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Rebel Case Study: The Dodo

For the love of animals, a story of success in distributed content.

In January 2014, Izzie Lerer wanted to transform her love of animals — and animal rights issues — into something positive, informative, and entertaining.

The world of content surrounding animals and pets was crowded to say the least, but Lerer wanted something that could be easily managed with contributions across editors, content partners, and community members.

RebelMouse's platform was the solution. Lerer launched The Dodo as a participatory community platform — not just for animal lovers, but for everyone with a soft spot for a good story.

What happened next was extraordinary.


Easy-to-♥ Content + Distribution = The Dodo Receives an Average of Four Million Views Each Video!

Videos like "Orphaned Animals Get A Second Chance" and "Dog's Mind Blown By Magic Trick" go viral across platforms daily.

YUP! (From GIPHY) (Here's more information on what it takes to win at distribution.)

Oh, and This Happened: "Granny Orca" Reaches Oceans of People

Every post on The Dodo reaches millions of people. Here's just one example: A story about a 103-year-old Orca whale spotted in the wild. Through the power of content distribution, the story pulled the issue of whales in captivity out of animal rights advocates' circles and into the everyday feeds of the masses.

Thanks to the power of social sharing, "Recently Spotted 103-Year-Old Orca Is Bad News For SeaWorld" reached seven million people.

Read more about this in Business Insider's story, "How an animal lover turned her passion into The Dodo, a booming ~$40 million startup, in 2 years."

Since Launch, The Dodo Has Seen ...

  1. High-paced, sustainable social growth: The Dodo now has 15M unique visitors on site and 100M monthly unique impressions across social platforms.
  2. Breakthrough engagement: The Dodo has a 64% higher Facebook engagement rate vs. BuzzFeed Animals.
  3. A growing number of uber fans and contributors: There have been 100K community signups since launch, and 5K average new signups monthly.
  4. Social activity growth: 419% increase in social shares from petition CTAs in the last three months.
  5. SEO growth: 35% increase in organic search traffic in the last three months; 100% increase since January.

"To power the sharing of stories, pictures, media, anything animal related and to create an unprecedented community we turned to RebelMouse — their publishing platform truly lifts the publishing experience and helps our community and their stories gain the amplification they need to make a difference."

— Izzie Lerer, Founder, The Dodo

Just like The Dodo, 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.

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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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PAPER Magazine Puts Its "Break the Internet" Campaign to an Audience Vote.

With 2019 just around the corner, it's time to make a resolution to just say "no" to flat media. Creating quality content is no longer on marketers alone. We live in a universe of creators who are willing to not only consume content that resonates, but also participate in the creation of it. On our journey to create dynamic media that makes this type of content curation instinctive, we've designed a new feature that lets you create quizzes and surveys with a professional design that are easy to use and easy to monetize.

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Understand what your content needs to create new reach and deepen loyalty.

After a shaky 2018, publishers are positioned to start the new year with less dependency on the platforms. But the chase to consistently create ROI from content is still somewhat unclear. According to Content Marketing Institute, one-third of B2C marketers and 42% of B2B marketers do not measure content growth, with many of them citing it's just not tangible enough to understand.

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Don’t Fire Your Content Team — Arm Them With the Tools They Need

You might have heard about the recent layoffs at Mic following one unsuccessful pivot after another. The story is familiar in the modern digital media landscape, so I won't give another recap on how the mindless pursuit of digital trends ended up backfiring for another media company. Instead, I want to focus on solutions, namely, one solution that's been right under our nose for years.

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New: Easily Remove Users + Transfer Content

We subscribe to the idea that we live in a universe filled with creators. With that said, not all creators are created equal, and sometimes they move on after a while. That's why we want to make sure our site administrators have complete control over who has access to their RebelMouse pages. We've launched a new user interface within our users dashboard that allows you to efficiently remove authors from your site. And during this process, you can also reallocate posts from one user to another in bulk. Here's a look at how it all works.

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