Posts Tagged ‘Marketing and branding’

The Ten Step Social Media Marketing Checklist

Ross | November 20th, 2009

A few days ago, I was interviewed by Phil Dobbie from bnet Australia about social media marketing. The 17 minute interview is below.  Among other things, we talked about how to get the best from Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, LinkedIn, commenting, mobile social networks, monitoring, multimedia, brand management, and leveraging combinations of social media tools.

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Is Your Marketing Tail Wagging The Dog?

Ross | November 17th, 2009

A few days ago, I listened to a radio interview of Andre Agassi – widely considered one of the greatest tennis players ever. When Agassi started playing professionally, he ran 5 miles every day to stay in peak condition. When Agassi hired a trainer, the trainer asked Agassi why Agassi ran 5 miles. Agassi’s response: […]

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10 Small Business Social Media Marketing Tips, (Part 2 of 2)

Ross | October 28th, 2009

Last week I wrote Part 1 of this post – 10 Small Business Social Media Marketing Tips, (Part 1 of 2) – focusing on ways that small businesses can leverage social media. In part 1, I discussed the first five tips. Mashable, one of my favorite technology & social media blogs, offered to publish the […]

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10 Small Business Social Media Marketing Tips, (Part 1 of 2)

Ross | October 20th, 2009

One of the biggest challenges for small businesses who want to market using social media is capacity. crowdSPRING is a small business – there are only 10 people on our team – so we understand this challenge well. You must decide whether social media makes sense for your small business. There is no universal answer. […]

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Is it just me?

Pete | October 15th, 2009

Is it just me, or are receipts getting out of hand?  I bought one item (one!) at the store the other day and the receipt is almost 3 FEET long.  No kidding. I’d be curious to hear if this is just a US phenomenon or a worldwide epidemic…

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Ideas for small business and startups: Value Disciplines

Mike | October 13th, 2009

Graduate school was one of the great times of my life: studying something that I absolutely wanted to study and surrounded by a group of folks who felt exactly the same way. Two years in business school went by with rocket-speed, but some of the ideas took root and continue to have an impact on […]

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5 Things Your Small Business Should Do Today To Increase Profits

Ross | September 8th, 2009

I never fully understood, until co-founding crowdSPRING, the challenges of operating a small business. There’s a lot to do but so little time to accomplish everything. Here are five practical tips from my own experience with crowdSPRING that you can implement today to increase sales and profits for your small business: 1. Evaluate What’s Working […]

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Start-Up Tip: Leadership Is Not Management

Ross | August 24th, 2009

In the book Tribes by Seth Godin, Godin suggests that anyone, anywhere can be a leader. The one thing holding most people back is the fear of failure. Tribes is about making a choice – to lead or not to lead a group of people. Using real world examples, Godin tells stories about how famous […]

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The Agony of Choosing the Winning Design: Will you get it right?

Jay | March 31st, 2009

So it’s time to pick the winning design of your crowdSPRING project. You’ve narrowed it down to the finalists: the best three or four designs. You agonize. Which one should you choose? Well guess what: It doesn’t matter. Whichever design you choose, it’s likely that your customers would choose something different. It happened to me […]

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Don’t Underestimate The Value Of Listening

Ross | March 30th, 2009

It never ceases to surprise me when people  think that listening to users is bad business. Michael Arrington recently questioned Facebook’s decision to revert back to some “old features” based on input from Facebook users. In his article titled “No! Never Surrender To Your Users, Facebook”, Arrington argues that you should never listen to your […]

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