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11 Sep, 2017

Funnel-Based PPC Account Strategy – An Overview

By Ryan Moothart

Channel Contribution 101: You want your paid search account to drive value and make money. You want to use your paid search account to help reach new customers and grow your business. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as whipping up a campaign, throwing in some keywords, and then watching the revenue come flooding in. You… Read More

A guide for web developers to maintain a faster site with better performance Design & Development

21 Sep, 2017

A Web Dev’s checklist for maintaining page speed

By Andy Schaff

It’s obvious to say that all websites need upkeep, but often times they are left as “good enough.” Collecting dust, attracting hackers, slipping in the rankings. We’ve already gone into painstaking detail about why page speed matters and various levels of guidance for site speed optimization overhaul from novice to advanced. This article assumes you’ve… Read More

Content-first SEO is about creating substance before visibility to win customers the right way Content Strategy

11 Sep, 2017

Content-First SEO

By Augustin Kendall

I’ve been finding myself saying, “You don’t rank for keywords, you rank for content,” a lot lately. Imagine this. You’re trying to turn a quaint town on the shore (East or West—pick your coast of choice) into a vacation destination. You’ve developed a brand for the location that you’re promoting in all the right travel… Read More

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SEO

6 Sep, 2017

SEO Fallacies That Must Die: 2017 Edition

By Ian Lurie

SEO folks are trend victims. Someone presents a new acronym, an idea, or a tool and we all pile on. Then we chase those nibbles of knowledge, good and bad alike, without thinking. And we land in deep pits lined with sharp, nasty sticks. These ideas must go: 1: TFIDF Score Predicts Rankings A higher… Read More

SEO Best Practices for Events - Portent SEO

5 Sep, 2017

6 SEO Best Practices for Events

By Shannon Walsh

There are so many moving parts when running an event large or small that it’s easy to let online optimization be an afterthought. Sidelining SEO, however, means missing out on a lot of organic visitors and awareness. A solid organic presence makes a huge difference in attracting more attendees’ year after year. Here are five… Read More

The best and most useful thing I've ever learned about ideation and brainstorming - Portent Content Strategy

30 Aug, 2017

The Single Best Thing I’ve Ever Heard About Ideation and Brainstorming

By Cate McGehee

Something my grad school professor said changed the way I’ve thought about brainstorming forever. Now it’s the best thing I can tell anyone else. There are dozens of ways you can get a room going and pan the gold from a group’s brainstorm. There are hundreds of blog posts out there that list techniques for… Read More

Random

22 Aug, 2017

Portent is Being Acquired

By Ian Lurie

Blink. Rub your eyes. You didn't read wrong. You didn't stare at yesterday's eclipse through defective glasses. It's true. Portent's in the process of being acquired. Like an avowed bachelor, I swore I Would Never Sell. Then along came the perfect partner. Welcome to Clearlink Our soon-to-be parent company is called Clearlink. They’re a performance… Read More

Why you need a voice and tone guide Portent Content Strategy

17 Aug, 2017

Why You Need a Voice and Tone Guide. Plus, 2 Exercises to Create One

By Katie McKenna

Imagine going to your doctor because you have a pain in your side and it won’t go away. You’re concerned because you don’t know what’s causing it. You wait eagerly for the doctor to come in because you know exactly the reassuring, pragmatic interaction you’re in for, and you expect them to be calm, direct,… Read More

Google analytics channels dashboard to assess your digital marketing mix Analytics

15 Aug, 2017

How to Assess Your Digital Marketing Mix Quickly

By Michael Wiegand

This is an excerpt from a forthcoming analytics e-book from Portent entitled Finding Cross-Channel Opportunity Gaps & Closing Them. Ever wonder how effective (or ineffective) your marketing channels are today? Do you get the feeling your paid initiatives are wasteful? Do you have a hunch your content calendar isn’t getting you anywhere organically? Do you… Read More

Copyright stamp your PPC ads to improve CTR PPC

11 Aug, 2017

Stamp Your PPC Ad Copy – Improve CTR the Old-Fashioned Way

By Kerri McCarthy

Does your brand have any registered, copyrighted or trademarked terms? If so, you should absolutely include the symbol in your text ads for improved performance. Yes! These little guys: ® © ™ This is not a new tactic in PPC ads by any means, but so many businesses aren’t taking advantage of it. The expected… Read More

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8 Aug, 2017

SEO 101 – Mobilizing the Public 2017

By Shannon Walsh

Slide Deck and Resources Slides from my presentation at Feeding America’s Mobilizing the Public Conference plus helpful tools, additional resources and free ebooks! SEO 101: Finding Yourself – Mobilizing the Public 2017 from Portent Tools Portent SEO Page Review Plugin A helpful tool for reviewing title tags, meta descriptions and other on page HTML elements.… Read More

Advice On How to Create Personas Content Strategy

8 Aug, 2017

How to Create Personas Your Team Will Actually Use

By Katie McKenna

When you’re in the thick of trying to create content to promote your brand, it can be easy to forget that actual human beings are going to use what you create. In marketing, we often call these human beings “users.” And we say things like, “We need to push users through the funnel with greater… Read More

Digital marketing strategies for small business budgets - Portent Internet Marketing

7 Aug, 2017

3 Digital Marketing Strategies That Won’t Cost You a Dime

By Timothy Johnson

Digital marketing covers a huge range of potential channels, tactics, and occasionally even a dash of strategy. Being an expert in everything is nearly impossible, and a big part of why agencies like Portent have a job. The risk of low return on ad spend, or even low return on your sweat equity is enough… Read More

Do you know your true content competitors? Content Strategy

1 Aug, 2017

Forget keyword rankings, focus on users: What dating apps and dancing contests teach us about competition

By Cate McGehee

The only companies that don’t have any competition are the ones selling something nobody wants. If you have a viable product or service, it’s just a matter of time before someone else starts offering it. And if you think it’s going to come down to whose product or service is better, think again. Core products… Read More

Content KPIs to measure ROI across the funnel - Portent Content Strategy

25 Jul, 2017

Your Guide to Choosing Content KPIs

By Cate McGehee

If your content team ever tells you that the impact of their work isn’t measurable, fire them. (And if you’ve ever told anyone that, read this blog before your client or boss does.) Sure, content marketing can be a long game. The ROI of content is often spread out over time and across the levels… Read More

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