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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

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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

My Evernote knowledge base Internet Marketing

10 Aug, 2015

Fast Research for Internet Marketers: Faking the T-Shaped Knowledge Set

By Ian Lurie

Everyone knows I’m normally a diplomatic guy… HAHAHAHAHAHAHA SNIFF AHAHAHAHAHAHA SNORT AHAHAHAHA OK, now that you’ve sputtered coffee all over your keyboard: Somewhere, sometime in our professional lives, we’ve all been confronted with idiocy in the form of lazy ignorance: “Ignorance” = Not knowing the answer. Which happens to all of us. “Lazy” = An… Read More

Meetup at Portent - How conflict is key to creating great user experience Copywriting

2 Jul, 2015

How Conflict Is Key To Creating Great User Experiences

By Misty Weaver

Mr. Fisher Goes to Washington Steve Fisher, co-organizer Design & Content Conference recently visited Portent’s office in Seattle (Washington) to exchange brilliant ideas, but also to tell us some horror stories. For example: What do zombies have to do with content and design? Clearly, a lot. We Content Strategists are officially outpaced and outnumbered. So… Read More

Internet Marketing

18 Jun, 2015

Why not?

By Ian Lurie

TL;DR: I wrote my very first Medium post ever. It’s about marketing leadership and getting to “Why not?” Click here to read it. Any smart organization has the risk-takers and the risk-averse. That’s a very necessary balance. If all you have are risk-takers you’ll probably run aground in a hurry. If everyone on your team… Read More

The channels Internet Marketing

1 Jun, 2015

The Internet Marketing Stack: Channels

By Ian Lurie

This is the very last post in the marketing stack series! Want to start from the beginning? Click here. Part 1: The marketing stack Part 2: Infrastructure Part 3: Analytics Part 4: Content Part 5: The channels – paid, earned and owned ← You are here Channels are like pipes. They’re the machinery that puts… Read More

Content. It's kind of important. Internet Marketing

1 Jun, 2015

The Internet Marketing Stack: Content

By Ian Lurie

In part 3, I talked about Analytics. In this post, I’ll rant, rave and finally talk about content. This is content, by the way. Part 1: The marketing stack Part 2: Infrastructure Part 3: Analytics Part 4: Content ← You are here Part 5: The channels – paid, earned and owned First, a rant: All… Read More

Analytics listens to the marketing stack Internet Marketing

1 Jun, 2015

The Internet Marketing Stack: Analytics

By Ian Lurie

In part 2, I talked about infrastructure and its place in the marketing stack. In this post, I talk about analytics and its role in internet marketing. Part 1: The marketing stack Part 2: Infrastructure Part 3: Analytics ← You are here Part 4: Content Part 5: The channels – paid, earned and owned Analytics… Read More

Infrastructure drives internet marketing. It's the base of the stack. Internet Marketing

1 Jun, 2015

The Marketing Stack: Infrastructure

By Ian Lurie

In part 1, I talked about the marketing stack as a whole. In this post, I’ll walk through the base of the stack: Infrastructure. Part 1: The marketing stack Part 2: Infrastructure ← You are here Part 3: Analytics Part 4: Content Part 5: The channels – paid, earned and owned Infrastructure delivers content to… Read More

The internet marketing stack Internet Marketing

1 Jun, 2015

The Internet Marketing Stack: Overview

By Ian Lurie

I’ve prattled on about the marketing stack for a few years now, but haven’t really explained each chunk. This 5-post series explains the stack as a whole, then piece-by-piece. I’m not some TV series jerk who will keep you hanging, though, wondering which of your favorite characters will die next (cough HBO cough cough). Instead,… 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

iStock_000018223071Large Internet Marketing

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

Ipad close-up showing Google Internet Marketing

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

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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