Internet Marketing Blog Posts

    • Pi in the Face: Why I (love and) despise ROI

      This is the first edition of our annual Pi in the Face column. May many follow. Note: If you’re a marketer, this post will frustrate the hell out of you. I apologize. I needed a good rant. Plus, at a conference last week I heard a speaker say, “If it doesn’t generate ROI, we don’t do it.” I’ve been screaming in my head ever since.

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  • Work Smarter Not Harder in Digital Marketing

    …, the reward is to focus on work that’s truly more impactful, as well as more interesting. And the benefits of that higher leverage work will ultimately flow to your organization, your customers, and just as importantly to yourself. Now get home, recharge, and come back tomorrow ready to do bigger and better things. The post Work Smarter Not Harder in Digital Marketing appeared first on Portent. …

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  • Pulling The Lever: Marketing Wins and Where They Come From

    … BS “techniques” so infuriating. It’s also why hourly billing is ridiculous. It’s not about the One Big Thing That Did The Trick. It’s about the months and years of hard labor that made it possible. So, when the magic happens, respect the work that made it so. Still, I love pulling that lever. The post Pulling The Lever: Marketing Wins and Where They Come From appeared first on Portent. …

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  • I Support Breitbart News: The Perils of Remarketing

    … Internet advertising is perilous. Your ads can show up in all sorts of places. Remarketing is particularly dangerous. This story is an example of how remarketing can go horribly, horribly wrong. I am, in case no one guessed, a left-leaning over-privileged pinko liberal. I’m a feminist. I’m pro-immigration. I like taxes. OK, that’s a lie, but I…

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  • How to be more visible – Directory Optimization and Baby Gorillas

    …-pound gorilla sit [in your marketing meetings]? “Wherever it wants.” Thankfully, in exchange for our submission, the Google alpha gorilla provides a cornucopia of tools and resources for we humble marketers. (Or was it an Alphabet gorilla?) Platitude #2: Every digital marketer should take advantage of Google’s tools and best practices to make…

    Portent, Incin Social How To's- 23 readers -
  • Are You Utilizing Your Email List?

    … businesses need contact info to even reach out to the customer. This should already be set. From sales – E-commerce sites should already be collecting an email for confirmation purposes so this is should be another no-brainer. Newsletter opt-in on your homepage or blog – include options for people to sign up throughout your site, and that absolutely…

    Portent, Incin Social Paid Search EMail- 15 readers -
  • Marketing as Worldbuilding: The Links

    … Trek Pexels Actual, interesting stock photos that won’t make you weep with despair Unsplash More stock photos that will make you smile Marketers are Worldbuilders The article that started it all: My piece about marketing worldbuilding The post Marketing as Worldbuilding: The Links appeared first on Portent. …

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  • Four HTML Tags Every Digital Marketer Must Know

    … Earlier this year I wrote that any digital marketer must know how to write a blog post in HTML. I caught a little flak for that. I earned it. I should’ve been clearer: There are four HTML elements every digital marketer should know. If you know them, you can write a post using the code view of whatever CMS you use. Here they are: 1: Paragraphs…

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  • Content Rule #1: The Blank Sheet Of Paper Test

    … 20-odd years of digital marketing stuff. Give it a shot. If you’ve got a title tag, headline or something else you want to test, leave it in the comments. The post Content Rule #1: The Blank Sheet Of Paper Test appeared first on Portent. …

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  • Short Term Growth: Jump Start your Digital Marketing Today

    … objectives. Whenever you’re working through a short-term growth period, be sure to outline specific goals and a timeline for reaching those goals. When combining your goals and timeline along with cash and time investments, companies who are just hitting the market for the first time along with longstanding, established businesses can find success through utilizing a number of short-term digital marketing tactics. The post Short Term Growth: Jump Start your Digital Marketing Today appeared first on Portent. …

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  • A Digital Marketing Agency in Seattle’s Smith Tower

    … are a Portent specialty. Did you know Internet Marketing is just like making soup? We can learn about marketing from Tom Cruise’s filmography, 747s, cooking, the gold rush, the animal kingdom, and even Dungeons and Dragons. Every day, we step into this piece of history, ride the elevators up and go about our jobs. But, what can we learn from…

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  • 13 Digital Priorities for Small Businesses

    … thing you brought them there to do. 5. Produce quality content Content for the sake of content will not get you far. Content can mean many things. It can be text, videos, blog posts. Really, content is anything and everything a user encounters when visiting your site. Make sure the content people are consuming is worthwhile. High-quality content…

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  • Kick-Ass Slack + Zapier Integrations for Marketers

    … I apologize, but this post will be very hard to read on a small screen. I show screen caps of Zapier steps. “I can’t keep track of it all.” I hear (and say) this a lot. Marketers get drowned in data, posts, notes, texts, images and video. The only way to survive the experience is to consolidate it all. Slack’s a great place to do it: You can…

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  • Google AdWords Display Banner Specifications and Best Practices

    … Thinking about experimenting with the Google Display Network (GDN)? This could mean a variety of different things, but most commonly, this means showing banner ads on site that are a part of the GDN. The GDN isn’t exclusively for banner ads. Ad formats vary from text ads to video ads, animated banners, and ads on mobile sites. This post…

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  • High ROI is Costing You Money

    … universe of potential customers, sacrifices growth and hurts revenue. If you want to try it: Set aside a little bit of your profit for marketing growth. Every week, bid on a few new keywords. Try a different channel. Answer a different set of questions. Think beyond ROI preservation to profitable revenue growth. Balance the two for more effective marketing. The post High ROI is Costing You Money appeared first on Portent. …

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  • 5 Inexpensive Ways to Grow Your SMB Online

    … understand your audience, how they interact with your site, and what content resonates the best with them. Knowledge is power. If you understand your audience you can tailor your site and content to better fit those needs. Content Your first thought here might be blog posts. That is what most people think of when we talk about creating new content. Blog…

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