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Ian Lurie 6 Sep, 2011

New Portent people, punished with painful puns

…and some alliteration. Two new faces at Portent. I’m really excited to have them on board, both because they’re scary-smart and will be great for the company, and because their hiring means we’ve reached another milestone of sorts. I’ve decided to welcome them to the company with some horrifically bad puns: Lindsay Thomas Lindsay’s not… Read More

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Ian Lurie 31 Aug, 2011

Writer’s block: An infographic

I have horrific writer’s block right now. I’m tired, burned out on writing and generally verbally fried. Alan Bleiweiss gave me an amazing idea: So, thanks to Alan, here it is. All my limited artistic talent focused like a blurry laser beam in a snowstorm on my current nemesis: Writer’s block. I don’t know. I… Read More

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Ian Lurie 24 Aug, 2011

The Ian Lurie Field Guide

Someone at Portent asked me to put together an explanation of why I behave the way I do. They meant it in a nice way. So this is it: The Field Guide to Ian Lurie, written for “Portent” employees and anyone else I might encounter in the working world. Feel free to laugh at me,… Read More

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Ian Lurie 17 Aug, 2011

I’m a bad person

In all my running yesterday (and flight delays) I forgot to say ‘sorry’ for missing the Author’s Lunch at SES San Francisco. So: I’m sorry. Usually I leave more time for delays – this time it didn’t work out. You can all leave nasty comments below:

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Ian Lurie 15 Aug, 2011

Pedal Harder, Dammit: In marketing, effort means more

I’d love to say I’m about to draw a spectacular parallel between cycling and internet marketing. But internet marketing isn’t anything like cycling. I’ve never barfed after a hard day of internet marketing. Nor have I gotten road rash because of a badly-behaved poodle. And I never won a bicycle race because of my brain… Read More

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Ian Lurie 5 Aug, 2011

Quotes that make me cry inside

It’s Friday. I’m tired. Here are some quotes. All of which are true, but edited to protect the utterers: “We don’t need marketing. Our product is great.” I’d punch you, but I’m paralyzed by the stupid. “We need to test that, first.” No, you don’t. You don’t have to test whether having a ‘buy now’… Read More

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Ian Lurie 3 Aug, 2011

Newt Gingrich, Twitter and FollowerGate – Really?

Lord knows I’m no fan of Newt Gingrich. His politics are so far to the right of mine he disappears over the horizon. However, he’s not the kind of guy to go hunting for fake self-esteem boosters. So when the nerdoverse exploded over ‘Followergate’ (term coined by PeekYou) and sprayed it’s way to CNN and… Read More

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Ian Lurie 1 Aug, 2011

Being nice isn’t enough: Customer service lessons at the Apple Store

In customer service, ‘being nice’ and ‘trying hard’ isn’t always enough. Sometimes, you have to be competent, too. Capable, even. Act 1: Undeath (of a monitor) At work, I have a 30” Apple Cinema HD. It is a fantastic monitor. Alas, 2 weeks ago when I plugged it into my laptop, it went all cattywampus,… Read More

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Ian Lurie 29 Jul, 2011

MozCon 2011 – Awesome. Go in 2012.

OK, first off, I have to make something clear: I am not an SEOMOZ fan. Don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing wrong with building fantastic tools, having a great conference, gathering all the SEO geniuses and best developers and generally smartest people in one place. I have no problem with a company so famous my… Read More

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Ian Lurie 27 Jul, 2011

New content strategies tool: The Gramanator

Announcing a new tool: The Gramanator During my MozCon content creation session today, I announced a new tool: The Gramanator. It is mighty. It is the Gramanator: Bow down before it. What it does The Gramanator will take any public Google Reader Shared Feed and: Clean it up, removing stop words. Assemble all of the… Read More

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