Social media

Is Social Media Making Us Less Human?

Ross | December 28th, 2010

A few days ago, I read an essay in the New York Times by Robin Dunbar. For those not familiar with Dunbar – Dunbar is a professor of evolutionary anthropology at Oxford and author of a popular book – “How Many Friends Does One Person Need? Dunbar’s Number and Other Evolutionary Quirks.” I’ve long been […]

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Ten Crowdsourcing Trends for 2011

Ross | December 8th, 2010

Crowdsourcing is fundamentally changing business, government, non-profits, education, research, and other sectors. Remarkably, we’re just seeing the tip of the iceberg. Here are my picks for the top ten crowdsourcing trends for 2011: 1. Crowdsourcing marketplaces will earn significantly more market share. In 2010, the top two design crowdsourcing marketplaces (crowdSPRING and 99designs) together paid well […]

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Community creative – how we work

Mike | September 27th, 2010

Early this summer we surveyed over 500 Creatives on crowdSPRING to help us gain a better understanding of our community – who we are, how we work, and what drives us creatively. The results were fascinating and, although we are still sorting through the data, some really interesting information had come into focus. A few […]

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5 great viral marketing campaigns (and what small businesses can learn from them!)

Mike | September 13th, 2010

At crowdSPRING we talk a great deal about how we can leverage our limited marketing resources to drive traffic and revenues and build strong community. Some of the traffic-tactics we use involve good old fashioned payola: paid search, banner ads, affiliate programs, etc. Other tactics leverage partnerships with other businesses to create mutual value and […]

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Panelpicker time at SXSW! Let the voters decide!

Mike | August 23rd, 2010

It’s South by Southwest panel picker time again! August is when folks from around the world have the chance to view panel submissions for next year’s SXSW Interactive Festival and things are in full swing. First a shameless pitch – VOTE FOR US! Ross and I have submitted proposals for the 3rd year in a […]

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Help Guy Kawasaki Pick The Cover For His Next Book

Ross | August 16th, 2010

Guy Kawasaki recently asked the creative community at crowdSPRING (70,000 designers and writers from over 75 countries) to help design a new cover for his upcoming book – Enchantment: The Art of Changing Heart, Minds and Actions. 246 designers from around the world submitted a total of 760 designs. Guy has narrowed the choices down to his […]

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USA! USA! USA! (.gov)

Mike | August 2nd, 2010

It would appear that the efforts of Vivek Kundra our new federal government CIO, are paying off with additional attention to detail, a new user-friendly site, and now an app store of government-issued software for mobile devices! Launched last month, the redesigned website, USA.gov,  has a sporty web 2.0 look, is built on an open source framework […]

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Small business love: trucks, pop-ups, and nomadic goodness

Mike | July 26th, 2010

Even in non-recessionary times it can be difficult to get a new business off the ground. Start-up costs are high, investors are keeping the purse-strings tied tight, and customers are not exactly spending with élan. The restaurant business, traditionally a hothouse for entrepreneurism, suffered greatly in the current downturn but is rebounding, with industry-wide sales […]

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