Twitter Link Roundup #278 – Freaky Good Resources for Small Business, Startups, and Design! Mike | July 17th, 2015
Not one, but two of our favorite technologies were Gilles Deschaud’s film, “Chase Me.” We love the art and the painstaking craft of stop-motion animation and Deschaud has got it down cold. Maybe more impressive is the fact that he produced the entire film using 3d print technology! As mashups go, h cool is that?
So get out your printers and dust off your animation stand, but first be sure to enjoy this 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) ! 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!
6 things to do after your pitch http://crowdspring.co/1G5p6i4
Pizza and the Complications of Running a Business http://crowdspring.co/1eflIeB
Cringeworthy Mistakes That Could Ruin Your Business http://crowdspring.co/1Mbi0Ou
The Selfish Reason You Should Be Extremely Generous http://crowdspring.co/1C38flr
Why This Little Pickle Stand Is a Symbol of Big Innovation http://crowdspring.co/1KPkXFD
Science-Backed Tips to Negotiate Better http://crowdspring.co/1LQg8MX
Why Offices Full Of Ping-Pong Tables And Video Games Might Be Onto Something http://crowdspring.co/1KKNiOL
The Secret To Walt Disney’s Corporate Strategy http://crowdspring.co/1HKM1F1
Why Staying Connected at All Hours Is a Bad Thing http://crowdspring.co/1Hr5NFn
Is Your Business Suffering From FOMO? http://crowdspring.co/1KPmlrR
Is Your Business Suffering From FOMO? http://crowdspring.co/1KPmlrR
7 Ways Great Leaders Think Differently Than the Rest of U http://crowdspring.co/1fkoBvL
Funny or Die trying http://crowdspring.co/1HubOTF
Kim Kardashian Is a Lot of Things, But Not an Entrepreneur http://crowdspring.co/1KKoh6v
Stop Sugar-Coating Your True Opinion http://crowdspring.co/1CFvgp3
Pitfalls to Avoid When You Inherit a Team http://crowdspring.co/1TiVGXc
Why We Love to Hate HR…and What HR Can Do About It http://crowdspring.co/1LyHlna
4 Steps to Being an Entrepreneur Without Quitting Your Job http://crowdspring.co/1C38ehk
Bright, Shiny Objects and the Future of HR http://crowdspring.co/1KKoeHJ
What Startups Can Learn From The Art Market http://crowdspring.co/1LQixaG
How to Protect Your Intellectual Property When Crowdfunding: 5 Tips http://crowdspring.co/1LyHiI1
Meet Nava, A Startup That Wants To Fix The Government’s Crappy Design http://crowdspring.co/1MbGeIk
Fresh from the SPRING: Anise Audree | July 15th, 2015
Lean Business Tips: Marketing Channels on the Cheap Mike | July 13th, 2015
Startups and small businesses face a steep learning curve when it comes to online marketing. The options are rich, the ROI can be cruel, the capacity investment can be significant, and the results can often be questionable. At crowdSPRING we have experimented with virtually every online marketing strategy and tactic available, often with negative results. The rule of thumb is to experiment in small batches and, as quickly as possible, identify the losers and stop the experiment.
Numerous studies have shown that online marketing can be a financial loser for many companies. Does this mean that you should avoid online marketing and social media channels? Absolutely not! Many companies see excellent results and gain meaningful traction through the use of Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and the like. In fact, entire businesses are marketed solely using using social channels, and a huge industry of consultants and agencies specializing in these tactics has developed over the last five years. Have a look at these five channels, none of which will strain your marketing budget, although each will require a commitment of time and capacity. Dip your tow in slowly to determine which will work for you and, remember – set goals, design your experiments carefully with measurement in mind, invest in the winners and n=banish the losers!
Twitter. As an ad platform, Twitter can be a powerful and modesty priced option for many businesses. With a pay-per-click model and the ability to set your budget at a level that makes sense for your business, ROI can be easily measured and analyzed. In addition, data has shown that, as measured in clicks and posts, the average Twitter user engages at a rate almost 5x that of the average Facebook user.
YouTube Reviews. 90 percent of consumers trust word-of-mouth referrals from friends and even strangers, compared to only 14 percent who trust an advertising message. This is the primary reason that businesses try so hard to encourage and enable their customers to write reviews about your offerings. YouTube is one of many sites that allows users to leave reviews. but also have a look at Reseller Ratings, Epinions, CNET and others.
Twitter Link Roundup #277 – More Resources for Small Business, Startups, and Design! Mike | July 10th, 2015
At the risk of freaking out certain people in our office (no names mentioned; OK, hi Bianca!) I shared this video which is in turns creepy and incredibly beautiful. Not to mention an object lesson in the wisdom of staying away from shiny objects! Not to worry, though: this roundup may glow in the dark, but is definitely NOT laced with cyanide!
