Archive for June, 2010

Five Tips For Startups And Small Businesses To Improve Their Customer Service

Ross | June 30th, 2010

A few days ago, Gary Vaynerchuk and I exchanged a few thoughts on Twitter about customer service. Gary wrote the following: There’s much truth to Gary’s statement. Real relationships are nearly always  better (and more important) than customer service. But what is a “real relationship”? Some think that real relationships are possible only offline, with […]

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Buzzwords and the Paradox of Credibility

Ross | June 29th, 2010

It’s very tempting to promote a product, service or company by using popular buzzwords. The formula is simple: select popular buzzwords, string them together in a few sentences, and voila! Buzzwords can be appropriate and convenient. Even Apple uses buzzwords – calling the iPad “magical and revolutionary”. But 90% of the time, buzzwords are misused. […]

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crowdSPRING Community Gives Back – Campus Consciousness Tour

Ross | June 28th, 2010

Give Back is the crowdSPRING community’s way of helping worthy non-profit and charity causes in need. Creatives in the crowdSPRING community have agreed that for these special projects, no monetary awards will be given. crowdSPRING will waive all fees and will assist the organizations with posting their project. We will collaborate together to help those […]

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10 Tips for startups and small businesses on using voice in your marketing

Mike | June 28th, 2010

Finding your company’s voice in your marketing efforts and written content is a rich way to connect with your customers, engage potential customers, and develop a loyal audience base. Voice is one of the imponderable elements of good writing, and unlike punctuation and spelling it can not be taught with a swift rap from a […]

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Crowdsourcing, the Gulf Oil Spill and the Arrogance of BP

Ross | June 25th, 2010

BP has spent $2.35 billion dollars to date to clean-up, contain and pay claims for the largest oil spill in U.S. history. They’ve established a $20 billion dollar reserve to deal with ongoing obligations and liabilities from the oil spill. Despite BP’s efforts to stop the oil from continuing to pollute the environment, 35,000 to […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Norman’s Rare Guitars

Laura | June 25th, 2010

Ever wonder where the pros get their guitars? I’ll give you a hint it’s in California and they have a project on our site… Give up? Ok, it’s a little store called Norman’s Rare Guitars and they have been providing vintage guitars since 1975. They are looking for a new website design to accompany their […]

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Twitter Link Roundup #44 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

Ross | June 24th, 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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10 Tips for Startups and Small Businesses on Naming Your Company

Ross | June 23rd, 2010

Naming your company can be challenging and time consuming. If you need help or simply don’t have the time (it took us nearly 50 hours to name “crowdSPRING”), you can leverage crowdSPRING’s community of more than 64,000 designers and writers to come up with your company name or a product name. Whether you leverage crowdSPRING’s […]

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Small business or self-employed: finding the courage to trade

Mike | June 21st, 2010

If there is anything I have learned in my life as an adult (as arguable as that second half of that statement may be), it is that everything is about the tradeoff. We swap our personal independence for love and comfort when we marry; we barter away more of that autonomy when we have children; […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Swiftrank

Laura | June 18th, 2010

With summer finally here I have one thing and one thing only on my mind… vacation. So, naturally, when I saw a project titled “LasVegasHotels.com New Logo” I was drawn to it. I can hear the slot machines calling my name… Okay, back to reality, sorry! I was intrigued to find a well-established website for […]

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