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

PPC

Ryan Moothart 12 Sep, 2012

Awesome Memes Explain the Basics of PPC

Sean Bean dies in just about every movie and television show he’s in, but that doesn’t mean he’s dumb. And when it comes to paid search, Bean’s Boromir is absolutely right: becoming an expert at PPC takes time, experience, and some good intuition. But before one can master PPC, one must learn the basics. This… Read More

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Doug Antkowiak 30 Aug, 2012

Possibilities of Pinterest Webinar SlideDeck

I’m presenting my webinar about the Possibilities of Pinterest on Thursday, August 30, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM PDT. If this blog post reaches you in time, you can sign up for the webinar here. You can check out my slidedeck below. I’ll add a link to the recorded version of my presentation… Read More

rick-backus PPC

Elizabeth Marsten 20 Aug, 2012

Google Shopping: Interview with Rick Backus of CPC Strategy

Rick is the CEO and Co-Founder of CPC Strategy, a comparison shopping engine management company started in 2007. They take client feeds across multiple platforms (Amazon, Nextag, PriceGrabber, etc;) and optimize them for ROI through strategy, attention to detail and expertise in CSEs (comparison shopping engines.) Rick was kind enough to let me ask a… Read More

unzipping1 SEO

Ian Lurie 10 Aug, 2012

How to: Mine server logs for broken links

I’ve broken this out into lots of steps. You could do it all in one or two steps with a shell script or other geekery. I wrote this to keep each step simple, and get you into Excel as quickly as possible, instead. I’ve railed about fixing broken links for years now. I’ve presented webinars… Read More

Web Marketing All in One for Dummies Internet Marketing

Jack Martin 1 Aug, 2012

Win the (Brand NEW) Web Marketing All-in-One for Dummies Book

For months now, Portent CEO Ian Lurie and Director of Search Marketing Elizabeth Marsten have not slept. They have not eaten. They have missed out on critical episodes of True Blood. Why? Because they have been brewing brilliance with co-authors John Arnold, Marty Dickinson, and Michael Becker, developing the second edition of Web Marketing All-in-One… Read More

Say what matters Internet Marketing

Ian Lurie 26 Jul, 2012

Say what matters: My Mozcon 2012 presentation

These are the notes from my Mozcon 2012 presentation. I emphasize ‘notes’. There’s quite a bit of stream-of-consciousness going on here. If you want to see the presentation and supporting materials, instead, go to the bit.ly bundle, or check out the slides themselves, right here: I think the folks at SEOMOZ are mad at me.… Read More

A tiny slice of a tiny idea graph Internet Marketing

Ian Lurie 25 Jul, 2012

Help us build the Idea Graph: A click is all we ask

If you want to skip the babbling and just sign up, click here, then install the app. Life is very random. You’ve probably noticed. For example, did you know that I like Marilyn Manson’s music, but I’m also a fan of Beethoven. I love to watch the NFL but not baseball. I like electric cars… Read More

Internet Marketing

Ian Lurie 18 Jul, 2012

On cycling, near-death experiences and content

I biked to work today. Which has nothing to do with this post, except that I biked back, too. My ride home includes a 500-foot climb that pitches up to a 10%+ grade in a few places. No big deal when I was 30 (or even 40). But now, at 44, with about 10 extra… Read More

google shopping beta PPC

Elizabeth Marsten 21 Jun, 2012

What a Paid Search Marketer Needs to Know About Google Shopping

Froogle, Google Product Search, Google Shopping- whatever you call it, it’s integrated with AdWords – now more than ever. And if you think Google is going to stop there…yeah, right. This just got a bit more competitive is all. Oh yeah, and less free. If you’ve been following along with the recent announcement that Google… Read More

Copywriting

Ian Lurie 4 Jun, 2012

Web copywriting 101: Sub-headings

I went to read The Skills Gap Myth on Time.com this morning, and I saw this: I know I’m off Diet Coke, and low on caffeine, and my brain’s working in slow motion. But still, that’s an awful lot of uninterrupted text for a Monday morning. When you’re writing online, you need to break up… Read More