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What is Turtl and how does it work?
Turtl allows marketers to easily create, publish and measure beautiful interactive content across all devices and channels.
A unique format
To understand the design behind Turtl, it's worth taking a quick look at how our brains are wired to read:
- 90% of the information processed by the brain is visual
- Only 10% of text content is recalled after three days
- This rises to 65% when paired with an image
- Providing interaction increases content effectiveness
So it's clear that our brains retain information much better if presented in an interactive and visual way. This is where our unique "Surf and Immerse" design comes in by allowing the reader to "Surf" visually across content before "Immersing" for deeper information.
Surf pages work as chapter headings to break your content up into sections. Highly visual and light on text, Surf pages are designed to grab your readers' attention.
The first Surf page acts as the front cover for your content and is the first thing your reader sees - all other Surf levels work as tasters for the content that lies in the Immerse level below.
... and Immerse
Immerse pages are where the bulk of your content lives and are made up of text, visual and interactive content to keep your audience engaged, from polls and videos to shareable quotes.
Adding visual interest to Immerse pages is easy with multi column layout options, feature boxes and other elements to keep your audience entertained and reading for longer.
Sharing your cloud based content is crucial to its performance and Turtl provides tools that enable you to easily push out your story to your audience via email, social media or on your website.
Turtl's smart analytics interface allows you to access key performance metrics and insights in real time. Access aggregated data on reader source, engagement levels and conversions.
Using our lead capture feature you'll be able to gather contact details for readers that are already engaged in the content. You can then use this data to follow individual reader journeys.
This granular level of insight provides you with the ability to truly measure content performance. Your content can then be updated in real time to ensure optimum perfomance.
If you have any questions, we created a user-friendly knowledge base to ensure that you can confidently master all aspects of Turtl. This resource can easily be accessed within the tool or via our website.
If there is something you can't find, simply send a message through to our support team who will get back to you.
Turtl has changed a lot since its beginning back in 2014, and our team of developers is always updating or adding new features.
This ensures that you always get the best out of the tool at no extra cost.
And if you need something more specific, we're always happy to go the extra mile to make your experience as easy as possible.
We also love feedback, positive or negative, so do get in touch with us to let us know what you think.
Learn how to grab your readers' attention with stunning visuals
We’ve designed Surf pages to quickly and easily create the strong visual hook you need to capture your readers' attention.
Surf pages act as introductions for your Immerse levels (where your main content lives) and allow you to divide your story into sections.
This allows your readers to move easily between the topics in your Story before deciding when and where to delve down into the immersive content via a simple click.
First impressions count
Your front cover is the first page your audience will see, so it's all about grabbing attention in a moment. There are two main components to an effective Surf page:
1. The image
This is really important as it’s the first thing your reader will engage with. It needs to be:
- Eye catching
- Relevant (but not necessarily literal)
- High resolution
2. The heading
This should be descriptive, catchy and to the point.
All you have to do is type into the Heading box and choose where you want to position your heading.
Tip: Ask yourself: If you read this would you be intrigued enough to click through to read more?
Keeping your readers engaged
A deeper dive
Immerse pages are where your deeper content lives. Keep your readers engaged with interactive, visually appealing content.
Create visual interest with multi column layout and image edit features. These help make each page exciting.
Create engagement with shareable quotes, interactive polls and video.
Turtl's performance analytics platform enables you to identify reader conversion and interaction right the way through your story.
Putting your content together
The layout of your content will largely depend on the type of Story you’re creating and the elements you plan to include, but we've highlighted the main components of your Turtl content:
Tip: The use of the Heading and Positioning are completely optional, just leave boxes blank to remove them.
Turtl provides you with many different text formatting options to ensure that you can use a variety of heading and copy sizes, formatting such as bold or italic and various types of lists. These can all be accessed via the top left hand corner of the immerse editor.
Turtl hosts a great mix of features to ensure your readers stay engaged. From zoomable images, video and social sharing to polls, all within a varied column layout.
Turtl makes it super easy to create a truly interactive story.
Using a mixture of layout (1,2,3 or 4 columns) as well as a combination of pinned elements, your content will always look professional and streamlined.
Capture reader contact details at any stage in your story. We advise you do this mid-story once your audience is already hooked, keen to read on and so much more likely to share details.
Thank you pages
Saying 'Goodbye' in style
The back cover is the final page of your story and is a great chance to get readers to take action.
The page is divided into two sections:
- Your Goodbye Greeting
- Lead capture form
Firstly, it's always nice to say 'Thank you'! but you're also providing a final opportunity for readers to share the content now they have come to the end.
You'll have the ability to tailor your message, provide your website link to drive further click through to whichever landing page you choose, and a chance to tailor a CTA (call to action).
Tip: If you have already used Turtl's lead capture feature within your story, or you feel it's not relevant to include one at all, you are able to omit a CTA and just say thank you.
Learn how to share your content with your audience on a wide variety of channels.
Sharing your content
Delivering content to the right audience, in the right place and at the right time is critical to effectiveness. That's why we've developed a full range of flexible publishing and sharing tools.
Amplify your reach how, when and where you want.
With Turtl, content is as easy to share with your target audience as it is to create.
Turtl will automatically display a title, description and cover image for your stories whenever they are shared on social media. And within the stories themselves you can easily create quotes and soundbites that can be individually pushed out with a simple click of a button on your chosen platforms.
Easily add stories to any page of your website by embedding them or draw readers into your content using our animated website teasers.
Embed an animated gif on your website that turns into a lightbox when clicked by just copying and pasting a bit of code (provided by us) in your CMS.
Tip: If you need any help with content distribution - our support team are happy to help!
This option enables you to stay in control of your pages without the need for external help from your IT or marketing departments. It also ensures that your readers stay on your website after reading a story.
Front Cover/Animated Gif
Because first impressions always matter, grab your readers’ attention right from your cover page, with eye-catching animation that guides them into your content. These can be embedded into email campaigns, websites and social platforms. It's simple to generate within the publish section of the tool and has proved to increase click through significantly.
Learn to interrogate the performance of your content.
Real-time content performance
From average read times to engagement levels and conversions, get all the insights you need to optimise your content even further and refine your content marketing strategy.
All content created in Turtl can be measured, ensuring that you accurately assess content performance over time. Our user-friendly analytics platform can easily be accessed in your account dashboard.
Get a quick overview of top-line metrics – from total reads, unique readers, average read time, leads generated and number of social shares to sources and geolocation.
See how each page of your content performs in real-time. This allows you to make changes to boost your performance whenever you need.
Review video views, social poll answers, soundbite shares and other customer feedback data to better understand your audience and their reading behaviour.
Review the customer prospects captured in your stories via the lead generation feature and end page sign-up mechanism.
Individual customer analytics
Explore the reading journey of each user to understand which Surf sections were most interesting to them, which social polls they answered and what they shared with whom. This will provide you with a window of intelligence for your colleagues in sales. If this isn't something that is currently enabled on your Turtl account - please contact the team for more information.