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8 Aug, 2018

Creating Kick-Ass Marketing Reports Through Progressive Detail

By Ian Lurie

Marketing reports damage my car. Sometimes, when I walk out of a meeting, usually a quarterly or monthly There-Is-A-Very-Important-Person-In-The-Room kind of meeting, I head to my car. I close the door. I crank up the radio. Then I punch the roof as hard as I can while screaming “fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu.” Most of the time, that’s because… Read More

Design & Development

8 Feb, 2005

Google Mixing Photos into Text Search

By Ian Lurie

Not sure how I feel about this, but Google is starting to mix photos into their text search results. Search for ‘bicycle’ and you’ll see what I mean. Does this really add value? Or does it clutter up a previously clean interface? Personally I’m not that thrilled with the meaningful results being shoved even further… Read More

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8 Feb, 2005

WSA Panel Discussion

By Ian Lurie

I’ll be sitting on a panel at the Washington Software Association’s February 15 dinner meeting, “Key Words, Key Strategies, Key Technologies”. If you’re interested in attending you can read up on the event here. There’ll be some heavy hitters there talking about SEO, keyword research and how the world of search may change in the… Read More

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7 Feb, 2005

Internet Marketing in the Conceptual Age

By Ian Lurie

Wired Magazine published an article in their last issue about the rise of right-brained thinking. It’s the best case for Conversation Marketing I’ve ever heard. And I didn’t even pay the guy… The author, Daniel H. Pink, suggests that just as analytical left-brained thinking drove the Information Age, balanced, left- and right-brained thinking will drive… Read More

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4 Feb, 2005

Internet Marketing, Google and SEO Karma

By Ian Lurie

Wired Magazine has a great article, just posted, entitled Googling the Bottom Line. There are two themes in this article: One, the author’s focus, is that a top-30 ranking is a must if you want to grow site traffic. Duh. The author’s second point is what impressed me most: Unethical search engine optimization techniques wreak… 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

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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

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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