Marketing and branding

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 Kimbarovsky | 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 Kimbarovsky | 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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Three Awesome Tools for Small Businesses and Startups

Arielle Kimbarovsky | January 13th, 2016

It’s not easy to start and run a successful business. After all, business owners must manage many different things and wear different hats in operating their business. From developing products and services to hiring to payroll, owners have a lot on their plates! Fortunately, there are some terrific mobile and web tools that entrepreneurs and […]

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The Logo Store Nightmare: Ready Made Logos Harm Your Business

Ross | January 11th, 2016

You might be tempted to buy a “ready-made”, generic logo you found at an online logo store. After all, it costs only $99 and you can personalize it with your business name. Don’t do it. A custom logo design for your business is an important part of creating a brand identity. The best logo designs […]

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10 Important Web Design Best Practices and Tips for Small Business Websites

Ross | January 4th, 2016

If you don’t have a  dedicated website for your startup or small business, you’re in danger to fall further behind your competition. You might think that you’re  building a fan base on Facebook (if you’re buying fans on Facebook by advertising, you’re very likely wasting your money), sharing small bits of content on Twitter and […]

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Lean Business Tips: Marketing Channels on the Cheap

Mike | July 13th, 2015

Startups and small businesses face a steep learning curve when it comes to online marketing. The options are rich, the ROI can be cruel, the capacity investment can be significant, and the results can often be questionable. At crowdSPRING we have experimented with virtually every online marketing strategy and tactic available, often with negative results. The […]

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A Victory for Artists Everywhere – Thank You Taylor Swift!

Mike | June 29th, 2015

Thank You Taylor Swift! Wow. Words I never once imagined being typed by my own fingers. But, credit where credit is due, Miss Swift went up against Goliath, carefully aimed and swung her sling and, Pow! The monster was vanquished! If you don’t know what I am talking about here, a little background: about a […]

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