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Ian Lurie 19 Mar, 2014

Why I changed jobs

When we announced my job change, I figured it’d just slip by. Who’d care if I shuffled leadership at Portent? I’m just some guy. Man, was I in for a shock. I got literally thousands of ‘congrats,’ and hundreds of ‘WTFs?!!’ Which was flattering, and a little intimidating. Hopefully this explains the why, what and… Read More

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Ian Lurie 31 Oct, 2013

Why are the ObamaCare web sites so slow?

We did a survey of every Affordable Care Act health benefits exchange, including Healthcare.gov. I expected to find deep, complicated server latency issues or similar. Instead, we found some of the most ridiculous, simple-to-fix, small issues that are affecting site speed that I nearly popped a vessel. You can read our report, and see the… Read More

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Ian Lurie 28 Oct, 2013

Speechless

Well, not really. First, PORTENT DID NOT POST THIS. We never would. The guys who did may have been joking, I guess? Hopefully? Understand: This is exactly the kind of shock-jockey crap that makes marketing a joke. It doesn’t just insult an entire religion. It also insults our intelligence. I somehow doubt that the Christian… Read More

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Jack Martin 25 Sep, 2013

The 113 Best Google Tricks, Easter Eggs, April Fool’s Day Jokes and Pranks

At first Google was just a search engine; then it started to get funny. Now, Google tricks, or “Easter Eggs,” lurk behind every Google search. The right keywords or an “I’m Feeling Lucky” search will often lead you to odd and awesome Google jokes. And Google Easter Eggs aren’t just in Search, you can also… Read More

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Ryan Moothart 25 Sep, 2013

5 Tips to Help You Work from Home Effectively and Efficiently

For three years, I got to work in an awesome professional setting at Portent. Sure, the office space wasn’t as nice when I first started in the outskirts of Seattle as it is now downtown. But that didn’t change the fact that I became part of a close-knit community which thrives in the office environment… Read More

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Elizabeth Marsten 20 Sep, 2013

The Amazing Pets of Portent

While we do love SEO, PPC, social, content, and Internet marketing in general, we’re more than that – we’re also people, people who love our pets. (I mean, we love them so much we built an entire Facebook app called the Kitten Moodinator.) So for this fun, furry, Friday post I present The Pets of… Read More

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David Portney 15 Aug, 2013

3 Surprising Ways to Instantly Improve Your Public Speaking Skills

Most people hate public speaking, don’t they? Anecdotally, we hear that people would rather die than have to get up in front of a group of other human beings and make a presentation. I sure can relate to that! People who know me now might not believe this, but I grew up very shy and… Read More

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Rebecca Bridge 21 Jun, 2013

The Life of Pi Part III

It’s been awhile since we’ve checked in on the internal workings of Portent’s Smith Tower headquarters, and I figure it’s about time since we have some pretty exciting news to announce. The very first winner of the Best Section in the Portent Office has been selected and it’s none other than… The Southeast Corner, aka… Read More

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Ian Lurie 6 Jun, 2013

You Are Not Stupid

Words are powerful. If you’re like me, 10, 11, 40 times a day you mentally slam your head in a drawer and say “That was STUPID.” That’s the wrong word. 99.99999% of the time, you can replace ‘stupid’ with ‘experimenting.’ You didn’t do whatever it was that blew up in your face, failed, imploded, left… Read More

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Isla McKetta 14 Mar, 2013

The Life of Pi Part Deux: What Does an Internet Marketing Firm Do? (In Vines)

Back in November, we detailed the (Real) Life of Pi from pre-dawn breakfasts at the train station to lights out. In honor of International Pi Day, we decided to pull back the curtain again so you can see how each department contributes to the Internet marketing expertise here at Portent. Account Strategists @portent Account Strategists… Read More

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