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Ian Lurie

Ian Lurie

Ian Lurie is CEO and founder of Portent Inc. He's recorded training for Lynda.com, writes regularly for the Portent Blog and has been published on AllThingsD, Forbes.com and TechCrunch. Ian speaks at conferences around the world, including SearchLove, MozCon, SIC and ad:Tech. Follow him on Twitter at portentint.He also just published a book about strategy for services businesses: One Trick Ponies Get Shot, available on Kindle.

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Articles by Ian Lurie

youhaveit

Ian Lurie //  23 Oct, 2014

How to: Hand off a task

Ah, the handoff. Passing a task along to a co-worker seems simple: Send a quick e-mail, or say, “OK, all yours” and you’re done. Wrong. That’s the kind of handoff that sends everything swirling down the potty. There’s a right way to do handoffs. I did a SlideShare about how I approach handoffs. Have a… Read More

ken

Ian Lurie //  10 Oct, 2014

Search Awards 2014 – Best SEO Campaign

^ Note: That’s Ken Colborn up there. Keep reading. It’ll all make sense. ^ We won! Best SEO Campaign of 2014. Allow me to wax philosophical for a second: My team constantly teaches me new stuff. Their skills and approach are a constant inspiration, and I can’t say it enough times: It’s such an honor… Read More

affinity

Ian Lurie //  8 Oct, 2014

Google Custom Affinities Is Here: What You Should Do

Yesterday, Google rolled out ‘custom affinities’ — their way to cross-target different audience segments. You can read about it on The Verge: Google rolls out custom affinity audiences ad tool for targeting very specific groups of people We’ve been researching this for a few years now. We started showing our results when I babbled about… Read More

makemyday

Ian Lurie //  29 Sep, 2014

A Geek’s Guide To Gaming The Algorithms

I talk about all that’s wrong in marketing, tactics vs. strategy, etc. etc. We’re ignoring strategy and sound marketing. We work too hard to game the algorithm at the expense of long-term business development. FYI: For me, gaming the algorithm means finding the fine edge between legitimate and spam, and skating that edge. For me,… Read More

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Ian Lurie //  22 Sep, 2014

One-Trick Ponies: The ebook

You’ve heard me rant about strategy vs. tactics, and why tactics-only business relationships are getting marketing agencies fired. I’ve realized it’s a much bigger problem than that. If you look at the last 15 years, the drive to ‘productize’ services has ripped the guts out of any business that is paid for an individual’s craft… Read More

icebucket

Ian Lurie //  10 Sep, 2014

Portent’s Ice Bucket Challenge: Spread the Wealth!

We got challenged! Some colleagues challenged Portent in the Ice Bucket challenge. Here’s the video: We changed it up. Here’s why: ALSA has now raised $111 million. That is freaking fantastic. It’s a great cause. 5,000-6,000 people are diagnosed with ALS each year, impacting tens of thousands of people. 30,000 or more Americans live with… Read More

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Ian Lurie //  15 Aug, 2014

20 Copywriting Disasters: Webinar Slides, Video

Last week I talked about the 20 biggest copywriting disasters I’ve suffered, and how to avoid them. Well, I never actually experienced some of the disasters I talked about — they were so over the top I don’t see how they even happened — but most of them come from painful, personal experience. Here are… Read More

dangingonwire

Ian Lurie //  28 Jul, 2014

Net Neutrality: It’s more than streaming video

This is a broader, hand-waving bit about Net Neutrality. If you want to see how it might affect small businesses, and what you can do to mitigate the problem, read Josh Patrice’s post. The debate about Net Neutrality isn’t as clear-cut as some would have you think. Here’s how Tim Wu defined it back in… Read More

Yep. Ian's back as Portent's CEO.

Ian Lurie //  18 Jul, 2014

Yep. I’m back.

Shortest. Career change. Ever. I’m back as CEO of Portent after six months as Chairman and Principal Consultant. I’m damned happy about it, too. Here’s why: We hit our goals. Steve came on board to get our business house in order. Frankly, I suck at that. Steve is great at it. He got it done.… Read More

screamingbaby

Ian Lurie //  7 Jul, 2014

Presentation Horrors: Don’t Do These Things

I’ve done some pretty awful presentations in my career. Here, I’ve pulled them all into a single, truly horrifying ‘ultimate’ slide deck. First, I pull them all together. Then I do the same presentation again, with annotations explaining where I goofed and how to avoid it.

Portent's growth chart

Ian Lurie //  5 Jun, 2014

10 Lessons After 19 Years In Business

Today, Portent is 19 years old. It can now legally drink in Canada. I’ve screwed up a lot of stuff. But we’re still here, so I’ll give myself a small pat on the back. Clearly, we’ve done something right. If I could tell 26-year-old self 10 things to improve Portent’s first 19 years, here’s what… Read More

WHOIS result: Name Servers

Ian Lurie //  29 May, 2014

When Idiots Attack: How to Handle Web Site Plagiarism

Earlier this week, a ex-Portent employee-who-remains-a-fan sent me a note: Sure enough, it had happened again: Someone ripped off our site, images, text and all. They didn’t even bother to change the names. Apparently, we now have an office in Sydney: To me, there are three classes of plagiarists: The smart: They steal your copy,… Read More

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Ian Lurie //  21 May, 2014

Announcing RainGage

TL;DR version: Portent’s just launched RainGage Enterprise and RainGage™ Essentials. RainGage assesses your online marketing and recommends improvements that win you more business. It provides three layers of marketing recommendations: A strategic assessment across your entire marketing mix A tactical assessment showing areas for improvement A page-by-page, post-by-post (on RainGage Enterprise) and image-by-image set of… Read More

clientvsus

Ian Lurie //  13 May, 2014

One-Trick Ponies Get Shot: Doing Digital Strategy Right

I gave a talk tonight to the SEMPDX crowd. It was an hour of ranting and raving about why digital agencies and in-house marketers are still treated like 1-trick vendors instead of marketing resources. I also went over the process I use when I create marketing strategies. But here’s the fun part: The whole presentation… Read More

Page load time: Go from 8 to 5

Ian Lurie //  9 May, 2014

Research: Site Speed Is Hurting Your Everyone’s Revenue

Site speed, site speed, site speed. Everyone around me is sick of hearing me rant about it, probably because I’ve pushed it on every client Portent’s had since, oh, 2008. Well, tough poo, ’cause I’m doing it again. Portent’s analytics genius, Michael Weigand, and his faithful right-hand man, Timothy Gillman, did some math based on… Read More

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