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20 Nov, 2014

Allies, not rockstars: Influencer research for us mortals

By Ian Lurie

Most marketers equate ‘influencer research’ with ‘finding a celebrity who will endorse for free.’ I call that the Rockstar Method. It’s a miserable approach. Ready-and-waiting rockstar social amplifiers are slightly less common than mint-condition K cars. The Rockstar Method has its place with major brands, pure luck and the well-connected. Mere mortals like you and… Read More

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24 Jul, 2014

Lead by Example: 10 Ways to Be a Successful Team Leader

By Jason Olson

Over the years that I have worked in the project management field, I’ve taken a number of courses, read a number of books, and have seen and utilized a number of tools that have all promised success in leading teams and managing successful projects. And as helpful as they were, I found that the greatest… Read More

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18 Jul, 2014

Yep. I’m back.

By Ian Lurie

Shortest. Career change. Ever. I’m back as CEO of Portent after six months as Chairman and Principal Consultant. I’m damned happy about it, too. Here’s why: We hit our goals. Steve came on board to get our business house in order. Frankly, I suck at that. Steve is great at it. He got it done.… Read More

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18 Jul, 2014

The Death of Net Neutrality, or: How to Survive the Internet Slow Lane

By Josh Patrice

So it’s come to this. Our last stand against a tyrannical regime. Our last chance for our voices to be heard before the FCC screws it all up. Yes, the FCC is at it again, and this time, it could cost all us site owners a lot of money. First, a primer Up to now,… Read More

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17 Jul, 2014

SOS: Save Our (Organic) Social

By Madelaine Kellman

It is not exactly breaking news that brand page organic social efforts are being thwarted by Facebook’s algorithm changes, which are making it harder than ever to get your organic social updates seen by your desired audience. But all hope is not lost! There is a strategy that, if implemented correctly, can potentially improve your… Read More

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8 Jul, 2014

How to Create an Online Experience for Humans

By Meegan Kauffman

The rules of Internet marketing change all the time, and it’s increasingly difficult to keep up. What animal is Google focusing on now? Your site should load in under a millisecond, right? Or should it load before your customers even search for it? As frantic as the world of Internet marketing may seem, the end… Read More

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7 Jul, 2014

Presentation Horrors: Don’t Do These Things

By Ian Lurie

I’ve done some pretty awful presentations in my career. Here, I’ve pulled them all into a single, truly horrifying ‘ultimate’ slide deck. First, I pull them all together. Then I do the same presentation again, with annotations explaining where I goofed and how to avoid it.

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1 Jul, 2014

Get on that Map: Local SEO Best Practices [VIDEO WEBINAR]

By George Freitag

This webinar was given on June 19, 2014 Learn all about Local SEO best practices, including basic on-site SEO for businesses, business profiles, directory and citation providers, duplicate listings, reviews, and more in this free PortentU webinar. Watch the full video: Get the link bundle here. See just the slidedeck here.

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26 Jun, 2014

Measuring Mobile – Using Google Analytics to Prove Mobile Matters

By Timothy Gillman

Marketers: You can no longer ignore mobile. If your team has not regularly addressed mobile, that needs to change. But it’s hard to focus on mobile, right? Starting now, that’s going to change: By using simple reports with basic metrics you can easily grab the attention of your marketing department. And, we have made a… Read More

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23 Jun, 2014

Marketers Dying By A Thousand Data Points

By Steve Gahler

Data tells a story about the past, and helps us understand what we can expect in the future. But just like life, data has no guarantees. Even with all the data points and information in the world, it takes an experienced mind to transform insight into meaningful action. Marketers need to fill the gap between… Read More

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10 Jun, 2014

Why Social Media Strategists Matter in the Digital Marketing Realm

By Braxton Kellogg

If you work in social media, you’ve probably heard “Why?” more times than you can count. “Why does this matter?” “Why is social media valuable to my business?” “Why should we be paying you to help us?” I’ve been working in the social media world for three years now, and “why” questions are what I… Read More

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5 Jun, 2014

10 Lessons After 19 Years In Business

By Ian Lurie

Today, Portent is 19 years old. It can now legally drink in Canada. I’ve screwed up a lot of stuff. But we’re still here, so I’ll give myself a small pat on the back. Clearly, we’ve done something right. If I could tell 26-year-old self 10 things to improve Portent’s first 19 years, here’s what… Read More

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29 May, 2014

When Idiots Attack: How to Handle Web Site Plagiarism

By Ian Lurie

Earlier this week, a ex-Portent employee-who-remains-a-fan sent me a note: Sure enough, it had happened again: Someone ripped off our site, images, text and all. They didn’t even bother to change the names. Apparently, we now have an office in Sydney: To me, there are three classes of plagiarists: The smart: They steal your copy,… Read More

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28 May, 2014

Leverage Attribution Modeling for PPC

By Ryan Moothart

Are you using attribution modeling or assisted conversion data in your PPC reports? If you’re not, you’re missing out on some golden opportunities to leverage data to your advantage. We all know the LNDC model (last non-direct click model—the default used by Google Analytics) is not comprehensive enough for us to see the big picture.… Read More

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27 May, 2014

What Project Managers Actually Do

By Kimberly Williams

Photo Credit to aussiegall via Flickr, image not modified People are often confused about what a Project Manager actually does. Well, here at Portent, we’re the folks who have long guided projects to be timely, efficient, and profitable while making sure that the internal team feels supported and has all the information they need to… Read More

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21 May, 2014

Announcing RainGage

By Ian Lurie

TL;DR version: Portent’s just launched RainGage Enterprise and RainGage™ Essentials. RainGage assesses your online marketing and recommends improvements that win you more business. It provides three layers of marketing recommendations: A strategic assessment across your entire marketing mix A tactical assessment showing areas for improvement A page-by-page, post-by-post (on RainGage Enterprise) and image-by-image set of… Read More