Twitter Link Roundup #273 – Quintessential Resources for Small Business, Startups, and Design! Mike | June 12th, 2015

Language evolves, and just like Darwin theorized, the strongest word thrive and survive and the weakest… Well the weakest just get relegated to the Oxford English Dictionary, buried somewhere around page 2,315. Our pals over at boredpanda took the time to list out a whole bunch of new words that are quickly rising to the top of the food chain. These words are portmanteaus, which are what you get when you mash both the sounds and meanings of two words together to get a new one (in many cases a brilliant one).

So enjoy your word mash, and as soon as you finish it, focus back here becauseit’s time again for our weekly Roundup! Marvel at the strength and evolutionary superiority of this week’s set of links and articles that we shared with you over the past week on our  crowdSPRING Twitter account (as well as my own Twitter account) is keyboard perfection! We just love sharing articles about fonts, logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, economics and other interesting stuff! Enjoy!

smallbusinessblog

The Internet of Things Is Changing How We Manage Customer Relationships crowdspring.co/1F6QNa1

How to Choose a Location For Your Business crowdspring.co/1A6cCLv

“My CEO Told Me To Stop Selling So Much” | by @jasonlkbuff.ly/1B69TCh

The business world is utilizing crowd-based marketplaces to solve their needs | Kellogg Magazine crowdspring.co/1FHLQes

5 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Their Own Customers (We Did!) | crowdSPRING Blog –crowdspring.co/1RVbOxx

startupsblog

The Bobby McFerrin Plan for Creating a Remarkable Business – Copyblogger crowdspring.co/1Q4zody

How Nostalgia Fuels Creativity crowdspring.co/1JnWCpJ

What is it Like to Negotiate a VC Round? | by @msusterbuff.ly/1GzcRBs

How To Meet Ladies: Decoding “Silicon Valley” Player Erlich Bachman’s Zen-Bro Look crowdspring.co/1F6QN9Z

A Rapper’s Ode to Uber, Chengdu Gangster Style crowdspring.co/1IDsw2M

How to Become the Best Boss in 3 Irresistible Ways crowdspring.co/1A9FjH1

Use Design to Promote an Epic Office Culture crowdspring.co/1GeYy31

Surprising Habits of Boomer Bosses Who Get Millennials crowdspring.co/1PMWEaP

Michelle Phan’s Entrepreneurial Drive crowdspring.co/1Ebvi7x

How to Deal With a Difficult Co-Worker crowdspring.co/1JHZU7a

Why This 19-Year-Old Thiel Fellow Is Threatening the Photo Establishment crowdspring.co/1B4CYxv

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Fresh from the SPRING: Bekk Audree | June 10th, 2015

When perusing our galleries here on crowdSPRING, we see some amazing work submitted in the projects. Today, we noticed this gem submitted in this logo project.

Let us start the slow clap for Bekk. Check out more great work on Bekk’s profile page.

Nicely done, Bekk, nicely done!

 

FFS-Bekk

5 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Their Own Customers (We Did!) Mike | June 8th, 2015

It is certainly not the first time I’ve said this, but the point bears repeating: your customer’s voices are the thing you should be paying the closest attention to. Today. There are many ways to get your ear to the rail and listen to what they have to say: surveys, exit questionnaires, customer service emails, live chat, and phone are all channels that you can leverage to request and respond to customer feedback.

There is no rule that says this communication needs to be serious or formal. For instance, your customer service, sales, and support teams speak to your customers every single day. Train them to be conversational and engaging and they will find that the people on the other end of the line open up. Ask them about themselves and their businesses and they will share invaluable insight that can be acted upon or, at the very least, discussed internally.

At crowdSPRING we actively solicit feedback through several channels: when they complete a project on the site, our Customers are all asked to rate our company and their experience and to leave us any comments, suggestions, or ideas they have. Over time. we have built an enormous database of customer suggestions (and rants) which we can use to focus and prioritize our own work on the product and our processes. Does the customer feedback ever get annoying? You betcha. But that does not lessen its importance to us nor do we ever stop listening to it.

