Twitter Link Roundup #234 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More Ross | September 12th, 2014

Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account, I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and shared this past week!

The video above shows 100 of the most iconic movie shots of all time. Some remarkable cinema is represented. What’s missing?

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Small Business and Startups: 5 Traits of Leadership – crowdspring.co/1usla8G

8 Excellent Reasons to Redesign Your Website – crowdspring.co/1xDca5b

Why Branding Is the Next Essential Startup Competency – crowdspring.co/1p2EOT3

6 Tips for Creating an Effective Survey | MarketingSherpa Blog – crowdspring.co/1onWjxK

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What the Second Time SaaS CEOs are All Doing | saastr – crowdspring.co/1lF9GOf

6 Suggestions for an Aspiring Startup Founder – crowdspring.co/1o6CzhV

Small Business and Startups: 5 Traits of Leadership – crowdspring.co/1usla8G

Why Branding Is the Next Essential Startup Competency – crowdspring.co/1p2EOT3

Startup CEOs Get Too Much Credit For What is a Team Sport | !ExitEvent – crowdspring.co/1uwFw0p

Good look at the value of a founder’s time (with a useful spreadsheet) | by Marc Barros – crowdspring.co/1tNDFGJ

The Truth About B2B Lead Gen: What Really Works | The Daily Egg – crowdspring.co/1uuaGFD

The top 22 mistakes of first-time CEOs | VentureBeat – crowdspring.co/1lNxwYr

Why Amazon Has No Profits (And Why It Works) – crowdspring.co/1lPTMkd

8 Excellent Reasons to Redesign Your Website – crowdspring.co/1xDca5b

Startup founders reveal why their startups failed (free PDF book) – crowdspring.co/YtlN77

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Why Branding Is the Next Essential Startup Competency – crowdspring.co/1p2EOT3

The Impact of Symmetry in Online Marketing | Optimizely Blog – crowdspring.co/1nILN4c

The Truth About B2B Lead Gen: What Really Works | The Daily Egg – crowdspring.co/1uuaGFD

6 Tips for Creating an Effective Survey | MarketingSherpa Blog – crowdspring.co/1onWjxK

8 Excellent Reasons to Redesign Your Website – crowdspring.co/1xDca5b

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Designing Badges (And More) For A Conference | Smashing Magazine – crowdspring.co/1pEATSm

What Top Designers Think Of Apple’s New Smartwatch | Co.Design – crowdspring.co/1xJ2IgK

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12 Questions: Meet Tal More (USA) Audree | September 11th, 2014

In our 12 Questions blog series, we feature interviews with someone from the crowdSPRING community. For these interviews, we pick people who add value to our community – in the blog, in the forums, in the projects. Plainly – activities that make crowdSPRING a better community. Be professional, treat others with respect, help us build something very special, and we’ll take notice.

We’re very proud to feature Tal More (crowdSPRING username: moretalme) today. Tal lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

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1. Please tell us about yourself.

Hi crowdSPRINGers and NetBrowsers. My name is Tal More. I was born in Israel aka the holy land (known to some as the holy shit land) in 1978 and lived most of my life in a small town called Rehovot, about half an hour drive from Tel Aviv. These past few years I’ve been living in sunny- often too sunny- California, first in the bay area and more recently in L.A. (known to some as Hell A). I guess you could say that creativity pretty much runs in my veins. I used to write a lot when I was younger, but these days I focus on copywriting, songwriting, recording my music and giving music critiques to other artists. I also have a BA in Film and Television studies, but getting it was mostly an excuse to catch up on great films (mission accomplished). However, I did also get some practical use out of it working on a few projects, most notably while working on the script and the creation of the music video for my song- ‘Parallel Me’:

{Animation: Rivka Press; Direction: Rivka Press & Yaniv Shmeltzer}

2. How did you become interested in writing?

I was drawn to art and creativity from an early age. It started with music- I was classically trained but then in my teens I found out that I also extremely enjoyed expressing myself through writing. I guess school essays were mainly to blame. Thus began a short story phase in my life. For a long time I was certain that I was destined to be a writer. Some of my short stories got some buzz on the internet and later on I won first and second place in a couple of short story contests. I briefly worked as a book critique in a big online portal and also had a few stories published in a couple of magazines. But then one day I started writing songs and that was a major turning point. I realized that though writing short stories was nice, writing songs was even better because it fused my two passions together- music and writing. What could be better than that? (Answer: Nothing). Since then I’ve been writing and composing like a madman. I’m pretty sure that songwriting will be my main focus for the rest of my life.

