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Isla McKetta

Isla McKetta

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Contagious - Jonah Berger

Isla McKetta //  22 Apr, 2014

Marketing Tactics so Contagious, Even a Professional Isn’t Immune

I like to think I’m immune from marketing. Working day in and day out with all the tips and tricks can make the underlying message of a soft sell glow in my brain like a neon light. And it makes me want to run the other way. Reading Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah… Read More

write bloody at awp

Isla McKetta //  5 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

Portent pop quiz-Isla

Isla McKetta //  11 Oct, 2013

Portent Pop Quiz: Isla McKetta on Why Editing is Just as Important As Writing

Sometimes we’re in meeting or on calls with clients and we catch our colleagues saying something worth sharing. So we created the “Portent Pop Quiz” series where we ambush the Portentite and have them drop a quick knowledge bomb about a random subject. In our latest installment Isla McKetta speaks on why editing, though commonly… Read More

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Isla McKetta //  12 Sep, 2013

Content Actually is All Around (Not Just on Your Blog)

Yes, blogging is fun. Anyone who enjoys long-form writing can have a field day extolling the virtues of a product or (even better) building authority with significant posts that address the needs of your audience. But if you think your content only lives on your blog, you’re missing something. I can think of seven other… Read More

copywriter-thinking

Isla McKetta //  24 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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Isla McKetta //  24 Apr, 2013

How to Blog: Humanizing Your Brand

So you’ve realized the benefits of having a kick-ass blog. Now what are you going to say on that blog? You could go the route of taking all that carefully-prepared corporate branding, and using your blog to put out press releases about things that you want your customers to care about (but really only matter… Read More

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Isla McKetta //  14 Mar, 2013

The Life of Pi Part Deux: What Does an Internet Marketing Firm Do? (In Vines)

Back in November, we detailed the (Real) Life of Pi from pre-dawn breakfasts at the train station to lights out. In honor of International Pi Day, we decided to pull back the curtain again so you can see how each department contributes to the Internet marketing expertise here at Portent. Account Strategists @portent Account Strategists… Read More

Screencap of Content Idea Generator

Isla McKetta //  26 Feb, 2013

The Secret Backstory of Portent’s Content Idea Generator

”There are no new ideas. There are only new ways of making them felt.” – Audre Lorde At SearchFest on Friday, Ian Lurie debuted a fantastic new tool, the Content Idea Generator. I could tell you about how amazing the tool is and how influencers like Jonathon Colman shared it all over social media: How… Read More

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Isla McKetta //  29 Jan, 2013

The Viral Video Manifesto: How to Make Content Shareable

“I want this to go viral.” If you are a client, you’ve said it. If you’re a marketer, you’ve heard it and (most likely) cringed. We want your content to go viral as badly as you do, but the public can be fickle and there are no guarantees. Or are there? The Viral Video Manifesto… Read More

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Isla McKetta //  8 Jan, 2013

7 Ways Inbound Marketing is Like a Snowball Fight

On Saturday, January 12, the people of Seattle will gather for Snow Day, the world’s largest snowball fight. Dump trucks will deliver 162,000 lbs. of snow to more than 5,000 people attempting to set a new Guinness World Record. Plus it’s a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Clubs of King County. What on earth… Read More