The Portent Blog


13 May, 2014

My Ten Years: A Look Back at the History of Portent

By Portent Staff

I wouldn’t be surprised if some people in the internet marketing industry secretly called me an “old hat” behind my back. I’ve been at Portent for ten years now so maybe I deserve that. The average tenure at a company these days is 4.6 years . Fewer than 10% of people my age stay at… Read More

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19 Mar, 2014

Why I changed jobs

By Ian Lurie

When we announced my job change, I figured it’d just slip by. Who’d care if I shuffled leadership at Portent? I’m just some guy. Man, was I in for a shock. I got literally thousands of ‘congrats,’ and hundreds of ‘WTFs?!!’ Which was flattering, and a little intimidating. Hopefully this explains the why, what and… Read More

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31 Oct, 2013

Why are the ObamaCare web sites so slow?

By Ian Lurie

We did a survey of every Affordable Care Act health benefits exchange, including I expected to find deep, complicated server latency issues or similar. Instead, we found some of the most ridiculous, simple-to-fix, small issues that are affecting site speed that I nearly popped a vessel. You can read our report, and see the… Read More

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28 Oct, 2013


By Ian Lurie

Well, not really. First, PORTENT DID NOT POST THIS. We never would. The guys who did may have been joking, I guess? Hopefully? Understand: This is exactly the kind of shock-jockey crap that makes marketing a joke. It doesn’t just insult an entire religion. It also insults our intelligence. I somehow doubt that the Christian… Read More

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25 Sep, 2013

The 113 Best Google Tricks, Easter Eggs, April Fool’s Day Jokes and Pranks

By Portent Staff

At first Google was just a search engine; then it started to get funny. Now, Google tricks, or “Easter Eggs,” lurk behind every Google search. The right keywords or an “I’m Feeling Lucky” search will often lead you to odd and awesome Google jokes. And Google Easter Eggs aren’t just in Search, you can also… Read More


25 Sep, 2013

5 Tips to Help You Work from Home Effectively and Efficiently

By Ryan Moothart

For three years, I got to work in an awesome professional setting at Portent. Sure, the office space wasn’t as nice when I first started in the outskirts of Seattle as it is now downtown. But that didn’t change the fact that I became part of a close-knit community which thrives in the office environment… Read More


20 Sep, 2013

The Amazing Pets of Portent

By Portent Staff

While we do love SEO, PPC, social, content, and Internet marketing in general, we’re more than that – we’re also people, people who love our pets. (I mean, we love them so much we built an entire Facebook app called the Kitten Moodinator.) So for this fun, furry, Friday post I present The Pets of… Read More

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15 Aug, 2013

3 Surprising Ways to Instantly Improve Your Public Speaking Skills

By David Portney

Most people hate public speaking, don’t they? Anecdotally, we hear that people would rather die than have to get up in front of a group of other human beings and make a presentation. I sure can relate to that! People who know me now might not believe this, but I grew up very shy and… Read More

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21 Jun, 2013

The Life of Pi Part III

By Portent Staff

It’s been awhile since we’ve checked in on the internal workings of Portent’s Smith Tower headquarters, and I figure it’s about time since we have some pretty exciting news to announce. The very first winner of the Best Section in the Portent Office has been selected and it’s none other than… The Southeast Corner, aka… Read More

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6 Jun, 2013

You Are Not Stupid

By Ian Lurie

Words are powerful. If you’re like me, 10, 11, 40 times a day you mentally slam your head in a drawer and say “That was STUPID.” That’s the wrong word. 99.99999% of the time, you can replace ‘stupid’ with ‘experimenting.’ You didn’t do whatever it was that blew up in your face, failed, imploded, left… Read More

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14 Mar, 2013

The Life of Pi Part Deux: What Does an Internet Marketing Firm Do? (In Vines)

By Isla McKetta

Back in November, we detailed the (Real) Life of Pi from pre-dawn breakfasts at the train station to lights out. In honor of International Pi Day, we decided to pull back the curtain again so you can see how each department contributes to the Internet marketing expertise here at Portent. Account Strategists @portent Account Strategists… Read More

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1 Mar, 2013

30 Tips for Awesome Presentations – Video and Slides

By Ian Lurie

Here’s the video from yesterday’s webinar, 30 Tips for Awesome Presentations, in case you missed it and would like to hear my dulcet tones: And the slides: And the audio, for all you podcaster types: I’ll be uploading a transcript on Monday or Tuesday!

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16 Jan, 2013

Portent: Kings of the (Snow) Castle

By Portent Staff

Last Saturday, Portent owned the Snow Day Snow Castle competition (though we didn’t win—drats, that REI!). The building contest and subsequent Guinness Book of World Records’ record-breaking snowball fight benefited the Boys and Girls Clubs of King County.  Below are the fruits of our labor: Video and original music by Josh Patrice We had a great… Read More

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11 Jan, 2013

Stupiphanies: Lessons for leaders

By Ian Lurie

Every now and then I have these epiphanies so blindingly obvious that, when I point them out, people look at me like I’m a hapless dolt. I call these ‘stupiphanies.’ Most of mine relate to leadership, either as a parent or a CEO. A few I’ve had in the last month are particularly worth sharing:… Read More


30 Nov, 2012

The (Real) Life of Pi

By Portent Staff

Intentional or not, Ang Lee and his certain-to-be-Oscar-nominated movie have infringed on our copyright.  Way before there was some weird kid in a turban floating around with a tiger, there was PORTENT, INC.  Pi.  And way, WAY before the weird turban tiger floating, we had a life.  And we still do. So skip the multiplex… Read More