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23 May, 2018

Set Up A GDPR Cookie Consent Form Using Google Tag Manager

By Michael Wiegand and Ian Lurie

NOTE: This is not legal advice. We are not lawyers. It’s also not the only thing you’ll need to do to reach GDPR compliance for your business. Cookie consent is only one portion of GDPR compliance. Please consult legal counsel before implementing this solution. Another note: This solution works for cookies fired from inside the… Read More

Marketing Project Management and organization structures Project Management

23 Jan, 2018

Advantages of different org structures on marketing project management

By Jason Olson

When you’re structuring how you deliver services to clients, whether they’re internal or external, it’s important to think through how that foundational planning work will impact the actual marketing project management process. When you’re white-boarding business structure and working from phrases like “exceeding the client promise” (something we try to live by at Portent) it’s… Read More

Mystery International Traffic in AdWords - clicks from Iran and North Korea and Syria PPC

18 Jan, 2018

Mystery Traffic from AdWords – North Korea, Syria, Iran, Oh My!

By Ryan Moothart

It’s like lions, and tigers, and bears, but with tyranny and oppression. But I’m not here to discuss international politics today. The reason for my witty extremely unclever title is because of location targeting. Or, more specifically, the lack of certain negative targets which I never knew I needed until a few months ago. But,… Read More

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Surprise - It's the New Character Length for Google SERP Snippets & Meta Descriptions SEO

16 Jan, 2018

The New Character Length for Google SERP Snippets & Meta Descriptions

By Zac Heinrichs

Just in case you hadn’t heard yet, On December 1, 2017, Google (read: Danny Sullivan) officially confirmed that the maximum length of a snippet in their search results has increased to about 320 characters. How long should my Meta Description be? Google is now saying that the maximum length for a snippet in search results… Read More

Internet Marketing

11 Jan, 2018

How To Lead When You’re Not In Charge: A Manual for Marketers

By Ian Lurie

There are few things more butt-clenchingly aggravating than watching a great set of marketing recommendations decay in a stakeholder’s rubbish heap. It happens to me. A lot. So I ponder the problem. A lot. I figured it out: We’re asked to lead, but we’re not in charge. Stakeholders—internal or external— hire us to provide direction… Read More

SEO pagination tunnels and click depth visual exploration SEO

9 Jan, 2018

How Site Pagination and Click Depth Affect SEO – An Experiment

By Matthew Henry

We’ve all seen pagination links — those little numbered links at the top and bottom of multi-page content. They are used on blogs, e-commerce sites, webcomics, gallery pages, SERPs, and multi-page articles.   From the human visitor’s point of view, pagination is pretty simple. If you are on page one, and you want to see… Read More

5 ways you probably let ecommerce SEO slip over the holidays SEO

4 Jan, 2018

5 Ways You Probably Let E-commerce SEO Slip for The Holidays and What to Do Next

By Amanda Putney

There’s a chill in the air, some of you even have snow and ice. For most people, it’s been a busy time of year. For those in eCommerce, it hasn’t just been busy, it’s “someone come dig me out of this avalanche” busy! That was the case when I was working in eCommerce before coming… Read More

How to compete with Amazon in paid search during holiday Internet Marketing

21 Dec, 2017

How to compete with Amazon (and win) during the holiday shopping season

By Kerri McCarthy

How to Keep More of the Holiday Pie in Paid Search The holiday shopping season brings many rewards for eCommerce businesses, but over the past several years that brings a familiar seasonal challenge: Amazon. It’s no secret that Amazon ramps up its SEM competitive presence during the holiday shopping season – beginning heavily in November,… Read More

Internet Marketing

19 Dec, 2017

The Digital Marketing List: 56 Things You Should Be Doing But Probably Aren’t

By Ian Lurie

My list of digital marketing tactics. I wrote it in March 2008 and last updated it December 2017. This is a really old post. I wrote it jammed into a narrow seat on a plane in 2008. I’m trying to keep it somewhat up to date, but I can only do so much, so it’s… Read More

Setting up your small business internet marketing presence - Portent Internet Marketing

13 Dec, 2017

10 Things to Check When Setting up an Internet Presence for a Small Business

By Amanda Putney and Max Trotter

Preface: This blog post is one in a series of articles that Portentites produced in a pair-writing experiment. It’s a little more broad than usual because it represents two subject matter experts from different practice areas, coming together to combine their knowledge for a broader look at the internet marketing topics that face real businesses.… Read More

Facebook wants you to trust just two advertising metrics to optimize - Portent Social Media

8 Dec, 2017

Facebook Wants You to Trust & Optimize Top of Funnel Ads with Just Two Metrics

By Lauren Clawson

Facebook is making a concerted effort to get all advertisers using only two metrics at the top of the funnel: Reach and Brand Awareness. And while this sounds like a simple flight away from the aggressive accountability for end-results that’s become standard in digital, it’s worth looking at the Why and the What of these… Read More

Use Google Analytics to Become a Better Content Strategist Content Strategy

6 Dec, 2017

Talk Data to Me: Google Analytics Tips That Lead to Better Content Strategy

By Katie McKenna and Ian Barrett

If you have any hand in the content on your company’s website or your clients’ websites, it’s important that data informs your decisions. Otherwise, you risk creating content that doesn’t meet your audience’s needs. But knowing this will only get you so far–it’s even more important that you know how to find and interpret the… Read More

HTTPS Migration Quiz and Checklist Design & Development

28 Nov, 2017

Time to Adopt HTTPS

By Andy Schaff

I recently developed a comprehensive questionnaire to determine if it’s worthwhile to move your site to HTTPS if you haven’t already. If you can answer “YES” to any of the following questions, we highly recommend making the switch. Do you have a website?   Wait, what? Only one question?!? So you’re saying… That’s right. If… Read More

Markdown Preview in Atom: Cool, huh? Content Strategy

20 Nov, 2017

How to Set Up & Use Atom as a Markdown Editor

By Ian Lurie

In my Mozcon presentation this year, I talked about Markdown. I’ve had a few people ask about my toolset, so here’s how I install and use Atom to write Markdown. Enjoy. Atom is fast becoming my new favorite text editor. It handles Markdown beautifully, is great for HTML, runs faster than stink, and has great… Read More

How to use PPC to drive lead generation for law firms PPC

16 Nov, 2017

How to Use PPC For Law Firm Lead Generation – SEM Lessons for Professional Services Firms

By Max Trotter

Search engine advertising is a critical piece of the marketing puzzle for all businesses, but can be especially useful in an industry that is as competitive as Law or other professional services. This post looks at some of the specific opportunities and pitfalls for professional services firms, focusing on Law, but there are plenty of… Read More

Finding Quick Win Opportunities in Google Analytics Analytics

15 Nov, 2017

How to Find Quick Win Opportunities in Google Analytics

By Michael Wiegand

This is another excerpt from an upcoming e-book on finding actionable, cross-channel opportunities in your data. We use Google Analytics (GA) for this, but you can use any platform. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: The tool you use isn’t as important as the discipline of combing through data regularly and finding something… Read More