Yearly Archives: 2012

santorum-hurls Internet Marketing

Ian Lurie8 Mar, 2012

12 questions to ask before you build an app

Rick Santorum throws up at JFK speeches. I throw up when someone says “We want to build an i[whatever] app!” I have one question. Why? Have you really, really considered why you’re building your app? Here’s 10 questions to help you decide: Can I afford it? I’m sorry, but you can’t build a quality mobile… Read More

Steve Jobs Delivers Keynote Speech At Macworld Conference & Expo Social Media

David Portney8 Mar, 2012

Networking at Search Marketing Conferences: 3 Tips for the Painfully Shy

  ‘Tis the season… for search marketing conferences, that is. I have several colleagues who just returned from SMX West (and learned some lessons in search marketing). I myself just returned from SEMpdx’s SearchFest 2012, and there are many more conferences coming up this year – so many that I won’t even try to list… Read More

deadsquirrel Internet Marketing

Ian Lurie7 Mar, 2012

Marketing hubris will get you killed

Marketing hubris will get you killed. Especially in search. I hate it when someone asks me “Have you worked with other companies like ours?” If I have, I consider it a vulnerability, not a strength, because I’ve got the a-word: Assumptions. Anyone starting a marketing campaign with assumptions is one step from failure. Why? Because… Read More

fired-cubs Random

Ian Lurie6 Mar, 2012

10 ways NOT to break up with a client

Breaking up is hard to do. But, as Portent’s President says, people remember how you enter, and how you leave. So ending a business relationship on as positive a note as possible is important. Even if the company in question never hires you back, employees change jobs, and you want them to think well of… Read More

smx-west-2012 Internet Marketing

Mike Fitterer6 Mar, 2012

SMX West 2012 Lessons in Social and Mobile Search

The last week of February, search marketers from around the world assembled in sometimes-sunny San Jose, CA to geek out and discuss the latest internet marketing trends. Due to massive generosity from the Portent C-Suite I had the privilege of attending. For those of you who were unable to attend SMX West 2012, this post… Read More

internet-marketing-lifecycle Featured

Ian Lurie5 Mar, 2012

Internet marketing: The lifecycle

Once again, I get to subject you all to my utter lack of artistic skills. I’ve been working on a simpler diagram of the internet marketing lifecycle for about six months. It’s finally ready, I think, for a public glance. This one boils it all down to a less-pretty but hopefully more clear concept. BE… Read More

Design & Development

R.J. LaCount2 Mar, 2012

Facebook’s Timeline “Like Gate” Bug Solution (For Now)

UPDATE: Facebook has fixed the bug! Here’s the deal – Facebook released their new Timeline for business pages along with a bug that broke our ability to redirect users to a hidden page after clicking “like.” They’ve fixed the bug now, but in the meantime we put together a template that uses an in-frame like… Read More

email-design Design & Development

Jarrod Medrano1 Mar, 2012

Basic Guide to Email Design

Though not as popular as it used to be, email remains a viable component of a good marketing strategy. When designing email templates, it’s important to consider the wide array of devices and email clients available. Follow these simple tips to make sure your message is coming across clearly on every platform and not making… Read More

50 in 50 SEO

Ian Lurie29 Feb, 2012

Recording and slides from today’s webinar

If you missed today’s webinar, “SEO: 50 tips in 50 minutes,” you can get the slides here: SEO: 50 tips in 50 minutes View more presentations from Ian Lurie And, if you don’t mind giving us your e-mail address (mwahahahahahahahaha) you can get the entire recording, here: http://webinar.portent.com/webinar-vid-request/ While the Portent team and myself may… Read More

email-marketing Internet Marketing

Lindsay Thomas28 Feb, 2012

7 Email Marketing Fails and How to Avoid Them

Email marketing is a great tool for reaching out to potential clients and nurturing leads. Unfortunately, email marketing can be a double-edged sword. Some emails are so maddening that they make a person want to become physically violent. Thankfully we love our computers too much to do them any real harm. So take a deep… Read More

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