Unexpected Loss of Control: Google AdWords Exact Match Controversy

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Do You Use Data To Improve Your Website Design? Design & Development

Mike Grabham 7 May, 2014

Do You Use Data To Improve Your Website Design?

The days of designing websites based merely on visual components are over, unless like being invisible. Don’t get me wrong. I am not against well-designed websites. Visual design of your website plays a key role in shaping your potential customers’ opinions of your brand. The first six seconds after someone lands on your website can… Read More

Fuzzy Keyword Matching PPC

Admin 1 May, 2014

Harvesting Bulk Negative Keywords with Excel

When I was just a boy, my mother caught me out behind the garage using broad match. I couldn’t sit for a week. Later, I graduated to the hard stuff: media buys, QR codes, direct mail… bad scene, man. Still, despite her best attempts at teaching me the value of plus signs, quotes and brackets,… Read More

Contagious - Jonah Berger Internet Marketing

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

The stack Internet Marketing

Ian Lurie 21 Apr, 2014

The Marketing Stack, aka: Why Do You Keep Getting Fired?

TL;DR version: Strategic thinking + tactical recommendations grows digital agency/client relationships. ‘Strategy’ means thinking across all digital disciplines — not just the ones in your contract. We created the Marketing Stack to explain it. Click here to see it. Tactics should drive strategy, which should drive tactics. Now that you’ve sprained your frontal lobe, let… Read More

not provided ppc PPC

Michael Wiegand 11 Apr, 2014

(not provided) for Advertisers™ Beta

If you’re a paid search professional and you’ve been within a stone’s throw of a computer in the last 48 hours, you’ve probably heard: they’re coming for your search query data. Search Engine Land broke the story, Google themselves confirmed it: “Today, we are extending our efforts to keep search secure by removing the query… Read More

Sorry, I couldn't resist Internet Marketing

Ian Lurie 9 Apr, 2014

Everything I Needed To Know About Marketing I Learned Playing Dungeons & Dragons

This is a talk I’ve given before and gave last night to the Seattle SEO Network. But I finally did annotated slides! I cover stuff like: Audience research Return on Time Invested The humor of botch-related friendly fire (it’s a nerd thing) Here you go: Everything I needed to know about marketing I learned playing… Read More

old-ben Analytics

Timothy Gillman 8 Apr, 2014

3 Demographic Reports for Jedi Masters

As an analytics nerd people often assume I’m a Star Wars geek. And they’re absolutely right! While learning about Demographic Reporting in Google Analytics, I found plenty of data analysis aspects similar to one Star Wars character: Obi-Wan Kenobi. He is beloved, powerful, and he is wise. But during the latter stages of his Jedi… Read More

Pretty good stock performance, yes? Internet Marketing

Ian Lurie 4 Apr, 2014

6 Reasons We All Need To Stop Complaining

All internet marketers do it. Google’s being mean. Facebook is being dishonest. Twitter is down. I’ve done it too. So, I’m not making fun, or calling out individuals, when I write this: We need to stop. We’re tilting at windmills so large they don’t even notice us, or when they do, can easily brush us… Read More

Social Disapproval Social Media

Madelaine Kellman 27 Mar, 2014

How Not to be an #EPIC Social Media Fail

Alright, we all know which brands are nailing it when it comes to social media. I’m lookin’ at you Uber, BuzzFeed, Seattle PrideFest, Oreo, Nike, NO H8, and Coca Cola. These names represent a variety of businesses, brands and events. But despite their differences, every one of these companies has achieved great success by being… Read More

guy PPC

Chad Kearns 21 Mar, 2014

Exploring the Potential Impact of Google AdWords Online Video Ads

Last December, PPC Essentials, Portent’s pay-per-click service offering designed for growing small businesses, took a leap of faith in positioning ourselves as an entity offering services separately from Portent’s enterprise-level internet marketing services. One essential element of this transition was to create a new website for ourselves that would completely separate us from Portent’s main… Read More

OH GOD WE'RE UNDER PENALTY SEO

Ian Lurie 20 Mar, 2014

Portent.com: Under manual penalty

This is an hour-by-hour, day-by-day narration of Portent’s time in the Google Penalty box. If you want to read in order, read from the bottom up. While our time under penalty was very short, the lessons are good ones. We did the same work for ourselves that we’d do for other clients, with the exception… Read More

What Ian isn't doing Random

Ian Lurie 19 Mar, 2014

Why I changed jobs

When we announced my job change, I figured it’d just slip by. Who’d care if I shuffled leadership at Portent? I’m just some guy. Man, was I in for a shock. I got literally thousands of ‘congrats,’ and hundreds of ‘WTFs?!!’ Which was flattering, and a little intimidating. Hopefully this explains the why, what and… Read More

Google Webmaster Tools SEO

George Freitag 19 Mar, 2014

Old School Keyword Research with Google Webmaster Tools

“Not Provided” is old news by now, and most SEOs have learned lots of different keyword discovery strategies. There are costly solutions like mining paid traffic and using third party tools, or just plain complicated tactics like correlating ranking data with organic landing page traffic. These are all great and people absolutely should continue using… Read More

tug-of-war SEO

Marianne Sweeny 12 Mar, 2014

UX is the New SEO

Unlike Orange is the New Black or 60 is the new 40, this adage is true. UX is the new way to optimize sites for search engines because Google said so. Yes, that benign search giant has decided that links are no longer as important as they once thought. Out of deep concern for its… Read More

How to use Intention.js for Responsive Design Design & Development

Jarrod Medrano 11 Mar, 2014

How to use Intention.js for Responsive Design

When developing responsive websites, you will inevitably encounter designs that require some kind of HTML reordering. Often this arbitrary reordering can be achieved through clever CSS tricks, but if that is not possible or practical, you may end up having to do some kind of javascript to sniff for browser widths. Enter Intention.js. Intention.js is… Read More