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Internet Marketing

7 Aug, 2005

Marketing Messages: Who has to ‘Get it’

By Ian Lurie

A friend/client last week told me that they felt their marketing campaign hadn’t worked because their audience just didn’t ‘get it’. She said this in a tone of total frustration. Clearly, she felt her potential customers needed to get with the program. We’ve all felt this way. I often catch myself grinding my teeth when… Read More

Internet Marketing

4 Aug, 2005

Old Becomes New Again, Again: Click to Call

By Ian Lurie

As an internet marketer, I’ve always hated phones. With a passion. Why? Because I can’t tell why someone calls me. Did they find me in the phone book? On a search engine? From that e-mail I sent out? When customers call companies, the company has no way of knowing if they got the phone number… Read More

Internet Marketing

25 Jul, 2005

Bragging Modestly

By Ian Lurie

OK, maybe not completely modestly. The Puget Sound Business Journal did a piece on my firm, Portent Interactive. You can read it here: http://seattle.bizjournals.com/seattle/salespower/2005/07/25/

Internet Marketing

7 Jul, 2005

Bragging Modestly: Internet Marketing and PR

By Ian Lurie

I’m not one to gloat (hah) but I’ve scored big for a client in the Brag Modestly column, and thought I should point out the whys and hows of it. In short, consider blogs and other online news sources whenever you’re Conversation Marketing. If you want the details, read on. For those who don’t know,… Read More

Internet Marketing

6 Jun, 2005

Viral Marketing: Old Becomes New Again

By Ian Lurie

I was talking to a friend today about the upcoming big screen adaptation of War of the Worlds. I’m hoping it isn’t too horrifically bad… Regardless, I started pondering the success of War of the Worlds. Most people think it’s a story told by Orson Welles. Of course, it was a book written by H.G.… Read More

Internet Marketing

26 May, 2005

Conversation Marketing Breakfast #2: ROI

By Ian Lurie

Just wanted to let everyone know that I’m hosting our second Conversation Marketing Breakfast on June 8, at 7:15, at the Seattle World Trade Center. The topic this time will be Internet Marketing ROI. Folks rarely measure the actual return generated by their online marketing campaigns; usually, that’s because they don’t think it’s possible. But… Read More

Internet Marketing

17 May, 2005

Select, Don’t Accumulate

By Ian Lurie

Why does Internet marketing feel so, well, dirty? Internet marketing’s been around for a while now – I’ve been doing it for ten years. I’ve helped lots of thoroughly reputable organizations grow using the Internet as a communications tool. I’ve never touched spam or other unethical methods. So why do I sometimes feel like I’m… Read More

Internet Marketing

11 May, 2005

Seth Godin on Marketing: The Conversation

By Ian Lurie

Seth Godin has a new blog post that cuts to the heart of marketing versus advertising. He even says ‘Good Marketers Measure’. Bless you, Seth! It also mentions marketing as a conversation a few times, but I’d add something: Online marketing is a real-time conversation between you, your audience, and between audience members. If you… Read More

Internet Marketing

15 Apr, 2005

Folksonomies – I told ya so

By Ian Lurie

A few months ago I raised Folksonomies like Technorati as an emerging online marketing venue. Well, now WebProNews has an article talking about Tagvertising. Highlights: – Search engines, from Looksmart to Ask Jeeves, are purchasing folksonomies and trying to integrate the technology into search results. – Amazon.com is also investing. Now, I could say things… Read More

Internet Marketing

9 Feb, 2005

Internet Marketing Strategy: It’s Topical

By Ian Lurie

As traditional search engines branch out to include images and other media in their regular results, as competition broadens among those engines, and as new ranking and classification schemes join the web (think folksonomies – if you don’t know the term, Google it!), focusing on keyword-rich text won’t be enough. It’s time to get topical.… Read More

Internet Marketing

7 Feb, 2005

Internet Marketing in the Conceptual Age

By Ian Lurie

Wired Magazine published an article in their last issue about the rise of right-brained thinking. It’s the best case for Conversation Marketing I’ve ever heard. And I didn’t even pay the guy… The author, Daniel H. Pink, suggests that just as analytical left-brained thinking drove the Information Age, balanced, left- and right-brained thinking will drive… Read More

Internet Marketing

13 Jan, 2005

Google Mini Appliance

By Ian Lurie

Google has introduced a new search appliance, and I’m pretty damned happy about it. Those of you who know me know that that means a LOT. So what’s the big deal? Usability… The Google engine is fast, sophisticated and accurate. It also paved new ground in the search usability field. With the Mini, you can… Read More

Internet Marketing

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