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Ian Lurie

Ian Lurie

Ian Lurie is Chairman and Principal Consultant of Portent Inc., an Internet marketing agency that has provided Internet marketing, including PPC, SEO, social and analytics services, since 1995.

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Articles by Ian Lurie

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

babyjesuswept

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

eyepoke

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!

content-influences-thumb

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

adecco_justthegraph

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

gwt error histogram

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