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Ian Lurie
Ian Lurie
CEO & Founder

Ian Lurie is CEO and founder of Portent and the EVP of Marketing Services at Clearlink. He's been a digital marketer since the days of AOL and Compuserve (25 years, if you're counting). He's recorded training for, writes regularly for the Portent Blog and has been published on AllThingsD, Smashing Magazine, and TechCrunch. Ian speaks at conferences around the world, including SearchLove, MozCon, Seattle Interactive Conference and ad:Tech. He has published several books about business and marketing: One Trick Ponies Get Shot, available on Kindle, The Web Marketing All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies, and Conversation Marketing. Follow him on Twitter at portentint, and on LinkedIn at

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  1. About the Advertising Age article, I’ve encountered this opinion many times, beginning when I was an undergrad in the 1980’s. It even came-up at last week’s SMX Advanced search marketing conference.
    I personally think the hardest part will be to match an industry-influential marketing company willing to make like Jerry McGuire with a client willing to step beyond comparing oranges, a client who is willing to say, “Today, instead, I will have this nice big juicy pineapple.” If that was not difficult enough, the process will have to be copyable and repeatable. That’s a pretty big hedgerow to leap your horse over.
    I’d like to see it. I am not holding my breath.
    A good discussion about better business compensation modeling is written in Million Dollar Consulting by Alan Weill. Though the focus is on the consulting industry I believe the perspectives and the challenges are the same.

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