Lean business practices

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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Small Business and Startups: 5 Marketing Myths

Mike | July 1st, 2013

Marketing is simple right? For every dollar your company spends on it, you should see over a dollar in the sales generated in return. In other words as long as the ROI is positive any marketing effort can be considered a good effort and any effort that does not come with measurable, positive ROI should be […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Lean Business: The Very Model of a Modern Spreadsheet

Mike | May 28th, 2013

“Model” is a verb. It traditionally means to fashion or shape an a three-dimensional out of a material such as clay or wax. In business the verb usually refers to tools that are created to make projections of sales or profits, but can also be used to predict anything from website traffic to manpower requirements […]

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Small Business and Social Marketing: Time for an Audit?

Mike | May 20th, 2013

Marketing is simple: spend $100 advertising your product or service and earn back $110 for your efforts. This has long been the underlying challenge for businesses large and small:  how do you acquire new customers, convince them to buy more of whatever it is you are selling, get them to tell other’s about your offering, […]

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If You Risk Nothing, You Risk Everything

Ross | May 16th, 2013

People fear many things. The fear of failure is perhaps one of the greatest and most dangerous fears. If you risk nothing, you risk everything.

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The First Step, No Matter How Small, Is Crucial To Success

Ross | May 15th, 2013

Hamdi Ulukaya, CEO and founder of Chobani, recently talked about how he started Chobani. It’s a wonderful story and well worth your time to watch how an immigrant entrepreneur with a vision others thought was crazy, built a business that grew from zero to a billion dollars in just five years. Ulukaya was born in Turkey and […]

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What Steve Jobs Can Teach Us About Management and Leadership

Ross | May 8th, 2013

“The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.” – Henry Kissinger “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” - Peter Drucker “You have to be run by ideas, not hierarchy.” – Steve Jobs Strong leadership without strong management can result […]

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