Marketing and branding

Small Business and Startups: Give Thanks (and Coupons)

Mike | December 9th, 2013

Holidays are upon us, folks and it’s time to give thanks. every business large and small owes a debt to those who have helped over the year and there is no better time to gift than now: your investors and lenders deserve a note, a bottle of wine or other small token to show your […]

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Content Marketing: Beastie Boys And Girls

Ross | November 20th, 2013

If you’re struggling with your content marketing strategy, read How To Grow Your Business With Content Marketing. But more importantly, watch the video below. More than anything else, great storytelling differentiates successful content marketing from noise. I’ve previously shared some outstanding examples of storytelling in content marketing. Here’s another good example from GoldieBox, a company creating […]

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The Pricing Dilemma: Finding the Right Balance

Mike | November 18th, 2013

There is a tension inherent in the relationship between a business and its customers when it comes to pricing of a product or service. Customers look at prices with a complex eye in determining whether the tradeoff between cost and value is a fair one for them to make. The value proposition that your business […]

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How Content Marketing Can Help Grow Your Business in 2014

Ross | November 14th, 2013

Content continues to dominate media headlines and marketing programs at many startups and small businesses. But is content marketing effective? There’s very useful insight, especially for B2B (business-to-business) marketers in a recently published 2014 Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs B2B Content Marketing Benchmarks Study. The study surveyed 1,217 marketers around the world in July and August 2013. […]

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Customer Service and a Culture of Helping

Mike | November 4th, 2013

“Thanks for contacting us with your question.  We’ll reply within 3 business days.” When people discuss the “helping” careers, they are usually referring to honorable fields such as social work, teaching, and psychotherapy. Rarely does selling shoes come into the mix. Yet Zappos has built an online empire, growing in little more than a dozen years […]

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Small Business and Startups: The Trends for 2014 (Pt II)

Mike | October 28th, 2013

I started a couple of weeks ago with the first part of a post on small business trends for 2014; today I have 5 more trends that I’d like to share. Two things to note: first, crystal balls like this one populate the Internet and mine is no better or worse than the many others […]

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Small Business and Startups: The Trends for 2014 (Pt I)

Mike | October 14th, 2013

This morning I was awakened by a dream with a soundtrack of Christmas Carols running through my subconscious. As i pulled myself out of a sleepy torpor, I realized that the songs weren’t in my dream, but were actually playing on the bedside radio. Why? Because apparently Christmas advertising has begun! Yes, it is that […]

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Four Key Lessons For Entrepreneurs And Small Businesses From The World’s Best Brands

Ross | October 1st, 2013

  Over the past few years, I’ve shared lessons that entrepreneurs and small businesses can learn from the world’s best brands. For example, I wrote about five lessons small businesses and startups can learn from the world’s best Brands, the 10 key learnings from PSFK’s Good Brands Report 2009,  the lessons for small businesses and startups from Interbrand’s Best […]

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12 Questions: Meet Nausika Georgakopoulou (Greece)

Audree | September 25th, 2013

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 […]

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