Archive for July, 2013

Teaching To See

Ross | July 30th, 2013

Design is becoming more important in today’s noisy world. Smartly designed products tend to become more popular. Websites with good design practices tend to appeal to more customers. Nicely designed email newsletters and print brochures do a better job conveying the intended message. But what is good design and how can you see it? Here’s […]

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A Contrarian View: Hire Well, Nurture Carefully, Fire Prudently

Mike | July 29th, 2013

Much has been written on the “Steve Jobs” school of human resources. Jobs was an uncompromising believer in hiring the most talented team possible and believed equally in firing folks at will. That was all well and good for the most valuable company in the world, where an endless stream of applicants lined up at […]

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Twitter Link Roundup #189 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

Ross | July 26th, 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 […]

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Should You Give Up On Social Media Marketing?

Ross | July 23rd, 2013

The claim that social media will drive more customers to your business than search, email or other traditional and online marketing channels has once again been exposed as a myth. Or has it? A recent study by Custora found that email marketing and search deliver more profitable customers than social media. I wrote an opinion […]

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Working Remote. Yeah. About That.

Mike | July 22nd, 2013

On any given day at the crowdSPRING HQ, we will have anywhere between 1 and 6 people working in the office simultaneously. Of late, 1 is the more common number and 6 is becoming a rarity. Why is that? Well a year or two ago we instituted a policy (I say “instituted,” but really it […]

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Twitter Link Roundup #188 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

Ross | July 19th, 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 […]

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The History Of Typography

Ross | July 17th, 2013

Here’s a wonderful animated short video about the history of typography, from Guttenberg’s printing press to today.

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If You Don’t Cannibalize Yourself, Someone Else Will

Ross | July 16th, 2013

Steve Jobs famously said “If you don’t cannibalize yourself, someone else will.” Most businesses protect existing products, services, and processes and fear change. Such fear comes at a great price. Remember Kodak? Xerox? Blockbuster? Book stores? The music industry is changing before our eyes. The publishing industry is collapsing under its own weight and fear.The […]

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Summer Business Books: What to Read Now

Mike | July 15th, 2013

I love to read. Books, newspapers, magazine, blogs, comment threads. Put the written word in front of me, whether on a sheet of paper bound into a book or magazine, or as pixels on a glowing screen and I will consume it. But like most small business owners, I have very little time available for […]

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Twitter Link Roundup #187 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

Ross | July 12th, 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 […]

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