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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

SEO

20 May, 2014

Content for the Customer Buying Cycle

By Ken Colborn

Are you looking to bring in more customers to your site and sell more products? One way to do this is by looking at the customer buying cycle (also known as the marketing funnel). This helps meet the needs of your customers at every step of the buying process. Every time a customer makes a… Read More

clientvsus Internet Marketing

13 May, 2014

One-Trick Ponies Get Shot: Doing Digital Strategy Right

By Ian Lurie

I gave a talk tonight to the SEMPDX crowd. It was an hour of ranting and raving about why digital agencies and in-house marketers are still treated like 1-trick vendors instead of marketing resources. I also went over the process I use when I create marketing strategies. But here’s the fun part: The whole presentation… Read More

Random

13 May, 2014

My Ten Years: A Look Back at the History of Portent

By Ariana Burgess

I wouldn’t be surprised if some people in the internet marketing industry secretly called me an “old hat” behind my back. I’ve been at Portent for ten years now so maybe I deserve that. The average tenure at a company these days is 4.6 years . Fewer than 10% of people my age stay at… Read More

Page load time: Go from 8 to 5 Internet Marketing

9 May, 2014

Research: Site Speed Is Hurting Your Everyone’s Revenue

By Ian Lurie

Site speed, site speed, site speed. Everyone around me is sick of hearing me rant about it, probably because I’ve pushed it on every client Portent’s had since, oh, 2008. Well, tough poo, ’cause I’m doing it again. Portent’s analytics genius, Michael Weigand, and his faithful right-hand man, Timothy Gillman, did some math based on… Read More

New Account Marketing Support Internet Marketing

8 May, 2014

A Survival Guide to Project Kickoff Land

By Mike Fitterer

When you begin a new project with a client, it’s essential to hit the ground running at the speed of light. Doing so will go a long way towards earning trust from the client. Still, you can’t begin the heavy lifting without some standard info. So how do you successfully navigate the early contract waters?… Read More

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

7 May, 2014

Do You Use Data To Improve Your Website Design?

By Portent Staff

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

1 May, 2014

Harvesting Bulk Negative Keywords with Excel

By Admin

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

22 Apr, 2014

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

By Isla McKetta

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

21 Apr, 2014

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

By Ian Lurie

Update: I wrote a much longer, more complete article about this, called One-Trick Ponies Get Shot And other stories: Digital marketing strategy done right. You might want to read that, instead. TL;DR version: Strategic thinking + tactical recommendations grows digital agency/client relationships. ‘Strategy’ means thinking across all digital disciplines — not just the ones in… Read More

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11 Apr, 2014

(not provided) for Advertisers™ Beta

By Michael Wiegand

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

9 Apr, 2014

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

By Ian Lurie

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

8 Apr, 2014

3 Demographic Reports for Jedi Masters

By Timothy Gillman

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

4 Apr, 2014

6 Reasons We All Need To Stop Complaining

By Ian Lurie

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

27 Mar, 2014

How Not to be an #EPIC Social Media Fail

By Madelaine Kellman

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

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21 Mar, 2014

Exploring the Potential Impact of Google AdWords Online Video Ads

By Chad Kearns

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

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