Halfway Doesn’t Work
Ian Lurie Jan 15 2007
I had a change of opinion today. I used to say you can try a little internet marketing, then expand it.
That’s great, but it doesn’t work for a few of the areas that fall under the umbrella of internet marketing:
Search Engine Optimization. Doing ‘a little SEO’ to see what happens is like starting heart surgery then seeing if you feel better.
Design. Doing ‘a little design’ is like painting your front door and then waiting a year to paint the rest. By the time you finish, the door will have faded, and nothing will match.
Analytics. Doing ‘a little analytics’ is like driving on the freeway, opening your eyes every 5 minutes. It might work, but you’re bound to miss something important (and crash).
Development. Hiring the guy down the street or your cousin’s cousin to build your site is more like hiring 1,000 monkeys to fix a radio. In theory, it’s possible one monkey might throw the radio in just the right way. But chances are, you’ll end up hiring someone else, or buying a new radio.
A little perspective can be a good thing…
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Ian Lurie is CEO and founder of Portent Inc. He's recorded training for Lynda.com, writes regularly for the Portent Blog and has been published on AllThingsD, Forbes.com and TechCrunch. Ian speaks at conferences around the world, including SearchLove, MozCon, SIC and ad:Tech. Follow him on Twitter at portentint. He also just published a book about strategy for services businesses: One Trick Ponies Get Shot, available on Kindle. Read More