And with that, it’s time once more for our weekly Roundup! Millipedes may be creepy-cool, but not near as cool as this 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) ! 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!
How To Motivate Yourself To Do Virtually Anything crowdspring.co/1RoUYVK
A Fantastic Lesson My 4-Year-Old Taught Me About Selling crowdspring.co/1LEweu6
What If Your Furniture Could Make You Money? crowdspring.co/1RN4imp
What surviving an avalanche taught me about business crowdspring.co/1g3Ml7w
Essential Resources for Entrepreneurs Building a Business crowdspring.co/1LEod8m
How Do You Become The World’s Best Taxidermist? crowdspring.co/1eflbZX
5 Myths of Great Workplaces – buff.ly/1KIeg9J
Where Customer Service Starts and Ends inc.com/april-bloomfie…
Want To Be More Productive? Listen To The Sounds Of Nature crowdspring.co/1HtUxtR
How to Grow From Great Idea to Profitable Business in 3 Steps crowdspring.co/1dthq2u
Why this incubator takes the studio approach to startup creation for.tn/1D0Wh6C
8 innovative companies poised to disrupt their industries crowdspring.co/1KlwZGD
The Top 8 Mistakes I Made In My First 18 Months As a VC Partner –buff.ly/1Cix1O7
For Start-Ups, How Many Angels Is Too Many? nytimes.com/2015/07/07/tec…
Successful People Practice Lifestyle Hacks for Productivity – buff.ly/1TmP6yU
Tech Startups Woo Investors With Unconventional Financial Metrics — but Do Numbers Add Up? –buff.ly/1HcJbUF
Life-Changing Decisions Successful and Happy People Make – buff.ly/1gmtV1R
5 Tips for Launching a Startup With Little Money – buff.ly/1JUdHqF
Reasons Why You Should Say Yes to Saying No crowdspring.co/1g3LvYe
Which Are The Most Innovative Consumer Companies? crowdspring.co/1Hr5wCo
The 4 Things No One Tells You About Funding crowdspring.co/1LyGNOc
From the Vault: America’s Founding Entrepreneurs | crowdSPRING Blog – crowdspring.co/1f8F6uN
Fresh from the SPRING: Graphis Audree | July 8th, 2015
From the Vault: America’s Founding Entrepreneurs Mike | July 6th, 2015
EDITOR’S NOTE: We originally published this post back in July of 2011. As this is a holiday weekend (and the entire team is trying to get in a little recreation), we thought we’d repurpose this and see if it still has legs…
On this Independence Day I have been thinking about the summer of ’76 and America’s Founding Fathers. Their importance to the world has been analyzed every way imaginable; thousands of books have been written about their efforts and accomplishments, and they are held up to generations as examples of great political and military leaders. But today I am inspired more by their entrepreneurial spirit and accomplishments and the lessons they hold for us today.
Modern entrepreneurs tend to approach their ventures using the problem-opportunity-solution framework, and in many ways the American Revolution was born of that approach. The founders early on identified the core issues and articulated the “problem;” they recognized the “opportunity” represented by the immense resources of the colonies; and they designed a “solution” in a new kind of government, ruled by the people themselves. Revolutionary, for sure, but also incorporating all of the traditional hallmarks of entrepreneurism. This is not a surprise, considering the people who were involved in this effort. This was, by any measure, an extraordinary collection of individuals – accomplished, powerful, and brave. But as a group they were also creative, successful, and entrepreneurial. The seven men who are collectively known as America’s “Founding Fathers” each had meaningful success in their business ventures and this success, in many ways, informed their approach to founding a new vision for government and a strategy for accomplishing that dream.
1. Benjamin Franklin.
Perhaps the most famous entrepreneur of them all, Franklin had an active life as publisher, author, and inventor, prior to his success as a statesman and diplomat. He was most famous as the founder and publisher of the famous Poor Richard’s Almanac, and for his scientific discoveries and inventions, which included writings in physics, and theories of electricity, as well as patents for the Franklin Stove, lightning rod, bifocals, and an early odometer for carriages. Franklin was also known for founding the first public fire department in Philadelphia, as well as the first public lending library. After the revolution he went on to be appointed as the first Postmaster General and established the new nation’s postal system which ultimately became the US Post Office.
The third of Franklin’s famous 13 virtues could serve as his motto for his approach to business and life: “Order. Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.”
