Small business

Why Every Small Business And Startup Must Understand Social Currency

Ross | June 4th, 2010

You might recall my posts from a few months ago – Branding Secrets of the World’s Best Brands and What Can You Learn From The World’s Best Brands – about the lessons that startups and small businesses can learn from the world’s best brands. A new study recently released by Vivaldi Partners reveals some surprising […]

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Not Every Failure Is A Learning Experience

Ross | June 2nd, 2010

Many entrepreneurs and investors – especially in Silicon Valley – believe that failure is acceptable. Mark Suster writes: I prefer second time (or more) entrepreneurs. Sure, I would love to work with people who have had multiple successes. But I’m not afraid of entrepreneurs that didn’t succeed the first time. I want to work with […]

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The Surprising Truth About What Motivates People

Ross | May 28th, 2010

I found this talk (and video) fascinating and wanted to share it with you. The speaker, Daniel Pink, authored four books about the changing world of work (two of the books – A Whole New Mind and Drive – are New York Times bestsellers). Dan recently spoke at the Royal Society for the encouragement of […]

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Startup and Small Business Tip: Marketing One-To-One

Ross | May 24th, 2010

When most people talk about or plan marketing campaigns, they talk about or plan broad, strategic tactics focused on large groups of customers or potential customers. Adwords, banner ads, print ads, radio advertising, email marketing – these are all common tactics used by businesses to market their products and services. It’s easy to forget that […]

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6 tips for startups and small business: Creating your first screencast!

Mike | May 24th, 2010

Since we launched crowdSPRING, we have created several screencasts about the site, for both presentational and educational purposes. A screencast is a great way to quickly show your customers how something works, or to instruct them in using a feature of your site. Some users simply don’t like to read technical or instructional content, so […]

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Online marketing for Startups: back to basics – p+p+p+p

Mike | May 17th, 2010

As a Kellogg alum (worlds greatest marketing school, after all, uh huh) I would be remiss not to write occasionally about marketing in the context of our world: online entrepreneurs. At crowdSPRING, we are constantly evaluating our own mix of marketing strategy, tactics, and resources and the “debates” can get extreme. Like many small companies […]

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We Love Our Customers

Ross | May 6th, 2010

We love our customers. In two years, we’ve answered over 40,000 customer service tickets, and tens of thousands of other customer requests via email, private message, and phone. We’ve obsessed about providing the absolute best customer service to our designers, writers, and buyers. And we’ve met many outstanding people along the way. We love our […]

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Google Crowdsourcing Investments

Ross | May 4th, 2010

Most companies leverage crowdsourcing by relying on external communities. For example, small businesses and startups looking for custom logo design leverage crowdSPRING’s community of 60,000 designers and writers. Companies looking for help with on-demand software testing can leverage the community at uTest. People looking for help with simple tasks can leverage Amazon’s Mechanical Turk. Smart […]

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Small Business Tip: Conference Banners

Ross | April 30th, 2010

Although we don’t typically have a booth at conferences, we have participated in a few where we had to put together a nice display to attract visitors. This is easier said than done. Many small businesses will find pre-made designs and print their banners at a local print shop. For those looking to make a […]

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New-to-the-world: strategic marketing for startups and small business

Mike | April 26th, 2010

strategy |?strat?j?|noun: a plan of action or policy designed to achieve a major or overall aim. Many Internet startups reside in new market segments that are still evolving and have yet to be fully defined. In our case “crowdsourced creative services” is a new category in an old (and very large) market. It could be defined as a “alternative method for sourcing creative services, in […]

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