Posts Tagged ‘small business’

Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Twittapolls

admin | January 18th, 2012

So, we all know that social media is this thing that we’re supposed to use to promote our businesses. There are a billion articles telling small business owners that this is REALLY IMPORTANT and NECESSARY and VITAL,  or else we should go crawl into an analog, Web 1.0 hole and end it. This is mostly […]

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Crowdsourcing: a 7+7 Primer (Pt. 1)

Mike | January 16th, 2012

We write often about small businesses and startups and lean approaches to marketing and other business functions. Mid- to large-size companies can also benefit from the lean methodology and one way to do so is by actively leveraging crowds of workers: designers, software engineers, testers, writers, customer support people, customers, market researchers, and dozens of […]

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Twitter Link Roundup #116 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

Ross | January 13th, 2012

Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account, I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and […]

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Small Businesses Spending More And More On Social Media

Ross | January 10th, 2012

According to a newly released study from Borrell Associates, small businesses are spending more of their budgets on social media. In fact, small and medium size businesses expect to spend nearly as much on social media as they do on search engine marketing (see table below). This is not surprising and confirmed by other recent […]

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10 things entrepreneurs can learn from chefs

Mike | January 9th, 2012

Who among us doesn’t love a great meal? Whether we choose eat at home or in a restaurant, all of us appreciate and respect the work that goes into preparing and presenting our food. We love the humble diner which serves up a phenomenal burger and fries and marvel over the lavish cuisine served up […]

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Twitter Link Roundup #115 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

Ross | January 5th, 2012

Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account, I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: CorpsAfrica

admin | January 4th, 2012

The stress of the holidays and debauchery of the New Year has faded away and, for a lot of us, this means we try to get serious about things we want to change in our lives. For some, this might mean losing weight, quitting smoking or finally watching all five Rocky films. According to USA.gov, […]

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Small Businesses and Startups: Worst. Advice. Ever.

Mike | January 3rd, 2012

A few weeks ago I wrote about New Year ‘s resolutions for small businesses, but the other day I realized I had left one out. This one is not an action item, nor an intellectual exercise. It is at once very simple, but also incredibly difficult, especially when under pressure to get a new business […]

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Five Tips To Improve Employee Performance Reviews

Ross | December 21st, 2011

Last week, Mike wrote about Small Business and Startups: End-of-Year Mishegoss, 2011 Version. In that post, he briefly mentioned that the end of the calendar year is a good time to conduct employee reviews. I’m not a fan of end-of-year employee reviews. If you waited until the end of the year to give feedback to […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: NinjaDog Concepts

admin | December 21st, 2011

I knew that this week, right before the holidays, our small business spotlight had to feature something warm and fuzzy and completely heartwarming. I was going for It’s A Wonderful Life meets The Miracle on 34th Street meets a batch of chocolate chip cookies fresh from the oven.  And I think I almost got it. A […]

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