Flipboard is altering the way in which it really works with on-line publishers, thanks to 2 linked bulletins.
First, publishers not have to work immediately with Flipboard with a purpose to get their tales into the app. Instead, there’s a brand new self-serve signup possibility, permitting Flipboard to robotically pull in tales from publishers’ RSS feeds.
To be clear, CEO Mike McCue mentioned Flipboard isn’t going to let everybody into the app. Instead, there’s going to be a evaluate course of after a writer is submitted, to make sure that they adjust to Flipboard’s content material guidelines (amongst different issues, these guidelines forbid hate speech).
Second, Flipboard doesn’t plan to transform all of these articles into the app’s native format. Instead, it’s going to give attention to the cellular net.
Flipboard already contains some non-native articles, however now it’s making a extra formal system round them, the place publishers who meet sure content material and promoting pointers will get a “RED bolt” by their articles (the image is, in truth, a purple lightning bolt, however the identify additionally stands for Reader Enhanced Display).
The thought, McCue mentioned, is to “celebrate the best of the mobile web,” giving readers a transparent sign about which articles will load rapidly with none annoying promoting. In addition, RED bolt articles might be prioritized in Flipboard.
Publishers who’re collaborating within the Google-led Accelerated Mobile Pages venture will most likely be RED Bolt-ready from the beginning, and so they’ll be fast-tracked accordingly. (The pointers requires pages to load in a single second or much less and to keep away from aggressive pop-up advertisements.)
McCue mentioned the native article format isn’t going away solely — however it does sound like the main target is shifting. Flipboard says there are tons of of RED Bolt publishers on-board already, together with The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Verge and Axios.
Since these are the writer’s personal pages, the publishers will stay answerable for the advertisements. However, McCue mentioned he’s all for working with publishers on new varieties of cellular advert items sooner or later.
When I requested if transferring away from native articles might harm Flipboard’s alternatives to earn money from promoting, he replied, “I’m not too worried about that part” — as a result of if the viewers is completely happy and publishers are completely happy, “Flipboard is going to do great from a monetization point of view.”
Instead, McCue mentioned, “What I am concerned about is the state of mobile web advertising.” Contrasting the crummy advertisements that we regularly see on cellular net pages with the attractive and related promoting that may seem in the perfect magazines, he argued that his aim is to determine, “How do we create an environment digitally, on the mobile web, that replicates and modernizes those fundamental principles?”
As for why bringing on extra publishers is essential within the first place, McCue acknowledged that Flipboard isn’t affected by a dearth of content material on some topics (like Donald Trump). However, he urged that this may give Flipboard extra depth in narrower matters (the corporate’s goal, in any case, is to assist individuals observe their passions, no matter these passions may be). This might additionally assist Flipboard make inroads in international locations the place it doesn’t have many editorial partnerships.
Those publishers might be inspired to advertise their Flipboard accounts by way of social plug-ins — a method that would assist publishers get extra visitors by way of Flipboard, and will present a pleasant enhance for Flipboard itself.