Archive for March, 2010

JUST (don’t) DO IT

Josh | March 31st, 2010

A few weeks back, as a way of celebrating the launch of the new Writing projects on crowdSPRING, we invited the entire community to submit their best work to be published as a guest post on the cS blog. We received over 70 entries, including tons of really great submissions, and ideas on some really […]

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What if business schools offered an MBA in www?

Mike | March 29th, 2010

Every year thousands of  newly minted MBAs will earn their degrees from over 165 graduate business programs in the US alone. These bright folks will walk through those gates with training in finance, accounting, marketing, economics, strategy, supply chain management, entrepreneurship, statistics, research, business law, negotiating, ethics, and leadership. Many of the young MBAs have […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: “Graduate to LinkedIn”

Laura | March 26th, 2010

College graduates graduate into the real world and most of the time the business world so it’s only natural that they learn how to effectively graduate from Facebook to LinkedIn. This is exactly what Melissa Giovagnoli and John Fowler set out to do in their book Graduate to LinkedIn. Melissa posted a print design project […]

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Twitter Link Roundup #33 – Design, Copywriting, Marketing, Small Business, Social Media And More

Ross | March 25th, 2010

Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account, I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and […]

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The (ongoing) evolution of an industry

Mike | March 24th, 2010

Everyone knows that the music industry is struggling, right? Pirating, reduced concert ticket sales, and fair use issues have combined to send record company execs scurrying for solutions and scrambling to figure out new revenue streams. NPR’s On The Media (with our friend Bob Garfield) recently devoted an entire episode to a great discussion of […]

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Social Media ROI Is Meaningless If Your Product Or Service Isn’t Relevant

Ross | March 23rd, 2010

Many are obsessed with trying to develop effective ways to measure ROI (return on investment) from social media marketing. For some background, you can read Brian Solis’s recent article about measuring social media ROI. ROI from social media is important, but if your product or service isn’t relevant – ROI is meaningless. Here’s why: Do […]

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What if Microsoft Created The iPod?

Ross | March 22nd, 2010

Most people agree that great design more easily captures attention than poor design. For example, when Apple originally released the iPod – the iPod didn’t have the features of the Creative Labs MP3 players, or even the Microsoft Zune. In fact, many MP3 players today have more features than the iPod – but only a […]

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5 thoughts for small business on delivering efficiency

Mike | March 22nd, 2010

In his book “The Goal,” Eliyahu Goldratt tells the story of  a Boy Scout troop out for a hike. The goal of the hike is to cover 10 miles in 5 hours, in other words to keep the troop moving at an average speed of 2 miles per hour. As the troop works its way […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Afritee.org

Laura | March 19th, 2010

There are so many great organizations out there helping third world countries but I’ve always thought the best thing we can do for third world countries is to help give them the means to educate. Afritee.org, (Join their Facebook group!) is an organization started by Daniel Michalczyk from Oslo, Norway! Their mission is to sell […]

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