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11 Nov, 2004

A Word About Bragging Modestly

By Ian Lurie

“Brag Modestly” is one of the tenets of Conversation Marketing. Here’s a tale of someone who didn’t read the memo: In principle, a modest boast means you’ve gotten someone else to brag for you. Here’s an example: Me: Hi Fran, here’s this guy, Will, I told you about. He’s really good with search marketing and… Read More

Internet Marketing

3 Nov, 2004

Behold, Internet Power

By Ian Lurie

Well, the election’s over. Bush won handily, when you consider how close things were, and his gains over 2000. So why is that? The pundits talk of the Ground War, and President Bush’s appeal to the conservative right. But I don’t think that explains it. Now, I’m going to put all partisan feelings aside, here,… Read More

Internet Marketing

6 Oct, 2004

Giving the Wrong Address

By Ian Lurie

A cautionary tale from the vice presidential debate last night: Part of any conversation is the point at which you make a connection. Give the wrong address, and you’re hosed. Vice President Cheney, meaning to give the address for FactCheck.org, instead gave FactCheck.com. The latter redirects to an anti-Bush web site. Here’s an article about… Read More

Internet Marketing

30 Sep, 2004

Make a Connection With RSS

By Ian Lurie

The Implications of RSS in a Marketing Environment The most tenuous moment in internet marketing comes when your audience is ready to leave your site. Will they come back? How will you keep in touch? The traditional answer is e-mail – a well-written newsletter is a powerful permission marketing tool that can inform, educate and… Read More

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28 Sep, 2004

Content Management and SEO

By Ian Lurie

I just published a short piece about content management-driven sites, search engine optimization, and why the two don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Having a good content management system is important in any Conversation Marketing campaign. So is SEO. It used to be the case that dynamic web sites were invisible to search engines –… Read More

Internet Marketing

24 Sep, 2004

Reviewing JohnKerry.com

By Ian Lurie

Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons I’m a Democrat. I’ll just say that right now. So what I’m about to say in this article is said in the best possible spirit. Senator Kerry, I really hope you win. I really do. But your web site is awful. Let me count the ways: Registration required? Let’s start with… Read More

Internet Marketing

10 Sep, 2004

The Colloquium

By Ian Lurie

Editor’s Note: Lenora Edwards is helping build the concept of Conversation Marketing – as part of that she’s working with me in organizing and running the upcoming Conversation Marketing Colloquium. Read on to get her thoughts on marketing in general, Conversation Marketing specifically, and why dogs like dog food… I am so excited about our… Read More

Internet Marketing

28 Jun, 2004

Why did Comdex fail?

By Ian Lurie

I’d argue Comdex failed because the conference organizers did not have an ongoing conversation with their attendees. In contrast to Comdex, Jupiter Media’s Search engine Strategies conference is successful. Why? Well the Search Engine Strategies conference is linked with one of the leading web sites about search engines: SearchEngineWatch.com. SearchEngineWatch.com’s has a large subscriber base… Read More

Internet Marketing

14 Jun, 2004

Keep the Ball Rolling: Ruminations on Conversation Marketing

By Ian Lurie

Thoughts about Internet marketing versus traditional marketing, and where Conversation Marketing fits in. Warning, this essay is stream-of-consciousness...

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12 Jun, 2004

Making Conversations Work

By Ian Lurie

Hey, if you want to learn Conversation Marketing, start at the root: Learn how to work a room, first. Here’s a piece that provides one of the best play-by-plays I’ve ever seen: How to Work A Room.

Internet Marketing

21 Mar, 2004

What is conversation marketing?

By Ian Lurie

A few years ago, John Cass – one of the best Internet and permission marketers I know – and I were sitting around trying to figure out how to describe this business. Internet communications is half PR (as John will tell you), a quarter marketing and a quarter technology. What separates the Internet from other… Read More

Internet Marketing

1 Aug, 2003

Arnold for Guv: A perfect example of accidental spam

By Ian Lurie

Ian Lurie - 08.23.03
Spam is hard to define, but it's easy to create. Even by accident. See how some Arnold Schwarzenegger supporters took an easy e-mail campaign right over the border into spamville.

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