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Rebel Case Study: PAPER Magazine

PAPER Breaks out Beyond #BreaktheInternet

Following last year's #BreaktheInternet campaign featuring Kim Kardashian, PAPER magazine is now truly breaking out as a digital brand, pairing great content with a cutting-edge platform to create the ultimate reader experience.

The Vision

  • Upgrade from a custom-built CMS
  • Make all PAPER content more shareable
  • Provide a more immersive, personalized experience for audiences and fans
  • Easily optimize content across platforms in real time


What Happened

  • Replatformed site content with limited tech resources in weeks on the RebelMouse platform
  • Utilized the sophisticated Entry Editor to support video and emerging digital formats
  • Easily incorporated prominent CTAs, signup features, and social share buttons to drive engagement
  • Leveraged the RebelMouse Insights Dashboard and up-to-the-minute analytics tools to quickly act on viral hits

Results

  • 51% lift in traffic
  • 2x lift in content clicks
  • 113% lift in page depth across devices

And Stuff like This Happens...

As part of the #Fandemonium issue, PAPER featured John Stamos and his "new moon" to give his devoted online fan base something to talk about!

And talk they did. Within a day, the article was trending on Facebook and had generated 250K+ views.

From GIPHY.

Why PAPER <3s RebelMouse...

...Creating various content formats: Slideshows have helped increase time spent — PAPER has seen a 69% lift in time on site.
...Surfacing relevant content: "So Hot Right Now" stories on articles keep people engaged — PAPER has seen a 16% reduction in bounce rate.

From GIPHY.

Just like PAPER Magazine, properties on our platform grow at mind-boggling rates, and are built in a way that allows companies to focus on producing great content — turning that into sustainable, high-growth social traffic and loyal, lasting communities. Trust your brand to the experts in distributed content and be everywhere first.

"RebelMouse's platform is the modern way of having a truly impactful digital platform.

For a 31-year-old brand, called PAPER, you will never believe what you'll be seeing from us in digital in the next six months. This is the biggest partnership that we've entered into.

We are Rebels."

—Drew Elliott, Chief Creative Officer, PAPER

Let's start working together. Request a proposal today to get started.

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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