To create a story go to Content > click the Create a Story Icon (red megaphone icon) in the left menu.
Once clicked you will enter the story editor. When making a story you must create and set the Title, Subtitle & Summary, Body Content, Story Image, Publish Dates, Categories, and Distribution Settings.
The title of your Story will appear:
- Atop the story itself
- Inside of the Subscribers’ newsletter
- On your Cerkl’s Content Archive.
When writing the title you have a maximum of 85 characters to use and you will not be able to style or format the text.
Shown above is what a Story could look like inside of the Newsletter (depending on your Subscribers layout preferences). The Subtitle and Summary gives your Subscribers a good idea of the Story’s content before reading so they can determine if it’s something they are interested in. There is a 250 character limit here. Please note: If you leave this blank then the first section of your story will be used as the summary for the Newsletter.
The text editor is where you will create the story content. The text editor gives you formatting and styling options on the top of the tool bar, and gives you the ability to include files, tables, videos, images, and more in the second row of the tool bar. There are a lot of customization options here and we encourage you to check out all the tools at your disposal.
Pro Cerklers Tip: you can play videos inside of the story by embedding the videos’ code inside of the text editor and you can use Gifs!
Your story image is the image that represents your story inside of the Subscribers’ Newsletter, at the top of the story itelf, and with your story in the content archive. You can create your story image by either uploading it from your computer or by pasting the image URL. Please Note: the story image size is recommended to be 1500x1000px jpg, png, or gif at 500kb or less (any images above this file size will be compressed and may lose quality).
You can select the date and time your story is both published and the date and time it will expire. You can choose these dates by either inputting them manually or you can use the calendar selector (the calendar icon to the right of the text box) to select the dates and times. If you do not want your content to expire then you can make it Evergreen by using the toggle under the Expiration Date box. Please Note: We recommend only making a few pieces of Content evergreen so your Newsletter will not send out the pieces of content at a later date when it is not relevant anymore.
Categories are used to identify which stories best fit a Subscribers interests. As Subscribers read more stories our AI learns what they are interested in and will funnel more relevant content into their newsletters. Categories are what helps our AI learn this and distribute relevant content.
When creating a Story manually you will need to tag the Story with the appropriate categories. But, if the story is pulled from an external source relevant categories will be automatically tagged to it (you still have the option to add or remove any categories from these stories if you wish).
To tag Categories to your Story you can:
- Type in the categories of your choice and select from the populated options. Pro Cerklers Tip: After you have entered or selected a category, use the dropdown menu to see how many Subscribers have learned interest in that category.
- Select from your list of organizational categories that fit this Story the best. These are the categories that your Subscribers had the option of preferencing in their Welcome Email
Please Note: You can add as many categories to the Story as you like.
Your distribution settings are used to determine who, how and when subscribers will get the story. To access your distribution settings click on the orange gear icon in the top right hand corner of the screen. Check out this article to learn how to use your distribution settings.
Once done creating your content you have the options to either preview it, save it as a draft or publish it. These three actions are located in the bar above the story editor.
If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the chat bot in the bottom right-hand corner of any cerkl.com page for a quick answer.