Archive for April, 2012

Lean Marketing: Delivering Customer Service via Social Media

Mike | April 30th, 2012

We write often about the power of great customer service and share ideas for how to engage with customers. improve delivery, and analyze your performance in this crucial arena. There are reasonably priced tools aplenty which can help you provide better service to your customers: help-desk software like Zendesk, virtual call center services such as […]

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Twitter Link Roundup #128 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

Ross | April 26th, 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 Business Spotlight of the Week: Invitation Consultants

Amanda | April 25th, 2012

The Bridal Association of America reports that the average cost for a wedding’s invitations and reply cards is $659. (If you have a few extra minutes, check out that link to wedding stats.  It’s pretty fascinating.) Stationery is a very expensive venture, for both individuals and businesses alike. Invitation Consultants provide classy, customizable invitations at […]

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Small business Congress-watch: Three Reasons to Vote Next November?

Mike | April 23rd, 2012

A few times a year I take a browse through current legislation that has been introduced in our Congress. The idea is to stay current on what the folks in Washington are doing for small businesses and startups and to briefly analyze some of those priorities and efforts. As business owners and operators who live […]

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Small Business and Startup Tips: Managing Remote Employees

Ross | April 19th, 2012

Did you know that more than 34 million Americans already work from home, at least part time? In fact, that number is expected to nearly double in the next five years, according to Forrester. If we have anywhere close to 63 million remote workers by 2016, remote workers will represent over 40 percent of the entire […]

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Small Biz and Startup Tips: 5 Ideas to Plan for Success(ion)

Mike | April 16th, 2012

When starting and running a new company it is easy to focus on the present and quickly lose track of what may come in the future. This is not a bad thing  - in fact the present is exactly where entrepreneurs should place most of their priorities and devote most of their energy. But as […]

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Twitter Link Roundup #127 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

Ross | April 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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The Economic Clout of Women-Owned Small Businesses [INFOGRAPHIC]

Ross | April 12th, 2012

Did you know that women start businesses at 1.5x the U.S. national average? While it’s not surprising that certain types of businesses are heavily dominated by men, there are many types of businesses that are well represented by women. Women-owned businesses account for trillions of dollars in sales and employ millions of people, in the […]

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10 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Academics

Mike | April 9th, 2012

As college graduation weekends and summer business incubator announcements loom, I thought I would take a few minutes to consider the connection between the entrepreneurship and academia. Entrepreneurs, by definition,  take an idea or a concept and strive to make that idea into a operating business. To do this, we spend a great deal of […]

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Twitter Link Roundup #126 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

Ross | April 6th, 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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