Archive for June, 2013

Twitter Link Roundup #185 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

Ross | June 28th, 2013

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 […]

Read full post »

How To Say No To People Who Want To Pick Your Brain

Ross | June 25th, 2013

As you become successful, people will want to buy you a cup of coffee and “pick your brain.” Even if  you want to genuinely help, it’s impossible to say “yes” to everyone and not impact your own productivity. Here’s a helpful video from Marie Forleo, a marketing and lifestyle expert. Marie offers good tips on […]

Read full post »

Lean Marketing Tips: Public Speaking

Mike | June 24th, 2013

When building a company, marketing is everything. We often think of marketing as advertising, but in lean marketing that is only one component of an effective plan. An equally important piece is public relations and the value it can bring in increased awareness and visibility for your brand. PR can come in many flavors: media coverage, social media […]

Read full post »

Twitter Link Roundup #184 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

Ross | June 21st, 2013

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 […]

Read full post »

Surprise Is One Of The Most Powerful Small Business Marketing Tools

Ross | June 18th, 2013

It has always been difficult to stand-out in a crowded market. When the products you sell are also available from thousands of other vendors at the same or lower prices, how do you differentiate your business and convince customers to buy from you? Smart companies surprise their customers when customers least expect surprises. When you […]

Read full post »

Lean Business: Save Money, Save the Environment

Mike | June 17th, 2013

Driving to Bloomington a few weeks ago on my way to the older son’s graduation from IU, I was struck as I always am by the sight of a massive windfarm along I65 in central Indiana. Hundreds of gargantuan windmills line the fields in orderly rows almost to the horizon. Spinning slowly and in near-prefect […]

Read full post »

The June cS Awards and May cS Award Winners!

Amanda | June 14th, 2013

Back in 2011, we announced a monthly cS Award to honor quality work by designers and writers in the crowdSPRING community. The June cS Award We’re not sure if you’ve noticed, but things are a little different around the crowdSPRING site lately. We’ve rolled out some major changes that we’re very excited about. You may have even […]

Read full post »

Twitter Link Roundup #183 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

Ross | June 14th, 2013

  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 […]

Read full post »

Small Business Spotlight of the Week: AMP

Amanda | June 12th, 2013

One difficulty companies can face when first starting out is trying to connect with other businesses that have a similar goal. Networking for anyone first starting out is absolutely key, but for small businesses, it can make or break you. However, when your industry is super specific– like, say, sustainability– it can be a struggle […]

Read full post »

To Succeed, Stop Trying To Please Everyone

Ross | June 11th, 2013

Many young entrepreneurs and small business owners make a common mistake when they launch their new business or a new product/service. They believe that at launch, they should always target as many customers as they can. This seems logical. If your potential group of customers is larger, aren’t you more likely to succeed? No. It’s […]

Read full post »