Archive for January, 2011

Traveling lean: tips for small businesses and entrepreneurs

Mike | January 17th, 2011

(Fortunately) we don’t have to travel a great deal here at crowdSPRING; we do the bulk of our communication with partners, funders, and customers over the phone, via email, or on Skype. However, when we do travel we are ever constrained by our limited travel budget, over-extended scheduling, and our pesky insistence on convenience,  creature […]

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Twitter Link Roundup #69 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

Ross | January 13th, 2011

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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Reeses Pieces, E.T. and Product Placement in Movies

Ross | January 11th, 2011

We are bombarded by advertising from television, radio, online, mail, email, billboards, magazines, buses, and newspapers. Increasingly, we’re also seeing product placements in television shows, video games, and in movies. Product placement is a form of marketing where branded goods or services are placed into a story line of a television show, movie, or other […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: D.I.Y. Wholesale Flowers

Laura | January 11th, 2011

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to buy your flowers directly from the wholesaler and cut out the B2B costs? Well if you live in New Zealand or the South Pacific you will be able to do just that! D.I.Y Wholesale Flowers has just launched and is able to bring the best flowers to […]

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The State of the Crowdsourcing Union, 2011

Mike | January 11th, 2011

Later this month President Obama will deliver the annual State of the Union address. In the address the President will discuss the relative strength of our economy, our institutions, and our relationships with other nations and our current standing in the world. I thought it appropriate , at the beginning of this new year, to […]

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Twitter Link Roundup #68 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

Ross | January 6th, 2011

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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David Carson, Spec Work, and Hypocrisy

Ross | January 5th, 2011

The About page of Carson Mag, a new bi-monthly magazine, says the following about David Carson: Creative Director David Carson has won over 170 awards for his work in graphic design, had numerous one man exhibitions of his work worldwide, and has been called the “Art Director of the Era” by Creative Review London. USA […]

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Five Designs Small Businesses and Startups Should Crowdsource

Ross | January 4th, 2011

Only several years ago, many startups and small businesses could not effectively compete against larger and better financed competitors. Today, inexpensive and free small business marketing tools, outstanding small business programs from Google, and crowdsourcing have made it possible for startups and small businesses to level the playing field. In this post, we’ll discuss five […]

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Three economic trends for 2011 (fueled by startup goodness)

Mike | January 3rd, 2011

2011 is going to be a great year for entrepreneurs – even better than 2010. The past year saw startups on the rise, an increase in venture capital funding (both in real dollars and numbers of companies funded), a resurgence of IPOs, and the rise of David against Goliath, as best represented by Groupon’s spurning […]

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