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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.

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

How to Include Interactive Elements in Posts

Enhance your articles with rich and creative media

Every article is a fresh chance to grab new readers and nurture loyal followers. This is why we give creators every opportunity to build content rich with media elements that enhance every reader's experience.

Add More Layers to Your Content

You can easily add interactive elements, like charts, to posts on our platform. For example, if you need to embed iframe code into a post, this can be done via our Add Media Bar. To do so, click the code icon (< >):

A text box will appear so you can insert your code:

Embedded Code Across Platforms

One important thing to keep in mind is that Google AMP, AppleNews, and Facebook Instant Articles will not always support embedded code. So if you use an iframe, it's best to turn off distribution to those channels for that particular post. If you have a lot of posts that require embedded code, this could be problematic for growth across those important platforms.

If you do want to use an iframe on a post destined for Google AMP distribution, it can be possible if the iframe is not at the top of the page or within the first 75% of the viewport when the page is scrolled to the top (whichever is smaller). AMP is a fast technology designed for mobile users and iframes are loaded using arbitrary timing that AMP's technology cannot ensure. For this reason, it's suggested that iframes be included in places that are not visible by users upon load.

If you have an article that needs to include an iframe at the top of the page, or within the first 75% of the viewport, AMP can be turned off for that individual article within Entry Editor.

If you don't need an interactive chart to be interactive in nature, can turn it into an image and upload it directly to your post. This way it will work on all platforms, including Google AMP, Apple News, and Facebook Instant Articles. This option, when possible, is ideal to ensure you're optimized for page speed.

Take Advantage of Shortcodes

Another great way to embed media is through our shortcodes functionality. Click here to learn more about shortcodes. Shortcodes can also inserted using the Add Media Bar. Click the brackets icon ([ ]) to choose the shortcode you want to use.

Here's an example of a chart on an article page that's been inserted using a shortcode:

If you have any questions about how to add interactive elements to your content, please email support@rebelmouse.com or talk to your account manager today.

Shortcodes Dashboard: Dynamic Media in Just a Few Clicks

Create multidimensional content with easy-to-find shortcodes

We believe static media is dead, and that every piece of content should be multidimensional and engaging. This is why our platform enables creators so they can add dynamic media to their content in easy and efficient ways.

One simple way to add interactive content to any post is through the use of shortcodes. Shortcodes are small snippets of code that are easier to remember than longer sequences. They typically will activate a feature or embed media into an article.

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How to Add Scalable Vector Graphics to RebelMouse

Quickly add an SVG to any page

A Scalable Vector Graphic, or SVG, is a type of graphic format that gives you more flexibility than standard formats like JPEG or PNG.

To add an SVG to your RebelMouse site, first go to your Layout & Design tool. Next, open the SVG in a code editor and copy the entire <svg> element. Then, add a Custom HTML element to your layout and paste in the SVG code:

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