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Ian Lurie

Ian Lurie

Ian Lurie is CEO and founder of Portent Inc. He is co-author of the 2nd edition of the Web Marketing All-In-One for Dummies and wrote the sections on SEO, blogging, social media and web analytics. He's recorded training for Lynda.com, writes regularly for the Portent Blog and has been published on AllThingsD, Forbes.com and TechCrunch. And, Ian speaks at conferences around the world, including SearchLove, MozCon, SIC and ad:Tech.

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Articles by Ian Lurie

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Ian Lurie //  31 Jan, 2014

Attribution-fu: Slides and video

If you’re going to grow a marketing campaign beyond last-click converters, you have to know how to attribute value to channels that support conversion in other ways. A classic example: You’re running a social media campaign. Your client wants to turn it off, because they see zero conversions. But you know social media supports other… Read More

An open letter to CMOs

Ian Lurie //  9 Jan, 2014

Open Letter to CMOs: Confessions of a Digital Marketing Agency

Dear Chief Marketing Officers: For nearly 20 years, we have worked together to build digital marketing as a discipline. You’ve trusted digital agencies like mine with your consumers, your brand, and your marketing dollars. You’ve taken the risks and the responsibility, while your digital agencies have responded with clicks, likes, and an avalanche of data… Read More

Where Digital Marketing Must Go in 2014

Ian Lurie //  20 Dec, 2013

Where Digital Marketing Must Go in 2014

Dear Marketers of All Shapes and Sizes and Types, 2014 is a pivot year for digital. I’m not a headline-grabbing kind of guy. So when I say this, I mean it. This is the year that digital can go from a high-return, extremely effective 25% of client—by ‘client’ I mean agency clients or the companies… Read More

Ian Lurie //  21 Nov, 2013

Dispersed Citation and the Idea Graph: November Webinar Video

Just wrapped up today’s webinar. If you missed it (for shame) here’s the video: I actually only have about 1/3 of the meeting management window in the video this time. Nice improvement.

What TWTR Has To Do

Ian Lurie //  12 Nov, 2013

What TWTR Has To Do

Disclaimer: I’m not an analyst. I’m not a master marketing prognosticator. But sometimes it’s fun to look at a company and ask “If this went perfectly, what would it look like?” That’s what I’m doing here. Don’t buy stock based on my ramblings. Please. Yep, Twitter’s gone public. They’re now TWTR. (Which I find funny,… Read More

ObamaCare web sites

Ian Lurie //  31 Oct, 2013

Why are the ObamaCare web sites so slow?

We did a survey of every Affordable Care Act health benefits exchange, including Healthcare.gov. I expected to find deep, complicated server latency issues or similar. Instead, we found some of the most ridiculous, simple-to-fix, small issues that are affecting site speed that I nearly popped a vessel. You can read our report, and see the… Read More

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Ian Lurie //  28 Oct, 2013

Speechless

Well, not really. First, PORTENT DID NOT POST THIS. We never would. The guys who did may have been joking, I guess? Hopefully? Understand: This is exactly the kind of shock-jockey crap that makes marketing a joke. It doesn’t just insult an entire religion. It also insults our intelligence. I somehow doubt that the Christian… Read More

Ian Lurie //  30 Sep, 2013

Dispersed citation: Article and slides

I’ve done some presenting over the last few weeks. Most of my talks centered around the concept of dispersed citation. It’s my theory on where Google’s going with all this rel=author, no-more-keywords, Google+ stuff, plus some tips on how to prepare and capitalize. Here’s the article – it’s a bit of a long read, but… Read More

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Ian Lurie //  29 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!

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Ian Lurie //  23 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

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Ian Lurie //  17 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

Ian Lurie //  1 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

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Ian Lurie //  12 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

no words for this, really - kid allowed to hang out window of moving car on freeway

Ian Lurie //  6 Jun, 2013

You Are Not Stupid

Words are powerful. If you’re like me, 10, 11, 40 times a day you mentally slam your head in a drawer and say “That was STUPID.” That’s the wrong word. 99.99999% of the time, you can replace ‘stupid’ with ‘experimenting.’ You didn’t do whatever it was that blew up in your face, failed, imploded, left… Read More

Rank #2? Too bad.

Ian Lurie //  21 May, 2013

How Google Ruined Marketing

Marketing wasn’t supposed to be a zero-sum game. Your competitor bought a TV commercial, you bought a TV commercial. They bought radio time, you bought radio time. Even if they bought every available second of radio time on one station, you could buy time on another, or go to a completely different medium. That promoted… Read More