Here are 5 things you can do that will help you to start listening and learning today:

1. Listen closely. This is where it starts, continues, and ends. Defining and building your listening channels is the foundation and you should pay close attention to developing the most appropriate forums. Many businesses offer support to their customers via phone and chat, but lots of customers prefer the relative emotional “distance” of email or webforms. Sometimes your listening channels will be passive, and you will simply provide the tools and then sit back to wait for your customers to contact you. A more aggressive, and often appropriate, approach is to actively seek out customer feedback via surveys, outbound phone calls, or even online options such as popup chat windows and the like.

2. People are key. It’s not just how you listen to the customers, but also who is doing the listening. Your front-line people must be selected for their ability to engage, an innate sense of empathy, and the indispensable skill of actually listening to what the customer is saying. Some of the necessary abilities can be taught or strengthened (and proper training is critical) but much of the skill-set needed is inborn and your hiring practices should reflect the necessity of finding the right people for the work.

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Twitter Link Roundup #272 – Picture-perfect Resources for Small Business, Startups, and Design! Mike | June 5th, 2015

We get some cool projects on crowdSPRING. But what could be cooler than a HoverBoard? And who cooler to deomonstrate than Tony Hawk!

Please don’t try that at home! Instead it might be a good time to roll into our weekly Roundup! Have a go at this week’s set of links and articles that we shared with you over the past week on our  crowdSPRING Twitter account (as well as my own Twitter account) is keyboard perfection! We just love sharing articles about fonts, logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, economics and other interesting stuff! Enjoy!

smallbusinessblog

The business world is utilizing crowd-based marketplaces to solve their needs | Kellogg Magazine crowdspring.co/1FHLNQ3

Cushion – Peace of mind for freelancers crowdspring.co/1e5X6Fr

How to Start a Landscaping Business – NerdWallet crowdspring.co/1A6c4oN

Innovation and Small Business: 3 Historical Winners | crowdSPRING Blog – buff.ly/1I1ZmKz

The “Pester Your Potential Lead Until They Hate You” Approach to SaaS Sales Sucks – buff.ly/1IeUIGv

Tips on How to Prepare for This Year’s Surge of Indian Tourism crowdspring.co/1QRPioB

The 9 Box Matrix Talent Model – buff.ly/1GiUXCA

startupsblog

Why You Should Set Radical Goals entrepreneur.com/article/234161

Elon Musk’s evolution, from sci-fi dreams to Space X crowdspring.co/1GeYxMG

Don Draper’s financial advice – Fortune crowdspring.co/1e74Tmi

How Involved Should CEOs Be in Social Causes? crowdspring.co/1IE4CEi

If You Want People to Listen, Stop Talking – buff.ly/1EAYxRh

Improve The Productivity Of Your Remote Teams With Complementary Work Cycles – buff.ly/1FZX1NZ

5 Exploding Niches Within Tech crowdspring.co/1FcTFFO

How Ever-Higher Valuations Lead Unicorns Into A Cycle Of Private Capital Dependency – buff.ly/1AIGTjE

The Pre-money vs. Post-money Confusion With Convertible Notes – buff.ly/1GiLA5V

Buckle Up: Google’s Self-Driving Cars to Hit the Open Road crowdspring.co/1JPf4pp

Lessons From Elon Musk That Changed My Life [Exercises Included] – buff.ly/1JoGSUW

13 Questions to Screen Potential Hires for Culture Fit – buff.ly/1QtJEae

How Tesla Will Change The World | Wait But Why – buff.ly/1JmYArS

Carl Icahn Invests $100 Million in Lyft crowdspring.co/1IE4Eff

How to Lead So You Get Immediate Results crowdspring.co/1A6c1cO

TED Talk by Bill Gates Will Teach You Everything You Need to Know About Presenting crowdspring.co/1A9EBJL

What the Weekends Are Like for Silicon Valley CEOs crowdspring.co/1PMVYSB

Reasons To Join A Mastermind Group crowdspring.co/1IE4DrE

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Fresh from the SPRING: Salseech Audree | June 3rd, 2015

When perusing our galleries here on crowdSPRING, we see some amazing work submitted in the projects. Today, we noticed this gem submitted in this Express logo project.

