Social media

Five Things Small Businesses Should Know About Google+

Ross | October 12th, 2011

Google+ (also known as Google Plus) has generated lots of buzz, but most small businesses are still largely unfamiliar with Google+ and what it offers. In this post, we’ll explain what Google+ is, the key features every small business should understand, and how small businesses can use those features to increase sales. For those of […]

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How Small Businesses Are Using Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC]

Ross | September 28th, 2011

Social media gives small businesses a platform to amplify their voice and visibility among prospective customers. For many small businesses, this is a rich opportunity, as you can see in the following infographic – a look at social media use by small businesses (click image for full size version). Want to embed this infographic into […]

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The agency is Dead! Long live the agency!

Mike | September 19th, 2011

This week I will be speaking at Ad:tech London with our friend John Winsor, the CEO of Victors and Spoils. We will be discussing the future of the agency, the current business climate, crowdsourcing and the new models for delivering creative in the post-agency world. Among other questions, we will be discussing the economic impact of […]

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The Social Media Police. Really. They’re police.

Mike | August 1st, 2011

For years, hobbyists, police enthusiasts, ambulance-chasers, and thrill seekers have spent hours with their ears cocked listening to police scanner radios. Sometimes these folks do it just for the vicarious thrill that can be found; sometimes they do it because they are fascinated by police procedure; and sometimes they do it as a way of […]

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When social media goes bad: a cautionary tale

Mike | July 25th, 2011

One of the most enduringly popular ad campaigns in memory is from the California Milk Processor Board – “Got Milk” has become an iconic part of the cultural landscape and has been shared, copied, parodied, and imitated over and over again. Although that campaign pre-dated the rise of the social media, it is a great […]

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Social Media Revolution – Facts and Figures (Updated)

Ross | June 30th, 2011

A few years ago, Erik Qualman, the author of Socialnomics, produced a popular video highlighting the impressive facts and figures about the growing popularity of social media. Erik updated that video in 2010 and has just released a third update (below) which shows the impressive dominance of social media across the world. Some examples mentioned […]

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10 Habits of Highly Successful Freelancers

Ross | June 15th, 2011

The most successful freelancers are excellent communicators. Is it enough to have great communication skills to succeed as a freelancer? No. However, it’s nearly impossible to succeed as a freelancer without effective communication skills. We’ve seen many talented designers on crowdSPRING and elsewhere fail to grow successful freelance businesses because they were poor communicators. We’ve […]

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Google Summer of Code 2011

Adriano | April 1st, 2011

Since 2005, Google has led a wonderful open source program called Summer of Code. The goal of that program is to promote open source software development. Google invites open source organizations to propose ideas that could benefit the world, and asks the organizations to mentor students to develop these ideas and released them as FOSS […]

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Are You Listening?

Ross | March 30th, 2011

Many people use social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and others to broadcast information about themselves and their businesses. Far fewer people take the time to listen. The video below shows baby twins having a “conversation” between themselves. Notice how each patiently listens while the other is “talking”. We can learn a lot from babies and […]

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crowdSPRING Community Gives Back – Kids In Danger

Ross | March 27th, 2011

Give Back is the crowdSPRING community’s way of helping worthy non-profit and charity causes in need. Creatives in the crowdSPRING community have agreed that for these special projects, no monetary awards will be given. crowdSPRING will waive all fees and will assist the organizations with posting their project. We will collaborate together to help those […]

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