2. John Adams.
Adams was a successful lawyer and writer in the years leading up to the American Revolution. He was an intellectually gifted student and was known for his analysis of contemporary court cases. His rise to prominence came along with his opposition to the Stamp Act in 1765 and the articles and letters he published and his passionate advocacy for the colonies and rights of the Colonialists. In spite of his concern that it might limit his career, Adams went on to defend in court the British soldiers accused of murder in the infamous Boston Massacre of 1770. His spirited defense led the the acquittal of 6 of the 8 soldiers charged and reduced charges for the other two. He ultimately went on to establish himself as a leading thinker on government and a guiding light as each of the new states wrote its own constitution. Adams was the first Vice President under George Washington and went on to become our 2nd President when he was elected in 1796.
3. George Washington.
Most famous as a military officer and the commanding General of the Continental Army, Washington was born into business and helped to manage his family’s plantations and other affairs. He was trained as a surveyor and mapmaker and was appointed the official surveyor of Culpeper County, Virginia in 1749. He leveraged his abilities and knowledge to pursue acquisitions of land in Virginia and Ohio, and successfully diversified his family’s holdings away from tobacco and into milling, horse breeding, weaving, and distilling.
Washington’s entrepreneurial spirit is perhaps best illustrated by his ability to lead his ragtag army through significant victories against the British, but more importantly through defeats which might have thwarted many others. Perhaps the best story of his creativity and leadership is how, after his humiliating defeat and retreat from New York, he was able to reassemble his troops and stage the surprise attacks and victories at Trenton and Princeton, which arguably turned the course of the war in the Colonist’s favor.
Twitter Link Roundup #276 – Patriotic Resources for Small Business, Startups, and Design! Mike | July 3rd, 2015
Happy 4th of July! We love the patriotism, the food, the sun, and the gathering with friends and family. We also like the fireworks. What better to celebrate this roundup then fireworks fails? Well, actually nothing is better. Have a look at the knuckleheads and the insanity they wrought with Darwin-was-right idiocy.
So, Happy Birthday, America, because once again, it’s time for our weekly Roundup! Pyrotechnics are fun, but not as much fun as 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) ! 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!
Small Business and Startups: Things to do Before I Die | crowdSPRING Blog –crowdspring.co/1SvURKf
The One Thing Dave Grohl’s Broken Leg Teaches You About Customer Service crowdspring.co/1LaMbrL
Social Media Marketing Trends for Small Business crowdspring.co/1Rgwo9e
11 Strategies for Eating Healthy on a Business Trip crowdspring.co/1G84Ywh
Is Your Coworker Actually an A-hole? [Flowchart] crowdspring.co/1FWYwJj
Cutting my work hours in half made me more productive crowdspring.co/1Go8e9V
This Is How to Stop Being a Control Freak crowdspring.co/1JTA9kE
The education of Airbnb’s Brian Chesky | Fortune – buff.ly/1g7101N
Create a More Inclusive Workplace for Your Diverse Employees – Forbes crowdspring.co/1LaM1k4
Make Yourself Impervious To Stress With These Tips From History’s Most Successful People crowdspring.co/1R0SdJU
Growth Minded Entrepreneur on Instagram: “Less talking -> More doing.” crowdspring.co/1cWbcrx
The Inside Story of How the iPhone Crippled BlackBerry – buff.ly/1LJbYHF
Here’s Why the Venture Capital Crash Will Hurt – buff.ly/1LWPOi3
What’s the Strangest Thing You’ve Found an Employee Doing on the Job? crowdspring.co/1LaM931
As More Tech Start-Ups Stay Private, So Does the Money – buff.ly/1UdHbpd
No Need to Call the Front Desk, Just Send a Text nytimes.com/2015/06/30/bus…
Why It’s Better to Be a Big Fish in a Small Pond crowdspring.co/1IYm2Mh
Live From New York: Breaking Down The Enduring Impact Of SNL fastcocreate.com/3046884/live-f…
When Texas was the Wild West of tech crowdspring.co/1MWygU7
The Surprising Downsides of Being Clever entrepreneur.com/article/247201
Fresh from the SPRING: Alexander_Dsign Audree | July 1st, 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 Alexander_Dsign. Check out more great work on Alexander_Dsign’s profile page.
Nicely done, Alexander_Dsign, nicely done!
A Victory for Artists Everywhere – Thank You Taylor Swift! Mike | June 29th, 2015
Thank You Taylor Swift! Wow. Words I never once imagined being typed by my own fingers. But, credit where credit is due, Miss Swift went up against Goliath, carefully aimed and swung her sling and, Pow! The monster was vanquished!
If you don’t know what I am talking about here, a little background: about a year ago, Apple acquired Beats Music, the music streaming service and manufacturer of a popular line of fashion-forward headphones. Apple’s move was widely regarded as a play to compete with Spotify, Pandora and the other web-based music streaming services, collectively viewed as a threat to the iTunes software platform and music downloading service.
