Marketing and branding

The Most Important Skill Every Successful Leader Must Have

Arielle | April 28th, 2016

Many young entrepreneurs and business owners think that innovation, marketing and financial know-how are the keys to the success of a business. Those are all important factors, but there is a single, more important factor. Entrepreneurs and business owners spend a majority of their time talking to people: explaining ideas, directing others, helping, listening, speaking, […]

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Fight of Flight: The Science Of Business Success and Failure

Arielle | April 20th, 2016

According to Walter Cannon, a renowned physiologist, humans have two pre-programmed responses to stress: fight or flight. Cannon’s extensive research of people in stressful situations revealed two distinct patterns in how people chose to deal with stress. Some of the people he studied “fled” from stress, doing their best to avoid it in hopes of […]

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3 Steps to Becoming a Networking Ninja

Arielle | March 2nd, 2016

Ninjas are agile, fast, and efficient. Business networking is typically the exact opposite. It’s often slow, confused, and discombobulated. Yet, while many people avoid it, networking is one of the most important tools in a business owner’s toolkit. When we network, we increase our knowledge and opportunities, and we also amplify the messages we spread […]

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Facebook, Cookies, and Marketing: How To Prevent Your Small Business From Stagnation

Arielle | February 24th, 2016

At some point, even the most successful businesses hit a wall. Sales plateau, the customer base stops growing, morale is low, and revenue is either flat or falling. The best companies – and the best entrepreneurs – find ways to overcome such stagnation. The challenge often isn’t in finding ways to quickly increase customers and […]

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Your Small Business Will Not Succeed Unless You Build a Strong Brand

Ross | February 8th, 2016

A brand is the sum total of the experiences your customers and potential customers have with your company. Your brand lives in everyday interactions with customers and prospective customers, the images you share, your company website, the content of your marketing materials, and in your posts on social networks. Today, no company can control all […]

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10 Important Things You Can Do To Be A Good Customer

Keri | February 4th, 2016 proactive

As customers, we often put our expectations in the hands of the customer service team. That being said, there is so much one can do to take charge of their own experience as a customer. The company, the product, and the team are only part of the equation, and not the only deciding factors on […]

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How to Avoid Failure: Two Common Small Business Mistakes

Arielle | February 3rd, 2016

We all experience failure at some point in our lives. As business owners, failure is common to us- not every idea can be a winner. As entrepreneurs, the looming fear of failure is all too real. According to Forbes, nine out of ten startups will fail within their first few years of operation. This means […]

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Why A Generic Logo Design Will Hurt Your Business

Keri | January 28th, 2016

A huge part of what we do in customer service here at crowdSPRING is working to make sure creatives produce original work, respecting the work of others, and that buyers walk away happy with a design all their own. We often get asked why we are such sticklers about the use of generic concepts and why we […]

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Five Public Speaking Tips and Tricks for Small Businesses

Arielle | January 19th, 2016

 Conferences, meetups and other public events offer many unique opportunities for entrepreneurs and small business owners to market their business. Yet many people turn down opportunities to speak in public. If the thought of speaking in public causes you to panic and sweat profusely, you are not alone. 74% of people fear public speaking. […]

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8 Smart and Practical Ways To Increase Your Small Business Profits

Ross | January 18th, 2016

Every small business owner has a lot to do but little time to accomplish everything. In the long run, successful small businesses find ways to improve their profitability (the amount of money remaining after all business expenses are paid). But short of raising prices and alienating customers, it’s not always easy for a small business […]

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