Posts Tagged ‘Marketing and branding’

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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Ten Practical Search Engine Marketing (SEM) Tips

Ross | December 23rd, 2008

Mike and I stated working on crowdSPRING in the summer of 2006. We incorporated the company in May 2007 and launched the crowdSPRING marketplace in May 2008. We’ve learned many important lessons along the way. In some ways, our experience is typical of other start-ups. In other ways, it is not. I want to share […]

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Twitter Link Round Up

Angeline | November 17th, 2008

Every week on the crowdSPRING Twitter account, I post loads and loads of fun links pertaining to logo design, web design, social media, business, online marketing, and more! However, due to the fast-paced nature of microblogging, these links become buried within a few hours. So, I figured that it’d be nice to start the week […]

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10 Useful Marketing Tools For Freelancers

Angeline | November 11th, 2008

This was a blog post I originally wrote for Fuel Your Creativity – a great design inspiration site. The site’s owner, Adelle Charles, is an established graphic designer who has guest blogged for crowdSPRING before. Check out her post – Typography is Sexy. It’s not easy being a freelancer. Sure, there are perks such as […]

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Can Ants Teach Us About Marketing on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube?

Ross | November 3rd, 2008

Ants are fascinating insects. E.O. Wilson and Bert Hölldobler, in their 1991 Pulitzer Winning book The Ants, described an ant colony as a superogranism – a vast social network. The ants in the colony communicate with each other by following chemical trails left by other ants. (Photo by aristeos) What do ants have to do with social networks […]

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Twitter Link Round Up

Angeline | October 13th, 2008

Every week on the crowdSPRING Twitter account, I post loads and loads of fun links pertaining to logo design, web design, social media, business, online marketing, and more! However, due to the fast-paced nature of microblogging, these links become buried within a few hours. So, I figured that it’d be nice to start the week […]

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