Yearly Archives: 2013

Graphic of talking mouths PPC

Ryan Moothart29 Jul, 2013

Tell a Story – Making Reports Worth Everyone’s Time

Weekly and monthly reporting is one of the most important things I do as a PPC strategist.  Clients invest a lot of money into paid search and need to be able to keep track of progress.   More importantly though, clients need to understand the strategy and the reasoning behind what’s going on.  That’s where I… Read More

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Rebecca Bridge25 Jul, 2013

Parallax Scrolling? HTML5 Animations? Why We’re Falling for New Design Techniques

Change is in the air around Portent. Change that’s directly tied to how we see the future of Internet marketing. And it’s exciting. And it involves cool design innovations like parallax scrolling and HTML5 animations. As we shift our focus more and more towards what we call 10% content—deeper, larger projects that take bigger risks… Read More

Toy Dinosaurs PPC

Elizabeth Marsten24 Jul, 2013

So You Want to Do PPC When You Grow Up

When I was 8 years old I wanted to be a paleontologist. So…very…badly. I even had a jean jacket with dinosaurs painted on it with jewels and sequins. (Hey, it was the ’80s.) Then I discovered the amount of biology and sciences (mostly the dissecting and looking at the insides of living animals) that turned… Read More

Open your Mind written on a classic "Open" restaurant sign Copywriting

Katie L Fetting22 Jul, 2013

7.5 Tips for Becoming a Brainstorming Genius

The World Wide Web has robbed the world of mystery.  Its epic reach into the far corners of the collective conscious has placed long odds against unleashing amazing new information – and with every blog post and product description, these odds get longer.  As a result, it is imperative to creatively impart information to differentiate… Read More

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Ian Lurie17 Jul, 2013

Social media crisis management: Be sincere, and verify.

My rule in a social media crisis: Apologize, but verify. If your brand screws up: Remind yourself that you do not get to decide what an apology is. The audience does. Apologize sincerely and promptly. Start monitoring response sentiment. If you don’t see a recovery within hours, try again, with feeling. In real life, failing… Read More

PPC and advertising concept in word tag cloud PPC

Michael Wiegand16 Jul, 2013

Another, Better Way to Tackle (not provided)

I know it’s a horribly dead horse-beaten topic now, but (not provided) is a bigger problem than ever for search engine marketers. If we obsess over it, we lose sight of more important parts of a campaign. If we don’t address it, the client thinks organic traffic on their bread and butter keywords is plummeting.… Read More

Everything Non-SEOs Need to Know Title Slide SEO

George Freitag9 Jul, 2013

Everything Non-SEOs Need To Know About SEO (Webinar)

Last month, I did a webinar called “Everything Non-SEOs Need To Know About SEO.” The goal was to give developers, designers, and other web professionals a core understanding of some of the more complex SEO concepts. Here’s the full video along with the link bundle that includes the slidedeck. Enjoy! You can find the link… Read More

Internet Marketing

Ian Lurie1 Jul, 2013

18 Ways You’re Ruining Your Marketing Campaign

Just a quick week-of-July-4th, I haven’t-gotten-to-rant-in-a-while rant: Say you have something when you don’t. You may think that 200 units is enough for your big product launch. But the customers you lose because you’re out of stock will seek alternatives. Make sure your product sourcing is sound, and you can fulfill market demand. Say nothing… Read More

copywriter-thinking Copywriting

Isla McKetta24 Jun, 2013

Why You Should Add “Building a Lexicon” to Your Copywriting Toolkit

A couple of months ago, Kane Jamison asked me to present at Content Harmony’s first ever content meet up. I was excited, but wondered what I had to say that would actually help other copywriters. And then I realized that my MFA in creative writing means I bring a different set of tools to the… Read More

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Rebecca Bridge21 Jun, 2013

The Life of Pi Part III

It’s been awhile since we’ve checked in on the internal workings of Portent’s Smith Tower headquarters, and I figure it’s about time since we have some pretty exciting news to announce. The very first winner of the Best Section in the Portent Office has been selected and it’s none other than… The Southeast Corner, aka… Read More

Flow chart of correlations PPC

Ryan Moothart19 Jun, 2013

Correlate, Damn it!

Identifying the Issue with Your PPC Account Have you ever caught yourself staring at data from AdWords, trying to find an explanation to why your conversions dropped x% month over month and y% year over year, and not even knowing where to start searching for an explanation? So many variables come into play on a… Read More

Man with marker drawing trending up line PPC

Chad Kearns14 Jun, 2013

Building Successful Low Budget PPC: Tracking your Success

In charge of building your first PPC account? Don’t have a lot of time or money to spend within AdWords? Well you came to the right place. This is the last post of the six-part blog series in which Portent PPC Strategists Chad Kearns and Tim Johnson lay down the knowledge on best practices for achieving PPC success. Follow… Read More

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Ian Lurie12 Jun, 2013

Google Webmaster Tools Query Data is Worthless

The short version, if you want to skip me ranting like a lunatic: Google Webmaster Tools query data is, as far as I can tell, completely, 100% useless. It’s not a good ‘relative comparison.’ It’s so wrong that it might actually be a bad idea to use it at all. Now, here’s the whole, tragic… Read More

Third party sitelink like on Facebook PPC

Kiko Correa12 Jun, 2013

Google AdWords – Third Party Sitelinks

One of the most exciting (and frustrating) parts of PPC marketing is that it’s a constantly changing landscape. A big part of anyone’s job when working in PPC is to keep up on the latest changes to the systems you’re using. The only problem is that Google releases roughly five billion changes to AdWords every… Read More

Woman under attack from Zombies Copywriting

Portent Staff11 Jun, 2013

3 Ways to Keep Content Zombies from Eating Your Brains

The undead are white hot these days. From the “Walking Dead” to “World War Z,” zombies have hit the mainstream—they’re everywhere. Some talk about a Zombie Apocalypse as if it’s a forgone conclusion. A friend recently told me he’s shopping for a new vehicle, and it needs to be a four-wheel drive SUV so he… Read More