santorum-hurls Internet Marketing

Ian Lurie 8 Mar, 2012

12 questions to ask before you build an app

Rick Santorum throws up at JFK speeches. I throw up when someone says “We want to build an i[whatever] app!” I have one question. Why? Have you really, really considered why you’re building your app? Here’s 10 questions to help you decide: Can I afford it? I’m sorry, but you can’t build a quality mobile… Read More

deadsquirrel Internet Marketing

Ian Lurie 7 Mar, 2012

Marketing hubris will get you killed

Marketing hubris will get you killed. Especially in search. I hate it when someone asks me “Have you worked with other companies like ours?” If I have, I consider it a vulnerability, not a strength, because I’ve got the a-word: Assumptions. Anyone starting a marketing campaign with assumptions is one step from failure. Why? Because… Read More

smx-west-2012 Internet Marketing

Mike Fitterer 6 Mar, 2012

SMX West 2012 Lessons in Social and Mobile Search

The last week of February, search marketers from around the world assembled in sometimes-sunny San Jose, CA to geek out and discuss the latest internet marketing trends. Due to massive generosity from the Portent C-Suite I had the privilege of attending. For those of you who were unable to attend SMX West 2012, this post… Read More

internet-marketing-lifecycle Internet Marketing

Ian Lurie 5 Mar, 2012

Internet marketing: The lifecycle

Once again, I get to subject you all to my utter lack of artistic skills. I’ve been working on a simpler diagram of the internet marketing lifecycle for about six months. It’s finally ready, I think, for a public glance. This one boils it all down to a less-pretty but hopefully more clear concept. BE… Read More

email-marketing Internet Marketing

Lindsay Thomas 28 Feb, 2012

7 Email Marketing Fails and How to Avoid Them

Email marketing is a great tool for reaching out to potential clients and nurturing leads. Unfortunately, email marketing can be a double-edged sword. Some emails are so maddening that they make a person want to become physically violent. Thankfully we love our computers too much to do them any real harm. So take a deep… Read More

Internet Marketing

Katie L Fetting 27 Feb, 2012

SNEAK PEEK: Ian Lurie to Present Data-Driven Content Strategies at Tomorrow’s SEOMoz PRO Webinar

Friends, SEOmans, eMad Men— LEND IAN YOUR EARS. Tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. (PST), Ian Lurie, CEO and Webfather of Portent, Inc., will give an exclusive webinar at SEOmoz.  His free-to-all-comers presentation “Data-Driven Content” will illuminate, educate, inform and otherwise rock your search marketing world.  (We hope.) Topics Ian will cover include: Why great content is… Read More

Internet Marketing

Bryden McGrath 27 Feb, 2012

Ian Lurie Named to SEMPO Board of Directors

Portent, Inc. CEO Ian Lurie has been named to the  2012-2014 Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization (SEMPO) Board of Directors. “I’m excited to be on the board with such a great group of search marketers,” Lurie said. “SEMPO’s done some great things for our industry, and I know we’ll be able to grow the organization.” Lurie… Read More

matter Internet Marketing

Ian Lurie 24 Feb, 2012

The 10-5-10 social media routine: You must matter

These are the annotated slides from my presentation at SEMPDX Searchfest today. I talked about social media, having a productive routine and building a powerful campaign without sucking up 4 hours a day: Your daily social media routine – stuff that matters View more presentations from Ian Lurie

balloon-grand-opening Internet Marketing

Ian Lurie 21 Feb, 2012

20 must-haves for your new SEO business

So, you’re heading on your own as an SEO consultant. Welcome to our weird little club! Before you start, you might want to make sure you’ve got: Knowledge. I really, really hope I don’t have to point this out. But you need strong knowledge of SEO: Far more than you can get in a few… Read More

writing for leads Internet Marketing

Ian Lurie 17 Feb, 2012

Writing for leads: Presentation slides

I did a presentation a while ago about web copywriting, specifically for leads-based and professional services businesses. Today I rewrote it for a more general audience, and sharpened up a few things. Here it is – have a look-see: Writing for leads: How professionals can market themselves online View more presentations from Ian Lurie

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