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Pedal Harder, Dammit: In marketing, effort means more

by Ian Lurie 15 Aug, 2011

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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Quotes that make me cry inside

by Ian Lurie 5 Aug, 2011

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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Newt Gingrich, Twitter and FollowerGate – Really?

by Ian Lurie 3 Aug, 2011

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

by Ian Lurie 1 Aug, 2011

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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MozCon 2011 – Awesome. Go in 2012.

by Ian Lurie 29 Jul, 2011

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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New content strategies tool: The Gramanator

by Ian Lurie 27 Jul, 2011

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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Speak carefully

by Ian Lurie 15 Jul, 2011

I’ve now written this blog post three times. The first version was 1500 words. The second, 400 words. This version is much shorter, and I think more fair. Yesterday I wrote about the Wall Street Journal, bad SEO advice and subdomains. There’s a deeper lesson, though: When you blog, report or speak, you have an… Read More

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Portent Interactive: Origins

by Jess Walker 8 Jul, 2011

Ever wonder how Portent came to be? Want to know the secret to our success is? How does Portent feel about hookers? What do Cybermen think about Portent? You’re in luck, because we created an infographic that will answer these questions and more. Click image for full size.

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11 reasons smart people start internet marketing agencies

by Ian Lurie 7 Jul, 2011

A few people described yesterday’s post as ‘soul killing’, ‘depressing’ and ‘horrifyingly accurate’. Today, I’m taking not-incompatible view that all smart people in the internet marketing biz should start their own agencies. Note that I’m not a “follow your bliss” hand waving business philosopher. I think in terms of building a lasting business that can… Read More

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Creative Art Direction at Portent

by Jess Walker 7 Jul, 2011

Around 4PM on a Friday afternoon, Tracy called a meeting in his office to discuss the Portent rebrand. I had been given the privilege of creating art for the category pages of our new site, but no one had mentioned what the art should be, except for Elizabeth who wanted PPC to be represented by… Read More

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