Yearly Archives: 2014

Pretty good stock performance, yes? Internet Marketing

Ian Lurie4 Apr, 2014

6 Reasons We All Need To Stop Complaining

All internet marketers do it. Google’s being mean. Facebook is being dishonest. Twitter is down. I’ve done it too. So, I’m not making fun, or calling out individuals, when I write this: We need to stop. We’re tilting at windmills so large they don’t even notice us, or when they do, can easily brush us… Read More

Social Disapproval Social Media

Madelaine Kellman27 Mar, 2014

How Not to be an #EPIC Social Media Fail

Alright, we all know which brands are nailing it when it comes to social media. I’m lookin’ at you Uber, BuzzFeed, Seattle PrideFest, Oreo, Nike, NO H8, and Coca Cola. These names represent a variety of businesses, brands and events. But despite their differences, every one of these companies has achieved great success by being… Read More

guy PPC

Chad Kearns21 Mar, 2014

Exploring the Potential Impact of Google AdWords Online Video Ads

Last December, PPC Essentials, Portent’s pay-per-click service offering designed for growing small businesses, took a leap of faith in positioning ourselves as an entity offering services separately from Portent’s enterprise-level internet marketing services. One essential element of this transition was to create a new website for ourselves that would completely separate us from Portent’s main… Read More

OH GOD WE'RE UNDER PENALTY SEO

Ian Lurie20 Mar, 2014

Portent.com: Under manual penalty

This is an hour-by-hour, day-by-day narration of Portent’s time in the Google Penalty box. If you want to read in order, read from the bottom up. While our time under penalty was very short, the lessons are good ones. We did the same work for ourselves that we’d do for other clients, with the exception… Read More

What Ian isn't doing Random

Ian Lurie19 Mar, 2014

Why I changed jobs

When we announced my job change, I figured it’d just slip by. Who’d care if I shuffled leadership at Portent? I’m just some guy. Man, was I in for a shock. I got literally thousands of ‘congrats,’ and hundreds of ‘WTFs?!!’ Which was flattering, and a little intimidating. Hopefully this explains the why, what and… Read More

Google Webmaster Tools SEO

George Freitag19 Mar, 2014

Old School Keyword Research with Google Webmaster Tools

“Not Provided” is old news by now, and most SEOs have learned lots of different keyword discovery strategies. There are costly solutions like mining paid traffic and using third party tools, or just plain complicated tactics like correlating ranking data with organic landing page traffic. These are all great and people absolutely should continue using… Read More

tug-of-war SEO

Marianne Sweeny12 Mar, 2014

UX is the New SEO

Unlike Orange is the New Black or 60 is the new 40, this adage is true. UX is the new way to optimize sites for search engines because Google said so. Yes, that benign search giant has decided that links are no longer as important as they once thought. Out of deep concern for its… Read More

How to use Intention.js for Responsive Design Design & Development

Jarrod Medrano11 Mar, 2014

How to use Intention.js for Responsive Design

When developing responsive websites, you will inevitably encounter designs that require some kind of HTML reordering. Often this arbitrary reordering can be achieved through clever CSS tricks, but if that is not possible or practical, you may end up having to do some kind of javascript to sniff for browser widths. Enter Intention.js. Intention.js is… Read More

Tracking SEO Improvements SEO

Ken Colborn10 Mar, 2014

Rankings Aren’t All That: How to Really Track SEO Improvements

There are LOTS of people out there that don’t understand what SEO is and how you do it. I wish I had a dollar for every time I was told to go do my “SEO magic” by a client. These same people are hungry to see results to make sure that you are actually doing… Read More

What am i supposed to do PPC

Timothy Johnson7 Mar, 2014

Bing’s Automated PPC Solution for Small Businesses

Running paid search campaigns takes time, money and experience that many small businesses don’t have. They may have heard of PPC before and have thought about whether it can help their business, but who has the time or knowhow to run an AdWords or Bing Ads campaign? AdWords Express is Google’s automated PPC solution for… Read More

write bloody at awp Internet Marketing

Isla McKetta5 Mar, 2014

Internet Marketing Lessons Learned from Walking the AWP Book Fair

A writer at a book fair is a lot like a teenaged girl loose on the Internet with her mom’s credit card. The wonder! The excitement! The expense! When that writer is also a marketer, you can be sure she’ll be looking at the displays! The giveaways! The opportunities to build brand awareness! This is… Read More

Analytics

Michael Wiegand27 Feb, 2014

Portent Webinar Recap: Next-Level Segmentation

Here’s a link to the segmentation deck: Portent Webinar: Next-Level Segmentation from Ian Lurie And the link bundle mentioned throughout Michael’s presentation today: http://portent.co/nl-segments Check back soon for video!

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Kiko Correa27 Feb, 2014

Are You Optimizing Your PPC Campaigns To Death?

Ok ok, now that I’ve gotten all the link bait title out of the way, let’s get down to actual business. Now, I love my coworkers but they also set pretty high bar. When I inherited a major cosmetics account from my colleague Michael Weigand, I knew I had my work cut out for me,… Read More

The Bay Lights Art Installation by Leo Villareal Design & Development

Blake Scott20 Feb, 2014

What Does a Degree in Architecture Have to Do with Web Design & Development?

Information Space has a conceptual mirror… Physical Space Having recently worked my butt off to earn a Master of Architecture, I often come across those who are curious about my decision to channel my design education into the wonderful world of the interwebs. Basically, I’m regularly asked what capital-A Architecture actually is– as in, physical… Read More

digital-advertising-platforms Blog

Steve Gahler19 Feb, 2014

Advertising Will Soon Reach a Digital Tipping Point

While television continues to have its strong hold on ad dollars, digital is a rapidly growing category and there are no signs of it slowing down. Take for instance Google’s $3.2 billion cash acquisition of Nest, with many reports suggesting it’s a play to better target ads in the home. These investments are increasingly putting… Read More