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1 Jun, 2012

Portent moves downtown

By Ian Lurie

So, here we are: Downtown. Smith Tower. At first, I started this post with “When I started my company…” Then I slapped myself. This isn’t about me. Here’s what this move is about: A great team creating growth Portent’s been truly firing on all cylinders for a while now. I’m very hard on myself, and… Read More

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31 May, 2012

And So Are the Days of Our Tukwila Lives…

By Elizabeth Marsten

Today, Portent is moving to the Smith Tower. But before we can say hello to downtown Seattle, we have to say goodbye to Tukwila Life. If you’re unfamiliar with the phrase “That’s Tukwila Life” – it’s the motto of the city of Tukwila, where Portent has made it’s home for the last ten years or… Read More

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4 May, 2012

Why Google Is Not Going Away: On AllThingsD

By Ian Lurie

Forbes published an article this week explaining why Google and Facebook could disappear in the next 5 years. I, uh, beg to differ. I wrote my thoughts on the subject in an article published on AllThingsD. You can read it here. Give it a read. I think Google will be around for a long, long… Read More

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29 Apr, 2012

10 ways to get into big trouble in marketing

By Ian Lurie

Base your campaigns on the ‘average’ customer. Only follow the data. Never follow the data. Skimp on content. Wait for perfection (hint – you’ll never get it). Leave design to designers (hint – you need to know about it, too). Leave development to developers (hint – see above). Micromanage. Use empty controversy as an outreach… Read More

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8 Apr, 2012

On Techcrunch: How the IPO Ruined Google

By Ian Lurie

OK, I don’t think Google is ruined, but it sure seems like they’ve become increasingly weird since their big IPO. I wrote a piece about it, and it just went live on Techcrunch. Read it here.

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3 Apr, 2012

4 ways clients are like cats

By Ian Lurie

First off, I’m a cat person. I want to make that perfectly clear. It’s a high honor if I compare you to a cat. So saying a marketing agency’s clients are like cats is very favorable. In Portent’s proposals I compare my employees to rats. So really, clients are coming out way ahead. A quick… Read More

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2 Apr, 2012

The big merger

By Ian Lurie

No, Portent didn’t merge with another company. But we just finished merging my blog, Conversation Marketing, into the Portent web site. From now on, you can find all the same stuff I used to write on Conversation Marketing here, instead. Why’d I do it? Let me count the reasons: The rest of the team at… Read More

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28 Mar, 2012

Tomorrow’s free webinar: “Advanced” link building

By Ian Lurie

Tomorrow I’ll be talking about ‘advanced’ link building. The term drives me insane, since most folks use ‘advanced’ to mean ‘I give you lots of advice, but I do not add any links.’ So, I’ll go over real-life advice for building links, including some fairly geeky stuff, like: Log file analysis Using Google Webmaster Tools… Read More

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26 Mar, 2012

Information vs. Knowledge, Part 2

By Ian Lurie

It’s a lot harder to impart knowledge than to pass information. But it’s also worth it, because knowledge sticks. Why does application teach better than rote memorization? Hmmm let’s think. Oh yeah—because application creates knowledge, which quickly remaps neural pathways. Memorization sends us into an information-overload daze, which leads to sad, lonely little neurons. If… Read More

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22 Mar, 2012

Information is free. Knowledge is not.

By Ian Lurie

In business, everyone keeps confusing information with knowledge. They’re different. Even the dictionary says so: Information: Facts provided or learned about something or someone. Knowledge: Information and skills acquired through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject. Information is ones and zeros. It’s raw data, or a list of facts. It’s… Read More

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14 Mar, 2012

10 ways to make me delete your comment

By Ian Lurie

My post yesterday really stirred some people up. This is a big blind spot for me. I believe anything worth discussion is worth discussing in a civil manner. BUT, I had to delete a lot of comments. So I figured I’d better explain what’ll make me delete your comment (or Wall post, by the way):… Read More

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12 Mar, 2012

Where I’m speaking

By Ian Lurie

Folks sometimes ask where I’m going to be speaking next. Here’s a quick list: In meatspace (live and in person, for non-geeks) How I’ve managed to only get speaking gigs in Seattle this year, I’ll never know. Don’t think I’m a travelphobe—I’m sure I’ll go to a few out of town gigs, too. SocialTech 2012:… Read More

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6 Mar, 2012

10 ways NOT to break up with a client

By Ian Lurie

Breaking up is hard to do. But, as Portent’s President says, people remember how you enter, and how you leave. So ending a business relationship on as positive a note as possible is important. Even if the company in question never hires you back, employees change jobs, and you want them to think well of… Read More

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27 Feb, 2012

SEMPO Board, 2012

By Ian Lurie

Thank you to everyone who voted for me in the SEMPO board election. I’m on the board, and very excited! Congratulations to all my fellow board members – I’m looking forward to working with you: Lindsay Blankenship, Director, Search Marketing, Razorfish Chris Boggs, Director Search Media and Thought Leadership, Rosetta Bruce Clay, President, Bruce Clay,… Read More

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13 Feb, 2012

Justifying Enterprise SEO, and The Perfect Crawler

By Ian Lurie

I’ve been unfaithful. I wrote two articles for other sites over the weekend: The Challenge of Justifying Enterprise SEO on Search Engine Land. I talk a bit about analytics and data presentation, and how to get your boss to stop looking at you like you’re a nasty toenail fungus. And Building the perfect SEO Crawler… Read More