Archive for January, 2012

DIY Branding, Self-published Fame, and Romantic Trolls

Mike | January 30th, 2012

Amanda Hocking is a star of the publishing world. Last year she signed a 4-book, $2 million dollar deal with St. Martin’s Press, one of the largest publishing houses in the world. While in itself, this is not unusual – authors become best-sellers every day, and publishing houses announce contracts with authors just as often, […]

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Twitter Link Roundup #117 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

Ross | January 27th, 2012

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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12 Questions: Meet Vinay and Asha (India)

Audree | January 26th, 2012

In our 12 Questions blog series, we feature interviews with someone from the crowdSPRING community. For these interviews, we pick people who add value to our community – in the blog, in the forums, in the projects. Plainly – activities that make crowdSPRING a better community. Be professional, treat others with respect, help us build […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Studyers

Amanda | January 25th, 2012

Current education (I speak as a U.S. citizen) is a little–  how to say this delicately– well, stale. Kids come from playing highly interactive video games or browsing on the collaborative internet to sit in uncomfortable desks, read from textbooks published in 1969 that are falling apart, and take notes on paper in cursive.  How […]

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Crowdsourcing: a 7+7 Primer (Pt. 2)

Mike | January 23rd, 2012

Last week I posted the first part of this article on crowdsourcing strategies. In the post, I discussed some of the big-picture issues that I believe should be considered carefully when planning a crowdsourced project. Best practices for crowdsourcing require managers to first determine the best venue for their project, effective management of the process, […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Twittapolls

Amanda | January 18th, 2012

So, we all know that social media is this thing that we’re supposed to use to promote our businesses. There are a billion articles telling small business owners that this is REALLY IMPORTANT and NECESSARY and VITAL,  or else we should go crawl into an analog, Web 1.0 hole and end it. This is mostly […]

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29+ ways to stay creative

Adriano | January 17th, 2012

As I was taking my daily dose of online inspiration, I found a simple and inspiring video made by to-fu.tv listing 29 ways to stay creative. Some people will find this inspiring, some will find this repetitive, some will agree with a few ways and others will agree with all of them, but one thing […]

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Crowdsourcing: a 7+7 Primer (Pt. 1)

Mike | January 16th, 2012

We write often about small businesses and startups and lean approaches to marketing and other business functions. Mid- to large-size companies can also benefit from the lean methodology and one way to do so is by actively leveraging crowds of workers: designers, software engineers, testers, writers, customer support people, customers, market researchers, and dozens of […]

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Twitter Link Roundup #116 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

Ross | January 13th, 2012

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 Businesses Spending More And More On Social Media

Ross | January 10th, 2012

According to a newly released study from Borrell Associates, small businesses are spending more of their budgets on social media. In fact, small and medium size businesses expect to spend nearly as much on social media as they do on search engine marketing (see table below). This is not surprising and confirmed by other recent […]

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