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Small Business and Startups: 5 Traits of Leadership Mike | September 8th, 2014

What is a manager? What is a leader? In the context of small business and startups these two characteristically different beings are necessarily rolled into one. In the world of the mega-corporation-consultant-advised-worker-powered-behemoths a manager can often be a quietly effective, detail oriented, often cloistered individual who might supervise dozens or even hundreds of others, while displaying minimal, or even non-existent leadership skills. This is not to say that mid-level corporate managers are not often strong leaders, but merely that leadership ability is not always a required personality attribute for these folks.

However, in the world of small business and startups, a great manager must also be a great leader. Must undoubtedly be a great leader. The special breed of person who is attracted to and finds success in small businesses has to be a detail-oriented,  data-reading, team-building, communication-centric, debate-leading, empathically-oriented, responsibility-taking, customer-focused, strong-willed, no-nonsense, laughter-loving, strategy-creating, answer-seeking, curiosity-driven individual. This special manager/leader has to be and inspire others in their ambition, enthusiasm, dedication, loyalty, tenacity, energy, and commitment.

Thats a long list right? Well yes. Great manager-leaders are, at their core, complex individuals, but certain of these traits are common to all of us. These are the 5 that I consider the most crucial to the success of a great small business manager-leader:

1. Is honest. Transparency, openness, and willingness to share are key traits for an effective small business manager. Your own values and core beliefs should permeate your organization and the people you hire should be both beneficiary and reflection of those values. A mission statement, while not critical to many small businesses, can be a valuable tool for emphasizing the principles by which you do business and for maintaining focus on the integrity you want to encourage.

2. Has superior communication skills: It is completely and totally incumbent on great manager-leaders to also be great communicators. Expectations are set and guidelines are defined via strong communication skills, both oral and written. How can your team understand what is expected of them unless clear and honest feedback is offered consistently? When employees have concerns a great manager-leader needs the ability to listen and respond. And when good work merits praise or when improvements are needed communicating with your team is imperative.

3. Takes responsibility: Great manager-leaders do not hesitate to take responsibility for their actions and for the outcomes, whether those are successes, failures, mistakes, or triumphs. A strong ethic of buck-stops-here accountability is always on display, but is also expected from the entire team. By consistently and persistently taking responsibility, you set high expectations while effecting positive change. Sharing in the success rather than assigning blame is a great strategy for building strong teams.

4. Collaborates freely and willingly: There are several elements to collaboration that any manager-leader should be mindful of and practice. Great collaboration most always involves an element of delegation; a critical part of leadership is understanding that other team members need to work their way up their own learning curves and have input along with the ability to succeed (or fail) on their own. Team-building starts through each individual’s growth and development, and without empathic, collaborative, effort that growth can never occur.

5. Displays passion: Great leadership should be inspirational: clear commitment should always be readily apparent, and a visible mixture of enthusiasm and eagerness will inspire the same in those around you. Passion brings perspective by always expressing commitment and hard work is a manifestation of that passion. Set an example through your own passion and use that to kindle energy and fervor in your team.

Pat Summit, one of the greatest college basketball coaches of all time, epitomized these traits; photo: USA Today

Twitter Link Roundup #233 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More Ross | September 5th, 2014

Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account, I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and shared this past week!

Apple is known for the unique style of their ads. Here’s a fun parody from IKEA, poking fun at those ads and promoting the annual IKEA book catalogue. Very well done by IKEA.

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Small Business Tips: 5 Great Online Tools (That I’ve never mentioned before) – crowdspring.co/1q6KH6T

10 Ways to Motivate Your Employees on the Cheap – crowdspring.co/Y8l0IJ

5 Ways to Create an Engaging Customer Experience – crowdspring.co/W6LVm2

Ten Things Bosses Never Tell Employees, But Should | by Jeff Haden – crowdspring.co/Yef2Gd

Why Responsive Web Design Helps People Buy Your Product | Inc – crowdspring.co/1psW8QW

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The 10,000 Hour Rule Is Not Real | Smithsonian – crowdspring.co/1qp7eeR

