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Drawn version of Tom Cruise in Top Gun

Portent Staff //  14 Feb, 2013

Why Tom Cruise Should Be Your Content Strategist [Infographic]

When he’s not streaking through the Danger Zone on an Impossible Mission, the world’s biggest movie star (yes, still arguably) veers Far and Away from his core competency, occasionally taking a mega-risk with his Eyes Wide Shut. Corniness of that opening sentence aside, Tom Cruise makes for a compelling model of how to run a… Read More

Words "Social Bowl XLVII" with football player background

Portent Staff //  31 Jan, 2013

Social Bowl XLVII: Why a Mid-Sized Firm or Small Business Must Play Its Own Game on Sunday

We all know that the Super Bowl is the Super Bowl of, well, Super Bowls.  It’s even MORE super for mega-brands with colossal marketing budgets, fancy Hollywood contacts and burping frogs.  But not everyone is a Coke… Or even a Pepsi.  Consequently, if you’re a mid-sized business looking to maximize your advertising dollars this Sunday,… Read More

Pick up the Paper graphic

Portent Staff //  24 Jan, 2013

Into The Fold: Why Web Design is More than One “Rule”

If you want to call yourself a web designer these days, you’d better be ready to keep up. Daily study is required or you’ll be left in the dust. I follow countless blogs, listen to podcasts during my commute, and work on random projects at home just to try out new things. When I start… Read More

Snow Day Logo

Portent Staff //  16 Jan, 2013

Portent: Kings of the (Snow) Castle

Last Saturday, Portent owned the Snow Day Snow Castle competition (though we didn’t win—drats, that REI!). The building contest and subsequent Guinness Book of World Records’ record-breaking snowball fight benefited the Boys and Girls Clubs of King County.  Below are the fruits of our labor: Video and original music by Josh Patrice We had a great… Read More

Portent Staff //  7 Jan, 2013

Be a Freaking Video Hero, Sans Camera

Marketing departments are endlessly busy. Each one has different internal and external expectations about what they can (and should) accomplish. I mean, everybody’s a marketing whiz who watches the Super Bowl, right? If only it were that easy. Marketing departments are regularly expected to accomplish a wide range of goals. Ingeniously. Inexpensively. Instantaneously. Consequently, when… Read More

DuckDuckGo How to Goose Google

Portent Staff //  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

Portent Staff //  30 Nov, 2012

The (Real) Life of Pi

Intentional or not, Ang Lee and his certain-to-be-Oscar-nominated movie have infringed on our copyright.  Way before there was some weird kid in a turban floating around with a tiger, there was PORTENT, INC.  Pi.  And way, WAY before the weird turban tiger floating, we had a life.  And we still do. So skip the multiplex… Read More

cringe worthy seo phrases

Portent Staff //  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

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

Google Analytics visits and revenue report

Portent Staff //  25 Oct, 2012

Google Analytics Tips for Small Businesses

You’re a small business and you’ve got a decent website—but you’re not sure how it’s doing. What you need is Google Analytics (GA), but you’re not sure what to make of all the reporting options. Don’t worry, we can help. What’s Important in Google Analytics? For a small business, the most complex reports aren’t going… Read More

Disavow Link Tool dog

Portent Staff //  16 Oct, 2012

The Dos and Don’ts for Google’s New Disavow Links Tool

For the first time in what might be ever, Google has followed Bing’s lead and announced a tool to disavow links. We asked (or demanded), and they listened! Cleverly named the Disavow Links tool, Google Webmaster Tools’ latest feature gives power back to webmasters and takes it away from spammers. Here are our tips for… Read More


Portent Staff //  12 Oct, 2012

Google AuthorRank: Heir to the Throne

A bold ruler ascends—going by the name Google AuthorRank – and his reign will be a long one. Because, in the very near future, information will take a back seat to who supplies it. We can no longer trust content – there’s just too much of it.  And many of “the facts” are flat-out wrong. … Read More

the Portini

Portent Staff //  28 Sep, 2012

Portent Open House: How to Party in a Historic Building

How is it going, Portent? I’d like to field this question: it is going great. Maybe I’m just feeling great because of what happened last night. What happened last night? You remember that Portent moved downtown to Seattle’s Smith Tower in June. Since then, life has been a lot like the 1996 blockbuster film The… Read More

Twitter SEO Profile

Portent Staff //  14 Aug, 2012

Are You Making the Right First Impression on Twitter?

First impressions are important. I remember when I was younger; I met a girl on a cruise that was high class and a lot wealthier than I was. Ordinarily she wouldn’t have given me a second glance, but after I saved her from an ill-advised swim, we fell in love almost immediately, even though she… Read More

Twilight Zone "To Serve Man"

Portent Staff //  6 Aug, 2012

SEO: Trading Tactics for Craft

I just finished 3 intensive days at MozCon 2012. Not for intellectual sissies or social introverts, the days were spent listening to presentations, demonstrations and exhortations from a list of luminaries. There was something for everyone: link building is the road to perdition, how-tos on link building, agile all over the place, data modeling, crunching,… Read More

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