Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A simpler way to edit: drag-and-drop!

Last month we sent out a short survey to find out more about what you like about, how the service is working for you and where we can improve.

Your responses were great and we're still sifting through the 4000+ that came back -- thank you! And thanks for your patience while we get back to everyone who left an email address.

In short, the number one thing that users love about is that the service helps you save a lot of time in monitoring blogs , RSS and alerts by bringing the content you are looking for to one place.

You also like that we deliver your content on your behalf via email to your subscribers, help you strengthen your ties with your community and, in general, help you do so much for so little money: free to $9 a month fits most budgets.

When it came to features though, there was one place that we weren't doing you any favors or saving you time: editing your content. You made it clear we that we were making it a lot more work than it needed to be and we weren't giving you enough control of the content on your papers. Ouch!

We listened and reworked what wasn't working for you!

Today we launched a new and revamped editing process, making it quicker and easier for you to delete articles, photos and video, blacklist sites and sources and reposition your content. Here's what's new for you -

Drag and drop: 

Now you can rearrange the content posts within the current topic section on the front page, or move them to an entirely different topic section by drag-and-drop. Photos and videos can easily be reorganized within their section as well.

This enhancement gives you complete control over content placement, ensuring that the content you determine key for your community is where you want it! and easy for your viewers to find.

Content reassignment:

If you prefer to edit and curate content specifically from Topic pages or the See All Articles page, you can do that too.

We've added a nifty drop down menu making it easy for you to reassign your content to a new topic section and automatically moving your favorite content to the front page.
The Publish-it bookmarklet will be adapted shortly to reflect Topic Sections, allowing you to curate the content directly to the Topic Section you specify. 

One-click delete and blacklisting: 

We've decreased the time you will spend on page editing by removing the drop down menu and implementing a lighting fast one-click delete and blacklisting functionality.

This enhancement, as slight as it is, is one of my favorites because it is a huge time saver. Anyone who grooms papers daily will probably agree that this small tweak alone is the biggest gift of all.

We've listed all of the specifics in this post. Leave a comment below and let us know how the improvements are working for you. Feel free to share what you feel is still missing and what can be improved further.

Before I go, a quick holiday reminder! If you haven't taken us up on our "Elf Branding" special offer this month, do it! It's a fa-la-la-fantastic deal!


Friday, December 6, 2013

Upgrade to Pro and we'll help you customize!

December is here and 2014 is just around the corner! That means a lot of shopping, socializing and planning to 'get things done' before the New Year arrives.

We know that sometimes getting things done is easier said than actually 'done' we've devised a plan to help!

Upgrade to Pro this December and we'll help you brand your paper!

Custom adverts, banners or custom CSS... it's up to you. Simply tell us what you need, and we'll lend you a branding elf to get the job done.

To get started, send an email to elf(at) with
  • your url
  • a website or blog for branding reference
  • and two ways (below) that we can help you
For standard Pro papers (on the domain) we can

    a. create a new banner image
    b. create background and thumbnail cover
    c. creating custom ad inserts (advertising your business, social platforms...)

For Pro papers on custom domains, we can help you by
    a. create a custom banner, cover thumbnail and favicon
    b. implementing custom social follow/share buttons
    c. creating a custom header
    d. creating a custom footer

Not sure how to set up a custom domain? We've put together this quick-start Go Daddy guide for you.

There's no extra charge for our elf work this month. It's all included in our  9$ Pro package. If you haven't gone Pro, now is the time!

If you have any questions, just Tweet us @smallrivers using the #paperlielf tag and we'll come back to you!

Happy Holidays!