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Instant Search, and Return on Investment

by Ian Lurie 15 Sep, 2005

Yahoo has added this nifty new instant search feature. You can check it out here. Really, it’s nifty. It also looks like a monumental waste of money. Here’s why… Yahoo probably expended a fair amount of time and money on this tool. It shows you best match for a given search, before you even click… Read More

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Stupid Google Adwords Tricks

by Ian Lurie 30 Aug, 2005

Yup, it’s ranting time. Why are the biggest online players the worst online marketers? I don’t know the ‘why’ but I can sure prove the ‘what’. Here’s a story of Yahoo and GoDaddy wasting pay-per-click dollars like they owned their own mint. It’s also a great story of what not to do. I was searching… Read More

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RSS Made Easy

by Ian Lurie 30 Aug, 2005

Seth Godin gives some good hints for using RSS in his recent post, What’s RSS?. He left out one important, really easy tool, though – no cutting-and-pasting required. Install the Mozilla Firefox web browser on your computer, and whenever you use Firefox to visit a site that’s correctly configured, you’ll see a nifty little icon… Read More

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Click Fraud Hysteria

by Ian Lurie 26 Aug, 2005

I’m sure you’ve all heard of click fraud by now. In case you haven’t, here’s a quick primer: Click fraud occurs when someone clicks repeatedly on a pay per click advertisement (say, a Google Adwords ad) for the sole purpose of spending the advertiser’s money. Click fraud has become a cottage industry. Folks worldwide get… Read More

Internet Marketing

The End of Traditional Ad Billing

by Ian Lurie 10 Aug, 2005

Most traditional advertising agencies bill their clients for a percentage of total advertising buys. So if you hire an agency and they buy, say, $100,000 worth of television time, you’ll pay them about $10,000. What’s their incentive? To buy more advertising, and do cool, creative stuff that wins awards. They have very little incentive to… Read More

Internet Marketing

Marketing Messages: Who has to ‘Get it’

by Ian Lurie 7 Aug, 2005

A friend/client last week told me that they felt their marketing campaign hadn’t worked because their audience just didn’t ‘get it’. She said this in a tone of total frustration. Clearly, she felt her potential customers needed to get with the program. We’ve all felt this way. I often catch myself grinding my teeth when… Read More

Internet Marketing

Old Becomes New Again, Again: Click to Call

by Ian Lurie 4 Aug, 2005

As an internet marketer, I’ve always hated phones. With a passion. Why? Because I can’t tell why someone calls me. Did they find me in the phone book? On a search engine? From that e-mail I sent out? When customers call companies, the company has no way of knowing if they got the phone number… Read More

Internet Marketing

Bragging Modestly

by Ian Lurie 25 Jul, 2005

OK, maybe not completely modestly. The Puget Sound Business Journal did a piece on my firm, Portent Interactive. You can read it here: http://seattle.bizjournals.com/seattle/salespower/2005/07/25/

Internet Marketing

Bragging Modestly: Internet Marketing and PR

by Ian Lurie 7 Jul, 2005

I’m not one to gloat (hah) but I’ve scored big for a client in the Brag Modestly column, and thought I should point out the whys and hows of it. In short, consider blogs and other online news sources whenever you’re Conversation Marketing. If you want the details, read on. For those who don’t know,… Read More

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Internet Marketing ROI

by Ian Lurie 7 Jun, 2005

Do you know what your Internet advertising campaigns are earning for your business? Really know? The Internet’s the only place where you can precisely measure advertising and marketing performance. But most folks I talk do have very little idea whether their search engine optimization, pay-per-click, banner or e-mail campaigns are actually earning more than they… Read More