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Internet Marketing

Viral Marketing: Old Becomes New Again

by Ian Lurie 6 Jun, 2005

I was talking to a friend today about the upcoming big screen adaptation of War of the Worlds. I’m hoping it isn’t too horrifically bad… Regardless, I started pondering the success of War of the Worlds. Most people think it’s a story told by Orson Welles. Of course, it was a book written by H.G.… Read More

Internet Marketing

Conversation Marketing Breakfast #2: ROI

by Ian Lurie 26 May, 2005

Just wanted to let everyone know that I’m hosting our second Conversation Marketing Breakfast on June 8, at 7:15, at the Seattle World Trade Center. The topic this time will be Internet Marketing ROI. Folks rarely measure the actual return generated by their online marketing campaigns; usually, that’s because they don’t think it’s possible. But… Read More

SEO

Google Sandbox: Proof?

by Ian Lurie 26 May, 2005

I think I’ve seen real proof of the Google Sandbox, at long last. One of our clients launched a site at a new URL last October. They achieved a top-4 ranking on MSN and Yahoo! within a few weeks, but Google left them in the depths of the rankings — around page 20, in fact.… Read More

Internet Marketing

Select, Don’t Accumulate

by Ian Lurie 17 May, 2005

Why does Internet marketing feel so, well, dirty? Internet marketing’s been around for a while now – I’ve been doing it for ten years. I’ve helped lots of thoroughly reputable organizations grow using the Internet as a communications tool. I’ve never touched spam or other unethical methods. So why do I sometimes feel like I’m… Read More

Internet Marketing

Seth Godin on Marketing: The Conversation

by Ian Lurie 11 May, 2005

Seth Godin has a new blog post that cuts to the heart of marketing versus advertising. He even says ‘Good Marketers Measure’. Bless you, Seth! It also mentions marketing as a conversation a few times, but I’d add something: Online marketing is a real-time conversation between you, your audience, and between audience members. If you… Read More

How You Doin'? Design & Development

An Un-modest Brag

by Ian Lurie 30 Apr, 2005

Last year Portent redesigned Dessy.com. It was our second iteration of the site in four years, and we really liked it. Turns out some other folks did, too – Dessy.com won Macromedia Site of the Day yesterday, proving that you can conduct a fundamentally sound Internet marketing campaign and still look cool, too. And proving… Read More

Random

Google Offers Site-Targeted Ads

by Ian Lurie 27 Apr, 2005

Google is going to start letting advertisers place ads on specific web sites within their network. It’s not out yet, but it will be soon, and the implications are broad: Content will become that much more important; sites that offer a lot of clicks but poor conversion may find that their AdSense revenue drops; and… Read More

Internet Marketing

Folksonomies – I told ya so

by Ian Lurie 15 Apr, 2005

A few months ago I raised Folksonomies like Technorati as an emerging online marketing venue. Well, now WebProNews has an article talking about Tagvertising. Highlights: – Search engines, from Looksmart to Ask Jeeves, are purchasing folksonomies and trying to integrate the technology into search results. – Amazon.com is also investing. Now, I could say things… Read More

Analytics

Prognostication: Google buys Urchin

by Ian Lurie 29 Mar, 2005

Google bought Urchin today. Here’s the link. Yes, I’m patting myself on the back – I’ve always loved Urchin’s product. But what does this mean for Google, and for my favorite web analytics program? My guess is that this is the end for Urchin’s server-side software. I’d be surprised if Google continues to support it.… Read More

Random

New Firefox Add-in Disables Google Autolink

by Ian Lurie 25 Mar, 2005

Apparently, Google’s going to learn that whole, sauce for the goose, sauce for the gander thing. Mark Pilgrim has written a new add-in for Firefox called Butler. It’s free, and among other things, it removes Google Autolinks from pages you visit. Now, I’m not going to be adding this to my Firefox browser, because it… Read More