A year later, and Apple has now re-launched Beats as “Apple – Music” and announced a free, three-month trial membership for all comers. This is a wonderful opportunity to check out what Apple has built on the foundation they bought and paid for (to the tune of $3billion!). Needless to say, the announcement has generated a ton of excitement online and off as Apple attempts to regain the momentum that iTunes has lost over the past few years. As a leader in the digital music space, Apple is a powerful player indeed, with the ability to influence markets, draw huge audiences, and bend suppliers and vendors to their will.
As a part of their will-bending strategy, Apple also announced a few weeks ago, that during the 90-day free trial period, not only would consumers be able to sample the service for free, but that all of the artists on the platform would also be giving their work for free. What? That’s right; Apple determined that it would not pay any royalties to artists for the plays that their music generated for the first 90-days. It takes a huge dose of chutzpah when a business simply tells its suppliers that, by the way, we’re not going to pay you for your services for some period of time and who better than Apple to muscle their way into market share?
Well, the story didn’t end there and it took a 25-year old musician (albeit one with a social media following 60 million) to get the last word. Last week Miss Swift announced that, in protest of Apple’s move, her latest album would not be made available through the Apple Music platform. In a blog post titled To Apple, Love Taylor she excoriated the corporate giant, shaming them for assuming that artists would accept not being paid for their work, “We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.” The response to Swift’s missive was enormous,
Apple took a few days to respond, but when they did it was to back down as humbly as they possibly could. In other words, Apple caved. In the face of a revolt by their customer base and the artists whose work they stream, Apple announced last week that they would rescind their decision; Eddy Cue, an Apple executive, tweeted, “#AppleMusic will pay artist for streaming, even during customer’s free trial period.” Cue added, “We hear you @taylorswift13 and indie artists. Love, Apple.” Within hours, Taylor had responded: “I am elated and relieved. Thank you for your words of support today. They listened to us.” She quickly followed up by announcing that her new album 1989 would, after all, be streamed on Apple Music.
While this is not exactly a victory of the little guys, it is certainly one for the little guys; the independent artists, musicians, and writers whose work drives the success of so many online businesses deserve to be compensated for their creativity and Taylor Swift is their new bestie. Thanks, Taylor!
Twitter Link Roundup #275 – Fascinating Stuff for Small Business, Startups, and Design! Mike | June 26th, 2015
We love dreams. We love childhood memories. We love stop motion animation. Vera Van Wolferen‘s How to Catch a Bird pulls it all together in a wonderfully creative and evocative way.
Now wake up! Once again, it’s time for our weekly Roundup! Take a little trip through 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!
Small Business and Startups: Teams and Transparency | crowdSPRING Blog – crowdspring.co/1d6ad8g
A solopreneur’s guide to working (or not) while on vacation crowdspring.co/1BdI2jG
After 40 years, Wind Lake bar owner gets his degree crowdspring.co/1B4ExM0
Small business still standing after 60 years crowdspring.co/1JI4BOB
How a No-Tipping Policy Helped This Restaurant Triple Profits in 2 Months crowdspring.co/1cKfRwK
April Bloomfield: Where Customer Service Starts and Ends crowdspring.co/1dGjiFs
The Surprising Downsides of Being Clever crowdspring.co/1FiX2aR
Ways to Get the Best Out of Your Employees crowdspring.co/1HojrJI
12 Tips for Dealing With Patent Trolls crowdspring.co/1KTVs4c
The 7 scars of an entrepreneur | Chicago Tribune – buff.ly/1RwMT17
Is Social Entrepreneurship a Scam? – buff.ly/1CiaY4K
Taking the Measure of Corporate Learning crowdspring.co/1Hojq8H
The Confounding Logic of Discounting – buff.ly/1NbG5VE
Lessons from the front lines: building Fetchnotes – buff.ly/1LthmO5
Only 3% of Americans are legally allowed to invest in start-ups – buff.ly/1e3Zj3H
The invention that could revolutionize batteries—and maybe American manufacturing too –buff.ly/1QSi6B0
The C-Suite Needs a Chief Entrepreneur bit.ly/1GNvluK
Forget Time Management; Focus on Stress Management crowdspring.co/1GxqwZu
Strategies to Build a Fun Work Culture That’s Also Productive crowdspring.co/1F6S299
Golden Lessons Entrepreneurs Can Learn From ‘Entourage’ crowdspring.co/1MmiPUj
Marks: 3 Cool Services Your Staff Will Love crowdspring.co/1JDjBPg
Learning Technology: Transformational, Yes, But Not a Cure-All crowdspring.co/1JI4BOA
How to Avoid the ‘Tech 20’ crowdspring.co/1cKifU5
Adversity Only Makes These Immigrant Entrepreneurs More Determined crowdspring.co/1IDyalF
5 Ways to Dominate Any Meeting crowdspring.co/1ehdeEl
Is The Open-Office Trend Reversing Itself? crowdspring.co/1L0en0p
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