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Elizabeth Marsten20 Sep, 2013

The Amazing Pets of Portent

While we do love SEO, PPC, social, content, and Internet marketing in general, we’re more than that – we’re also people, people who love our pets. (I mean, we love them so much we built an entire Facebook app called the Kitten Moodinator.) So for this fun, furry, Friday post I present The Pets of… Read More

horse-and-rider Social Media

Sara Lingafelter19 Sep, 2013

Are Social Fails Good Business?

I seem to be unflinchingly attracted to disciplines where you rarely see a front-page story about a just-plain-good day. I grew up in the equestrian world, a sport where the only television footage you see from the Olympics is of horses tumbling over jumps and riders falling all asunder.  I’ve also been shaped by my… Read More

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George Freitag14 Sep, 2013

Portent Pop Quiz: George Freitag on Why You Should Delay Posting Your Videos on YouTube

Sometimes we’re in meeting or on calls with clients and we catch our colleagues saying something worth sharing. So we created the “Portent Pop Quiz” series where we ambush the Portentite and have them drop a quick knowledge bomb about a random subject. In this one George Freitag addresses why you should delay posting your… Read More

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Isla McKetta12 Sep, 2013

Content Actually is All Around (Not Just on Your Blog)

Yes, blogging is fun. Anyone who enjoys long-form writing can have a field day extolling the virtues of a product or (even better) building authority with significant posts that address the needs of your audience. But if you think your content only lives on your blog, you’re missing something. I can think of seven other… Read More

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Ariana Burgess11 Sep, 2013

5 Project Management Tips from Portent’s Newest Mom

Being a new mom is pretty awesome. Sure, there’s lack of sleep, lots of crying (you and the baby), and lots of diapers. But there are also awesome smiles, giggles, cuddles, and hugs.  It’s challenging enough to accommodate this new person, but working full-time adds an extra layer. Over the years, however, I’ve developed some… Read More

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Rebecca Bridge6 Sep, 2013

The Big Content Real-Time Dashboard Template

You’ve heard the saying “content is king!” so many times by now that it’s become a joke. A joke that isn’t funny and doesn’t even accurately depict the real role of content. Content is what your visitors see when they come to your site. It’s how you engage with them. It is the key to… Read More

eyepoke Internet Marketing

Ian Lurie29 Aug, 2013

Distance from Perfect: Slides now, post later

I’m writing another humungous post about this presentation, given during today’s Portent U webinar. For now, though, here are the slides: Distance from Perfect: Internet Marketing in 2013 from Ian Lurie Enjoy!

A screencap of Portent's new Blogger Dashboard Analytics

George Freitag29 Aug, 2013

The Blogger Dashboard: Google Analytics for Writers

If you’re on this site and you’re a blogger, chances are you’ve already read a few dozen articles about how great Google Analytics is. And they’re all right. You should absolutely use Google Analytics. It’s free, incredibly versatile, and chock-full of useful data about what people are doing on your site. The only problem is… Read More

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Ian Lurie23 Aug, 2013

The Humungous Guide to Content Strategy

I went a little nuts here. I started writing a short ‘how-to’ post on content audits. Then it turned into a longer post on content strategy. Then it became a mini-infographic. It ended up being a top-to-bottom guide on how we do content strategies at Portent. We put it into a custom format so it’s… Read More

Photo of a pair of boxing gloves hanging on the wall. SEO

Stephanie Lund22 Aug, 2013

Why You’ll Agree to Disagree with Your SEO… and That’s OK

Do you ever feel like the ideas or the topics you want to focus on fall on deaf ears with your SEO specialist?  Do they appear to favor seemingly trivial or invisible items like title or alt tags, navigation, and site speed, over keywords and rankings that feel more directly related to meeting your goals?… Read More

Hands in plastic gloves on a keyboard next to some hand sanitizer. SEO

Marianne Sweeny21 Aug, 2013

Get Out Your Hand Sanitizer: The SEO You’ve Come to Love is No More

The days of sanitary SEO are on the wane. Oh sure, there will always be tools to hide behind and technology barriers to raise. As long as site speed is a factor, we will be able to amuse ourselves in the solitary pursuits of caching, minifying, and optimizing consolidated JS and CSS files and images.… Read More

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Brian Furey16 Aug, 2013

Portent’s Top 10 Posts of 2013 (So Far…)

We are over halfway through 2013, so we thought we’d glance back at some of our top Portent blog posts of the year (so far).  This was no easy selection — we are very fortunate to have a plethora of great content to choose from. The following posts were chosen based on social impact, traffic… Read More

Lecturn and teleprompter Internet Marketing

David Portney15 Aug, 2013

3 Surprising Ways to Instantly Improve Your Public Speaking Skills

Most people hate public speaking, don’t they? Anecdotally, we hear that people would rather die than have to get up in front of a group of other human beings and make a presentation. I sure can relate to that! People who know me now might not believe this, but I grew up very shy and… Read More

Katie is friendly Copywriting

Katie L Fetting8 Aug, 2013

Portent’s Kitten Moodinator: When Content Isn’t Words

For a highly visual medium, the Internet has been slow to attract marketers with a graphic bent.  Perhaps due to proliferation of search engine optimization, or web browsers originating as text-based applications, many of us have focused on the word, not the image, video, or application. But words aren’t attracting the attention they used to. … Read More

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Nick Bernard6 Aug, 2013

Stop Writing Blog Posts: Ideas for Interactive Content

If you’re like me in the kitchen, sometimes you want to add a little North African flavor to dinner. After some light Googling the other night, I found plenty of couscous recipes, but I also found this culinary gem: “5 Couscous Cooking Mistakes to Avoid.” Wait, what? “Cooking” couscous amounts to no more than adding… Read More