Twitter Link Roundup #154 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More Ross | November 16th, 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 shared this past week!

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Small Business and Startup Tips: Hire and be Human | crowdSPRING Blog – http://crowdspring.co/TuwuOe

10 Ways to Convert More Customers With Psychology [INFOGRAPHIC] – http://crowdspring.co/XpP1QE 

How ‘Gamification’ Can Make Your Customer Service Worse | Wired – http://crowdspring.co/W7gA0P

The Big Decision: Stay Small or Try to Grow – http://crowdspring.co/WabsZT

Signup and Trial Process Benchmark Report: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly | Totango Blog – http://crowdspring.co/TNsjgS

If, When, And How To Avoid Hiring A CEO | TechCrunch – http://crowdspring.co/Triuoq

How not to get f*cked by an investor’s lack of value-add. | Vlaskovits – http://crowdspring.co/TriEfN

10 Ways to Convert More Customers With Psychology [INFOGRAPHIC] – http://crowdspring.co/XpP1QE 

7 Leadership Lessons From A Mind-Meld Between Twitter’s Dick Costolo And Venture Guru Ben Horowitz | Fast Company – http://crowdspring.co/VVwMCb

The Tech Scene in Chicago is Blooming – http://crowdspring.co/VUYBKR

What every designer working in a startup needs to know | Gigaom – http://crowdspring.co/VVxmjj

The Big Decision: Stay Small or Try to Grow – http://crowdspring.co/WabsZT

Signup and Trial Process Benchmark Report: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly | Totango Blog – http://crowdspring.co/TNsjgS

Startups learn a painful lesson: The ‘Dropbox effect’ is a myth | VentureBeat – http://crowdspring.co/TroNZp

The Genius of Starting a Company Without Outside Capital | NYT – http://crowdspring.co/VMU90K

Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn, on the ‘Next Play’ Philosophy – http://crowdspring.co/TubCa2

How To Hire Hackers: A Realistic Guide For Startups | OnStartups – http://crowdspring.co/WaOySe

Asking Questions beats Giving Advice | The Intercom Blog – http://crowdspring.co/W5sf03

Can enterprise SaaS products be viral? – http://crowdspring.co/W6PPtp

The vital stats on successful entrepreneurs – http://crowdspring.co/TGxjDT

All Markets Are Not Created Equal: 10 Factors To Consider When Evaluating Digital Marketplaces – http://crowdspring.co/TDJSzO

Some Quick Thoughts on Exits for Technology Startups – http://crowdspring.co/TgqwQV

How ‘Gamification’ Can Make Your Customer Service Worse | Wired – http://crowdspring.co/W7gA0P

An HR Lesson From Steve Jobs: If You Want Change Agents, Hire Pirates | Co.Design – http://crowdspring.co/TGw3AB

Seth’s Blog: Avoiding the false proxy trap – http://crowdspring.co/VMWQ2v

Small Business and Startup Tips: Hire and be Human | crowdSPRING Blog – http://crowdspring.co/TuwuOe

Confessions of a Big-Agency Top Digital Exec | Digiday – http://crowdspring.co/W13mT7

A very detailed look at Google’s personalized search results – http://crowdspring.co/VNweOD

Online viewers start leaving if video doesn’t play in 2 seconds, says study – http://crowdspring.co/W13wKu

How Color Affects Search Engine Optimization (SEO) | Search Engine Land – http://crowdspring.co/ThYfti

Four traits of successful non-technical solo founders | QUIBB – http://crowdspring.co/W2zrtK

Over the top: the new war for TV is just beginning | The Verge – http://crowdspring.co/W15IBB

Resistance is futile. Yet, they resist: How Madison Ave. wastes clients’ money by denying reality | PandoDaily – http://crowdspring.co/VVynbl

Opera users click on the most ads, followed by Safari Mobile, Internet Explorer, and Android | The Next Web – http://crowdspring.co/TA4kS9

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Mastering LinkedIn | Hubspot Blog – http://crowdspring.co/VVwY4g

Google Ad Revenue Now More Than U.S. Print Publications Combined [CHART] – http://crowdspring.co/RTHg0v

Microsoft’s Big Hidden Windows 8 Feature: Built-In Advertising | HotHardware – http://crowdspring.co/VOphNg

Interactive Window Transforms Live Street Traffic Into BMW Concept Cars [VIDEO] | PSFK – http://crowdspring.co/TO1CbP

“Crowdsourcing has become an integral part of the marketing mix” – http://crowdspring.co/TvYLE9

47% of National Brands to Invest More in Local in 2013 [Study] | Search Engine Watch – http://crowdspring.co/TmEnWb

50+ Amazing and Creative Outdoor Advertisements – http://crowdspring.co/VWWma5

55 Creative Print Advertising Examples | DezineGuide – http://crowdspring.co/W5BQ7a

27 Elegant and Stunning Free Fonts for your Creative Design | Web Design Habits – http://crowdspring.co/VX4CXz

40 Amazing Tutorials For Illustrators And Photoshoppers | noupe – http://crowdspring.co/VX4HdT

33 Most Wanted Free Japanese and Chinese Style Fonts | Design Inspiration – http://crowdspring.co/VX3Qtx

35 Minimal Poster Designs – Inspiration #2 | Graphics Design | Tech Design Blog – http://crowdspring.co/W5Bnlq

30 Free-Flowing Background Design Photoshop Tutorials | PelFusion – http://crowdspring.co/TGufaS

40+ Adobe Illustrator Tutorials Released in October 2012 | DezineGuide – http://crowdspring.co/TusPjE

