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31 Jan, 2013

Social Bowl XLVII: Why a Mid-Sized Firm or Small Business Must Play Its Own Game on Sunday

By Katie L Fetting

We all know that the Super Bowl is the Super Bowl of, well, Super Bowls.  It’s even MORE super for mega-brands with colossal marketing budgets, fancy Hollywood contacts and burping frogs.  But not everyone is a Coke… Or even a Pepsi.  Consequently, if you’re a mid-sized business looking to maximize your advertising dollars this Sunday,… Read More

Vine Social Media

25 Jan, 2013

Twitter’s Vine App Looks Awesome

By Doug Antkowiak

If you haven’t tried it yet, Twitter’s new iOS Vine app is the Instagram of moving pictures. Riding the coattails of the resurging graphics interchange format (that’s a .gif for everyone playing at home), Vine records six seconds of video to upload on the Vine social network, Twitter and Facebook – that’s about it for… Read More

Facebook Graph Search Results Social Media

19 Jan, 2013

Who Should Care About Facebook Graph Search? (Hint: Everyone)

By Doug Antkowiak

What’s the big deal about Facebook Graph Search? It’s a common question this week, and while it doesn’t warrant a Notre Dame think tank disaster group, we should all care (at least a little) about Facebook’s new “smarter” search engine. From businesses and Internet marketers to everyday Facebook users, this new way of search should… Read More

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28 Dec, 2012

Portent’s 15 Most Popular Social Media Posts of 2012

By Bryden McGrath

The world didn’t end last week, meaning that whole 2012 Social Media Year-in-Review bit was a little off. On the other hand, it also means I get to bring you the countdown of our 15 most popular social media posts of 2012. We had a ton of social content on our blog throughout the year, so without… Read More

pest Social Media

27 Dec, 2012

LinkedIn Search May Need Some Help

By Ian Lurie

I love LinkedIn, but either someone’s playing a joke on me, or my kids are getting to have a say in their rankings, or something’s really wrong. I currently rank number one for the word ‘pest': For ‘internet marketing,’ on the other hand, I’m not even in the top 10. My daughter just said, when… Read More

Mayan Apocalypse Tweet Social Media

21 Dec, 2012

Portent’s 2012 Social Media Year-in-Review

By Bryden McGrath

There was a lot going on in the world of social media in 2012 (see: This entire post). But the world is ending TODAY* – like, anytime now. While you wait for the apocalypse, this blog post will be one of the last things you read. And it may just be the last year-in-review thing… Read More

Twitter Ads PPC

28 Nov, 2012

Twitter Ads: Terrible or Terrific?

By Elizabeth Marsten

In our endless quest to find the “next big thing” in PPC, we tried a small test at Portent on Portent products and services with Twitter ads. I noticed there were many “how to get started” posts but few data-supported case studies with results. Armed with PPC intern Tim, a $100 head start from a… Read More

Verify Pinterest Page Social Media

14 Nov, 2012

Claim Your New Pinterest Business Page Today

By Doug Antkowiak

In a move that probably should have happened a year ago, Pinterest has finally announced business pages (as well as a new set of business terms of service). What’s New About Business Pages? Not a lot, which is a good thing because sometimes it’s tricky to implement social media advice. Basically, business pages make three major… Read More

social-thumb Social Media

7 Nov, 2012

The social candidacy: The elections Facebook influenced

By Ian Lurie

Or, if you’re a Republican: “What the hell just happened?!” The election was supposed to be close. Regardless of your party affiliation, you heard that for months: Maybe an electoral tie. Certainly with one candidate winning the electoral college and the other the popular vote. We wouldn’t know for days after November 6th… Oops. The… Read More

Portent LinkedIn Company Page Social Media

11 Oct, 2012

Optimize Your New LinkedIn Company Page in 7 Steps

By Bryden McGrath

LinkedIn has finally rolled out the new company pages to everyone. Along with a bunch of little changes, there are a few major ones: The redesign itself, cover images, and the fact that company pages are now visible through the LinkedIn mobile and iPad apps. These hip new LinkedIn company pages are sort of like… Read More

komo-4-social-media Social Media

5 Oct, 2012

Social media politics: Portent goes primetime on KOMO 4 News

By Ian Lurie

For folks who wanted to see a video of my KOMO 4 Primetime appearance: You can’t even tell that, as the camera came on, I was whispering “don’t say um or like don’t say um or like don’t say um or like.” You can see our report on the topic in this blog post. And… Read More

Worst Meatball Sandwich Ever Social Media

25 Sep, 2012

How to Optimize Social Networks for Local SEO

By Doug Antkowiak

When it comes to optimizing your local business for search, you know that directories play a significant role in building authority for a company. But we know you’re cooler than that. You want more from your local search optimization strategy. You want to get SOCIAL!!! Why You Can’t Ignore Social Optimization You can’t afford not… Read More

New-Twitter-Profile Social Media

18 Sep, 2012

Best Practices: New Twitter Headers and Mobile Updates

By Bryden McGrath

Twitter rolled out a slew of changes today. The big conversation piece: The addition of profile “header” images. These images are just like Facebook and Google Plus headers. But on Twitter, the new header section also houses your all-important profile picture, name, handle, bio, location, and website. This update affects both Twitter’s web client and… Read More

Twitter-dislike Social Media

17 Sep, 2012

Why I Hate the Twitter Follow Limit

By Isla McKetta

We wanted to flip the tables on internet marketing this week and take a look at one of the limitations of Twitter from a user perspective. You may not know this yet, but there is a limit to how many of your fellow tweeters you can follow. I found out the hard way. As a… Read More

facebook-shares-search Social Media

13 Sep, 2012

6 reasons to ignore Facebook search (for now)

By Ian Lurie

I’m ready to party like it’s 1999! The bubble is back. Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook may build a search engine. We all hyperventilate and swoon. Facebook shares go up 7.7% so fast the line chart breaks: Batten down the hatches, Google! The big bad Facebook has set its sights on you! Or not. Take a… Read More