Archive for July, 2011

Twitter Link Roundup #96 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

Ross | July 28th, 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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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Slikc

Amanda | July 28th, 2011

There’s nothing more inconvenient than looking at pictures on someone’s smart phone.  I feel this is the appropriate time to insert the hashtag #firstworldproblems.  But, self-awareness be darned, because those moments of wrist grabbing, head tilting and eye straining are legitimately frustrating. Recognizing this, I introduce you all to PicoSnap by Slikc. PicoSnap is the […]

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When social media goes bad: a cautionary tale

Mike | July 25th, 2011

One of the most enduringly popular ad campaigns in memory is from the California Milk Processor Board – “Got Milk” has become an iconic part of the cultural landscape and has been shared, copied, parodied, and imitated over and over again. Although that campaign pre-dated the rise of the social media, it is a great […]

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Twitter Link Roundup #95 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

Ross | July 21st, 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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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Hireology

Amanda | July 21st, 2011

With temperature highs steadying at a cool and comfy 100 degrees this week in Chicago, it’s too hot to bother with lengthy, clever intros.  So, I’ll just cut to the chase:  this week we’re featuring the website Hireology.com. Hiring new employees can be tricky– both Mike and Ross have covered this topic extensively in the […]

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Tips On Defining The Size of a Market for a Startup Business

Ross | July 19th, 2011

It’s important to properly measure the size the market in which you hope to compete. Without this information, it’s very difficult to raise funds, understand how much you can/should spend on product development and marketing, evaluate the success of your marketing efforts, etc. In the following video, I offer five suggestions that can help you […]

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Small business and startup tips: training day!

Mike | July 18th, 2011

Just like our larger brethren in the Fortune 100, lots of small businesses have training programs for their workers: lectures, classes, role-playing exercises, and motivational speaker sessions. However, most small businesses and startups ignore training programs altogether, or cobble together ad hoc strategies when on-boarding new hires. These differing approaches are sometimes stylistic, sometimes strategic, […]

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Twitter Link Roundup #94 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

Ross | July 15th, 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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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: QRazy Panda

Amanda | July 14th, 2011

We live in a society where the sentence: “I’ve got a Groupon for that!” makes sense.  Daily deal websites are par for the course.  So much so, it seems almost impossible that any company could differentiate themselves. Almost impossible, but Salvador Serrano has done it with QRazy Panda.  The fact that QRazy Panda primarily focuses […]

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Consumers Prefer Better Looking Websites

Ross | July 13th, 2011

Successful businesses know that to develop long-term relationships with their customers, they must find  ways to build trust. This is not as easy to do as it sounds. According to the 2011 Edelman Trust Barometer study, U.S. consumer trust of companies dropped 8 points from 2010 to 2011. In fact, this trend seems to be […]

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