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Create blockbuster-worthy marketing personas Internet Marketing

21 Jun, 2017

6 Ways to Build Blockbuster-worthy Marketing Personas

By Kyle Eliason

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, before I was a digital marketer, I was a screenwriter. It was a period of endless coffee, erratic pay checks, and afternoons that inexplicably turned into early mornings. I learned many valuable skills as a writer that I still use to this day. For example,… Read More

Internet Marketing

7 Jun, 2017

Why Every Marketer Should Spend a Month Time Tracking

By Chad Kearns

If you’re not tracking your own hours as well as those of your team, I’m here to convince you to start today. Time tracking task by task isn’t fun. It can seem trivial for some and scary for others. But with effective time tracking and analysis, the payoffs in identifying bottlenecks in current work processes… Read More

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Internet Marketing

8 May, 2017

How to Avoid the Best Practices Trap

By Kirsten Pickworth

We’re all busy, which means we’re all occasionally guilty of relying on executive summaries and best practices guides to get things done. Give me a quick guide to optimizing landing pages? Can you send best practices for social media at events? What template should I use for our site’s metadata? How frequently should keywords be… Read More

Internet Marketing

14 Mar, 2017

Pi in the Face: Why I (love and) despise ROI

By Ian Lurie

This is the first edition of our annual Pi in the Face column. May many follow. Note: If you’re a marketer, this post will frustrate the hell out of you. I apologize. I needed a good rant. Plus, at a conference last week I heard a speaker say, “If it doesn’t generate ROI, we don’t… Read More

Internet Marketing

21 Feb, 2017

Work Smarter, Not Harder in Digital Marketing

By Chad Kearns

Walk through any professional services office around the country and I bet you’ll hear a similar theme when asking executives, managers, and practitioners about their workload- ‘there’s never enough time in the day.’ It happens all the time at Portent. I hear it from our team and I hear it from our clients. For marketing… Read More

In marketing, there is no magic lever Internet Marketing

16 Feb, 2017

Pulling The Lever: Marketing Wins and Where They Come From

By Ian Lurie

Marketers live for the moment they do that one thing and stats go through the roof. But that doesn't happen often, and when it does, there's more to it. There's a ton of work and learning, and assuming it's all magical does the field a disservice.

Internet Marketing

1 Feb, 2017

I Support Breitbart News: The Perils of Remarketing

By Ian Lurie

Internet advertising is perilous. Your ads can show up in all sorts of places. Remarketing is particularly dangerous. This story is an example of how remarketing can go horribly, horribly wrong. I am, in case no one guessed, a left-leaning over-privileged pinko liberal. I’m a feminist. I’m pro-immigration. I like taxes. OK, that’s a lie,… Read More

Internet Marketing

27 Jan, 2017

How to be more visible – Directory Optimization and Baby Gorillas

By Justin Brasser

Platitude #1: Google owns a massive majority of the search market. If all the internet’s a directory, and the game is to ensure you’re optimizing as such, consider that about 80% of desktop searches and over 85% of mobile searches are performed on Google. Their directory is dominant for many kinds of information. Old joke:… Read More

hubspot-email-example Internet Marketing

14 Oct, 2016

Are You Utilizing Your Email List?

By Timothy Johnson

Email lists are very powerful and have many different applications. They’re a great way to re-engage past customers, share your great content/knowledge, and keep your business at the front of people’s minds. If you aren’t using yours (or if you don’t keep one), no judgment. Okay, maybe a little judgment, but here are some things… Read More

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27 Sep, 2016

Marketing as Worldbuilding: The Links

By Ian Lurie

I know, I know. I piled on the tips and tools. It’s OK!!!! Here are the links, related content and slides from my Marketing Worldbuilding talk: 30 Tips For Better Content If you want a bunch of ideas for creating better places, check out this presentation and links Google Trends Compare trends around keywords. Figure… Read More

Tags you must know Internet Marketing

12 Sep, 2016

Four HTML Tags Every Digital Marketer Must Know

By Ian Lurie

Earlier this year I wrote that any digital marketer must know how to write a blog post in HTML. I caught a little flak for that. I earned it. I should’ve been clearer: There are four HTML elements every digital marketer should know. If you know them, you can write a post using the code… Read More

Internet Marketing

30 Aug, 2016

Content Rule #1: The Blank Sheet Of Paper Test

By Ian Lurie

Nothing gets taken out of context more than web content. Except maybe innocent remarks by public figures. Search engines pull bits and pieces from your page. People cut-and-paste. Aggregators grab headlines. We all tend to ignore the lack of context and write like we always have: We assume readers will see all our stuff together.… Read More

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26 Aug, 2016

Short Term Growth: Jump Start Your Digital Marketing Today

By Chad Kearns

From businesses ready to go to market with a new product or service, to companies with a longstanding history but little digital presence, business owners, investors, CEOs, and marketing managers are always looking for quick wins when it comes to getting started with their digital marketing initiatives. Quick-result potential initiatives provide marketers the ability to… Read More

Digital Marketing Agency in Seattle's Smith Tower - Portent Internet Marketing

25 Aug, 2016

A Digital Marketing Agency in Seattle’s Smith Tower

By Justin Brasser

As a child from a small, rural town, I was fascinated by skyscrapers. My family would often drive through Chicago and I would gawk at the monoliths and later, brag that I had seen the World’s Tallest Building. I maintain this fascination today as evidenced by my favorite Wikipedia page about the tallest buildings in… Read More

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19 Aug, 2016

13 Digital Priorities for Small Businesses

By Timothy Johnson

It’s more important than ever for all small businesses to have a strong presence online. Regardless of industry, customers are online all day long, whether it be on their desktop at work, phone on a bus, or tablet at home on the couch. Representing your business well digitally is easier said than done. Getting found… Read More

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