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survivorship bias, as seen from Jupiter Featured

18 Nov, 2015

Know why: How to beat marketing survivorship bias

By Ian Lurie

Why does marketing advice suck? We all look for marketing tactics we can repeat. You know what I mean: Some guy writes an article about marketing strategy, and boom, everyone’s off to the races. And 95% of the time, the tactics out of context fall flat on their metaphorical faces. Using the latest marketing how-to… Read More

starshearts Random

4 Nov, 2015

11 Reasons for Twitter Heartgate

By Ian Lurie

I’m jumping on the bandwagon. I’m surfing the trend. I’m grubbing for 15 seconds of fame by reporting the biggest news of the last 24 hours: Twitter is replacing stars with hearts But I’m different. I’m… special. My spies have the inside story. And they brought back 11 possible reasons for this bold change of… Read More

YouTube Best Practices - 5 Things You Can Do Today Social Media

3 Nov, 2015

YouTube Best Practices – Five Things You Can Do Today

By Alex DeLeon

You see millions of viewers on YouTube. You want a piece of the action. So you borrow a video camera, snag a GoPro from home, or just use an iPhone to get what you need. You record, upload the video and wait for the fans to pour in. Sometimes it works. Usually… not so much.… Read More

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RankBrain Portent SEO Internet Marketing

30 Oct, 2015

Does RankBrain change digital marketing?

By Ian Lurie

No. Epilogue All hail RankBrain! Remember this day when we’re all slaves to machines that barf information on us, filling up downtime and turning us into drooling screen addicts… Wait. Since I’m too late to do anything about that, I thought I’d get one thing out of the way: RankBrain doesn’t matter to marketers. Or… Read More

enraged Analytics

22 Oct, 2015

Dealing With ROI Rage: MarketingProfs B2B Presentation

By Ian Lurie

This is the last ‘here is what I presented’ links for a while, I promise. I just did this presentation at MarketingProfs B2B Forum (a conference I highly recommend, by the way). Here’s the deck: ROI Rage: Tying KPIs to Marketing Strategy and Tactics from Ian Lurie The Capybara are back!!! The links Google Analytics… Read More

dfpcover Internet Marketing

19 Oct, 2015

SearchLove London 2015: The Links

By Ian Lurie

I talked about Distance from Perfect at SearchLove London. There weren’t a lot of links, but here are they are. Plus the slides: The links: Factoids How Quality Score Affects Cost and per Conversion Twitter’s Algorithm Naked Mole Rats (you had to be there) The stats and explanation around revenue vs. page load time The… Read More

Force Directed Diagrams Internet Marketing

8 Oct, 2015

Site Speed Presentation: The links

By Ian Lurie

I talked about site speed today at OMCap Berlin. The presentation included a lot of little tips. Here are links to any relevant stuff, in the order they appeared in the presentation. The links: Site speed vs. revenue The stats and explanation around revenue vs. page load time. Diagnostic tools Google PageSpeed Insights GTMetrix Pingdom… Read More

Rocket Bug Design & Development

6 Oct, 2015

Can and Should I Run WordPress in Parallel with my Existing Site?

By Andy Schaff

This is a question I get asked a lot as senior developer at Portent. A client, new or existing, has an established site running on some platform, and wants to add on a blog, a microsite, or the ability to easily control top-of-funnel marketing content. Technically, “in parallel” means WordPress (WP) is set up to… Read More

lastsecondchill Internet Marketing

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

Marketing is Worldbuilding Internet Marketing

15 Sep, 2015

Marketing is WorldBuilding: Confluence Slides

By Ian Lurie

At ConfluenceCon last week I explained why marketing is worldbuilding, not storytelling. We’re not inserting customers into storylines. We’re providing them with a world that has many points of entry, lots of places to stop and many routes to conversion. Worldbuilding. Here’s an annotated slide deck: Weird, Useful, Significant: Marketing as Worldbuilding from Ian Lurie… Read More

Our Playbook Internet Marketing

9 Sep, 2015

Should I Use SEM to Promote My Content?

By Timothy Johnson

A lot of time, effort and resources go into creating high quality content for your business. Regardless of format – infographic, blog post, video or something else – you need to create, produce and publish every piece. You’re expending resources: Time, money or both. After making that hefty initial investment you need to get it… Read More

content hub User Experience

2 Sep, 2015

Your blog is boring. Upgrade to a hub

By Chris Lakin

Let me start with a disclaimer. If you haven’t started blogging, get a plan together and start. Don’t write just for the sake of writing, but create a strategy around what you’ll write about and then actually do it. Publishing content on a regular basis benefits search engine visibility and audience building. If you are… Read More

Poof, you're searching User Experience

28 Aug, 2015

Pure Bragging: Two Cool New Portent Thingamabobs

By Ian Lurie

Note: Right now I’m bragging, but Blake has promised he’ll soon write a post about how he actually did this stuff. So you might want to subscribe to the blog using that form on the right over there. See what I just did? Marketing!!! Our resident all-things-user-experience nerd just developed two new site feature/thingamabobs (that’s… Read More

Don't Overspend for your PPC PPC

20 Aug, 2015

Maximize Profitability on Your Branded PPC

By Ryan Moothart

Alternate Title: How I doubled Return on Ad Spend in branded PPC PPC 101 – Branded Search The first rule of PPC is to make sure you bid on your branded search terms.  Actually, scratch that – the first rule of PPC is that all must bow down to Earth’s future overlords, Google.  Or was… Read More

Google Tag Manager Exam Analytics

18 Aug, 2015

Quick Guide to Google Tag Manager Fundamentals Exams

By Timothy Gillman

Now is the perfect time to learn more about website tag management. Google Analytics (GA) Academy recently released their new Google Tag Manager (GTM) Fundamentals course, an excellent way for anyone to learn more about using this free tool. Why should I care about understanding tag management? Don’t Care. Take me to the guide, man.… Read More

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