Tag Archives: Marketing

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Mike Fitterer //  24 Sep, 2014

Pay Per Click Advertising Explained by a Non-PPC Person

Pay Per Click Advertising (PPC) should be an integral part of every company’s online marketing strategy. Seriously, it’s legit. After all, what marketer wouldn’t like having totally transparent marketing spend and return data available just a few clicks away? Oh, every marketer likes that sort of data? That’s what I thought. Here’s the problem. Most… Read More

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Steve Gahler //  16 May, 2013

Manage Stuff, Lead People: How to Turn Workers into Leaders

We’ve all seen it happen. An employee is doing killer work, initiating great ideas, and displaying a willingness to take on larger projects. The employee is quickly promoted to a manager position. But while this top employee has excelled at the tactical parts of the job, he or she has never managed a team before.… Read More

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Portent Staff //  3 May, 2013

3 Common Leadership Pitfalls to Avoid at All Costs

Conventional wisdom dictates that working in teams is often the best way to accomplish a task. Many hands make light work, a bundle of sticks cannot be broken, etc. Particularly with large, complex projects, there is just no way one person can accomplish everything on their own. We can’t possibly know everything, or be experts… Read More

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Alexander Nessel //  11 Apr, 2013

Why You Should Market Like You (Want to) Cook

Great marketing should be mouthwatering, scrumptious, and satisfying. Don’t you want customers pining for your next email, devouring every bit of information, and anxiously awaiting more? We don’t always think about marketing in terms of a delicious meal, but restaurants and marketers ultimately have the same goals. Give customers a taste of something yummy, satisfy… Read More

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Marianne Sweeny //  19 Dec, 2012

What the Duck? DuckDuckGo Takes on the Big G

It’s hard to pinpoint when some of us fell out of love with Google. Maybe it was when they went from geeky Stanford students out to “not be evil” to the kinda creepy boyfriend who orders for us at restaurants because “that’s what we always have.” Like it or not, we were trapped. Over the… Read More

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David Portney //  13 Dec, 2012

Portent Staff Survey: “What’s your biggest question(s) about SEO?”

Recently I did a survey of our staff here at Portent to see if anyone had any questions about SEO they wanted answered. I made the survey anonymous using Survey Monkey, because sometimes people feel more comfortable asking a question without their identity being revealed. In the spirit of sharing and transparency, we decided to… Read More

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David Portney //  5 Dec, 2012

Google Tricks For SEOs to Avoid at All Costs

I’m going to play mind-reader for a moment. Here’s what you think about SEO: You think search engine optimization is a closely-guarded secret bag of tricks You think SEO means beating Google at their own game You equate SEO with “buckets of cash” which would be pouring into your bank account if only you knew… Read More

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Josh Patrice //  8 Nov, 2012

7 Cringe-Worthy SEO Phrases You Never Want to Hear in a Marketing Meeting

We’ve all been there. You’re in the marketing meeting and someone brings up SEO. I don’t know how they’re bringing it up, but they’ve done it one way or another. Maybe they used some of the phrases below. If they did, you need to know why you wish you hadn’t heard what they’ve just said.… Read More

Tug of War- SEO vs Branding SEO

Portent Staff //  1 Nov, 2012

Balancing SEO and Branding to Avoid Being Covered in Mud

Adding copy to your website can become a tug-o-war between the Branding and SEO teams. One side is representing the voice and tone of the brand.  At the other end of the rope, the SEO team is focused on increasing keyword rankings. This can lead to everyone walking away covered in mud. Avoid that unclean… Read More

Internet Marketing

Ian Lurie //  6 Sep, 2012

The marketer’s code of ethics

Marketing can save the world. Or it can sit there like a turd you throw on businesses, hoping it’s fertilizer. I think it’s up to us which way our industry goes. So, I started work on this code of ethics: The code of ethics What I do affects businesses. It affects the jobs, lives and… Read More

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Ian Lurie //  18 Jul, 2012

On cycling, near-death experiences and content

I biked to work today. Which has nothing to do with this post, except that I biked back, too. My ride home includes a 500-foot climb that pitches up to a 10%+ grade in a few places. No big deal when I was 30 (or even 40). But now, at 44, with about 10 extra… Read More

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Portent Staff //  12 Jul, 2012

5 Things Kitten Photos Can Teach Us About Internet Marketing

Kittens rule the Internet. From the Jedi kittens of YouTube to the caption-savvy LOLcats, kittens are delighting nations. Sure, the occasional video of a laughing baby ripping paper or Darth Vader unicycling steals the viral spotlight, but kittens (and their older box-loving cat friends) have everyone from angsty adolescents to greying grandmas chuckling in pure bliss.… Read More

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Bryden McGrath //  19 Jun, 2012

InboxQ: Spread Your Twitter Authority Like Butter

Believe it or not, there are people on Twitter that don’t know you exist.   I know, it came as a shock to me and my 300 followers as well. But Twitter is a conversation, and whether you’re a person or a person representing a brand, you can’t converse with anyone who doesn’t know you… Read More

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Katie L Fetting //  9 Mar, 2012

Humor & Sharing Behavior: How Laughter Rules the Web

And you thought it was kittens and porn!  (There’s plenty of that, too…)   Funny people are popular people. How else can we explain an average-looking dude like Jason Sudekis scoring some of the hottest Betties in Hollywood?  But when X = funny, well, that’s another story. And as marketers – hockers of hope, deliverers… Read More

StumbleUpon Grows to 20 Million Members Social Media

Matt Gratt //  14 Nov, 2011

Visualizing the StumbleUpon Audience

StumbleUpon has gone from hipster niche play to social media giant. In this post, I’ll analyze and visualize the StumbleUpon audience, and give some tips for marketers seeking to use this channel to drive traffic. With more than 20 million users, sending more than 1 billion referrals per month, StumbleUpon is a major player in… Read More

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