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Rebel Case Study: Taste Talks

The Future of Food + The Culture + The Occasion

Taste Talks is a national series of festivals celebrating the future of taste through symposia, tastings, dinners and parties. They bring together thought leaders and luminaries from around the world together with everyday food enthusiasts to engage in great conversation, amazing food and one-of-a-kind experiences.

They believe food is a true medium that can bridge the gap and engage all people through experiences shared across digital and social. They came to RebelMouse for the platform to make it all happen.

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The Vision

  • Raise overall awareness of Taste Talks and their festivals
  • Drive users to signup for updates about the 2016 festival series
  • Drives users to share articles featuring the one-of-a-kind food dishes

What Happened: Rebel Runner Platform

The team leveraged our easy-to-use, agile Rebel Runner platform to:

  • Build engaging stories paired with eye-catching images
"Everytime a Burger Saved My Life," by Lien Ta
  • Weave in social media feeds and bold CTAs
"Glassware or Artwork? For These Designers, It's Both," by Nicole Schnitzler
  • Organize content into sections, and use actionable insights to make smart curatorial decisions
"Urban Foraging in Los Angeles: Weird or Worth It?" by Carly Silverman

Why They <3 RebelMouse

  • Beautiful, dynamic platform that is (almost) as pretty as the food
  • Engaging + intuitive polls + quiz features to keep the conversation going
"With RebelMouse, we can easily showcase and share the food and culture content we love across a huge range of social platforms. RebelMouse's super helpful tools allow us to optimize and organize our content in a way that makes sense for our brand, and, most importantly, the end result is gorgeous." -- TasteTalks

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Cheers to living that #FoodLife. Power your publish with us. Send us a quick note to get started.

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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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