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Portent Staff //  16 Aug, 2013

Portent’s Top 10 Posts of 2013 (So Far…)

We are over halfway through 2013, so we thought we’d glance back at some of our top Portent blog posts of the year (so far).  This was no easy selection — we are very fortunate to have a plethora of great content to choose from. The following posts were chosen based on social impact, traffic… Read More

Katie is friendly

Portent Staff //  8 Aug, 2013

Portent’s Kitten Moodinator: When Content Isn’t Words

For a highly visual medium, the Internet has been slow to attract marketers with a graphic bent.  Perhaps due to proliferation of search engine optimization, or web browsers originating as text-based applications, many of us have focused on the word, not the image, video, or application. But words aren’t attracting the attention they used to. … Read More

Portent falling for technology

Portent Staff //  25 Jul, 2013

Parallax Scrolling? HTML5 Animations? Why We’re Falling for New Design Techniques

Change is in the air around Portent. Change that’s directly tied to how we see the future of Internet marketing. And it’s exciting. And it involves cool design innovations like parallax scrolling and HTML5 animations. As we shift our focus more and more towards what we call 10% content—deeper, larger projects that take bigger risks… Read More

Open your Mind written on a classic "Open" restaurant sign

Portent Staff //  22 Jul, 2013

7.5 Tips for Becoming a Brainstorming Genius

The World Wide Web has robbed the world of mystery.  Its epic reach into the far corners of the collective conscious has placed long odds against unleashing amazing new information – and with every blog post and product description, these odds get longer.  As a result, it is imperative to creatively impart information to differentiate… Read More

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Portent Staff //  21 Jun, 2013

The Life of Pi Part III

It’s been awhile since we’ve checked in on the internal workings of Portent’s Smith Tower headquarters, and I figure it’s about time since we have some pretty exciting news to announce. The very first winner of the Best Section in the Portent Office has been selected and it’s none other than… The Southeast Corner, aka… Read More

Third party sitelink like on Facebook

Portent Staff //  12 Jun, 2013

Google AdWords – Third Party Sitelinks

One of the most exciting (and frustrating) parts of PPC marketing is that it’s a constantly changing landscape. A big part of anyone’s job when working in PPC is to keep up on the latest changes to the systems you’re using. The only problem is that Google releases roughly five billion changes to AdWords every… Read More

Woman under attack from Zombies

Portent Staff //  11 Jun, 2013

3 Ways to Keep Content Zombies from Eating Your Brains

The undead are white hot these days. From the “Walking Dead” to “World War Z,” zombies have hit the mainstream—they’re everywhere. Some talk about a Zombie Apocalypse as if it’s a forgone conclusion. A friend recently told me he’s shopping for a new vehicle, and it needs to be a four-wheel drive SUV so he… Read More

Portent Staff //  15 May, 2013

3 Google Algorithms We Know About & 200 We Don’t

When I meet with clients or present at conferences, I am always asked: “How do I rank high on Google for (insert keyword-phrase-du-jour)?” I give the standard answer: “Only the search engineers and Google can tell you and they aren’t talking.” Inevitably, the questioner looks dejected, mutters a slur on my credentials, and walks away. … Read More

A donkey with a speech bubble talks about assuming.

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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Portent Staff //  15 Apr, 2013

So You Think You’re Buying from Sears

You might not be. I was poking around in Google Shopping results the other day and found that there are some merchants who have partnered with major brands that are essentially “piggy backing” off their name through the Google Shopping Feed. At first, I thought NewEgg was being just really clever/sneaky by changing their store… Read More

Portent Staff //  4 Apr, 2013

Get Found, Make Money: Optimizing Apps for Search

  State of App Search: Needle in a Haystack Have you ever tried to meet someone at Grand Central Station or some other incredibly crowded venue? It sounds so doable and yet it is so not. There are too many people, too many distractions and too much stuff in the way. App (tablet and phone… Read More

Wait Cursor for Macs

Portent Staff //  28 Mar, 2013

Make Photoshop Faster with These Simple Settings

***** If you’ve ever used Photoshop on a Mac, you’re probably familiar with this guy. Would you like to send him packing and never see him again? If you answered yes, strap on your Photoshop helmet and get ready for the blog post of your life. For this blog post I am using Adobe Photoshop… Read More

Cover of The Inbound Marketing Manifesto

Portent Staff //  19 Mar, 2013

The Inbound Marketing Manifesto

Content strategists of the world unite! Have you heard? Content marketing is the future. I hear you saying to yourself, “But you’re an inbound marketer, Rebecca, isn’t that statement just a tad self-serving?” It’s not just me. Look at the spike in interest over the past two years: This is a conversation that’s being had… Read More

Portent Staff //  11 Mar, 2013

An Easy Way to Automate Your Facebook Reporting Using Pivot Tables

I hate doing things twice. I also hate doing things by hand. When it comes to PPC reporting, there is nothing quite as cumbersome as recreating reports from scratch month after month. Thankfully we have the tools available to us to make easy and effective automated reports a cinch. Assuming you have Excel, you’re pretty… Read More

treasure map facebook scavenger hunt

Portent Staff //  21 Feb, 2013

Why Facebook Graph Search Will = More Scavenger Hunts (Yay!)

Here at Portent, we’ve been all abuzz conjecturing and wondering what the Facebook Graph Search roll-out will ultimately mean for clients. Facebook’s powering its graph search with the connections that take place within its platform (check-ins, likes, friends, shares, tags, and other engagement signals). Will the public take to it? Will Facebook eclipse Yelp and… Read More