Marketing and branding

Small Business and Startup Tips: 5 Marketing Mistakes to Avoid

Mike | June 4th, 2012

Marketing your small business is simple, right? Just get your web page live, set up a Twitter account and a Facebook page, start building that email list and you’re on your way to endless riches! Well, unfortunately it is not quite that easy and many businesses end up making mistakes that they could have easily […]

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What Small Businesses Can Learn From The World’s Best Brands

Ross | May 23rd, 2012

We’ve previously shared lessons that small businesses can learn from the world’s best brands. For example, we wrote about five common lessons small businesses and startups can learn from the world’s best Brands, the 10 key learnings from PSFK’s Good Brands Report 2009, and the lessons for small businesses and startups from Interbrand’s Best Global […]

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Are Facebook Investors Playing Russian Roulette?

Ross | May 22nd, 2012

Although Facebook’s stock price has fallen well below its IPO price of $38 per share, many people agree that the stock is still significantly overpriced. Facebook stock is trading at 57 times projected earnings (compared to 14 for Google and 12 for Apple). There is precedent for a high forward-year projected earnings (P/E) ratio. For […]

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Small Business Pinterest Starter Guide

Ross | May 16th, 2012

Are you wondering how you can leverage Pinterest for your small business? Pinterest is currently one of the hotest websites. For some businesses, Pinterest is delivering more user trafic than Google+, YouTube and LinkedIn combined. For those of you who haven’t heard of Pinterest, here’s a brief summary: Pinterest is a free social sharing site […]

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12 Questions: Meet Tiffany Silverberg (USA)

Audree | May 1st, 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 […]

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Small Business and Startup Tips: Managing Remote Employees

Ross | April 19th, 2012

Did you know that more than 34 million Americans already work from home, at least part time? In fact, that number is expected to nearly double in the next five years, according to Forrester. If we have anywhere close to 63 million remote workers by 2016, remote workers will represent over 40 percent of the entire […]

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Small Biz and Startup Tips: 5 Ideas to Plan for Success(ion)

Mike | April 16th, 2012

When starting and running a new company it is easy to focus on the present and quickly lose track of what may come in the future. This is not a bad thing  - in fact the present is exactly where entrepreneurs should place most of their priorities and devote most of their energy. But as […]

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Lean Marketing Tips: Hyperlocal Marketing Channels

Mike | March 26th, 2012

We write often about marketing strategies and tactics for small business and startups. These companies typically have limited budgets, thin resources, and strained capacity which combine to create a challenge for managers and owners: how to develop an effective marketing campaign using tactics that will work for their business. The Lean Startup movement provides a […]

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Free Advice for: The New York Times iPad App

Mike | March 19th, 2012

I am a crank. There, I said it. Around the cS offices, I have a reputation as a curmudgeon and grouch. I have never been slow to voice an opinion, file a complaint, or take a company to task for everything from a unreliable product to poor customer service. This post is intended as the first […]

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Marketing the Viral Effect and Not-for-Profit Gold

Mike | March 12th, 2012

I spend a fair amount of time on social media websites: I check into Facebook several times on any given day, I follow over 700 people on my Twitter account and average anywhere from 3-10 posts to it per day. I also regularly visit LinkedIn as well as Google+ and have been known to browse […]

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