Posts Tagged ‘smallbiz’

5 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Art Students

Mike | October 8th, 2012

My younger son is a high school senior this year and I find myself in awe of his ability to manage an wildly complex and demanding existence. First semester of senior year is an overwhelming time – college visits and applications to schedule and manage, final rounds of SATs and ACTs to prepare for, a […]

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How To Grow Your Business With Content Marketing

Ross | October 2nd, 2012

If you’re not creating content on the web, you don’t exist on the web. A 140 character tweet is content. A 1,000 word blog post is content. A commend to a blog post is content. Your website is content. Some content is compelling, reflects your knowledge and authority on a subject, and earns trust and […]

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Small Business and the Death of Newspapers

Mike | October 1st, 2012

“We’re in one of those strange eras where the words of the last century don’t have meaning. What does news mean to you, when the vast majority of news is created by amateurs? Is news coming from a newspaper, or a news group or a friend? ” ~ Chris Anderson, editor Wired Magazine  People, and businesses, […]

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What Customers Want Most From Small Business Mobile Websites

Ross | September 26th, 2012

Nearly half of U.S. consumers use smartphones. In fact, among young adults (18 to 29) and adults in households with incomes of over $75,000, smartphone use is even higher (66% and 68%, respectively). In a July 2012 study, two independent research firms surveyed more than 1,000 U.S. adult smartphone users. The findings are not surprising: […]

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Small Business and Startups – 13 Great Reads From The Business Press

Mike | September 24th, 2012

One of my daily pleasures is to read the paper, the blogs, and the magazines. I typically scan the major stories domestic and international, take a dive into the political coverage, read the opinion pages top to bottom, skim the sports and entertainment sections and then head over to the business section to see what’s […]

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Panel Discussions. Ugh. Or Not.

Mike | September 17th, 2012

On occasion I find myself in attendance at a conference or other event that has, as a part of its programming, a panel discussion. The topics can be phenomenal; “How to Succeed Where Other Fail,” “Your Startup Can Save Civilization,” “Best Practices for the Care and Feeding of Tigers,” or even “Why Do Birds Sing […]

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Small Business and Startups: The True “Lean” Movement

Mike | September 10th, 2012

Last week, Ross was contacted by an old friend, Ron May, who publishes an industry newsletter in Chicago and writes extensively about technology, startups, and small business in our region. Ron gets in touch periodically for updates on crowdSPRING so this was no great surprise. Ron’s email asked, “What the heck is going on with crowdSPRING? […]

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Employees

Ross | August 15th, 2012

We’re fortunate to have built a great team at crowdSPRING. What makes one employee highly effective and another average? For some of our job postings, crowdSPRING receives hundreds of resumes. How do we find the the most effective people to join our team? Contrary to the way most companies hire – we never hire the […]

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Lean Marketing Tips: Public Relations and Focus

Mike | August 13th, 2012

“The three main elements of public relations are practically as old as society: informing people, persuading people, or integrating people with people” ~ Edward Bernays  Most startup entrepreneurs and marketing professionals will agree that a robust public relations strategy is crucial for startups and many small businesses. While there is no argument that these efforts […]

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5 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Olympic Athletes

Mike | August 6th, 2012

When Gabby Douglas climbed on the balance beam last week en route to her gold medal for individual all-around women’s gymnastics she was the picture of calm focus. She was smiling, but she was also tense, and as she began her routine it was clear that she had completely tuned out everything around her. You […]

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