Marketing and branding

12 Questions: Meet Vinay and Asha (India)

Audree | January 26th, 2012

In our 12 Questions blog series, we feature interviews with someone from the crowdSPRING community. For these interviews, we pick people who add value to our community – in the blog, in the forums, in the projects. Plainly – activities that make crowdSPRING a better community. Be professional, treat others with respect, help us build […]

Read full post »

Crowdsourcing: a 7+7 Primer (Pt. 2)

Mike | January 23rd, 2012

Last week I posted the first part of this article on crowdsourcing strategies. In the post, I discussed some of the big-picture issues that I believe should be considered carefully when planning a crowdsourced project. Best practices for crowdsourcing require managers to first determine the best venue for their project, effective management of the process, […]

Read full post »

Crowdsourcing: a 7+7 Primer (Pt. 1)

Mike | January 16th, 2012

We write often about small businesses and startups and lean approaches to marketing and other business functions. Mid- to large-size companies can also benefit from the lean methodology and one way to do so is by actively leveraging crowds of workers: designers, software engineers, testers, writers, customer support people, customers, market researchers, and dozens of […]

Read full post »

Lean Marketing: Facebook advertising for newbies

Mike | November 14th, 2011

We write often of low-cost, high impact marketing tactics for small businesses and share tips for leveraging these. We believe that small business and startups should always be willing to experiment with marketing tactics and strategies as long as those serve a larger goal and contribute to a clear strategy. The key to this approach […]

Read full post »

Secrets of The World’s Best Brands

Ross | November 9th, 2011

Interbrand has released its annual ranking of the world’s best brands: Best Global Brands 2011 report. Interbrand’s report is considered to be one of the most influential benchmark studies on brand value. Let’s first look at some of the highlights from the report, and then look at some of the important trends and lessons startups […]

Read full post »

Startup tips: 5 great tools for freelancers (and small businesses)

Mike | October 17th, 2011

What is a freelancer if not a small business? Just like small businesses, freelancers must engage in marketing, manage payables and receivables and other accounting tasks, perform HR functions, direct production, and plan strategy. 1. Planning and strategy. There are lots of great tools and apps out there that will help you to plan and […]

Read full post »

The agency is Dead! Long live the agency!

Mike | September 19th, 2011

This week I will be speaking at Ad:tech London with our friend John Winsor, the CEO of Victors and Spoils. We will be discussing the future of the agency, the current business climate, crowdsourcing and the new models for delivering creative in the post-agency world. Among other questions, we will be discussing the economic impact of […]

Read full post »

Marketing 101: channel management and the digital domain

Mike | August 22nd, 2011

A marketing channel can be defined as a system used to make goods, services, or concepts available for consumption. The very best businesses are adept at managing their marketing channels and can effectively transmit goods and services from the points of conception, extraction, or production to their customer and can gain significant competitive advantage in the process. […]

Read full post »

5 Tips To Get Your Small Business Online

Ross | August 17th, 2011

Last year, only 50% of all small business in the United States had a website.  When 2011 began, 64 percent of small businesses reported having a website, but that still left an astounding 36 percent of small businesses without a web presence. Do all small businesses need to have a website? Perhaps not – but […]

Read full post »

Small business and startup tips: 5 traps of business branding

Mike | August 15th, 2011

Several weeks ago I wrote a post on branding a business in tough competitive environments. I discussed the importance of  defining a frame of reference, leveraging points of parity, and articulating your brand’s points of differentiation. Today I want to talk about some of the pitfalls a business can become victim to when establishing a […]

Read full post »