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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 […]
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 […]
In the past year, we have seen content consumption on smartphone increase by 43 percent across Taboola’s network. In the next months we anticipate a further increase in mobile consumption, and a passing of the 50 percent mark. The world is going (or has gone) mobile, which is why we decided to share some of our best practices from across our network to make sure you are set up to monetize your mobile traffic effectively. Mobile-responsive website design is the norm. Of the top-hundred sites ranked by Alexa, 89 percent have adopted a responsive website design. Responsive design has become the rule, not the exception for high-traffic websites. Users report increased trust and likeliness to spend time on-site with adaptability to mobile. Use the full width. Vertical content recommendation layout increases performance by more than 30 percent compared to a grid layout. Taboola’s Research and Development Team found that presenting […]
“Native advertising” has been a buzzword for over a year, as journalists, marketers, agencies, and publishers continue to be mesmerized by its power to drive brand awareness and engagement. So, we decided to ask a couple of experts in the publishing industry for their take on native advertising.
Starting with the early days of the web, articles featured on a publisher site were handpicked by editors
Mr. Kriegers reported that Taboola’s personalized video recommendations have increased video traffic and revenue by 290% within the first 3 months.