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Microsoft may have a lot riding on its tablet versions of the Windows 8 operating system, but one market researcher thinks the odds are against them. This is not your grandfather’s PC market, London-based Generator Research declares in new forecasts that see tablet shipments doubling from 120 million units shipped in 2012 to 250 million in 2016.
The problem for Microsoft and for hardware makers, analyst Andrew Sheehy writes, is that tablet hardware does not follow the patterns of the traditional portable markets. For two decades it has been all about hardware — making it smaller, faster, lighter but more robust in speed and storage. This simply is not the case with the tablet. “[It] requires that vendors come to market with an overall proposition that encompasses digital content, apps and supporting services,” Generator writes. This is not a strong suit of the Dells and HPs, nor arguably is it a strength of the dominant PC OS provider Microsoft.
Four of the best brains in display advertising say it’s a format that has plenty of heart — and that it will continually improve its ability to resonate with customers, creating a bond as well as a click. OMMA’S Carrie Cummings gets Neal Mohan, vice president, display advertising, Google; Dean Harris, managing partner, Silvermine Marketing; Corey Gottlieb, managing parter, Targeted Social; and Ekapat Chareonlarp, vice president, IDG TechNetwork talking about display’s soft spot.
Will display ever evoke emotion in users? When? How?
EC: Yes. For a long time, display has become more like a guy handing out flyers on the street than a storyteller as it was meant to be. As part of the industry, we have put metrics to measure how many flyers we get out on the street rather than metrics around user experience and how the story connects with users. I see this changing as rich media becomes a standard for the display business. More beautiful content, more relevant and more pleasant experiences are being introduced via display in unique ways. iab’s Rising Star units marks the era where display gets smarter and more beautiful and begins taking advantage of more human senses rather than just visual (sound, interaction, etc). With digital video replacing tv (Netflix, ted, Hulu), I would say in about five years, we will see more display/video ads become more effective in connecting brand emotions with users and having standardized ways to measure it.
The publishing benefits of deploying HTML5 technology were discussed last month at MPA Digital: Technology, a one-day conference that focused on how media companies can use technology to manage magazine content on print and digital platforms. HTML5, a browser-based programming language that is able to deliver content on most Web-enabled devices, is designed to make online content easier to distribute and more interactive.
“You don’t have to have one set of developers doing stuff on a computer and another set doing it for iOS,” said Don Peschke, CEO of August Home Publishing, who moderated a panel discussion on how publishers are building successful HTML5 programs.
According to a new study by the OPA and Frank Magid Associates, tablet usage is exploding, and tablets have become embedded in people’s lives. Accessing content and information was found to be the dominant activity on the device (94%), followed by accessing the internet (67%) and checking email (66%). The study also revealed that tablet users’ primary content-related activities include watching video (54%), getting weather information (49%), and accessing national news (37%) and entertainment content (36%). The survey found that current U.S. tablet adoption is at 31% in 2012 (74MM tablet users), up from 12% in 2011 (28MM tablet users) and is expected to reach 47% (117MM tablet users) by Q2 2013.
STAMFORD, Conn. — The desire to share content and to access it on multiple devices will motivate consumers to start storing a third of their digital content in the cloud by 2016, according to Gartner, Inc. Gartner said that just 7 percent of consumer content was stored in the cloud in 2011, but this will grow to 36 percent in 2016.
OPA news release
NEW YORK — The Online Publishers Association (OPA) has released “A Portrait of Today’s Tablet User – Wave II,” a study unveiling a range of trends on the attitudes and behaviors of tablet users. Accessing content and information was found to be the dominant activity on the device (94%), followed by accessing the internet (67%) and checking email (66%). The study also revealed that tablet users’ primary content-related activities include: watching video (54%), getting weather information (49%), and accessing national news (37%) and entertainment content (36%).
The OPA collaborated with Frank N. Magid Associates, Inc. to conduct the study. Magid fielded a nationally-representative online survey of 2,540 people, ages 8 to 64 years old between March 19 and March 26, 2012. The survey found that current U.S. tablet adoption is at 31% in 2012 (74MM tablet users), up from 12% in 2011 (28MM tablet users) and is expected to reach 47% (117MM tablet users) by Q2 2013.*
Here’s a sobering statistic: The average time spent on a Web page is steadily decreasing, with users spending only 40 seconds on a single page. Even worse for publishers and advertisers, 31 percent of ads are never even seen. That’s why last September we launched the Clean Campaign, our commitment to making the digital content experience better for everyone by cutting clutter and focusing on the content consumers care about. Messy Web pages create a chaotic experience that’s frustrating for everyone involved, including readers, publishers, and advertisers.
We felt it was imperative to find a way to not just understand the impact of cluttered pages, but also to help brands get smarter about advertising. It’s why our media sites are embracing cleaner designs with only one large premium ad on each page, delivering a better content experience for readers – and advertisers. Like this. And this. And this.
The Clean Campaign was based on three tenets: a clear editorial vision, a well-designed content experience, and premium advertising to complement the content. We felt confident that cutting the clutter and allowing consumers to focus on the content they cared about would immediately improve advertiser and site perception, but we wanted to prove it, so we partnered with IPG Media Lab to research just how much of a difference Clean Web pages make.