A Discussion with Jon Bischke of Entelo: On Successfully Switching from B2C to B2B (SaaS) | saastr – crowdspring.co/1tKArlK

My Golden Rule for Pitching Your Startup or Product – crowdspring.co/1n4zIpz

10 Ways to Motivate Your Employees on the Cheap – crowdspring.co/Y8l0IJ

How We Increased Landing Page Conversion by 16%: Lessons Learned from Redesigning the Buffer Home Page  – crowdspring.co/1pEnAkK

Six Key Benchmarks for Your SaaS Startup | by Tomasz Tunguz – crowdspring.co/W6wR8d

Why Responsive Web Design Helps People Buy Your Product | Inc – crowdspring.co/1psW8QW

Terrific post & great insight by Andrew Mason discussing Internal Tools at Detour | Detour Blog – crowdspring.co/1poOjMf

A Great Job Interview Requires a Great Conversation – crowdspring.co/1w2Owuk

Ten Things Bosses Never Tell Employees, But Should | by Jeff Haden – crowdspring.co/Yef2Gd

Here is How to Make Sense of Conflicting Startup Advice – crowdspring.co/WbLd7B

5 Ways to Avoid Useless Meeting Syndrome – crowdspring.co/1lCjk4o

How to Market Test a New Idea | Harvard Business Review – crowdspring.co/1vSai6S

Four Unexpected Tips for Keeping Great Employees | by Cameron Herold – crowdspring.co/1vNZc2F

The Pernicious Effect of Dilution in SaaS: The Cold, Hard, Bloody numbers | saastr – crowdspring.co/W6Bwqs

9 Case Studies That’ll Help You Reduce SaaS Churn – crowdspring.co/1pEiCVj

Startup Mentors — How Do You Filter Out The Good, The Bad And The Ugly? | TechCrunch – crowdspring.co/1pJheAB

Rarely say yes to feature requests | Inside Intercom – crowdspring.co/1plBz95

You suck at technical interviews – crowdspring.co/1pEfybN

Benchmarking Hubspot’s S-1: How 7 Key SaaS Metrics Stack Up – crowdspring.co/1qlwWRG

“Note And Vote”: How Google Ventures Avoids Groupthink In Meetings | Co.Design – crowdspring.co/1qluNWc

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The Power of First Impressions Online – crowdspring.co/1pE91h2

9 Case Studies That’ll Help You Reduce SaaS Churn – crowdspring.co/1pEiCVj

Why Landing Page Emotion Makes All the Difference In The World | Forbes – crowdspring.co/1plBu5p

How to Market Test a New Idea | by @ScottDAnthony, Harvard Business Review – crowdspring.co/1vSai6S

How We Increased Landing Page Conversion by 16%: Lessons Learned from Redesigning the Buffer Home Page  – crowdspring.co/1pEnAkK

Why Responsive Web Design Helps People Buy Your Product | Inc – crowdspring.co/1psW8QW

“there is only one lesson to be learned from the Ice Bucket Challenge: sometimes silly shit catches on.” – crowdspring.co/1nX1btw

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53 million Americans are freelancing, new survey finds | Freelancers Union – crowdspring.co/1xhkXtt

Infographic: Leading Graphic Designers Share Tips On Improving Design Skills – crowdspring.co/1lwFwgg

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Small Business Tips: 5 Great Online Tools (That I’ve never mentioned before) Mike | September 2nd, 2014

If I took the time to analyze the number of hours I spend doing my job online, and then add in the number of hours I spend online doing non-work stuff, the result would probably choke a virtual horse. At any given time I have several dozen browser windows and tabs open and am logged into numerous sites, working on multiple apps, and using an abundance of tools. Most of these are for work, though some overlap into my personal life and others are purely for fun. All are great resources and all of these provide me value in the form of efficiency, economy, or entertainment.

My online tools for work run the gamut from email and calendars, to conferencing, accounting, marketing, scheduling, and HR. Many of these are tools that I try out on occasion to see if they might be better than what I currently use and others are old standbys that have proven their worth over time. I’ll often learn about new tools through colleagues, blogs, online reviews, or email marketing campaigns.

