Archive for July, 2010

Legal Risks And Dangers Of $99 Logo Stores

Ross | July 14th, 2010

You have alternatives when purchasing a logo for your business. If you’re comfortable picking from several concept designs, you could work with a local designer or work remotely with a designer like Graham Smith (imjustcreative), an accomplished freelance logo and identity designer based in the United Kingdom. You could crowdsource your logo design project on […]

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crowdSPRING on NPR: The Crowdsourcing Dilemma

Ross | July 13th, 2010

A few days ago, crowdSPRING co-founder Mike Samson sat down with Bob Garfield, host of NPR’s On the Media show (and columnist for Advertising Age), to talk about crowdSPRING, our community, and our marketplace – for small businesses, entrepreneurs and startups – offering crowdsourced logo design and other custom graphic design,  web design, industrial design […]

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Buyer Beware: Generic Logo Design

Audree | July 13th, 2010

Finding a great logo design for your business is an important part of creating your brand identity. You want to have a logo design that is simple, memorable, and a good representation of what you do. Many people, in an effort to appear modern, choose a current design trend for their logo. One risk when […]

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Small business and startup tips: track your own customer service data

Mike | July 12th, 2010

It’s been over a year since I last updated the community on our efforts to build a world-class customer service organization. We are committed to providing great support and doing it in a timely, polite, and efficient manner. Since we launched in May of 2008 we have provided customer service via our online Help Center, […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Zing!

Laura | July 9th, 2010

Good day crowdSPRING blog readers, today I’m going to let you in on the next big thing sure to hit a conference near you and it’s called Zing! You’re probably wondering what in the world…? But it’s great! Zing! is an interactive singing fitness show featuring sing-alongs to pop and Broadway hits, paired with dance […]

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Twitter Link Roundup #46 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

Ross | July 8th, 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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Focus On Your Core Business Or You Will Fail

Ross | July 7th, 2010

Too often, startups risk getting misdirected by the media and customers to add features and functionality to a product or service that turn out to be collateral to the core business. I believe this is happening with Gowalla and Foursquare, among others. Both services have become media darlings, and both are obsessed with adding features […]

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I’m In Logo Love: FedEx Logo Design

Ross | July 6th, 2010

“I’m In Logo Love” is a new series on the crowdSPRING blog. Periodically, we’ll pick a logo we’d like to take home from a bar and tell you why. And if you think it’s a bit strange to have a crush on a cleverly designed logo, get in line – my mom has already lectured […]

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Tips for writing with teams: 5 great collaboration tools (not to mention the Declaration of Independence)

Mike | July 6th, 2010

In high school we are taught that “writing means revising.” When working with teams, it is critical that the revision process be as simple and streamlined as possible. Here’s what Wikipedia says about the process: “In a true collaborative environment, each contributor has an almost equal ability to add, edit, and remove text. The writing […]

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