The how should parallel the why Random

Ian Lurie 6 Nov, 2012

How to write universe-conquering proposals

AKA: ‘Because I said so’ doesn’t work This is a really long post. But before you TL;DR it, give it a quick skim. The first half is hand-waving stuff about answering ‘Why?’ The second half is specific tips on doing proposals that build imputed value. Writing a great proposal is hard. The question you’re trying… Read More

Internet Marketing

Alexander Nessel 18 Oct, 2012

Holiday Internet Marketing: Bring Joy to Your Q4

[emailoptin type="holiday2012"][/emailoptin]Once again we’re in make-or-break Q4—the time of year businesses worldwide prep (and hope) for a flood of holiday business. The time of year that can determine the difference between a going concern and concern whether you can keep going. Be it crafting a quality, attention-grabbing email campaign or optimizing a mobile marketing strategy,… Read More

Disavow Link Tool dog SEO

Josh Patrice 16 Oct, 2012

The Dos and Don’ts for Google’s New Disavow Links Tool

For the first time in what might be ever, Google has followed Bing’s lead and announced a tool to disavow links. We asked (or demanded), and they listened! Cleverly named the Disavow Links tool, Google Webmaster Tools’ latest feature gives power back to webmasters and takes it away from spammers. Here are our tips for… Read More

pla-roi PPC

Michael Wiegand 15 Oct, 2012

Steal This Product Listing Ads Dashboard Before Wednesday

If you’ve followed my blog musings in the last year or so at Portent, you’ll know that I’m a bit of a dashboard nut. My Perfect Google Analytics Dashboard post took off in ways I never imagined. (Thanks guys!) But here’s the thing: I was lying to you all – or misleading you, anyway. There… Read More

The Obama campaign added 1.2 million Facebook fans in one day. Internet Marketing

Ian Lurie 11 Oct, 2012

Facebook political update: Debates, spam and a polling slam

This post is part of a series on social media, Facebook data and the 2012 Presidential election. It updates Portent’s initial research. You can read the original report here. This year’s presidential race continues to be a great marketing study: The niche brand with a universe problem versus the hesitant big brand. After the debate… Read More

komo-4-social-media Social Media

Ian Lurie 5 Oct, 2012

Social media politics: Portent goes primetime on KOMO 4 News

For folks who wanted to see a video of my KOMO 4 Primetime appearance: You can’t even tell that, as the camera came on, I was whispering “don’t say um or like don’t say um or like don’t say um or like.” You can see our report on the topic in this blog post. And… Read More

ppc budgets are getting flexible Internet Marketing

Ian Lurie 1 Oct, 2012

Happy dances and spleen-eating – the state of search marketing 2012

I just finished reading the 2012 SEMPO/Econsultancy State of Search Marketing report. Lots of great data in there, but a few things leapt out at me. Some leapt out all smiles and happiness. Others leapt out and tried to bite out my spleen. Whenever I read a report like this, I ask myself three basic… Read More

Google Shopping PPC

Elizabeth Marsten 26 Sep, 2012

Google Shopping: How We’re All Totally & Utterly Screwed

Well OK, I’m being a tiny bit dramatic. But Google Shopping could totally and utterly screw you over if: You’re not a major brand with an AdWords rep to spoon feed you You’re not familiar with how shopping feeds, shopping engines & AdWords works You haven’t started thinking about this and you’re an ecommerce retailer… Read More

New-Twitter-Profile Social Media

Bryden McGrath 18 Sep, 2012

Best Practices: New Twitter Headers and Mobile Updates

Twitter rolled out a slew of changes today. The big conversation piece: The addition of profile “header” images. These images are just like Facebook and Google Plus headers. But on Twitter, the new header section also houses your all-important profile picture, name, handle, bio, location, and website. This update affects both Twitter’s web client and… Read More

facebook-shares-search Social Media

Ian Lurie 13 Sep, 2012

6 reasons to ignore Facebook search (for now)

I’m ready to party like it’s 1999! The bubble is back. Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook may build a search engine. We all hyperventilate and swoon. Facebook shares go up 7.7% so fast the line chart breaks: Batten down the hatches, Google! The big bad Facebook has set its sights on you! Or not. Take a… Read More