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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

Ian Lurie //  28 Apr, 2006

SEO, Trust and Other Issues

An article on Search Engine Watch notes that around 90% of American consumers now distrust advertising. That’s a lot. It’s also a fairly new development. How do you respond? One strategy is to focus on marketing venues that aren’t perceived as advertising. Search engines are a great example. Online PR/Blog marketing is another. It’s easy… Read More

Ian Lurie //  31 Mar, 2006

Fifty Reasons

Scott Heiferman has a great list of 50 reasons folks don’t use your web site: 50 Reasons Why It’s a great read. Enjoy!

Ian Lurie //  29 Mar, 2006

Amazon Marketing Bloopers

Mike sent me a priceless e-mail from Amazon.com. Here’s the important content: “For the next few days, you can pre-order your copy at a savings of 0% by following the link below.” Then below you see that the price is $6.96, for a savings of $.03. No doubt, this was generated by some of Amazon’s… Read More

Ian Lurie //  24 Mar, 2006

Ugly Websites Win

Ugly websites work best. Think back on the most successful sites on the internet: Google? Ugly. Craigslist? Ugly. Ebay? Ugly. Yahoo? Most successful when they were ugly. IMDB.com? Astonishingly ugly. And right behind them come Blogger.com, Amazon.com, etc.. None of these sites will win any design awards. They have faces only an investor could love.
These sites succeed because they put message and function first, form second…

Ian Lurie //  13 Mar, 2006

When Creativity Overcomes Good Sense

The state of Washington is launching a new, $442,000 marketing campaign. They undoubtedly invested a lot of time in coming up with a slogan to rival ‘I love NY’ and ‘What happens here, stays here’. In the end they came up with ‘SayWA’. Yes, SayWA. Huh? After choking on my morning cereal, I decided that… Read More

Ian Lurie //  17 Feb, 2006

Most Web ‘Pros’ Don’t Measure

You don’t have to take it from me. A Forrester Report states that only 13% of web professionals at 89 online companies said they actually measure the ROI of all web site changes. Only half said they measure the ROI of major changes. Half said they don’t measure the ROI of any changes at all,… Read More

Ian Lurie //  13 Feb, 2006

Search Engine Optimization Fraud

The Wall Street Journal posted an article about a search engine optimization company called Traffic Power. It’s a great lesson in how not to hire an SEO firm. Traffic Power’s tactics included ‘doorway pages’, which are pages invisible to users but crawlable by search engines. These pages are packed with keywords, in order to draw… Read More

Ian Lurie //  1 Feb, 2006

Judging, 2: That Cover Thing Again

Previously, I talked about the moment when a web site visitor decides to stay or leave. Seth Godin has another great post about it: Wait!. Be smart, be focused, and don’t ignore the needs/wants/questions of your audience, or they’ll end up ignoring you.

Ian Lurie //  31 Jan, 2006

Tested, Two: In A Nutshell

Tested Advertising Methods distills marketing and advertising down to a few critical rules: That which works, sells. That which looks good and works, sells better. That which looks good but doesn’t work, sells nothing. No wonder I love this book… See my previous post about this book.

Ian Lurie //  31 Jan, 2006

Tested Advertising Methods

I am rereading Tested Advertising Methods, by John Caples. It’s the definitive work on effective advertising, copy and ad testing. If you want to learn all there is to know about successful ad campaigns, read this book. It provides great insight into testing ad campaigns and then adjusting those campaigns for the best results. Here’s… Read More

Ian Lurie //  17 Jan, 2006

Judging a Book By Its Cover

A Canadian study has shown that users judge the aesthetics of a web site in less than one-twentieth of a second. Translation? The simplest appropriate design is best. In that space of time (less than a blink), do you think your audience will take in ten product photos, five logos, an animated image and a… Read More

Ian Lurie //  15 Jan, 2006

Math Rocks

Business Week has a new article about the growing power of mathematics in our lives. In Internet Marketing math has been essential for some time. As more and more consumers move online, we can construct increasingly accurate models of behavior, and mathematics play a bigger and bigger role in our lives. The real story, though,… Read More

Ian Lurie //  6 Jan, 2006

Why didn’t I think of that?

Nothing else needs to be said, really: www.milliondollarhomepage.com (note – as of 1/13 this site appears to be having some bandwidth issues, so you may get a ‘not found’ or ‘site busy’ error when you click the above link)

Ian Lurie //  30 Dec, 2005

Even More Cookie Hysteria

ABC news has a story up about the White House web site. Apparently, they use WebTrends to measure site traffic, and were horrified to find out that WebTrends uses cookies: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory?id=1455081 OK, people, let’s set some priorities, shall we? We face terrorism, domestic spying by the NSA, natural disasters and the like, and we’re writing… Read More

Ian Lurie //  27 Dec, 2005

Google Print Ads: No Measurement, No Joy

Google’s been dabbling in print ads, and the results so far haven’t been great, says Business Week. They cite lack of flexible pricing, higher costs and an inability to target ads the same way Google Adwords does online. I think there’s a different reason: Measurement. Folks flock to Adwords pay-per-click ads because they can measure… Read More