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2 Oct, 2015

The Last Second Guide to Holiday Marketing

By Ian Lurie

I saw a Christmas ad last week. Complete with one of those sanity-imploding ditties that make me want to scoop out my medulla. I won’t tell you the title. You’d share my curse and hum the stupid thing until mid-January. It’s not even Halloween yet, people. Hopefully, you aren’t responsible for this atrocity. And hopefully,… Read More

Evil is easier! Internet Marketing

18 Mar, 2015

Internet Marketing For Asshats

By Ian Lurie

There are internet marketers. Then there are 100% pure internet marketing asshats. They stomp their moral compass to bits in the interest of earning more dollars (or pounds, or drachmas, or whatever). These are a few examples of their tactics: Commit libel Asshats write headlines that imply horrific things/inappropriate or reputation-destroying behavior, like ‘Is This… Read More

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13 Mar, 2015

Happy Pi Day from your Friends at Portent Interactive

By Colin Parker

MMM. Piiiii. It’s just a few hours till the annual Pi Day celebration at the Portent Interactive offices. About 3.14 hours if you’re into the whole brevity thing. Somewhere, my cardiologist is yelling at this monitor. One can only assume there’s no better way to spend an afternoon as a highly paid medical professional than… Read More

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5 Mar, 2015

PPC at mozCon – Challenge Yourself to Cross Geek Out

By Elizabeth Marsten

Last year I received an invitation to speak at one of the biggest search conferences of the year, MozCon. MozCon is put on by Moz (formerly known as SEOmoz) an SEO software/tool company in Seattle and MozCon, in the past, has been more commonly known as an SEO conference. As such, I’ve noticed that those… Read More

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2 Mar, 2015

Mobile & App Content Will Rank Higher. Shenanigans Likely.

By Colin Parker

I read the news today, oh boy. No doubt, many of you have already read the headline from TechCrunch. Or maybe you caught it coming down off the mountain from Google. Google is formalizing its stance on “mobile-friendliness” as a ranking signal worldwide. Not only that, but they’re boosting content from indexed apps in organic… Read More

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2 Mar, 2015

Penguin, SEO & the Apocalypse

By Ian Lurie

SEMPDX invited me to talk penalties at Searchfest 2015 (You should attend 2016, by the way). Here’s my presentation, with some extra explanatory slides: Bear in mind that the data in here was generated by me, a History major w/ a law degree. So treat them with a healthy grain of salt. You can rely… Read More


27 Feb, 2015

Google, Mobile and Apps: I’m tired

By Ian Lurie

It used to be that, when Google announced yet another tweak to their algorithm, I rubbed my hands with anticipation. Now, it just makes me tired. Yesterday, Google announced that mobile-readiness is now a worldwide ranking signal, and that indexable apps will influence personal search rankings. I should be excited. I’m just tired. Not because… Read More

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23 Feb, 2015

10 things I’d like to hear more often

By Ian Lurie

I’m trying to become a more positive guy. So instead of a post like ‘10 things that make me weep for the species,’ or ‘10 reasons I want to swallow an HDMI adapter,’ I’m going with things I’d like to hear. Woo hoo! It’s Positive Monday! Note: These are my bad habits, too. I write… Read More


19 Feb, 2015

Marketing Strategy for Search

By Ian Lurie

I just did a presentation at Friends of Search (an amazing conference, by the way). I focused on strategic thinking for SEOs, PPCs and the like. Here are the slides: Check ’em out.

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22 Jan, 2015

The C Major Scale of Analytics

By Michael Wiegand

Anybody who’s been in this business for a while knows their ABCs: Acquisition Behavior Conversion It’s built into Google Analytics, for God’s sake: And it’s a tried and true methodology for measuring. Problem is, we’re measuring to take action. If the lifecycle begins and ends with acquisition and conversion, we’re missing a lot of workflow… Read More

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13 Jan, 2015

Shockwaves in Seattle: KamQuake and the Twitter Correlation

By Alex DeLeon

When you hear people talking about “seismic activity” on the West Coast, what immediately jumps to mind? Los Angeles, rumbling as the San Andreas Fault shifts? John Cusack in 2012, fleeing the mighty wrath of the Pacific Ocean as it gleefully swallows California into its watery maw?* Here in the Pacific Northwest,  mentioning “seismic activity” brings back memories of… Read More

MeetMeAtStarbucks Internet Marketing

8 Jan, 2015

Starbucks stirs the heart: Strength in the Brand Story

By Christian St. Jacques

Seth Godin reminds us, “Great stories agree with our worldview. The best stories don’t teach people anything new. Instead the best stories agree with what the audience already believes and makes [them] feel smart and secure when reminded how right they were in the first place.” Back in September, Starbucks rolled out its first global… Read More

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29 Dec, 2014

SEO Using Force-Directed Diagrams

By Ian Lurie

Note: You can now buy Force Directed Diagrams in our store. Sometimes, the only way to understand a site is to look deep into the technology stack and gaze upon its dark, dark soul. But we at Portent try to avoid contact with evil beings. Instead, we use force-directed diagrams. I got my nerd on… Read More

Rain Strom of IMC Internet Marketing

23 Dec, 2014

It’s Raining Marketing: The Importance of Integrated Marketing Communications

By Kyle Eliason

Halfway during one of my marketing classes in college, I noticed a small quote on the bottom right-hand side of the whiteboard. It said, “Which raindrop caused the flood?” My teacher never referenced it once during the duration of the course. However, ten weeks later, it all made sense. What is this IMC you speak… Read More

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18 Dec, 2014

Is Duplicate Content Really a Problem?

By Kaitlin McMichael

The short answer is yes. We have written extensively on the subject before: SEO Obviousness: Duplicate content sucks, Duplicate content sin #1: Pagination, Duplicate content sin #2: Default page linking, SEO worst practices: The content duplication toilet bowl of death, and 5 SEO Strategies We Swear Aren’t Going Anywhere. So we have done our due… Read More

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2 Dec, 2014

8 Free Keyword Research Tools for PPC Advertising

By Erica Opsvig

Whether it’s SEO or PPC advertising, search engine marketing campaigns should begin with keyword research. This research is arguably the most important task for the foundation of all SEM efforts. It not only gives marketers insight into the mind of their audience, but helps bridge the gap between potential customers and the products or services… Read More