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Ian Lurie

Ian Lurie

Ian Lurie is CEO and founder of Portent Inc. He's recorded training for Lynda.com, writes regularly for the Portent Blog and has been published on AllThingsD, Forbes.com and TechCrunch. Ian speaks at conferences around the world, including SearchLove, MozCon, SIC and ad:Tech. Follow him on Twitter at portentint. He also just published a book about strategy for services businesses: One Trick Ponies Get Shot, available on Kindle.

Articles by Ian Lurie

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Ian Lurie //  27 Apr, 2016

The right (and wrong) content marketing question

When people ask me about content marketing, they always start with one question: “How many pieces of content will I need to…” followed by their business goal. 2,778 should do it. Give or take 500. I’m not being a smartass here (for once). I understand the question. Content creation feels expensive. It’s hard work. It’s… Read More

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Ian Lurie //  13 Apr, 2016

Marketers Are Not Storytellers

TL;DR: Storytelling isn’t what digital marketers do. The audience creates the stories. We build the maps they use. We’re worldbuilders. Storytelling is a great word, but a poor metaphor for what we, the marketers, do. Before you scroll down and start swearing at me in the comments: I love marketing storytelling. Storytelling is fantastic. It’s… Read More

The DM's Guide to Marketing

Ian Lurie //  30 Mar, 2016

The Dungeon Master’s Guide to Marketing

Note: If you don’t know what D&D (Dungeons and Dragons) is, you should probably leave. Avoid eye contact with this blog post. Step away slowly but do not run. Click the back button. For a DM (Dungeon Master—see the warning above), marketing’s a pretty good gig. You get to write. You get to do nerdy… Read More

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Ian Lurie //  28 Mar, 2016

14 Little Things to Make Your Blog Post Content Better

Great content is all about a great idea. It’s also about the production quality. I can’t give much advice about video or audio, but I write a lot. These are my favorite little tweaks to improve content quality, reader happiness, and performance. All these tips assume that you can edit your own content but not… Read More

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Ian Lurie //  14 Mar, 2016

11 Must-Have Tech Skills For Every Digital Marketer

Digital marketing is a mish-mash of marketing knowledge and little snippets of nerdy know-how. It’s a mess. You need to nail both categories, and the one that I see most often jam up would-be marketers is the nerdy stuff. Without it, you can’t execute. There isn’t some exclusive “oh-look-at-me-I’m-a-digital marketer” club. If you can’t check… Read More

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Ian Lurie //  20 Jan, 2016

How to: Set your marketing budget (backwards)

What’s an ideal marketing budget? ONE MILLION DOLLARS IN SMALL BILLS DROPPED ON MY DESK. Or not. Reality trashes marketing budgets. It throws all manner of misery at us: No customer acquisition data Bad customer acquisition data Wishful thinking by clients, bosses and boards When that happens, I like to work backwards, like this: Find… Read More

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Ian Lurie //  12 Jan, 2016

How to: Make 10x Content Achievable

For those who don’t know: 10x content, originally defined by Rand Fishkin, is content that’s 10x better than the current best item in a search result for a particular topic. The following may or may not be entirely true. But it’s realistic: I nearly killed a colleague for Hanukkah. We were eating lunch. I said… Read More

Content marketing without a network. Good luck with that.

Ian Lurie //  7 Jan, 2016

Need to Crush Content Promotion? Love Your Dealers

I talk about dealers in this post. When I had some friends edit it, they accused me of writing yet another Breaking Bad comparison post. Let me point out that there are many other kinds of dealer networks: Cars. Games. Chocolate. Bootlegged copies of Asia’s 1983 world tour. “Dealer” is just the right word for… Read More

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Ian Lurie //  15 Dec, 2015

5 Lessons for Entrepreneurs

Last February, I had to have hernia surgery. I was so stressed about work that, as they put me under, I was just happy to get some sleep. Yes, I was treating abdominal surgery as ‘me time.’ For me, late 2014 to early 2015 was a poop cyclone of biblical proportions. Things have changed. I’m… Read More

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Ian Lurie //  11 Dec, 2015

Running for Office? Reserve These Domain Names

Short version: If you’re running for office, you need to reserve the right web addresses before someone else does. We’ve got a tool that generates the obvious ones for you. Obvious for you. Given the news lately, maybe not others. If you want to skip all the jokes and just try the tool, click the… Read More

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Ian Lurie //  18 Nov, 2015

Know why: How to beat marketing survivorship bias

Why does marketing advice suck? We all look for marketing tactics we can repeat. You know what I mean: Some guy writes an article about marketing strategy, and boom, everyone’s off to the races. And 95% of the time, the tactics out of context fall flat on their metaphorical faces. Using the latest marketing how-to… Read More

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Ian Lurie //  4 Nov, 2015

11 Reasons for Twitter Heartgate

I’m jumping on the bandwagon. I’m surfing the trend. I’m grubbing for 15 seconds of fame by reporting the biggest news of the last 24 hours: Twitter is replacing stars with hearts But I’m different. I’m… special. My spies have the inside story. And they brought back 11 possible reasons for this bold change of… Read More

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Ian Lurie //  30 Oct, 2015

Does RankBrain change digital marketing?

No. Epilogue All hail RankBrain! Remember this day when we’re all slaves to machines that barf information on us, filling up downtime and turning us into drooling screen addicts… Wait. Since I’m too late to do anything about that, I thought I’d get one thing out of the way: RankBrain doesn’t matter to marketers. Or… Read More

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Ian Lurie //  22 Oct, 2015

Dealing With ROI Rage: MarketingProfs B2B Presentation

This is the last ‘here is what I presented’ links for a while, I promise. I just did this presentation at MarketingProfs B2B Forum (a conference I highly recommend, by the way). Here’s the deck: ROI Rage: Tying KPIs to Marketing Strategy and Tactics from Ian Lurie The Capybara are back!!! The links Google Analytics… Read More

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Ian Lurie //  19 Oct, 2015

Distance from Perfect: SearchLove London Slides

I talked about Distance from Perfect at SearchLove London. There weren’t a lot of links, but here are they are. Plus the slides: The links: Factoids How Quality Score Affects Cost and per Conversion Twitter’s Algorithm Naked Mole Rats (you had to be there) The stats and explanation around revenue vs. page load time The… Read More

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