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Number of U.S. tablet owners to double by early 2012: report

Despite the hype, tablets are still most accurately described as a 'niche' market. But that market is expected to grow really, really fast.

That's according to a study (PDF) conducted by the Online Publishers Association (OPA) and Frank N. Magid Associates, which sees 54m Americans owning or using tablets by early 2012, up from 28m today.

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NY Post: dumbest iPad strategy ever?

The iPad is a source of hope for many traditional publishers. Which explains why publishing moguls like Rupert Murdoch are investing lots of time and money into the tablet device.

But not all iPad strategies are created equal, and one of Murdoch's newspapers, the New York Post, may have the dubious distinction of executing the dumbest iPad strategy yet.

That strategy: in an effort to get readers to pony up for the newspaper's $6.99/month app, block the Safari browser on the iPad from accessing content on the nypost.com website, content that's freely available via any other browser.

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Content marketing: sometimes the obvious answer is the best

It’s an age old question for content marketers: what’s the recipe for ideal content that will be read, linked, tweeted and otherwise disseminated around the web?

We have an informal motto when it comes to online content: for something to be worth your time, it has to be either Useful or Amusing.

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The five stages of content-marketing grief

Getting to grips with content marketing can be traumatic. Learn to recognise where your client is in the process with this handy guide. 

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Why the Financial Times can circumvent Apple, and others can't

For traditional publishers, the Apple has been a blessing and a curse. On one hand, its iOS devices, including the iPad, have created hope and inspired thought about the future of publishing. On the other hand, it's clear that it is no savior.

It's not into charity either. Case in point: the 30% cut Apple demands from subscriptions sold in iOS apps. Begrudgingly, many publishers have agreed to this fee. But not all.

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Three months in: the new Cap Code and online business

Anyone in the online marketing space from large, million-pound retail sites to a retired teacher who sells animal portraits are subject to new and changing regulations, updates and directives.

The responsibility to understand these new regulations now falls not just on those marketing online, you now just have to be online.

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Schema.org: good for Google, Bing and Yahoo, bad for everyone else?

Google, Bing and Yahoo may not be the best of friends, but every once in a while they do get together in a high-profile way.

That was the case yesterday, when the search trio announced the launch of Schema.org, which seeks to add more structure to content on the web.

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Rolling Stone founder: "generations" before tablets meaningful for mags

Magazines may not have the best track record when it comes to adopting the newest technologies, but when the iPad launched, it was hard to find a magazine chief who wasn't excited.

Print publishing is particularly tough these days, and the iPad represented hope. As a result, many magazine executives were eager to give the iPad a try. That was a good thing.

Unfortunately, businesses don't run on hope, and despite the fact that the iPad and tablet devices are still very nascent, magazines have thus far found that tablets aren't a panacea for their industry's ailments. Some are even cutting back on their iPad plans.

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Is faith-based ROI ever acceptable?

In the digital world, tracking ROI is supposed to be easy. After all, there are so many tools for analyzing traffic and conversions, and attributing them to particular sources.

But in reality, tracking ROI isn't always as simple as it would seem. Many marketers, for instance, still focus exclusively on the last click despite the increasingly sophisticated tools that are capable of going beyond the last click.

As a result many either misattribute conversions to the wrong source, or miss them altogether.

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iPad app usability better, but issues persist: report

A year ago, Jakob Nielsen's firm, Nielsen Norman Group (NNG) looked at the usability of apps on the world's hottest new computing device, the iPad. What it found: problem areas that create "significant user confusion." The three most prominent: low discoverability, low memorability and accidental activation of UI elements.

At the time NNG conducted its study, the iPad was new, so it wasn't unexpected to see that iPad apps were still rough around the edges usability wise. The tablet is a decidedly different device, and with no best practices yet developed based on real-world observation, developers of iPad apps were sort of left to experiment.

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Retailers and journalists: a match made in heaven?

Copy has always been important to online retailers. For obvious reasons, a well-written product description, for instance, is likely to produce more sales than the standard manufacturer's version.

But there's a new trend: online retailers going beyond product descriptions and building content-rich properties run in large part by folks from the publishing world.

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Five things to look for in a cloud provider

With cloud solutions becoming more and more popular with businesses, selecting the right providers is becoming more and more important.

Thanks to its skyrocketing popularity, established technology companies and upstarts alike have rushed to create cloud offerings. The competition this produces is a boon for companies shopping for cloud offerings, but it also creates challenges when looking for a provider that can be trusted.

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