Let us start the slow clap for Salseech. Check out more great work on Salseech’s profile page.

Nicely done, Salseech, nicely done!

 

FFS-Salseech

Innovation and Small Business: 3 Historical Winners Mike | June 1st, 2015

I wrote a few years ago about some innovations that changed the world. The steam engine transformed transportation and manufacturing forever; the invention of the distillation process and the introduction of Vodka forever changed the way we make fools of ourselves (not to mention Governmental revenues); and the invention of moving picture projectors created an new-to-the-world form of entertainment and a great date night activity.

There are dozens of examples of new ideas, inventions, and machines that launched a small business that grew and grew into business powerhouses. Examples include everything from the electric lightbulb to penicillin to the airplane. The world moves so fast today, that it is impossible to keep up with the thousands upon thousands of new ideas and inventions and equally impossible to predict which will have an impact on business or the world at large. Sometimes the most impactful innovations do not reveal themselves as world-changers for years or decades after they are introduced; one great example is the invention of movable type – invented in China in the 11th century, it was 300 years before Gutenburg invented his press which led to the mass-distribution of printed materials and the Protestant Reformation.

1. The Mobile Phone (1973)

In 1973, Motorola launched the first handheld mobile phone. The thing was a beast, but it was also a harbinger of the good times to come. Mobile phones changed industry after industry in ways both profound and negligible. All of a sudden salespeople could be reached by any client at any time wherever  they happened to be. And all of a sudden, a phone in your pocket meant that you could be on call any day of the week and anywhere you found yourself.

What’s changed most dramatically in 40 years is not just the size of the phone (Motorola’s first prototype weighed 2.5 pounds) but the functionality. Because now we can use these devices to do things the inventors never imagined: send and receive messages and emails in real time; search the Internet for infinite amounts of data (BTW, the modern Internet was still 20 years away when Motorola introduced the cell phone); and, most importantly, use cell phones as a way to market to potential customers, and serve existing customers.

The most amazing thing of all? “Mobile” is not just the label for the invention itself, the device, but has now evolved to become a nascent and rapidly growing industry of its own. And to think it all began with a device that, in its first iteration, offered just 30 minutes of talk time and a battery that took ten hours to recharge! (Photo: Wikimedia)

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Twitter Link Roundup #271 – Textbook Resources for Small Business, Startups, and Design! Mike | May 29th, 2015

Too weird, right? Metallica? Mellow? But perhaps a great way to start the weekend, am I right?

A hard act to follow, perhaps, but get yourself ready, because it’s time now for our weekly Roundup! This week’s set of lovely links and attractive articles that we shared with you over the past week on our  crowdSPRING Twitter account (as well as my own Twitter account) is keyboard perfection! We just love sharing articles about fonts, logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, economics and other interesting stuff! Enjoy!

smallbusinessblog

Freshii’s CEO Says McDonald’s Franchisees Want to Open Healthy Shops Inside Fast-Food Restaurantscrowdspring.co/1Gcc7jQ

State of Small Business Report crowdspring.co/1A6oKMa

California drought threatens even oldest water rights crowdspring.co/1HhWMwF

startupsblog

This U.S. City Just Made an Unusual Move to Compete With Uber crowdspring.co/1KRDizL

Slack is Rewriting the Rules on SaaS Pricing @OpenViewLabs crowdspring.co/1KRCoDk

Reid Hoffman on the biggest lie employers tell employees – buff.ly/1LNtOpF

Nine Behaviors That Drive Innovation crowdspring.co/1PKEGWi

Too Many Infrastructure Projects Go It Alone crowdspring.co/1JkLNF4

Robo-Hiring: How An Automated Headhunter Is Finding Hidden Tech Talent For Wall Street crowdspring.co/1HhWNkq

