Yearly Archives: 2012

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Ian Lurie6 Dec, 2012

Internet marketing for startups: The presentation

This is the somewhat annotated version of a talk I gave at this fantastic incubator here in Seattle called SURF. My main point: Marketing isn’t about interruption, trickery, SEO spam, etc. Marketing is about communicating true value and significance to your audience. Period. Anything else is just annoying. A brief expository interlude In 1992, I… Read More

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David Portney5 Dec, 2012

Google Tricks For SEOs to Avoid at All Costs

I’m going to play mind-reader for a moment. Here’s what you think about SEO: You think search engine optimization is a closely-guarded secret bag of tricks You think SEO means beating Google at their own game You equate SEO with “buckets of cash” which would be pouring into your bank account if only you knew… Read More

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Katie L Fetting30 Nov, 2012

The (Real) Life of Pi

Intentional or not, Ang Lee and his certain-to-be-Oscar-nominated movie have infringed on our copyright.  Way before there was some weird kid in a turban floating around with a tiger, there was PORTENT, INC.  Pi.  And way, WAY before the weird turban tiger floating, we had a life.  And we still do. So skip the multiplex… Read More

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Ian Lurie29 Nov, 2012

Time management for internet marketers

You can learn to manage your time, or you can end each day curled up in a ball under your desk. At least, those were my choices. I never found a pre-conceived time management system that worked for me as an internet marketer. GTD, Pomodoro, etc. all have great elements but couldn’t quite fit the… Read More

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Elizabeth Marsten28 Nov, 2012

Twitter Ads: Terrible or Terrific?

In our endless quest to find the “next big thing” in PPC, we tried a small test at Portent on Portent products and services with Twitter ads. I noticed there were many “how to get started” posts but few data-supported case studies with results. Armed with PPC intern Tim, a $100 head start from a… Read More

Cyber-Monday Internet Marketing

Isla McKetta20 Nov, 2012

Black Friday Gives Retailers a Black Eye

Stop the Madness! Thanksgiving weekend used to be the best of times for retailers. The official start of the holiday season had merchants seeing green in their registers and black on their balance sheets. But between store stampedes, parking lot violence and protests by over-scheduled workers, Black Friday has become bad news. It’s time to… Read More

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Aviva Jorstad20 Nov, 2012

3 Hidden Optimization Tips in Google Analytics

It’s no accident that Google Analytics is the most widely used analytics platform on the web. According to W3Techs, and cited by TechCrunch, GA has an overwhelming market share among web analytics platforms at 81.9%, and is used by more than 55% of the top 10,000 sites. Beloved for its intuitive format and multi-dimensional reporting abilities,… Read More

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Doug Antkowiak14 Nov, 2012

Claim Your New Pinterest Business Page Today

In a move that probably should have happened a year ago, Pinterest has finally announced business pages (as well as a new set of business terms of service). What’s New About Business Pages? Not a lot, which is a good thing because sometimes it’s tricky to implement social media advice. Basically, business pages make three major… Read More

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Ian Lurie14 Nov, 2012

38 Holiday e-commerce tips: The slides (annotated)

I’m prepping for my Vocus webinar (can’t wait!) today at 11 Pacific. These are the slides I put together, with annotations: I’ll be going into more detail, though, so make it to the webinar if you can!

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Isla McKetta13 Nov, 2012

Editing for Creativity: How to Enhance the Writer’s Voice

In a world of endless content, innovative copywriting is a great way to catch and keep the attention of the customer. While a creative approach will often draw a bigger audience than simply following best practices, it can be tempting for an editor to change the writer’s style to fit an assumption about what sells.… Read More