Forrester Research predicted that 2015 will be the year that online brand communities make a comeback, and there are many reasons to celebrate the occasion. Brands have increasingly found that investments in social media communities aren’t paying off. After spending significant time and resources building out Facebook pages, the platform has continually tweaked its Newsfeed algorithm to the detriment of brands, dropping the organic reach of their content to a mere two percent of their fans. Rather than submit to these closed ecosystems, and the whims of ever-changing platform features, brands can regain control of their online communities by hosting them on-site. Below we’ve highlighted some of the ways these communities can drive real ROI for brands. Help Consumers Find Answers Brands can leverage their particular expertise to educate consumers and help them find relevant answers in a timely manner. These efforts provide real value for consumers, and can foster […]
This morning, we announced that the leading Chinese language Internet search provider, Baidu, has made a multi-million dollar strategic investment in Taboola. As the number one website in China and the fourth most popular website in the world, with billions of search queries daily, Baidu has redefined the global Search industry, and we are honored to name them an esteemed partner. Most importantly, we’re excited to embark on a new journey with Baidu of bringing discovery to China, where mobile is the number one way people access the Internet. As advertisers across the Asia-Pacific region continue to look for new, unique opportunities to reach consumers at scale on mobile, the synergy between Baidu and Taboola will become increasingly important. Today’s announcement is another step towards helping people all across the globe find content they may like and never knew existed. To read more about our partnership with Baidu, please view the […]
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 week, we were honored to be named the “2015’s Most Promising Startup In Israel” by the most widely distributed daily newspaper in Israel, Calcalist. We are humbled to be in the company of all 50 Israeli startups that were recognized by the publisher, including Kaltura, Playbuzz, Infinidat, Similar Web, eToro, Fiverr, and others. This distinction could not have been achieved without the unique team we call Taboolars – from our engineers that work around the clock in Tel Aviv to our top notch account managers around the world. We are extremely grateful to Calcalist for acknowledging our team’s achievements and rapid growth. If you read Hebrew, I welcome you to read the full story on Calcalist.co.il.
When I first met Bonnie Kintzer and Rich Sutton, CEO and CRO, respectively, of Reader’s Digest, it was clear that we shared a vision for connecting audiences around the globe to content they may like and never knew existed. Reader’s Digest, after all, is one of the most reliable and long-lasting publishers around. RD spends meaningful time and energy around keeping people engaged, and are on a mission to create the best user experience possible across all digital fronts. I’m thrilled to say that earlier today, we announced an exclusive, multi-year partnership with Reader’s Digest Association (RDA), to integrate personalized content recommendations and native placements into their entire network of well-established desktop and mobile sites including Reader’s Digest, The Family Handyman, Taste Of Home, Haven Home Media and Taste Network. Together, we will focus our efforts on the new revenue stream and work to optimize recommendations for each site, audience […]
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, […]
Last Wednesday, Taboola participated in one of PluggedIn BD’s popular monthly roundtables to discuss the topic of Content Distribution. The wide-ranging conversation included executives from a variety of companies, spanning established media (New York Times, WIRED) to new media (PlayBuzz, Huffington Post) to content marketing firms (NewsCred, Moveable Media) and content distribution platforms (including Taboola). With such a big topic, and a wide cast of perspectives, the discussion underscored how much change is occurring in the online content space, and how the blurring of roles and buzzwords seems to be a constant reality. Jason Sylva, Executive Director of Audience Development at the New York Times, explained how the country’s paper of record is now both a content marketing seller (T Brand Studio is its in-house advertorial team) and a buyer (having placed native ad buys on sites like BuzzFeed). Kik Messenger strategic head Devrin Carlson-Smith confidently predicted that “whoever wins […]
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 […]
This past June, I had the pleasure of speaking to an audience full of visionaries, technologists, and budding entrepreneurs at the 2014 LDV Vision Summit in New York City to chat about visual technology and digital innovation. Beyond having a great audience, the event also included some industry experts such as Betsy Morgan of TheBlaze, Tobias Peggs of Aviary, and Magnet Media’s Megan Cunningham among other speakers. Big thanks to Evan Nisselson of LDV Capital and Becca of Cake-Works for having me take part in the event.
There are over 5M pieces of content currently promoted through our content discovery platform, and thousands of brands running content campaigns. It’s fair to say that we’ve pretty much seen it all, and on the way learned a thing or two about what makes people click and engage across our platform. Garnering clicks and engagement is not an exact science. Fads can come and go. But over time, we’ve managed to figure out specific things that work better than others. We decided to create an infographic chock full of highlights, so that if you decide to set up a sponsored content campaign, you’ll have a few simple tips in your back pocket to help put your content front and center so it gets noticed by just the right people. Click the thumbnail below to see the full infographic.