Twitter Link Roundup #154 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

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 shared this past week!

The image above shows a young man and woman swimming in St. Mark’s Square in Venice. Flooding is so common in Venice that the locals quickly adjust. For more photos of Venice during high water periods, look in the Other section below.

Small Business and Startup Tips: Hire and be Human | crowdSPRING Blog –

10 Ways to Convert More Customers With Psychology [INFOGRAPHIC] – 

How ‘Gamification’ Can Make Your Customer Service Worse | Wired –

The Big Decision: Stay Small or Try to Grow –

Signup and Trial Process Benchmark Report: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly | Totango Blog –

If, When, And How To Avoid Hiring A CEO | TechCrunch –

How not to get f*cked by an investor’s lack of value-add. | Vlaskovits –

10 Ways to Convert More Customers With Psychology [INFOGRAPHIC] – 

7 Leadership Lessons From A Mind-Meld Between Twitter’s Dick Costolo And Venture Guru Ben Horowitz | Fast Company –

The Tech Scene in Chicago is Blooming –

What every designer working in a startup needs to know | Gigaom –

The Big Decision: Stay Small or Try to Grow –

Signup and Trial Process Benchmark Report: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly | Totango Blog –

Startups learn a painful lesson: The ‘Dropbox effect’ is a myth | VentureBeat –

The Genius of Starting a Company Without Outside Capital | NYT –

Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn, on the ‘Next Play’ Philosophy –

How To Hire Hackers: A Realistic Guide For Startups | OnStartups –

Asking Questions beats Giving Advice | The Intercom Blog –

Can enterprise SaaS products be viral? –

The vital stats on successful entrepreneurs –

All Markets Are Not Created Equal: 10 Factors To Consider When Evaluating Digital Marketplaces –

Some Quick Thoughts on Exits for Technology Startups –

How ‘Gamification’ Can Make Your Customer Service Worse | Wired –

An HR Lesson From Steve Jobs: If You Want Change Agents, Hire Pirates | Co.Design –

Seth’s Blog: Avoiding the false proxy trap –

Small Business and Startup Tips: Hire and be Human | crowdSPRING Blog –

Confessions of a Big-Agency Top Digital Exec | Digiday –

A very detailed look at Google’s personalized search results –

Online viewers start leaving if video doesn’t play in 2 seconds, says study –

How Color Affects Search Engine Optimization (SEO) | Search Engine Land –

Four traits of successful non-technical solo founders | QUIBB –

Over the top: the new war for TV is just beginning | The Verge –

Resistance is futile. Yet, they resist: How Madison Ave. wastes clients’ money by denying reality | PandoDaily –

Opera users click on the most ads, followed by Safari Mobile, Internet Explorer, and Android | The Next Web –

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Mastering LinkedIn | Hubspot Blog –

Google Ad Revenue Now More Than U.S. Print Publications Combined [CHART] –

Microsoft’s Big Hidden Windows 8 Feature: Built-In Advertising | HotHardware –

Interactive Window Transforms Live Street Traffic Into BMW Concept Cars [VIDEO] | PSFK –

“Crowdsourcing has become an integral part of the marketing mix” –

47% of National Brands to Invest More in Local in 2013 [Study] | Search Engine Watch –

50+ Amazing and Creative Outdoor Advertisements –

55 Creative Print Advertising Examples | DezineGuide –

27 Elegant and Stunning Free Fonts for your Creative Design | Web Design Habits –

40 Amazing Tutorials For Illustrators And Photoshoppers | noupe –

33 Most Wanted Free Japanese and Chinese Style Fonts | Design Inspiration –

35 Minimal Poster Designs – Inspiration #2 | Graphics Design | Tech Design Blog –

30 Free-Flowing Background Design Photoshop Tutorials | PelFusion –

40+ Adobe Illustrator Tutorials Released in October 2012 | DezineGuide –

30 Excellent Sans Serif Fonts –

Mobile Design Typography is Vitally Important … and Challenging | Codrops –

40 Fashionable and Useful Feather Textures For Your Design –

Tutorials for Improving Adobe CS6 Skills –

Beautiful Dark Business Card Designs – 

27 Fantastic Adobe InDesign Tutorials to Learn –

35 helpful compilation Of Photoshop Background Tutorials | PSDreview –

50+ Inspiring Poster Designs | GoMediaZineGoMediaZine –

30 Creative Business Card Design Ideas | Top Design Magazine –

55 Creative Print Advertising Examples | DezineGuide –

Cool Game Cover Designs for Inspiration | Graphic Design Inspiration Blog –

Free Gritty/Grainy Texture Pack for Adobe Photoshop –

100+ Free Flower Brushes For Photoshop | Design Inspiration –

Creating Business Cards Successfully – 30 Cool Examples –

28 Beautiful Packaging Design For Inspiration | Graphic Design Junction –

Packaging Design Inspirations -4 –

25 Best Web Designs Of The Month | Graphic Design Junction –

30 Marvellous Graffiti Art Styles –

24 Inspiring Illustration Ideas –

50+ Amazing and Creative Outdoor Advertisements –

Legal Contracts for Software Developers Who Hate Contracts (w/free contract template to use today) –

Legal Contracts for Graphic Designers Who Hate Contracts (w/free contract template to use today) –

22 Nice and Inspiring New Logos | Top Design Magazine –

30+ Amazing Music Style Logos | DezineGuide –

25 Exceptionally Creative 3D Logo Design Ideas –

Negative Space Logos with Examples and Analysis –

25 Fully Illustrated Logo Designs For Inspiration –

11 gorgeous examples of responsive design | Econsultancy –

UX Design For Sign In and Sign Up Pages – Design for User Experience –

15 Most beautifully designed websites | Ishu’sBlog –

Progress Bars Design Inspiration – 46 Lovely Examples –

30 Free Handy UI Kits | PelFusion –

17 Flexible Grid Tools and Frameworks for Responsive Websites –

30+ Absolutely Free UI Kits for Pixel-Perfect Designs –

40 Inspirational examples of orange color in web design | Designs Mix –

35 Creative And Inspirational Fashion eCommerce Websites –

25+ Creative Examples of Parallax Scrolling in Website Design | Bloom Web Design Blog –

Functional Footer Design: 8 Improvements for Ordinary Footers | DesignFestival –

6 Health Mistakes Web Designers Ought to Avoid –

What are the most uniquely designed beds? –

Venice hit by floods – in pictures |

Inside Team Romney’s whale of an IT meltdown | Ars Technica –

The Science of Orgasms and Your Brain on Porn | Brain Pickings –

Google backs Iowa wind farm, has put close to $1B into clean power –

Restaurant Review – Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar in Times Square –

An Amazon Engineer Had a Little Idea That Turned Into a Billion-Dollar Business –

Daring Fireball: Seriously, Apple Is Doomed –

Best Buy’s Amazon price match is a $400M all-in bet it can’t win | PandoDaily –

Crowdsourcing or Crowdfrauding? The Truth Behind Kickstarter –

Groups Obama Won, Groups Romney Won –

Hacking Letterpress | Finite State –

I hope you enjoy these links! Please leave a comment and let me know what you liked/didn’t like.

photo credit: Luigi Constantini/AP