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Site search: five ways to improve your information architecture

To a lot of people Information Architecture (IA) is some kind of remote construct with no apparent significance.

However,  IA permeates every aspect of our lives, and for e-commerce sites, good information architecture is paramount to success. 

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Murdoch's The Daily: can it work?

Yesterday, News Corp. made what many publishing executives hope will be one of the most important announcements in the annals of digital publishing: the launch of the much-anticipated iPad publication, The Daily.

But while subscribing to The Daily is probably accurately described as 'affordable' at 99 cents a week, or $39.99/year, producing the publication isn't. News Corp. has confirmed that its investment to date is already a whopping $30m, and that The Daily will have a weekly overhead of $500,000.

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Optimism and uncertainty in media: the C-suite looks to the future

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A new study by Econsultancy explores the opportunities and challenges in media and publishing using feedback from nearly 500 media company CEOs and senior executives.

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Mobile app sales to explode in 2011: report

Mobile applications have taken off in the past several years. Thanks in large part to the rise of the iPhone, millions upon millions of consumers treat their mobiles like computing devices. It's a trend that nobody expects to slow anytime soon.

But despite the rapid growth of mobile apps, when it comes to app sales, there's good news for everyone in the mobile ecosystem: the best is yet to come.

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Google, Demand Media and the value of content

As consumers, techies and the media trade some of their infatuation with Google for the latest crop of super-hot web upstarts like Facebook, the world's most dominant search engine is finding that more and more people are pointing out its flaws.

The quality of Google's SERPs have increasingly come under question, with some complaining that Google isn't doing enough to weed out web spam and low-quality content that ranks well but doesn't offer consumers much value. I am one of those who have been highly critical of Google's capabilities in these areas.

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How you can attract more retweets: a 10-step guide

How you can attract more retweets: a 10-step guideIs there a science to optimising retweets? Or is it a combination of luck and network reach?

I believe that some tweets are more likely to be shared than others, and that you can increase your chances of being retweeted by following a few simple tips. 

There are various factors that come into play, and thankfully there is some data to back up some of these ideas. 

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Paid content on the iPad is just like on the web: report

Media executives around the world are holding their breath. Rupert Murdoch's bold and risky bet on the iPad is on the way. The ultimate hope: it will prove that the iPad is a viable platform for profitable content distribution. A big part of the 'profitable' part: paid content.

But media executives might not want to hold their breath for too long. According to research firm Knowledge Networks, consumer expectations on the iPad look a lot like consumer expectations on the internet.

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Five principles for online personalisation

Web personalisation is about delivering targeted content and adaptive web experiences based on what you know about each visitor. For ambitious web marketers looking for the next leap in returns, this is a massive opportunity.

Of course, it’s not without risks. Get it wrong, and you’ll confuse visitors, waste resources and depress conversions. But get it right and you’ll surprise and delight your web visitors while driving your website to new levels of effectiveness.

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Is online advertising really failing content?

Online content may be sexy, but even on the internet, turning a profit as a publisher isn't always easy, particularly if you rely on ad revenue to pay the bills. After all, today's advertising market has come a long way since the 1990s.

Advertisers have a seemingly unlimited array of advertising options, and the proliferation of ad networks and technologies such as retargeting mean that many publishers have seen their CPMs decline.

According to
an AdAge opinion piece by Tom Hespos, who runs a digital marketing firm, advertising is failing publishers.

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New Year's resolutions for the PR industry

Rightly or wrongly, the PR industry has taken a lot of stick over the last year. Allegations that it has fallen behind in the race to ‘own’ social media may or may not be true. But, in an industry that has built itself on perceptions, there is work to be done to ensure it remains a key weapon in any marketing arsenal.

So, given the time of year, I’ve been thinking about five New Year resolutions that the PR industry should consider for 2011.

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10 reasons why list-based posts work well online

Humans appear to be hardwired to tune into lists, judging by our Google Analytics data from 2010. Half of Econsultancy's most popular 25 posts were lists, including nine out of the top 10.

I don’t subscribe to the idea that lists are somehow inferior to articles with lots of dense multi-idea paragraphs. Either the content is good, or it’s not. The list format is precisely that: a format, a simple framework for communicating ideas.

So here, in no particular order, are 10 reasons why readers and publishers love lists, and why they work so well online... and yes, my tongue is firmly planted in my cheek as I'm writing this.

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iPad magazine strategy: recycle old content?

Many print publishers hoped that the iPad would do more for them than it has done thus far, but that doesn't mean that the iPad, and tablet computing in general, doesn't have potential.

The challenge: figuring out a strategy that works. Trying to charge more for your newspaper on the iPad than it costs in print doesn't seem all that sensible, and creating tablet-only dailies doesn't exactly come off as a smart investment given the economics of the publishing business today.

However, Condé Nast might have stumbled upon a concept that might be a viable part of a larger strategy: take old, existing content, repurpose it and sell it as a new product.

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