Rules You Need to Follow When Job Hunting crowdspring.co/1d2KYVq

Do This to Become a More Effective Problem Solver crowdspring.co/1PKEjev

Websites Your Startup Needs to Succeed in 2015 crowdspring.co/1E9qkb9

Consulting Giant McKinsey Buys Itself a Top Design Firm | WIRED crowdspring.co/1E9qlvX

Elon Musk’s Slightly Dishonest, Super-Effective Management Trick crowdspring.co/1IFk7tT

Halle Berry’s Newest Role: Business Owner crowdspring.co/1ICqJe8

The 6 Skills Every Successful Entrepreneur Needs crowdspring.co/1EKX2QK

Employees flock to private clubs crowdspring.co/1RPevBx

Simple yet epic productivity hacks for creative entrepreneurs crowdspring.co/1A7CPJf

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Fresh from the SPRING: Dragas Audree | May 27th, 2015

When perusing our galleries here on crowdSPRING, we see some amazing work submitted in the projects. Today, we noticed this gem submitted in this logo project.

Let us start the slow clap for Dragas. Check out more great work on Dragas’ profile page.

Nicely done, Dragas, nicely done!

 

FFS-Dragas

Twitter Link Roundup #270 – Exemplary Resources for Small Business, Startups, and Design! Mike | May 22nd, 2015

Dan Deacon is an electronic musician with a huge following. Crowds go crazy at his live shows where audience participation and collaboration is a core element of the performance. So it is now surprise that Deacon put his head together with 9 animators to collaborate on a new video for his song, “When I Was Done Dying.” Sponsored by Adult Swim, the result is a mind-boggling mashup of styles and a musical and visual tour de force. Congratulations to Deacon and the animators, Jake Fried, Chad Vangaalen, Dimitri Stankowicz, Colin White, Taras Hrabowsky, Anthony Schepperd, Masanobu Hiraoka, Caleb Wood, KOKOFreakbean!

I hope you are suitably inspired, because it’s time now for our weekly Roundup! This week’s set of lovely links and attractive articles that we shared with you over the past week on our  crowdSPRING Twitter account (as well as my own Twitter account) is keyboard perfection! We just love sharing articles about fonts, logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, economics and other interesting stuff! Enjoy!

smallbusinessblog

Inside The Challenges Of Transforming An eBay Side Hustle Into A Million-Dollar Business crowdspring.co/1Poz213

State of Small Business Report

Keys to Ensuring Your Business Continues to Succeed Without You

The 15 Best Freelance Websites to Find Jobs

How to Get More Done: Slack Off More

Ask a Business Professor: How Will Title III of the JOBS Act Affect Small Business Financing? – NerdWallet

startupsblog

5 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Kindergarten Teachers | crowdSPRING Blog – crowdspring.co/1EQCGpi

‘We Had a Crush on the MakerBot’: How 3-D Printing Won These Fashion Designers Over

10 Truths We Forget Too Easily

Lori Dickerson Fouché of Prudential on the Limits of Self-Reliance

The Highest-Paid Female C.E.O.s

Lean Doesn’t Always Create the Best Products

The Anticipatory Organization

Weekend Habits of Highly Successful People

Surprisingly Effective Ways to Get Organized

Most Creative People 2015

This Is What It Means to Embrace Failure

Body Labs Wants To Usher In The Era Of Free 3-D Body Scanning

Inspiring Entrepreneurs Who Built Careers Around Their Passions and Social Media

How Bitcoin Technology Could Make Home Buying Hassle-Free

NerdWallet raised $64 million in Series A led by Institutional Venture Partners – Silicon Valley Business Journal

Facebook Promises Freelancers Better Pay, More Perks

What Killed Secret?

5 Mistakes You’re Making When Hiring Millennials

Crowdfunding Tips & Tricks – Small Biz Daily

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Fresh from the SPRING: ronaldmahaputra Audree | May 20th, 2015

When perusing our galleries here on crowdSPRING, we see some amazing work submitted in the projects. Today, we noticed this gem submitted in this logo project.

Let us start the slow clap for ronaldmahaputra. Check out more great work on ronaldmahaputra’s profile page.

Nicely done, ronaldmahaputra, nicely done!

 

FFS-ronaldmahaputra

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