Posts Tagged ‘customer service’

Saying “thank you” – why startups and small businesses should listen to mom.

Mike | June 14th, 2010

In these recessionary times, all of us who operate startups and small businesses struggle to meet our bottom line, pay our monthly bills, retain our great employees, and grow our businesses in spite of the challenges presented. What to do, what to do? Well, one time-proven marketing strategy that increases customer lifetime value, cements loyalty, and […]

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We Love Our Customers

Ross | May 6th, 2010

We love our customers. In two years, we’ve answered over 40,000 customer service tickets, and tens of thousands of other customer requests via email, private message, and phone. We’ve obsessed about providing the absolute best customer service to our designers, writers, and buyers. And we’ve met many outstanding people along the way. We love our […]

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Ideas for small business: Surveying your customers

Mike | May 3rd, 2010

Two weeks ago, I wrote about some online tools for small business, one of which was Wufoo.com which allows users to design and host simple online surveys. They are quick to set up and Wufoo uses a freemium model, which lets a small business find a plan within their own budget. For small business it […]

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Whores, Vegetarianism, Moral High Ground & Capitalist Baggage

Ross | April 20th, 2010

After answering 40,000+ customer questions, we’ve seen our share of pretty unusual questions. Last week, a customer sent us a note with a simple statement: “Hello whores.” WTF? Now – while people sometimes are confused about what we do at crowdSPRING (look to the right of this sentence for the explanation if you’re unsure), we’re […]

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Small business and customer service: 3 tips for creating a virtuous loop.

Mike | April 12th, 2010

At crowdSPRING we place a great deal of emphasis on customer service: quality, accuracy, and timeliness are critical measures of our ability to deliver this to our users. Customers are the life-blood of any business and small businesses particularly must focus on listening to their customers, responding, and making adjustments based on the feedback received. […]

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What if business schools offered an MBA in www?

Mike | March 29th, 2010

Every year thousands of  newly minted MBAs will earn their degrees from over 165 graduate business programs in the US alone. These bright folks will walk through those gates with training in finance, accounting, marketing, economics, strategy, supply chain management, entrepreneurship, statistics, research, business law, negotiating, ethics, and leadership. Many of the young MBAs have […]

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Satisfaction (guaranteed)

Ross and Mike | March 11th, 2010

Later today begins a new day at crowdSPRING and a new approach to our community. When we launched in May of 2008, we offered buyers a simple guarantee, and made an equally simple promise to creatives. We guaranteed “25 entries or your money back” and promised creatives that when a project reached the 25 entry […]

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5 thoughts for startups and small business: numbers count

Mike | March 8th, 2010

Photo: tifotter Einstein famously said, “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted” while Count Von Count (pictured above) said “That’s TWO! Two worried frogs! Ha ha ha ha!” Einstein was right in so many ways, but I believe that in the context of small businesses and startups, […]

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New crowdSPRING policy in LOGO projects!

Jerome | March 1st, 2010

Hi All, For a long time now, many Creatives in our community have wanted to submit entries to logo design projects showing their design on various “collateral” items, such as tee shirts, hats, packaging, business cards, etc. Until now, we have not permitted this, because we felt it was unfair to other creatives who could […]

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We’re not Burger King, but we still want you to ‘Have it Your Way’

Bethany | November 4th, 2009

The crowdSPRING message is all over the place – we have a blog, we use Twitter, we have Facebook, we have email, we have customer support tickets and oh yeah, we even have phones. We’ve tried to cover all our bases on how to get out our message and constantly work on ensuring you’re able […]

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