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15 Sep, 2016

The Complete Guide to Robots.txt

By Matthew Henry

Robots.txt is a small text file that lives in the root directory of a website. It tells well-behaved crawlers whether to crawl certain parts of the site or not. The file uses simple syntax to be easy for crawlers to put in place (which makes it easy for webmasters to put in place, too). Write… Read More

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8 May, 2016

Building Successful PPC: Structuring your Google AdWords Account

By Chad Kearns

This post is the first in a six-part series written by Portent’s small business team outlining the fundamentals of building your first PPC account through Google AdWords. Follow along in our six-part series as we will be laying down the knowledge detailing best practices for setting yourself up for PPC success. Structuring your Google AdWords… Read More


6 May, 2016

3 PPC Musts for the Small Fashion Retailer

By Erica Opsvig

In the strange corner of the world that is Search Engine Marketing, fashion retail is an amazingly competitive, often frustrating vertical. Nevermind the stress of trying to sell a hugely visual product using text ads, but especially for smaller fashion businesses, it’s incredibly difficult to stand out amongst the clutter and compete with retail giants… Read More

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5 May, 2016

How to Write Sincere Marketing Copy

By Katie McKenna

The fear of scarcity permeates our culture. People believe they don’t have enough. They spend time calculating how much they want. And when they see what others have, all they can think about is what they’re missing. In Buddhism, this concept is called “The Hungry Ghost.” Hungry ghosts are beings with tiny mouths the size… Read More

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4 May, 2016

5 Critical Tips for PPC Success for Small Businesses on a Budget

By Chad Kearns

Small business owners are typically on a tight budget with every dollar accounted for. It is imperative that advertisers stretch their PPC budget to get the highest return on their investment. Let’s review our five top PPC tips for campaign success on a limited budget: 1. Separate networks by campaign When advertisers set up their… Read More

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2 May, 2016

How to get your stuff back after you fire your agency

By Ian Lurie

Someday, you’re going to fire your digital marketing agency. We’ll get boring. You’ll find a younger, sexier marketing agency. It’s not you. It’s us. When that happens, most agencies are pretty smart. They know a friendly exit shows integrity and builds reputation. So they provide an easy transition, delivering creative, PPC accounts and all the… Read More

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29 Apr, 2016

What Are Google AdWords Sitelinks?

By Erica Opsvig

Sitelink extensions are one of the most commonly used ad extensions available in Google AdWords. They provide advertisers the ability to promote additional links to their website within a signular PPC ad. These additional links, which are typically displayed when enabled for ads holding the first or second ad position in Google’s search engine results… Read More


28 Apr, 2016

Executing a Successful Local PPC Strategy

By Ryan Moothart

Local PPC is a topic seldom discussed in the digital marketing sphere, and that’s a problem. There are many businesses which depend on potential customers among the local population to physically enter a specific location and spend money; restaurants and service shops are two of the most prominent examples. For many of these businesses investing… Read More

Content Strategy

27 Apr, 2016

The right (and wrong) content marketing question

By Ian Lurie

When people ask me about content marketing, they always start with one question: “How many pieces of content will I need to…” followed by their business goal. 2,778 should do it. Give or take 500. I’m not being a smartass here (for once). I understand the question. Content creation feels expensive. It’s hard work. It’s… Read More

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26 Apr, 2016

How to Setup a Google AdWords Remarketing Campaign

By Chad Kearns

Remarketing campaigns through Google AdWords offer advertisers an additional tactic to drive potentially high value visitors back to their website in an effort to grow overall conversion figures. Remarketing campaigns allow businesses to stay connected with their target audience after they leave their website by showing ads to them on other websites across the web.… Read More

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22 Apr, 2016

The Google Analytics E-commerce Dashboard Every AdWords Marketer Needs Now

By Chad Kearns

Wouldn’t it be great if you could get all of your Google AdWords e-commerce data in one easy-to-read dashboard? Using custom dashboards in Google Analytics, you can! Creating these custom dashboards from the ground up can be a time-consuming and frustrating process if you don’t know what you’re doing. Lucky for you, we have a… Read More

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20 Apr, 2016

11 Tips for Low Budget PPC Advertisers

By Timothy Johnson

Return on investment is everything for small and medium sized businesses looking to buy pay-per-click advertising on a budget. With many different features and settings to navigate through, running a successful PPC campaign is easier said than done. Factor in a typically smaller-than-your-competition budget and competing successfully can be daunting. Small business owners and marketers… Read More

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15 Apr, 2016

6 Keys to Great PPC Ad Copy

By Chad Kearns

Through pay-per-click marketing, businesses have the opportunity to create highly targeted advertising campaigns in an effort to reach their most valuable customers online. For many businesses that cannot compete in the organic rankings for their most important keywords, paid advertising provides an outlet to get in front of the right customers at the very top… Read More

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13 Apr, 2016

Marketers Are Not Storytellers

By Ian Lurie

TL;DR: Storytelling isn’t what digital marketers do. The audience creates the stories. We build the maps they use. We’re worldbuilders. Storytelling is a great word, but a poor metaphor for what we, the marketers, do. Before you scroll down and start swearing at me in the comments: I love marketing storytelling. Storytelling is fantastic. It’s… Read More Adaptive Reuse: Home Design & Development

12 Apr, 2016

Introducing Adaptive Reuse for Experience Design & Development

By Blake Scott

Does the word “redesign” terrify you? How about “adaptive reuse”? You don’t always need the all-in investment of a total redesign and rebuild. Blake Scott explains “adaptive reuse” in the context of digital experiences, and how we used an adaptive reuse strategy to reinvent our very own site,

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8 Apr, 2016

How to Win Facebook Friends and Influence People (with Ads)

By Alex DeLeon

How many times a week do you get hit by ads on Facebook that mean absolutely nothing to you? 10? 20? Broad ad targeting on the internet is nothing new, but something about that approach just feels off on an otherwise highly curated platform like Facebook. The obvious issue at play here is that, with over $17 billion… Read More

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