Internet Marketing

Ian Lurie 28 Jul, 2011

Content marketing in a nutshell: Good enough isn’t

This blog post is based on yesterday’s content strategies session at MozCon. If you missed it, or wanted a refresher, give this a read: A quick preview This post is huge. So, here’s a quick preview: The problem. In content creation, you can’t do the minimum required work any more. There is no ‘minimum’. Changes… Read More

Internet Marketing

Ian Lurie 19 Jul, 2011

22 ways you’re making marketing difficult

A lot of Portent-ites helped me write this. They submitted their ideas. I added the attitude. So please don’t blame them if this is obnoxious. It’s allll me. You’re too busy. Nothing works. Everything takes too long. You can’t get anything done. There are too many distractions. Your boss is a jerk with ridiculous expectations.… Read More

Internet Marketing

Ian Lurie 13 Jul, 2011

18 random thoughts about internet marketing

Bonus tip: Learning the difference between “Chile” and “Chili” is really helpful. A little semi-random Wednesday thinking: Always ready our analytics reports. Understand them. Demand that someone make you understand them. Making business decisions without that knowledge will probably kill your company. Never buy a product with ‘Crusher’, ‘Disintegrator’ or ‘Miracle’ in the name. Anything… Read More

Finding what is true Internet Marketing

Ian Lurie 8 Jul, 2011

Marketing truths: People buy pleasure, not prevention

People buy pleasure, not prevention. I know, deep for a Friday afternoon. It’s a rule that’s helped me sell for years, though. Try it on for size: Bike helmets and prevention: A marketing failure It’s hard to scare people into buying something. When I was in law school, I worked in a bicycle shop that… Read More

Internet Marketing

Ian Lurie 23 Jun, 2011

AppSumo deal – all my e-books for $25

AppSumo has taken a real liking to Portent’s e-books. Today, they’re offering all of our e-books: Conversation Marketing The SEO CopyWriting e-book The Fat-Free Guide to Google Analytics PPC for Small Business (a two-book series) For a total of $25. You can get it here: AppSumo Online Marketing eBook Bundle Posting later today: 10 things… Read More

Internet Marketing

Ian Lurie 21 Jun, 2011

Internet marketing and sailing have a lot in common

On my vacation last week, I got to go sailing. I’ve sailed since I was 12. In the last 15 years, I’ve only gotten to do it every 2-3 years, at best, but I at least know my port from starboard. I sailed a boat called a Hobie Wave: We nearly ended up having a… Read More

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Elizabeth Marsten 16 Jun, 2011

Ian’s Angriest Posts

Ian’s on vacation this week, to a place with little or no internet and he asked for a volunteer to do a CM post and to have “fun” if so warranted. Well, it’s warranted. And I am leaving the country while he’s gone and not coming back for a couple of weeks after he gets… Read More

shield small Internet Marketing

Ian Lurie 27 May, 2011

Get Defensive (Design): First Smashing Magazine Article

Just got my first-ever article published on Smashing Magazine: Getting Started With Defensive Design. Anyone who’s read this blog for a while knows I obsess about good web defensive design. I’m really excited that SmashingMag accepted this article. The folks there put in a ton of time helping me get the article ship-shape, and put… Read More

Internet Marketing

Ian Lurie 25 May, 2011

What freakish and frumpy aircraft teach you about internet marketing

This is a rewrite of an old, old bit I wrote on the Portent web site way back when. It’s not the same. Nor are my feelings on the subject. The best internet marketing campaigns are the ones you don’t notice—they just do their job, delivering the stuff you need to your screen, when you… Read More

Internet Marketing

Ian Lurie 24 May, 2011

Inconceivable! 4 signs your project’s in big trouble

In every internet marketing project, there comes a time when the team members look at each other and say some version of “We. Are. F—ked.” And the project manager, like our friend Vizzini above, will say some version of “inconceivable!” I’ve been on both sides of that exchange. You probably have, too. Here are a… Read More

Internet Marketing

Ian Lurie 16 May, 2011

New infographic: Internet marketing planner

I just finished a new chart. It maps out the typical steps I take when reviewing an internet marketing campaign for the first time. I was inspired by Julian Hansen’s So You Need A Typeface piece. While it doesn’t have every single step/channel/tactic in it, it does give you a high-level view of the various… Read More

Internet Marketing

Ian Lurie 9 May, 2011

What bayonet-wielding professors can teach you about online marketing

You’re a plumber. You want to rank #1 for ‘Seattle plumbing’. That means you have to write interesting content about plumbing, in Seattle, every 2 days, for the next year. All you can think is “Oh crap oh crap oh crap oh crap.” Well, Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (ex-college professor) laughs at your silliness. You… Read More

Internet Marketing

Ian Lurie 6 May, 2011

14 nice things you can do for your customers

I make no promises. But I suspect if you do some of this stuff, your customers will thank you. Or, they won’t notice the stuff that used to make them curse you: Make every page on your site load 1 second faster. Start by taking every image on your site and compressing it. Please. It… Read More

dancobley Internet Marketing

Ian Lurie 22 Apr, 2011

Dan Cobley: What Physics teaches about marketing

I don’t think I’ve embedded a video by someone else on this blog in 5 years. However, this piece about marketing and physics is beyond brilliant: It defines marketing in a way that totally, completely makes sense. It’s only 7 minutes long. Watch it.

equals content Internet Marketing

Ian Lurie 19 Apr, 2011

Analytics plus SEO equals content: My Wappow presentation

Everyone’s bleating about content marketing. Content marketing this. Content marketing that. For some of us, though, content’s been around since we, well, since we learned to read. Here’s the process I’ve put together over the last ten years. I presented this at Wappow Search & Social last week. Shockingly, it involves content. And marketing. With… Read More

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