30 Excellent Sans Serif Fonts – http://crowdspring.co/W5BOwb

Mobile Design Typography is Vitally Important … and Challenging | Codrops – http://crowdspring.co/W5s0SC

40 Fashionable and Useful Feather Textures For Your Design – http://crowdspring.co/TurKIs

Tutorials for Improving Adobe CS6 Skills – http://crowdspring.co/TurzNu

Beautiful Dark Business Card Designs – http://crowdspring.co/TuqEwn 

27 Fantastic Adobe InDesign Tutorials to Learn – http://crowdspring.co/TGvnLI

35 helpful compilation Of Photoshop Background Tutorials | PSDreview – http://crowdspring.co/TustJI

50+ Inspiring Poster Designs | GoMediaZineGoMediaZine – http://crowdspring.co/Tusq0o

30 Creative Business Card Design Ideas | Top Design Magazine – http://crowdspring.co/W5CWQb

55 Creative Print Advertising Examples | DezineGuide – http://crowdspring.co/W5BQ7a

Cool Game Cover Designs for Inspiration | Graphic Design Inspiration Blog – http://crowdspring.co/VX5v2j

Free Gritty/Grainy Texture Pack for Adobe Photoshop – http://crowdspring.co/TuqSUk

100+ Free Flower Brushes For Photoshop | Design Inspiration – http://crowdspring.co/VX4uHv

Creating Business Cards Successfully – 30 Cool Examples – http://crowdspring.co/Tur99L

28 Beautiful Packaging Design For Inspiration | Graphic Design Junction – http://crowdspring.co/Turjhh

Packaging Design Inspirations -4 – http://crowdspring.co/Tur6uB

25 Best Web Designs Of The Month | Graphic Design Junction – http://crowdspring.co/Tuqp4B

30 Marvellous Graffiti Art Styles – http://crowdspring.co/VX46sE

24 Inspiring Illustration Ideas – http://crowdspring.co/VX1Xgr

50+ Amazing and Creative Outdoor Advertisements – http://crowdspring.co/VWWma5

Legal Contracts for Software Developers Who Hate Contracts (w/free contract template to use today) – http://bit.ly/1ySfi

Legal Contracts for Graphic Designers Who Hate Contracts (w/free contract template to use today) – http://bit.ly/XTLkS

22 Nice and Inspiring New Logos | Top Design Magazine – http://crowdspring.co/VWWuGC

30+ Amazing Music Style Logos | DezineGuide – http://crowdspring.co/TuqMMs

25 Exceptionally Creative 3D Logo Design Ideas – http://crowdspring.co/TuslKp

Negative Space Logos with Examples and Analysis – http://crowdspring.co/W5CLof

25 Fully Illustrated Logo Designs For Inspiration – http://crowdspring.co/Turw47

11 gorgeous examples of responsive design | Econsultancy – http://crowdspring.co/VWWDK6

UX Design For Sign In and Sign Up Pages – Design for User Experience – http://crowdspring.co/VX4mI9

15 Most beautifully designed websites | Ishu’sBlog – http://crowdspring.co/VX3XFq

Progress Bars Design Inspiration – 46 Lovely Examples – http://crowdspring.co/W5D1Dq

30 Free Handy UI Kits | PelFusion – http://crowdspring.co/RLRBtq

17 Flexible Grid Tools and Frameworks for Responsive Websites – http://crowdspring.co/TGv8jL

30+ Absolutely Free UI Kits for Pixel-Perfect Designs – http://crowdspring.co/TGunqU

40 Inspirational examples of orange color in web design | Designs Mix – http://crowdspring.co/TGuSBb

35 Creative And Inspirational Fashion eCommerce Websites – http://crowdspring.co/TurdpX

25+ Creative Examples of Parallax Scrolling in Website Design | Bloom Web Design Blog – http://crowdspring.co/TGcSqB

Functional Footer Design: 8 Improvements for Ordinary Footers | DesignFestival – http://crowdspring.co/VX5ont

6 Health Mistakes Web Designers Ought to Avoid – http://crowdspring.co/VX4d7p

What are the most uniquely designed beds? – http://crowdspring.co/UA2P4Z

Venice hit by floods – in pictures | http://crowdspring.co/UydVx0

Inside Team Romney’s whale of an IT meltdown | Ars Technica – http://crowdspring.co/ThxJAs

The Science of Orgasms and Your Brain on Porn | Brain Pickings – http://crowdspring.co/TslJfr

Google backs Iowa wind farm, has put close to $1B into clean power – http://crowdspring.co/TO1WXT

Restaurant Review – Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar in Times Square – http://crowdspring.co/W5EgCT

An Amazon Engineer Had a Little Idea That Turned Into a Billion-Dollar Business – http://crowdspring.co/XIWXg0

Daring Fireball: Seriously, Apple Is Doomed – http://crowdspring.co/VRSlDR

Best Buy’s Amazon price match is a $400M all-in bet it can’t win | PandoDaily – http://crowdspring.co/TA6XDs

Crowdsourcing or Crowdfrauding? The Truth Behind Kickstarter – http://crowdspring.co/UIBxti

Groups Obama Won, Groups Romney Won – http://crowdspring.co/Ts6jrB

Hacking Letterpress | Finite State – http://crowdspring.co/Ts3oiA

I hope you enjoy these links! Please leave a comment and let me know what you liked/didn’t like.

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