Embedding a Doc within a Doc

Including a Doc within a Doc is a quick and simple way to repurpose content and create new Docs from your existing materials. Whether you're putting together a tailored sales kit or compiling specific resources for a particular customer, this is a great feature to have on your radar.

How does it work?

While editing a Doc, click the three dots on a Surf page thumbnail and select 'Include Doc.' Enter the URL of the Doc you want to embed and click 'Include.' The complete Doc will be placed right after the currently selected Surf page thumbnail.

The included Doc appears as one page in your Surf page timeline, but all of the embedded Doc pages are accounted for in your page count.

What happens when you edit or update an embedded Doc?

Any changes you make to a Doc will automatically update everywhere that Doc is used - including if it's embedded into another Doc.

This means that you can have different users working on different parts of one Doc. In technical terms, the "wrapper" Doc (the main Doc) calls upon the "module" Doc (the included Doc), meaning that Docs can be updated separately and then tied together.

For example:

Company A wants to make a thought leadership Doc:

  • They hire Agency X to complete one part

  • They hire Agency Y to complete another part

Like this, Company A can create two workspaces and give Agency X access to one and Agency Y to the other. The agencies can build two separate Docs in the same style, and Company A can then combine them in one wrapper Doc.

So it’s one Doc within another Doc - but what happens to analytics?

Because a Doc can be viewed either independently or embedded in another Doc, we collect analytics both in the original Doc and the wrapper Doc.

This means that the total reads on a Doc are a combination of those it receives as a separate piece of content and those it receives as part of another Doc.

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