Social media

They Like Us, They Really Like Us

Bethany | May 21st, 2009

Over at crowdSPRING, we’re starting to think of ourselves as the Slumdog Millionaire of the online awards.  Here we are, just a bunch of nobodies in India (or the West Loop of Chicago—I mean, if you want to get technical) who came up with an idea that we thought might entertain a small business or […]

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A Three Minute Interview With Ross About crowdSPRING

Ross | May 12th, 2009

Last week, I traveled to Hamburg Germany for the next09 conference. After my presentation (titled “Crowdsourcing Creative”) I was interviewed about crowdSPRING. Here’s a short (3 minute) segment from that discussion. We talked about crowdSPRING, the advantages and disadvantages of crowdsourcing, the reaction from agencies, and other topics. Here’s the interview.   Link:

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Happy Anniversary

Ross and Mike | May 7th, 2009

We launched publicly on May 6, 2008, making yesterday our one year anniversary – a day that, it turns out, we did not celebrate although we’ll definitely remember. It was a difficult and humbling day for our team and, in the end, we sent the following email to everyone who registered on our site during […]

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Can Social Media Can Help My Company?

Ross | April 30th, 2009

There is an astounding amount of press about social media. Some companies – Dell and Comcast, for example – have strengthened their brands by engaging social media head on. Some others have stumbled – but it’s clear that Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Flickr and the many other social networks around the world offer opportunities for businesses […]

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crowdSPRING on TV

Ross | April 17th, 2009

A few days ago, Northwestern University’s Co-Director of Intelligent Information Laboratory, Kris Hammond, appeared on the TV show Chicago Tonight (channel 11 in Chicago) to talk about crowdsourcing. Hammond talked about Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, crowdSPRING and Threadless. Here’s the video:

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Don’t Underestimate The Value Of Listening

Ross | March 30th, 2009

It never ceases to surprise me when people  think that listening to users is bad business. Michael Arrington recently questioned Facebook’s decision to revert back to some “old features” based on input from Facebook users. In his article titled “No! Never Surrender To Your Users, Facebook”, Arrington argues that you should never listen to your […]

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Friday Fun Facts – What’s on at SXSW?

Mike | March 13th, 2009

Well, for the past 6 Fridays I have written about the data we collect at crowdSPRING and how we put it to use. Today, in honor of the South by Southwest Interactive Festival, I wanted to share a bit about some of the goings on down in Austin. I am sitting on a plane as […]

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Friday Fun Facts – The “Springy” Awards

Mike | March 6th, 2009

As a small business startup we spend a great deal of time looking at and analyzing data to help us drive strategy, make adjustments, and better understand our customers. We try hard to not be robotic in our response to numbers, but rather to let them inform our decisions and our direction. Here is the […]

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We’re in freaking Forbes

Pete | February 5th, 2009

Look mom – we’re in Forbes! What? No – we didn’t do anything illegal! Umm, no, we didn’t meet Barack either. We just – oh, forget it. It’s not a big deal.  Say hi to dad…

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