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Bad Date

Portent Staff //  16 Jan, 2014

As Good as It Gets: What dating can teach us about email marketing.

The greatest thing about email marketing is how direct the communication is. Email is the closest you can get to dating your customers. Creepy? Maybe a little. Intrusive? Not if you do it right. Why bother with email? (Reasons to take the leap) People sign up for emails because they want the inside scoop. They… Read More

front end workflow

Portent Staff //  14 Jan, 2014

A Front-End Workflow For The Evolving Web

The Setup Front End Development is a fairly new concept. Back when “Webmaster” was an actual job title there was no real “development” on the front end. Websites were structured using tables, CHSS and SSP were being joined together to make what eventually would be CSS. The web was still primarily a place for documents,… Read More

AdWords Wishlist

Portent Staff //  9 Jan, 2014

An AdWords Wishlist for 2014

This post is brought to you by our special guest, Toni Voutilainen. Toni is a passionate PPC practitioner from a Finland-based Internet Agency Tulos Helsinki, operating in Scandinavia. Tulos and Portent are conducting a pilot of an International Geek Exchange program – this article is the culmination of Toni’s visit here to Seattle. This October, AdWords… Read More

Why Brand Managers Must Sweat the Small Stuff… and it’s ALL Small Stuff

Portent Staff //  19 Dec, 2013

Why Brand Managers Must Sweat the Small Stuff… and it’s ALL Small Stuff

Marketers have always had a difficult time justifying their budgets. My grandfather was a Mad Man – working in advertising and marketing from the 60s to the 80s for a series of companies. (He eventually wound up a Sr. VP of Marketing at Doskocil Foods moving armies of pepperoni.) I remember being a wee lass… Read More

Remarketing for Search Ads

Portent Staff //  17 Dec, 2013

Remarketing for Search Ads

Remarketing Lists for Search Ads [RLSA] is an extremely useful feature that Google rolled out over the summer. It allows you to serve search ads to people who are on your remarketing lists, and for Portent’s small e-commerce clients, it’s definitely proven profitable.  So if you’re looking for another way to increase your sales, read… Read More

Heads Up, Internet Marketers: How to Use PPC to Bolster Your SEO [Inspired by My Mozinar!]

Portent Staff //  4 Dec, 2013

Heads Up, Internet Marketers: How to Use PPC to Bolster Your SEO [Inspired by My Mozinar!]

Elizabeth initially presented the information below during her Mozinar on Sept. 10. But for those of you who aren’t interested in an hour-long audio presentation but want more info than a Slideshare, this is the post for you.  Consider this the “Tall,” not Venti version… Give us a break, it’s Seattle. Once upon a time I started… Read More

Ridiculous screaming woman emerging from closet.

Portent Staff //  28 Oct, 2013

SEO as Customer Service: Or Why Marketing’s Most ‘Shameful’ Secret Should Come Out of the Closet

To many people’s minds, search engine optimization is on par with direct mail, telemarketing, and Katherine Heigl. (Well, maybe not Heigl-bad…) As Brand Manager of Portent, one of my ongoing directives is to gather case studies of our good work. But unlike conventional agencies who regularly tout their big marketing wins, I often have a… Read More

Picture of a Police Line Do Not Cross

Portent Staff //  24 Oct, 2013

Link Juice est Mort

One of my favorite comedy bits is Lewis Black educating us on the difference between milk and water. Black tells us that there is no such thing as soy milk because soy beans do not have breasts (from which milk comes). Soy milk is a made-up name to sell a product. “Link juice” – a… Read More

Brainstorming front screencap

Portent Staff //  15 Oct, 2013

7.5 Tips for Becoming a Brainstorming Genius [VIDEO WEBINAR]

This webinar was given July 25, 2013. Transcript: Sara:  Hi and welcome everyone to our next…or to this installment of the Portent Webinar Series.  My name is Sara.  I’ll be your moderator for today’s webinar, which is 7.5 Tips for Becoming a Brainstorming Genius with Katie Fetting, our Brand Manager at Portent.  We would love… Read More

Waste per click

Portent Staff //  9 Oct, 2013

Waste-Per-Click: 10 Ways You’re Losing Money in PPC [VIDEO WEBINAR]

This webinar was given June 27, 2013.   Transcript: Ariana: Hello, and welcome, everyone, to the next installment of the Portent Webinar Series. My name is Ariana and I will be your moderator for today’s webinar, which is Waste-Per-Click – 10 Ways You’re Losing Money on PPC, with our very own Elizabeth Marsten, Senior Director… Read More

Portent Staff //  5 Oct, 2013

Save Time, Money and Bloodshed with Soft System Discovery [VIDEO WEBINAR]

This webinar was given September 19. Transcript: Interviewer: Hello. And welcome, everyone, to the next installment of the Portent Webinar Series. My name is Ariana, and I will be your moderator for today’s webinar, which is breaking down barriers to drive success with Marianne Sweeny, our very own senior search strategist here at Portent. We… Read More

Sara at social google hangout

Portent Staff //  2 Oct, 2013

Google Hangout: Making Friends, Not Followers

The team at MackWebSolutions pulled together a panel of experienced community managers including our Director of Social Media, Sara Lingafelter, for a Google Hangout yesterday to discuss the difference between friends and followers, and how to target the right people with your social media and other outreach efforts. The panelists included: Sheena Medina – @sheenamedina… Read More

Portent Staff //  27 Sep, 2013

SEO Tips for Small Businesses [VIDEO WEBINAR]

This webinar was originally given in October, 2012. Transcript: Shawn Besabella: Hello. Welcome to the Portent Webinar Series. My name is Shawn, and I’ll be today’s moderator for today’s webinar, which is SEO Tips for Small Businesses. Today’s webinar will be presented by Josh Patrice, an SEO Team Lead here at Portent. So without further… Read More


Portent Staff //  25 Sep, 2013

The 113 Best Google Tricks, Easter Eggs, April Fool’s Day Jokes and Pranks

At first Google was just a search engine; then it started to get funny. Now, Google tricks, or “Easter Eggs,” lurk behind every Google search. The right keywords or an “I’m Feeling Lucky” search will often lead you to odd and awesome Google jokes. And Google Easter Eggs aren’t just in Search, you can also… Read More

not provided bomb

Portent Staff //  24 Sep, 2013

A Day in the Life or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love (not provided)

I read the news today, oh boy… Danny Sullivan announced that Google is actively moving towards 100% encrypted search results. This should come as no surprise to anyone in the industry. When Google introduced secure search back in 2011, we saw the writing on the wall. As Google increased their number of users, the number… Read More