Tag Archives: digital marketing

Meta descriptions are still important SEO Blog Posts

Zac Heinrichs //  29 May, 2018

Meta Descriptions are Still Important!

In December 2017, Google doubled the length of search snippets from ~160 to ~320 characters. This meant that we could now write more thorough copy in our Meta Descriptions and have that show up in search results. That lasted for 5 whole months before in May 2018, Google’s Danny Sullivan (@dannysullivan) confirmed, via Twitter: “Our… Read More

Analytics Blog Posts

Michael Wiegand //  23 May, 2018

Set Up A GDPR Cookie Consent Form Using Google Tag Manager

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

Getting past outdated last click attribution models via pole-vault Analytics Blog Posts

Michael Wiegand //  3 May, 2018

Why Attribution is The Most Important Marketing Argument

Imagine with me for a minute you’re being asked to give credit for a marketing result: A download of a killer asset, a lead form fill, a meaningful sales opportunity. What’s “fair”? First touch? Last touch? Well, I hope one of the two, because that’s what’s being sent to Salesforce by default from your web… Read More

Fundamental UX Principles User Experience Blog Posts

Tim Mehta //  30 Apr, 2018

9 Fundamental UX Principles That Will Boost Your Conversions

Have you ever gotten mad at a website because you couldn’t get to where you wanted to go? What did you do? You probably left, never to return. Now flip the script. You’re in charge of improving the UX (User Experience) of your company’s website. You are amped. You have been burned too many times… Read More

SEO for Small Business SEO Blog Posts

Timothy Johnson //  12 Apr, 2018

SEO for Small Business – The Topics, Tactics & Tools

So you’ve decided to play the long-game that is SEO. Fantastic! Depending on your familiarity with search engines, perhaps you’ve told your team or your boss “we’ll work to show up in the number one spot for the one thing that everyone searches in our industry.” [Long, long pause.] It’s a tantalizing thought. But let’s… Read More

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

Amanda Putney //  13 Dec, 2017

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

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 Blog Posts

Lauren Clawson //  8 Dec, 2017

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

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

Promote Wisely - Principles of Content Promotion Content Strategy Blog Posts

Ian Lurie //  18 Aug, 2016

Principles of Content Promotion

Content-as-marketing isn’t new. The promotional tools, though… Those are new. We’ve never had as cool a toolset as we have now. It’s easy to get drunk on the possibilities. Sober up: Promote Lightly-Branded Content at Top of Funnel Lightly and non-branded content is a top-of-funnel vehicle. Don’t promote it to a high-intent, bottom-of-funnel audience. You’ll… Read More

Leading Edge Analytics Data - Digital Marketing - Portent Analytics Blog Posts

Michael Wiegand //  17 May, 2016

Leading Edge Analytics – Data Driven Marketing

Imagine your company being truly data driven. What does that look like? Your teams getting the right data they need at the right times to tailor their campaigns to key audiences. Your data platforms talking to each other and getting critical pieces of information integrated. Your marketing strategy being based on actual customer behaviors and… Read More

Realistic conversion in content marketing requires building paths for users Content Strategy Blog Posts

Misty Weaver //  5 Jan, 2016

Realistic Conversion: Guiding Paths in Content Marketing

This article is about how we help people navigate our marketing and websites. We start with breadcrumbs. Metaphorical ones. The first little morsels of interest are “breadcrumbs” because, as content, their reach is limited. These are small, temporal bits of information you distribute for customers to find you online. Your ads, social media, blog posts,… Read More

The Temple of Yoda at the base of the Portent P SEO Blog Posts

Zac Heinrichs //  3 Dec, 2015

The Rank Awakens: Living the Brand with Universal Life Church

Or, “How I Became a Certified Jedi Knight” Yay! Star Wars! I can’t wait for The Force Awakens! It comes out in a couple weeks and I have totally bought into the hype. I know I’m not alone, even after a certain late-nineties, floppy-eared, backward knee-walking, CGI disappointment, who shall remain nameless. Now here’s the… Read More

Rocket Bug Design & Development Blog Posts

Andy Schaff //  6 Oct, 2015

Can and Should I Run WordPress in Parallel with my Existing Site?

This is a question I get asked a lot as senior developer at Portent. A client, new or existing, has an established site running on some platform, and wants to add on a blog, a microsite, or the ability to easily control top-of-funnel marketing content. Technically, “in parallel” means WordPress (WP) is set up to… Read More

content hub User Experience Blog Posts

Chris Lakin //  2 Sep, 2015

Your blog is boring. Upgrade to a content hub

Let me start with a disclaimer. If you haven’t started blogging, get a plan together and start. Don’t write just for the sake of writing, but create a strategy around what you’ll write about and then actually do it. Publishing content on a regular basis benefits search engine visibility and audience building. If you are… Read More

c-major-analytics-760 Analytics Blog Posts

Michael Wiegand //  22 Jan, 2015

The C Major Scale of Analytics

Anybody who’s been in this business for a while knows their ABCs: Acquisition Behavior Conversion It’s built into Google Analytics, for God’s sake: And it’s a tried and true methodology for measuring. Problem is, we’re measuring to take action. If the lifecycle begins and ends with acquisition and conversion, we’re missing a lot of workflow… Read More

social_media_portent Social Media Blog Posts

Portent Staff //  10 Jun, 2014

Why Social Media Strategists Matter in the Digital Marketing Realm

If you work in social media, you’ve probably heard “Why?” more times than you can count. “Why does this matter?” “Why is social media valuable to my business?” “Why should we be paying you to help us?” I’ve been working in the social media world for three years now, and “why” questions are what I… Read More

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