Periodically I write about some of the tools I am testing or those that I use regularly (i.e. here, here, herehere, and here). and post-holiday, I thought it time for a new iteration. So without further ado, here are 5 tools I have recently had a look at, tried out, used, or heard about:

1. Expensify. Here is a sweet little app that allows you to manage your business (and personal) expenses. Your credit card charges can be imported, you can track time or mileage, and you can keep track of various billable costs to pass on to your customers. Like other online financial tools, Expensify has full support for bank import, and automatically categorizes your expenses. Plus if you travel internationally over 160 local currencies and VAT and other international taxes are supported. Expensify can be customized with user-set rules to comply with company’s policies and can be used online of off.

2. GetSatisfaction: Want to deliver better service to your customers? Want to gain valuable insight into how people use your product or service? Build a community and ask them! Get Satisfaction allows organizations to quickly build and manage online user-based communities and leverage the expertise that others have developed by interacting with your products. The platform allows your customers to interact directly with one another – trading tips, solving problems, answering questions, and sharing knowledge in an intuitive, easily managed interface.

3. ZipRecruiter: Posting job openings is a pain. We all want to hire the best: most talented, very smartest, most experienced, best-cultural-fitting, perfect employees. The problem is, especially for small business, hiring recruiters is crazy expensive and doing it yourself is an massive strain on capacity and resources. For sure, writing a great job description takes time and focus, but the biggest drain is managing the flood of applications and that’s only after you get the thing posted to the right site to attract the right candidates. This is where ZipRecruiter comes in. Post your job once and it is automatically listed on over 50 job sites, such as Monster, Job.com, LinkedIn, and Craigslist. Responses are aggregated in one place, resumes are re-formatted for consistency, candidates can be pre-screened and millions of potential employees can be searched in a huge database.

4. Intelius: Who can you trust nowadays? How do you know if a potential employee or partner has something in their background that might raise a red-flag? How can you tell if that credit-seeking customer is worthy of the risk? Intelius is a simple online tool that collects online data on just abut anyone, in a simple, easy-to-use interface that makes searches fast and inexpensive. For as little as $3.95 you can quickly look up basic information on just about anyone, and for around $50 you can run a full background check that includes credit information, criminal background, pending legal actions and more. Kinda scary, but kinda handy, too.

5. Trademarkia: As someone who is intimately involved in the logo and design business, I understand clearly the importance of protecting your brand and your mark. Trademarkia has one of the world’s largest databases of trademarked logos, names, and slogans. The database includes domestic and international trademarks filed over the last 140 years and gets bigger everyday. So before you invest in your new branding, take a spin through their site and make sure that the work you are getting is original and unencumbered.

Photo: Ancient agricultural tools – Wikimedia

Twitter Link Roundup #232 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More Ross | August 29th, 2014

Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account, I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and shared this past week!

If you’re a little kid and your dad is a video animator, you can have quite a lot of fun, as the above video shows.

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Empower Your Small Business, the latest crowdSPRING SmallBiz Newsletter – crowdspring.co/1zL7c26

Labor Day! TCB and TCP – crowdspring.co/XLWVXY

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The 10,000 Hour Rule Is Not Real | Smithsonian – crowdspring.co/1qp7haq

Stop Wasting Time With Low CTR Strategies | WordStream by Larry Kim – crowdspring.co/1tzJTbr

socialmediablog

Good analysis on How Foursquare Onboards New Users | User Onboarding – crowdspring.co/VAYG8s

To Be Customer-Centric, Stop Talking And Start Doing – crowdspring.co/1C5Zm72

Stop Wasting Time With Low CTR Strategies | WordStream by Larry Kim – crowdspring.co/1tzJTbr

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A collection of spectacular examples of hand lettering – crowdspring.co/1pzLKvm

12 Mobile Apps Essential For Developers and Web Designers – crowdspring.co/1n256Vr

30 Sets of Free Globe and earth Vector Graphics and Icons – crowdspring.co/1veSbHX

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Labor Day! TCB and TCP Mike | August 25th, 2014

“My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.” —Indira Gandhi

Next Monday is not just a day off for our team, but is also the holiday that I believe matters most of all to businesses. This time last year I wrote about the protests that were occurring around the country in support of an increase in the national minimum wage rate and the movement to empower fast food workers. This is s subject that I care deeply about, and one that is engrained in how I was raised. My grandfather was a union organizer; starting in the years of the Great  Depression and through his retirement in the 1970s, Bob Herbin worked for labor unions such as the United Mine Workers, the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen, and the International Fur and Leather Workers Union. He advocated, administered, and fought for the rights of hard working men and women for decades, sometimes putting himself at serious peril to do so. Family legend has him being shot at as he was run out of Harlan County, Kentucky and living under an assumed identity for years in order to keep his family safe. He was a profound influence on my life both personally and professionally and I try every day to run my own small business in a manner that would make him proud.

