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25 Jul, 2017

Your Guide to Choosing Content KPIs

By Cate McGehee

If your content team ever tells you that the impact of their work isn’t measurable, fire them. (And if you’ve ever told anyone that, read this blog before your client or boss does.) Sure, content marketing can be a long game. The ROI of content is often spread out over time and across the levels… Read More

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20 Jan, 2005

Google’s Sandbox

By Ian Lurie

Is there really a Google Sandbox? Many search engine optimization pros feel that Google is applying some type of filtering to new sites with certain ratios of incoming links. I’m not sure if I buy that, but I do know that the rules for Google have changed, and that new web sites are languishing for… Read More

Portent Placeholder Internet Marketing

13 Jan, 2005

Google Mini Appliance

By Ian Lurie

Google has introduced a new search appliance, and I’m pretty damned happy about it. Those of you who know me know that that means a LOT. So what’s the big deal? Usability… The Google engine is fast, sophisticated and accurate. It also paved new ground in the search usability field. With the Mini, you can… Read More

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11 Nov, 2004

A Word About Bragging Modestly

By Ian Lurie

“Brag Modestly” is one of the tenets of Conversation Marketing. Here’s a tale of someone who didn’t read the memo: In principle, a modest boast means you’ve gotten someone else to brag for you. Here’s an example: Me: Hi Fran, here’s this guy, Will, I told you about. He’s really good with search marketing and… Read More

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3 Nov, 2004

Behold, Internet Power

By Ian Lurie

Well, the election’s over. Bush won handily, when you consider how close things were, and his gains over 2000. So why is that? The pundits talk of the Ground War, and President Bush’s appeal to the conservative right. But I don’t think that explains it. Now, I’m going to put all partisan feelings aside, here,… Read More

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6 Oct, 2004

Giving the Wrong Address

By Ian Lurie

A cautionary tale from the vice presidential debate last night: Part of any conversation is the point at which you make a connection. Give the wrong address, and you’re hosed. Vice President Cheney, meaning to give the address for FactCheck.org, instead gave FactCheck.com. The latter redirects to an anti-Bush web site. Here’s an article about… Read More

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30 Sep, 2004

RSS and the Debates: RSS Has Arrived

By Ian Lurie

I just finished a short piece on RSS and it’s value as a marketing tool, and found this article on Wired. The Bush/Cheney campaign will use RSS to push a live feed to thousands of pro-Bush blogs, during the debate. From the Bush campaign site: “Track the debates on your personal Web site or blog… Read More

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30 Sep, 2004

Make a Connection With RSS

By Ian Lurie

The Implications of RSS in a Marketing Environment The most tenuous moment in internet marketing comes when your audience is ready to leave your site. Will they come back? How will you keep in touch? The traditional answer is e-mail – a well-written newsletter is a powerful permission marketing tool that can inform, educate and… Read More

Internet Marketing

28 Sep, 2004

Content Management and SEO

By Ian Lurie

I just published a short piece about content management-driven sites, search engine optimization, and why the two don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Having a good content management system is important in any Conversation Marketing campaign. So is SEO. It used to be the case that dynamic web sites were invisible to search engines –… Read More

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27 Sep, 2004

Analyzing SEO Results

By Ian Lurie

At first glance, measuring the results of a search engine optimization campaign seems easy: If you get a high rank for the keywords and phrases you’re targeting, then it’s working. If you don’t, then it’s not. But good, organic search engine optimization often brings unexpected results, by getting you high rank for terms you didn’t… Read More

Portent Placeholder Internet Marketing

24 Sep, 2004

Reviewing JohnKerry.com

By Ian Lurie

Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons I’m a Democrat. I’ll just say that right now. So what I’m about to say in this article is said in the best possible spirit. Senator Kerry, I really hope you win. I really do. But your web site is awful. Let me count the ways: Registration required? Let’s start with… Read More

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22 Sep, 2004

Quantifying SEO

By Ian Lurie

Matthew Henry just completed a great article about metrics in search engine optimization. His two metrics – Relative Position Index (RPI) and Click-Through Prediction (CTP) – have helped me prepare and target search marketing campaigns for years now. Some of the math is a little daunting for a marketing guy like me, but the message… Read More

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10 Sep, 2004

The Colloquium

By Ian Lurie

Editor’s Note: Lenora Edwards is helping build the concept of Conversation Marketing – as part of that she’s working with me in organizing and running the upcoming Conversation Marketing Colloquium. Read on to get her thoughts on marketing in general, Conversation Marketing specifically, and why dogs like dog food… I am so excited about our… Read More

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7 Sep, 2004

SEO Matters

By Ian Lurie

Here’s a great article about SEO – the authors note how few companies use it, and how 7 out of 9 companies that do use SEO reap benefits. Brag modestly – use search engine optimization – and you get access to some of the lowest-cost, highest-impact marketing and communications you can find.

Portent Placeholder Design & Development

22 Jul, 2004

Unselfish Design: Building a site for your audience, not yourself

By Ian Lurie

When you picture your web site, who is it for? You, or your audience/customers/clients? Seems obvious, right? A web site is built to address the needs of someone else. You want visitors to buy your product, get your message, support your cause, etc. and the only way to do that is to build a web… Read More

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19 Jul, 2004

Contingency Design: Learning to Say You’re Sorry

By Ian Lurie

Ever had a miserable customer experience, but walked away smiling? The lousy dinner that was followed up with free dessert? The terrible phone service compensated by two months free? How about a free First Class upgrade after your flight was delayed? Why did you walk away happy? The meal sucked. The phone company drove you… Read More