles will publish easily across Facebook Instant Articles, Google AMP, Apple News, and, of course, on site. We offer advanced features that are easy to enable and encourage your more curious team members to get creative. Multidimensional page designs are easy to build with just a few clicks.

As Editor in Chief, you will never see a more gorgeous, efficient creation space for video, images, articles, products, and endless media integrations.

Learn More: Beautiful Curation Tools

Sophisticated Workflow and Permissions Support

RebelMouse makes it very easy to control who can publish and review articles, and every permission level can be modified to fit your workflow. We support internal annotations and comments. Our platform also supports notifications and Slack hooks so team members can be pinged when it's their turn to make edits or give approvals.

Learn More: The New Content Workflow

Fast Page Speed and a Beautiful Experience for Your Readers

RebelMouse gives your content an advantage right from the start. We believe your editorial team's vision of how content should be presented is vital. This is why we work hard to deliver the gorgeous product of your dreams to your readers and community. The page speeds we provide our clients return positive, revenue-producing results that foster growth.

Learn More: The Chief Product Officer's Guide to RebelMouse

Empowering SEO Tools That Teach Your Team

RebelMouse creates significant, continuous organic growth because the search optimization tools we built were designed to inform editors and writers on how to win search phrases based on the current state of the algorithms. Our platform gives data back to creators on which phrases were won, and which phrases should be targeted next. Every post should find the audience who would love to read it. This is our mission. We never want to change your content in order to get it to perform. Our goal is for your genuine content to reach the people it deserves.

Learn More: Inside RebelMouse's Proprietary SEO Technology

Proprietary Social Tools That Teach Your Team

RebelMouse has a deep understanding of how organic social traffic is built. The short story: big, on-topic social accounts sharing your content is vital. We have built-in tools to understand the organic relationship opportunities created with every post. When we built The Dodo, we realized how there are hundreds of on-topic social pages with big audiences ready to share content they love. Finding them and creating relationships in an efficient way is easy on RebelMouse. We also enable data-oriented traffic exchanges and outreach for brand sponsorships.

Learn More: A Modern Social Strategy

Set up Your Content for Success

Propel your content to win with the right platform. We believe now is the time to empower writers with the technology required to create sustainable growth and, more importantly, consistent revenue.

We're a unique company that has no salespeople. You'll get to meet the developers and strategists who will work directly with you and your teams. If you're an Editor in Chief, please request a proposal today to see what it'll take to include our publishing platform in your portfolio of game-changing solutions.

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Page Speed Is Crucial to Your Marketing Efforts

Most marketers don't prioritize page speed because they don't think it impacts their bottom line. However, page load has a direct impact on conversions and revenue.

Here's a very simple scenario, supported by industry data, to underscore why the way pages are built and powered is crucial for paid media initiatives and your overall business:

Let's say a paid media campaign drives 100,000 new visitors to a landing page that takes five seconds to load. Google says that 53% of mobile site visitors will leave a page that takes longer than three seconds to load. So of the 100K mobile site visitors you paid to bring to the page, ~50K are leaving immediately due to poor page performance alone.

Some studies even show that bounce rate increases approximately 100% for every two-second delay. So, if site load jumps to seven seconds, you'll pretty much lose all of the visitors your paid strategies brought in.

A Poor Site Experience Costs More Than You Realize

Page load plays a huge part in customer dissatisfaction, too. Continuing on with our previous example, let's classify the ~50K that didn't abandon the page as dissatisfied due to poor page performance. As HubSpot points out, 79% of them are less likely to buy again from the same website. That's ~40K visitors never coming back to the site due to poor page speed. The loss is even greater when you consider how valuable returning visitors are: They represent up to 48% of all transactions and spend almost 2x more than new visitors, according to Business Insider.

Plus, people love to spread the word about a bad experience, probably more than a good one. 40% of visitors who had a bad experience with a website's performance would tell a friend or a family member. So of your 50K dissatisfied visitors, 20K are talking negatively about your brand. If they tell only one person each, that's an opportunity cost of another 20K potential site visitors and customers.

The main takeaway? Your paid media has to work much, much harder when you neglect to optimize your site for performance.

Owned and Paid Media Should Work Together for Better Efficiency

And speaking of site improvements to help the bottom line, marketers can't overlook the value of owned content (e.g., articles, reviews, social feeds, etc.) and its impact on overall traffic and lead generation strategies. Sites tend to see significant lift in audience reach and conversion when content is paired with commerce: For e-commerce companies, content can account for up to 69% of total organic traffic. And, even more compelling, conversion rates have been 6x higher for companies that adopt content marketing.

RebelMouse's CMS makes it easy for brands to systematically optimize page speed performance and organic reach, which allows paid media to be more efficient.

