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To effectively measure the engagement of users load more than one page, we look at several key metrics, like bounce rate and time-on-site.
Especially as the web goes mobile, media companies need to think strategically about monetization, every time someone loads the page.
We’ll look at the ways that personalization can improve publisher on-site engagement and drive users to high-value types of content.
Publishers around the world are seeing a boom in mobile web traffic, but meeting those users’ expectations once they arrive on-site remains an ongoing challenge. Earlier this year, when Google incorporated mobile responsiveness into its search rankings (see our “Mobilegeddon” post here), the average bounce rate for audiences using smartphones was close to 60 percent. The shift towards mobile represents a major opportunity for the industry at large, but it also requires publishers to better understand the nuances of how user behavior differs across desktop and mobile devices. When a smartphone user clicks through to an article that was created with a desktop-first mindset, they are much more likely to bounce, especially if they arrived from a social channel like Facebook or Twitter, where an endless stream of content is just a back-click away. Taboola’s product and account management teams have been paying close attention to these patterns, proactively testing […]
Personalization has long been a topic of conversation within technology and media circles, but the intensity of that discourse has ramped up in recent years due to the rise of social media. “The users have voted by going to Facebook for their news,” said Nick Denton, the founder and CEO of Gawker Media Group. “Personalization may be the biggest issue in online media today.” Last week, over 60 attendees gathered at Gawker’s new HQ in Downtown Manhattan to hear from a select panel of executives whose companies are each grappling with the challenges and opportunities around “personalization.” Joining Nick on stage was our own Adam Singolda, founder and CEO of Taboola; Ian Fette, CTO at Gawker Media Group; and Daniel Doubrovkine, CTO at Artsy. While computer engineers have been experimenting with forms of “machine learning” since the 90s, Adam remarked that the these projects are becoming more important as companies […]
Digital-first publishers may be more nimble than their traditional counterparts, but building a loyal readership from scratch can be especially difficult given the level of online competition for user attention. While social media networks have had a “flattening” effect, allowing new sites with compelling content to quickly go “viral” and reach massive new audiences, even those platforms are becoming increasingly cluttered, and many publishers are beginning to question the value of social-referred audiences. This is a challenged faced by publishers around the world, including independent digital media company Scroll, whose online destination Scroll.in has become one of the fastest-growing news sites in India. Looking to diversify its audience development efforts, Scroll teamed up with Taboola to target engaged audiences on top sites across the web, and ultimately grow their overall readership. We published a case study that features some of the key highlights from this partnership, including data around how […]
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Earlier this month, we hosted our latest Taboola Talks event around the theme of “Data Never Goes Out of Style.” A roomful of attendees gathered at Taboola’s global headquarters in New York City to hear from Jessica Novak, Senior Content Strategist at Refinery29, and Liz White, Head of Strategy and Development at Poshly. The discussion revolved around both the opportunities and pain points of incorporating data-driven strategies into marketing and editorial workflows. Novak and White are enmeshed in these transitions at their respective companies, which have each carved out a valuable niche within the competitive digital media landscape. Refinery29’s scientific approach to audience development (supported in part by Taboola Newsroom), paired with a distinctive editorial voice, have built it into the largest independent fashion and style website in the US. Poshly’s growing and buzz-worthy online platform hosts engaging questionnaires that help beauty lovers discover new products and unlock personalized giveaways. […]
This past March, we announced the official launch of Taboola Newsroom, a real-time optimization technology that empowers editorial teams with actionable data around what story headlines, thumbnails and placements generate the maximum engagement across desktop and mobile homepages. Provided free of charge to our publisher partners, Newsroom proved to be an invaluable resource for Refinery29, the largest independent fashion and style website in the US. Through rigorous A/B testing of different creative elements, Refinery29 was able to maximize the impact of its popular lifestyle content both on-site and across the web. Some of the key highlights from our recently published case study: Newsroom increased homepage story CTRs by up to 200 percent Homepage story CTRs jumped 45 percent per test on average Newsroom data informed Refinery29’s social media promotion strategies across channels including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest Check out the full write-up (including imagery) — along with our other case […]
Last October, we featured Bundoo on Taboola’s blog as part of our Content Spotlight series, explaining how the site’s expert-written articles and smart content strategy have established Bundoo as the ultimate parenting resource on the web. As Taboola continues to work with Bundoo toward growing its online community of parents and child-care health professionals, we published a case study detailing some of the results our teams have achieved. A few key highlights: Taboola generated 22 percent lower bounce rates than all competing discovery platforms. Taboola’s on-site “organic” recommendations generated 60,000 incremental monthly clicks on Bundoo.com. Bundoo has seen a 13 percent jump in new users every month since partnering with Taboola. With Taboola, Bundoo has significantly grown their level of audience engagement, including a 45% increase in pages-per-visit and a 70% jump in time-on-site. You can check out the full write-up (including imagery) — along with our other case studies, data sheets, […]