At crowdSPRING, from day one, we have worked to make sure our people are well taken care of. We offer generous benefits packages to our full-timers, competitive pay to everyone we hire, flexible policies on work hours and vacations, and try hard to maintain fun and energizing workplace. Productivity is very important to us, but so is creating an environment in which individuals can grow and learn and where they have opportunity for personal and professional development. Profits are important to us, as they are with all businesses, but top-of-mind is building a company where people want to work. The payoff comes in loyalty and low turnover – we’re proud of the fact that after 6 years in business, our average team member has been with us for almost four years! Low turnover has many benefits for a company, including reduced recruiting and training costs, improved productivity, and lower absentee rates. Not to mention the fun and friendship that happens when people look at work as a welcoming and safe place.

As a manager, it pays to be worker-centric in your approach to business and this starts with pay. Basic economic theory teaches that the most talented workers will always gravitate to the highest pay. Remember it is a competitive environment and your workers can and will go to the employer that places the greatest value on their labor. This is not just about wages, though; research has shown over and over that, while pay scale is critical, quality of life matters as much as the paycheck. Allowing your team flexibility in scheduling and office hours leads to happier, more productive and engaged work. Providing solid medical benefits leads to healthier workers and fewer sick days. Offering retirement benefits leads to stable, long-term employees who know that their future is secure. And allowing unlimited vacation days let’s them know how much you value them and messages that you trust them to find their own work-life balance while their responsibilities to the team are met.

To me, this Labor Day, I’ll remember that Taking Care of People = Taking Care of Business!

United States Labor Day stamp: Photo by Karen Horton

Twitter Link Roundup #231 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More Ross | August 22nd, 2014

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Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account, I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and shared this past week!

The image above shows Caesar’s movements as he defeated Pompey and allies in the civil was around 48 BC. You’ll find 39 more interesting maps that explain the growth and ultimately collapse of the Roman Empire, in the Other section below.

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Time to get noticed online: Here’s how you can do it – crowdspring.co/1t6KYqd

Complete Guide to Google My Business | TechFunction – crowdspring.co/1ldeJWm

Mobile and Web UI/UX Tips to Retain Customers | SpyreStudios – crowdspring.co/1uNIDDB

How to Test Whether Your Business Model is Worth Pursuing – crowdspring.co/1nbEqBG

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Death by a thousand small features – crowdspring.co/1t2FFJk

Venture Outcomes are Even More Skewed Than You Think – crowdspring.co/1rOFcrp

You Can’t Hire a VP That You Don’t Love | saastr – crowdspring.co/VAYeaw

Workers In Windowless Offices Lose 46 Minutes Of Sleep A Night | Co.Design – crowdspring.co/VsqJ9L

Our Additions to Tomasz Tunguz’s Seed Fundraising Post | PitchBook Blog – crowdspring.co/1tmZRok

We Analysed The Homepages Of 20 Awesome Startups And Here Is What We Learnt | Outside The Jar – crowdspring.co/1pPWohJ

A Dozen Things I’ve Learned from Paul Graham | by Tren Griffin – crowdspring.co/1AziN6y

How to Test Whether Your Business Model is Worth Pursuing – crowdspring.co/1nbEqBG

Mobile and Web UI/UX Tips to Retain Customers | SpyreStudios – crowdspring.co/1uNIDDB

The Minimum Size Seed Round to Maximize Series A Follow On Investment – crowdspring.co/VAZgTr

The Logic Of Crazy Valuations | TechCrunch – crowdspring.co/YpvaED

5 Women In Tech Share The Best And Worst Advice They’ve Ever Received | Fast Company – crowdspring.co/1pWgqWF

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We Analysed The Homepages Of 20 Awesome Startups And Here Is What We Learnt | Outside The Jar – crowdspring.co/1pPWohJ

Cause Marketing on Ice – crowdspring.co/1pW2axl

The Science Of Menu Design: How Restaurants Can Make You Choose A Salad Over A Cheeseburger | Co.Design – crowdspring.co/1pWhpWV

