Small business

How small businesses can manage people for competitive advantage

Mike | November 9th, 2009

Thinking about the health-care debate has caused me to reflect on our own approach to our team has given me a chance to consider some ways in which we add value to our own venture, create a stronger company, and (hopefully) achieve a real competitive advantage. When Ross and I started crowdSPRING, we were determined […]

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We’re not Burger King, but we still want you to ‘Have it Your Way’

Bethany | November 4th, 2009

The crowdSPRING message is all over the place – we have a blog, we use Twitter, we have Facebook, we have email, we have customer support tickets and oh yeah, we even have phones. We’ve tried to cover all our bases on how to get out our message and constantly work on ensuring you’re able […]

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10 Ways Small Businesses Can Harness Big Crowds

Ross | November 4th, 2009

Would your small business benefit from reducing costs, improving product and/or service quality, more effectively competing with bigger companies, innovating more, enhancing your expertise, and better managing your own capacity and the capacity of your small team? You bet! In this post, I discuss 10 ways that your small business can leverage crowdsourcing. I’ll explain […]

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99 Designs You Can Crowdsource on crowdSPRING

Ross | October 21st, 2009

Whenever we are asked what types of projects people can post on crowdSPRING, we typically answer with a snarky “uh, there’s like a hundred different things!?!” That is, until someone recently said “oh yeah, like what?” Dumbfounded at this unvarnished display of brazen audacity, we set out to show them. So, we settled in with […]

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Standards of Conduct For Buyers – We Want YOUR Input!

Ross | October 14th, 2009

crowdSPRING is building the world’s most awesome community of creatives. To build a world-class community, we must all come together as a community and respect each other and people who visit this community. Earlier this year, after an excellent discussion in our community, we adopted Standards of Conduct for Creatives. We’ve been working to draft […]

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Amen

Pete | October 9th, 2009

I found this ad in Advertising Age last night and I couldn’t help but share.  I’ll leave it to your imagination to decide what company’s logo should be at the bottom…

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Thoughts for small businesses and startups on raising capital

Mike | October 6th, 2009

So you have a great idea, right? You’ve written a fantastic business plan, researched the market extensively, have a deep understanding of the competitive landscape, and have a watertight financial model that shows how you can reach profitability even in the worst-case scenario. Now it’s time to get out there and find your funding. Easy, […]

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crowdSPRING Welcomes The World

Ross | October 3rd, 2009

The below map (part of our analytics report) put a smile on my face this morning. During the past quarter, people from nearly every single country on Earth visited the crowdSPRING community.

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10 thoughts for small businesses and startups on financial modeling

Mike | September 28th, 2009

When Ross and I were working on the crowdSPRING business model late in 2006 we needed to prove something to ourselves before we asked others to risk an investment in our business: could our idea become a profitable and viable business? For both of us there was significant opportunity cost in pursuing this venture/dream and […]

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10 Practical Small Business SEO and SEM Marketing Tips

Ross | September 22nd, 2009

crowdSPRING is a small company (our team is 10 people). For a small company, efforts spent on one marketing initiative typically take away from other marketing initiatives. Entrepreneurs and small businesses often ask us about how we market – and especially about SEO (search engine optimization) and SEM (paid search). Here are our top ten […]

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