RebelMouse allows clients to easily manage website layouts and components at any time, ensuring sites remain fast and are rewarded by Google and Facebook. Our platform features proprietary SEO tools designed to help clients optimize organic search with every post and better align paid and organic search strategies for increased efficiency. Similarly, our platform also includes proprietary social tools to organically build community and growth, and our data helps clients spot winning organic trends that can inform paid social media.

RebelMouse Is a Partner That Can Guide You

When it comes to content marketing, it's important to be mindful of the relationship between owned, earned, and paid media — it will only help your teams engage and convert more audiences into customers and brand loyalists. At RebelMouse, we're proud of how we work with brands and our ability to provide the expertise, best practices, and modern technology that help teams become better content marketers. If you're a brand marketer, feel free to reach out to us to learn how RebelMouse can help you be more strategic and effective in your content marketing efforts.

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Target High-Value Users With Affinity Categories

Unlock valuable audience data and shape a new strategy

In today's landscape, quality content isn't enough — it's half the battle. Publishers need to produce shareable content backed by data to experience sustainable growth. At RebelMouse, we have a unique pageview methodology that provides an innovative user experience for every reader without sacrificing revenue and growth opportunities for publishers.

To do this, we track massive amounts of data across our platform through the use of custom-built Google Data Studio dashboards.

Click here to see the kind of growth our clients experience every day.

One of the best ways to discover more about your audience is by taking advantage of Affinity Categories. This feature breaks down audience demographics, including age, location, interests, and more. Affinity Categories are usually used to target audiences for ads, but we also use them to gain insights on what topics a site's visitors are interested in overall.

Normally, each category is listed out separately in Google Analytics. In the example shown above, our data experts split categories into separate levels to reveal different levels of audience depth. For instance, by splitting up the category News & Politics, we can better explore the detailed distribution of users interested in specific types of news:

  • News & Politics/Avid News Readers/Avid Political News Readers
  • News & Politics/Avid News Readers/Entertainment News Enthusiasts

From an editorial standpoint, this is useful because it allows publishers to determine and target varying levels of high-value users, improving the efficacy of a new content strategy or ad campaign.

If your site is already powered by RebelMouse, email support@rebelmouse.com to get a breakdown of your audience's Affinity Categories. If you aren't powered by RebelMouse yet, request a proposal today and start receiving the data you need to grow loyal followers at scale.

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Infinite Scroll: An Innovative + Intuitive UX

There is a common misconception that publishers have to sacrifice monetization and professional design to deliver a high-performing, quality user experience to its readers. But in today's modern publishing environment, websites can deliver an unobtrusive site experience that's intuitive, elegant, and prosperous.

To do this consistently, RebelMouse supports infinite scroll as part of our bigger design strategy called Social UX for Media. Much like the news feeds of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, infinite scroll provides an endless stream of articles to its readers so they never reach the "end" of your content.

Infinite scroll is an innovative approach, but it is also a widely adopted standard that has been endorsed and is supported officially by Google, Comscore, Nielsen, and many other industry giants. It's part of a new media strategy deployed by companies with massive valuations and the highest level of visibility in the U.S. market, including Axios, Vice, and The Verge.

In fact, RebelMouse built and launched news powerhouse Axios, now one of the biggest new media companies to date, with our Social UX for Media design featuring infinite scroll. It's still a core part of Axios' successful publishing strategy today. The feature has also been key to the growth of many other RebelMouse-powered properties, including La Verità, Dance Magazine, and United Airlines.

RebelMouse's Social UX for Media design, featuring infinite scroll on hub.united.com.

The primary reason infinite scroll is so successful is because it mimics user behavior in an innovative, yet familiar way, thanks to its similarity to social feeds. On mobile, expandable posts make it easy for users to read "before the jump" and quickly expand to the rest of the article with one click, rather than being taken to another article page. This is similar to when a user expands a caption on Instagram. It's these simple design details that bring massive growth to key stats like return visits and time on site.

Our page view methodology not only keeps the user experience intact, it also includes robust ad serving technology. We use industry standard rules for page views that require at least 50% of the screen space to change before it counts as a new page view. So whether you use Comscore or Nielsen to verify your site traffic, infinite scroll will not have a negative impact on your insights.

If you're interested in launching a site with our game-changing Social UX for Media design, request a proposal today and let's start working together. If your site is already powered by RebelMouse, and you have questions about infinite scroll, email support@rebelmouse.com.

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Particle Assembler: Ads in Slideshows Now Supported

You can now insert ads between slides in a slideshow!

Monetizing users' engagement and page views is pivotal to most digital businesses, and our Particle Assembler has been an invaluable tool in helping RebelMouse clients to insert native ads seamlessly into their content. Now we've taken this functionality one step further by introducing support for ads between slides in Assembler's slideshow layout.

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