Complete Guide to Google My Business | TechFunction – crowdspring.co/1ldeJWm

Mobile and Web UI/UX Tips to Retain Customers | SpyreStudios – crowdspring.co/1uNIDDB

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9 nightmare clients and how you can avoid them | Webdesigner Depot – crowdspring.co/YppNVZ

Freelancing 101: How to Stay on Top of Trends | Design Shack – crowdspring.co/1ldmFXK

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Cause Marketing on Ice Mike | August 18th, 2014

The other day while sitting on the deck, we heard a great splashing sound from across the way. We looked over to see a neighbor pouring a huge bucket of ice-water over his head while his girlfriend recorded the chilly event on her smartphone. It took me a second to grasp what was happening, but I quickly realized that he was not crazy and not trying to cool himself off from the heat of a Chicago August. The guy was raising money for a charity which he may or may not even feel a particular affinity for.

Right now, today, appearing in virtually every corner of the the internet you can be find my neighbor’s video along with thousands of others and witness one of the most successful, most impressive viral media campaigns of all time. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has, um, caught fire and spread globally to build awareness and raise over $7 million in donations for the ALS Association. It’s pretty simple what this charity has done: they have leveraged their community to invite others to donate a small amount of money to the organization. But not just donate – they are using social media to put  people on the spot in a fun (and funny) way and shame them into a contribution. Here’s how it works: an ALS supporter is encouraged to pour a bucket of ice water over their head, have a friend take a video of the chilly event, and then post the video online and, in the video, “nominate”  friends and family (by name) to do the same thing within the next 24 hours or else donate $100 to the ALS charity.

 

The ALS Association has been around for almost 30 years, and its mission is fight the disease know as Lou Gehrig’s. They provide funding for research as well as care and support for people suffering from the illness and lobby governments on policy and funding issues. The organization builds awareness through events and outreach – historically their most popular fundraising effort has been their annual Walk to Defeat ALS , which since 2002 has raised almost $200 million in donations. While successful by any measure, the Walk still presents logistical hurdles for both the organization and the participants.  In contrast, the Ice Bucket Challenge is a low-cost, light-touch, ongoing event that works to build awareness and create involvement with little or no oversight or management. It is the perfect fundraiser in that overhead in terms of cash requirements and staff capacity is reduced very close to zero.

Why does it work on its own? The videos are hysterical, the pressure tactic effective, and the results have been formidable. Thousands of average people as well as dozens of celebrities have stood up to make their own videos and post them online while coercing donations from family, friends, and complete strangers. Interestingly, the participants tend to donate whether they rise to the challenge or not.

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Twitter Link Roundup #230 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More Ross | August 15th, 2014

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Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account, I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and shared this past week!

The image above is a fun look at how some of the most famous scientists in history might have personally branded themselves..

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Small Business Tips: 5 Steps to Building Great Customer Relationships – crowdspring.co/1kb8kKm

Small Business Tips: Engaging Customers (Sell, Sell, Sell) – crowdspring.co/1oCVDIJ

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Why aren’t App Constellations working – crowdspring.co/XV0vyO

12 Tips for Creating Your Startup’s Board of Advisors | ReadWrite – crowdspring.co/WZx7Hq

The Founder’s Null Hypothesis | by Tomasz Tunguz – crowdspring.co/1uKT0oE

The 11 Risks VCs Evaluate | by Tomasz Tunguz – crowdspring.co/ViKWil

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Why can’t advertisers get personalization right? | ThoughtGadgets by Ben Kunz – crowdspring.co/1p1Q71S

The Neuroscience Of Emoticons | Co.Design – crowdspring.co/1ydmX13

9 Responsive Websites All Online Marketers Should Mimic – crowdspring.co/XMDRIG

30 Unofficial Redesigns of Popular Social Media Sites – crowdspring.co/1qngiy6

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20 Outstanding Free Photoshop Text Effects – crowdspring.co/1o4mooC

45 Brilliant Tutorials for Learning Pixelmator | Vandelay Design – crowdspring.co/1nTXABf

Brilliant Package Design Ideas | AntsMagazine – crowdspring.co/1qngNZe

Top 10 Free Programming Fonts – crowdspring.co/1o4nBfv

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