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5 Jul, 2011

I lose my fracking mind or: A new Python script

By Ian Lurie

Total. Mind. Meltdown. I’d do a brilliant insightful post today, I’m sure, except that today’s events, professional and media-related, combined with my concussing myself with a bicycle rack yesterday, have left me a gibbering idiot. Or brought out the gibbering idiocy that normally lies just beneath the surface. Or something. So instead, here’s a little… Read More

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1 Jul, 2011

Google+ thoughts – I eat crow

By Ian Lurie

I must eat crow now. Not tasty, breaded and fried, but vaguely icky, with feathers still stuck to it. I dissed Google+ the moment it came out, in part because it failed—it vomited everywhere when I tried to sign up. But now that I’ve used it for a while, I have to say that it’s… Read More

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28 Jun, 2011

Google+ outlook, in a nutshell

By Ian Lurie

I just tried to sign up for the Google+ notification list. This is what I got: In case you didn’t know, Google+ is Google’s latest attempt to break into social media. Judging by the result, I think it’ll easily eclipse… Google Buzz.

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24 Jun, 2011

The path to marketing nirvana: The peeve, and the rush

By Ian Lurie

What makes Steve Jobs so damned compelling? What about Seth Godin? Howard Stern? Richard Feynman? (choke) Rush Limbaugh? They’ve found Marketing Nirvana: The place where their beliefs and their product match up. I’m not saying this as a pile of wishy-washy marketing-psychobabble crap. Marketing nirvana is on your to-do list. It’s on mine too. If… Read More

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23 Jun, 2011

AppSumo deal – all my e-books for $25

By Ian Lurie

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

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22 Jun, 2011

To all journalists: I am not a cockroach

By Ian Lurie

Tomorrow I’m going to be speaking to the ONA/SPJ meetup about SEO and social media. ONA is The Online News Association). SPJ is the Society for Professional Journalists. My typical relationship with journalists and their editors goes like this: Ian is a cockroach, only less evolved. Ian isn’t a bad guy, but he’s going to… Read More

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14 Jun, 2011

My deep, dark secret (w/ some free training for you)

By Ian Lurie

I have a secret to confess. I actually run an agency. NO, WAIT. Don’t go away! This involves free, no-strings-attached learning stuff. And a cool web site! Bear with me. I know you probably know I have a job. But whenever I meet folks at a conference, they seem to assume that money just sort… Read More

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10 Jun, 2011

Friday silliness: The Ultimate Marketer Tease

By Ian Lurie

I’ve watched The Ultimate Dog Tease 1000 times now. I love it. But I feel so bad for the dog. So, when we decided to spoof it, we tried to think of a creature no one cares about. And we realized – it’s us!!!. I went to law school. The only thing less liked than… Read More

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9 Jun, 2011

10 Social Media Tips for Politicians

By Ian Lurie

Republicans, Democrats, some of you are pretty stupid when it comes to social media. Exhibit A: Your last name is Weiner—W-E-I-N-E-R— and you send lewd photos via Twitter? Seriously?! Exhibit B: You reply to a Craigslist ad via e-mail, attaching a picture of your six-pack? (that’s ex-Congressman Christopher Lee, folks, lest we forget) So, 10… Read More

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9 Jun, 2011

AppSumo special on my SEO Copywriting e-book

By Ian Lurie

All good things come to an end, it seems. This deal has expired. You can buy the book for only $2 more, on my site. Or wait and see what the Sumo brings next. I’ve always been a bit scared of the AppSumo. His tough talk. His topknot. That smug smile. But it turns out… Read More

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8 Jun, 2011

A big month at Portent

By Ian Lurie

I’m not much good at bragging about my company, but it’s only June 8th, and it’s been a big month for us. So, the highlights: New clients Full Circle hired Portent as their internet marketing agency as they expand beyond their Northwest base. We’ll be helping with overall strategy and tactics spanning the entire inbound… Read More

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7 Jun, 2011

How (not) to tell someone you can’t afford it

By Ian Lurie

For every fantastic client we land at Portent, we talk to: 30-40 we like but can’t work with for one reason or another; 10-20 who make us a little nervous; 5-10 who we like, but are in industries we just won’t represent; 1-2 people who make me want to retire and open a combination gaming… Read More

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1 Jun, 2011

Poke The Box. Just do it in private.

By Ian Lurie

“Are you OK sir?” The guy next to me at SeaTac gate S8 was eyeing me dubiously as I sat reading Seth Godin’s Poke The Box. I’d just finished yet another passage that made me think “Hell YES!” Apparently, I was also nodding vigorously. My inner monologue was showing. It creeped out my fellow traveler.… Read More

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23 May, 2011

The secret to internet marketing success? ‘Because I said so’

By Ian Lurie

I’m going to let you in a secret. It’s the One Big Thing you have to know if you’re going to run an internet marketing campaign. Sometimes, you have to say ‘Because I said so’. Part of leadership is willingness to go out on a limb—to make a decision that isn’t supported by consensus or… Read More

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20 May, 2011

If Google were in charge of the 5/21 Rapture

By Ian Lurie

I couldn’t resist. Everyone else is on the bandwagon, so why not me? If Google were in charge of the Rapture scheduled for Saturday, 5/21: It’d be in beta for the next 4 years; They’d check your e-mail messages to see if you were eligible; Famous people would get to the head of the line,… Read More

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