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Because videos are tl;dr: new Rallyverse tutorials predictably feature lots of GIFs

By , on February 23, 2015 at 12:42 pm

Rallyverse Tutorials feature GIFs

If you’ve logged into Rallyverse today, you’ve noticed a fresh set of tutorials. And, if you’ve been following us for a while, you won’t be in the least bit surprised to discover that those tutorials are full of GIFs.

Searching with GIFs

Why GIFs? Our product is meant to be extremely simple to use, but it has a lot of surface area. For a user to master a new app or task, they really only need to see a few clicks. So instead of videos where you’re going to need to hit play and put your headphones on and sit patiently while a voiceover explains what you’re seeing, we figured we can save us all some time and effort with a GIF and some text.

We have 8 tutorials available that cover all of the basic Rallyverse apps. We’ll be adding more as we hear feedback from users (and add new features).

If you ever need to find tutorials, they’re listed in your profile menu.

(Also, for what it’s worth, we are absolutely a team GIF-with-a-hard-G; it’s not peanut butter and we don’t really care what the inventor says.)

 

Did we mention #Rallybot had a friend visit this week? #robot #cubebot

By , on February 20, 2015 at 1:09 pm


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Add context and tags to your social selling emails

By , on February 20, 2015 at 12:34 pm

It’s been a big week for email at Rallyverse: in addition to new email formats, we’ve also added the ability to include extra comments on individual posts and show each item’s tags in our social selling emails.

New email tags and comments for social selling

For each item in your social selling list, Rallyverse will now display any tags that you’ve applied to the post via the Editor, and allow you to add additional comments in the social selling list view:

Edit your social selling emails

Why include the extra comments or tags on the content you’re sharing?

You may want to map social selling content to marketing themes or personas. You may want to keep the publicly posted text separate from the reasons you’re suggesting a particular post. Or you might want to provide your team with a little more color on the themes you’re looking to address with your selections. Or maybe you just want to include an aside to a friend. Any way you want to play it, we’ve got you covered.

And, if you need a refresher on tags and how they can fit into your content marketing strategy across multiple social channels as well as your social selling program, you can read up here and here.

New email format suggests that, yes, maybe we can have nice things.

By , on February 17, 2015 at 2:02 pm

daily deck new email format

If you received a Daily Deck or social selling email from Rallyverse in the past couple days, you may have noticed a new email format. (If you haven’t seen them yet, get in touch and we’ll send you a sample.)

Daily Deck new email format

Yes, we’ve polished the typefaces and the header, but the most dramatic change is how we’re handling individual content posts that you email via our social selling app and content calendar:

social selling new email format

We’ve standardized the size of the preview images for each post (they’re now square and 100 pixels on a side). We’ve done away with the description text for each post, and only include the post copy (that the user has entered) and the post title. We’ve also narrowed the sharing buttons and added a tiny border to set them apart from each other.

While your mileage may vary on some elements of the new emails (the specific typefaces will only render if you have them loaded locally), we’ve made sure to standardize the look across the major mail clients.

If you have suggestions on feedback on the new email formats, we’ve love to hear them; get in touch with us @Rallyverse.

Is the next internet…TV?

By , on February 13, 2015 at 1:05 pm

There has been a lot of buzz recently around an article from The Awl titled “The Next Internet is TV.” I won’t spend the majority of this post rehashing it, but here’s the Sparknotes to catch you up:

1) The next internet is TV.

2) Is the next internet TV?

3) “The gaps left by the websites we stop looking at will be filled with new things, and most people won’t really notice the change until it’s nearly done, because they will have been incredibly not bored…In this scenario, what publications will have done individually is adapt to survive; what they will have helped do together is take the grand weird promises of writing and reporting and film and art on the internet and consolidated them into a set of business interests that most closely resemble the TV industry.”

Now, a #reaction from me.

This article surfaces a host of tensions, but at forefront are the notions of direct content vs. aggregated content that is mediated by someone else. Essentially, reading single things in different places or reading collections of different things, together.

The internet started as a digital mirror of the things in the world. You have a company, you have a website representing that company. You claim your www. in the infinite sprawl that is the web. Accordingly, independent bits of content meant that the user was navigating through many different websites to get a more complete set of information.

Fast-forward twenty years and online content producers get bundled together to form power-sites like Gawker, NYTimes, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post or ESPN. These conglomerates rule massive networks of bloggers, and users begin indexing their consumption heavily through “favorites” or even aggregators of aggregators.

The Awl’s article posits that we’re at another tipping point. In this new world, not every content provider needs a website. The funneling of a broad array of content through fewer channels is the first step in this journey towards “television-ness” and away from “internet-ness.” A few major power-players control it all, and the cost of entry is building a similarly aggregated power-player funded by an existing, large brand.

One example, heavily cited in the article, is Fusion, a new “Millennial” network/internet channel created by Disney. Fusion looks like Buzzfeed meets Vice meets the (confusing) new Bloomberg.com. The design feels over-done; the content feels like something I could have read anywhere else. And, I feel scared, because everything is becoming one aesthetic. Or everything powered by brands, at least.

We have to ask: “What happens when only a few media outlets control content on internet?” The reality is that this has been the case IRL for a long time, but digital is newer territory. One key consideration is scale. We’ve never had a network with so many active participants and the sheer expansion of the internet means nothing stays the same for very long. Moreover, this consolidation faces the great democratization and empowerment that has been facilitated by digital. People are really into “making things” right now, and they are equipped with the right tools. The question is whether they’re comfortable doing it under the umbrella of a larger brand, but there will always be people who strike out alone.

I have to believe that the internet will not become TV and that niche content players will survive. Why? Because they’re focused, they’re exclusive and what they don’t do is equally as important as what they do. It might take more work to find these outposts of original content, but there is a reward at the end of that user journey.

And after all, the discovery of something new and different will forever be a marker of #cool.