Posts Tagged ‘Strategy’

To Innovate, You Must Stay Dissatisfied

Ross | October 6th, 2010

Success can make people complacent. Some will bask in the glory of success and expect to continue to succeed by doing the things that made them successful. This is not always possible. To innovate, you must stay dissatisfied. Here’s why: Do you agree?

Read full post »

Being pompous and learning from mistakes

Ross | September 14th, 2010

One of our senior engineers, Tal Liron, posted a comment earlier this year in response to a blog post about programming.The comment ended with this smart and valuable statement: It’s not that being pompous leads us to make mistakes. It’s that being pompous inhibits our ability to learn from mistakes, or even to recognize them […]

Read full post »

5 great viral marketing campaigns (and what small businesses can learn from them!)

Mike | September 13th, 2010

At crowdSPRING we talk a great deal about how we can leverage our limited marketing resources to drive traffic and revenues and build strong community. Some of the traffic-tactics we use involve good old fashioned payola: paid search, banner ads, affiliate programs, etc. Other tactics leverage partnerships with other businesses to create mutual value and […]

Read full post »

crowdSPRING’s Twitter Roundup On Social Media and Marketing

Ross | August 25th, 2010

Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my Twitter account, I post links to posts or videos about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are the links that I’ve liked and shared this past week about social media and marketing. Why you should give […]

Read full post »

Panelpicker time at SXSW! Let the voters decide!

Mike | August 23rd, 2010

It’s South by Southwest panel picker time again! August is when folks from around the world have the chance to view panel submissions for next year’s SXSW Interactive Festival and things are in full swing. First a shameless pitch – VOTE FOR US! Ross and I have submitted proposals for the 3rd year in a […]

Read full post »

Small business love: trucks, pop-ups, and nomadic goodness

Mike | July 26th, 2010

Even in non-recessionary times it can be difficult to get a new business off the ground. Start-up costs are high, investors are keeping the purse-strings tied tight, and customers are not exactly spending with élan. The restaurant business, traditionally a hothouse for entrepreneurism, suffered greatly in the current downturn but is rebounding, with industry-wide sales […]

Read full post »

Small business and startup tips: track your own customer service data

Mike | July 12th, 2010

It’s been over a year since I last updated the community on our efforts to build a world-class customer service organization. We are committed to providing great support and doing it in a timely, polite, and efficient manner. Since we launched in May of 2008 we have provided customer service via our online Help Center, […]

Read full post »

Focus On Your Core Business Or You Will Fail

Ross | July 7th, 2010

Too often, startups risk getting misdirected by the media and customers to add features and functionality to a product or service that turn out to be collateral to the core business. I believe this is happening with Gowalla and Foursquare, among others. Both services have become media darlings, and both are obsessed with adding features […]

Read full post »

558,000 startups and small businesses. Why we should thank the recession.

Mike | June 7th, 2010

One good thing to come out of this recession has been a dramatic increase in the number of new businesses started in the US and around the world. According to a Kauffman foundation study, in 2009 the number of new businesses hit the highest level in 14 years, with  558,000 start-ups every single month in […]

Read full post »

Why Every Small Business And Startup Must Understand Social Currency

Ross | June 4th, 2010

You might recall my posts from a few months ago – Branding Secrets of the World’s Best Brands and What Can You Learn From The World’s Best Brands – about the lessons that startups and small businesses can learn from the world’s best brands. A new study recently released by Vivaldi Partners reveals some surprising […]

Read full post »