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How to Do Your Own PR If You Can’t Afford to Hire an Agency

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Whatever the case, there are tools and strategies you can use as an SMB owner to build your social and PR game plan. Chicago-based PR firm, Walker Sands Communications has helped us compile a number of tips to help SMB owners publicize their company, sans agency.

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The Secrets of This Year's Brilliant PR Stunts

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When dreaming up ways to get noticed, consider the lessons behind these top PR stunts. PR stunts have reached a whole new level of sophistication, says Bill Tancer, general manager of global research at Experian and author of Click. PR stunts fall into two categories: 1.0

Startups: Don't Hire a PR Agency

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Services Marketing Help Downloads Contact Log In Startups: Don’t Hire a PR Agency By brantcooper , May 12, 2010 6:46 pm I hope my PR friends won’t hate me after this post, but the point needs to be repeated: Startups should not hire PR agencies.

5 Tips for Rocking PR Around the Holidays

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So, here are five of my favorite PR strategies to educate and entertain your prospects on even the coldest, darkest night of Christmas, Kwanza, Chanukah, or even Festivus : 1. Crain's Chicago Business, etc.).

Innovation Facilitation — Death is Easy, Magic Takes Training

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

The big picture would include the mission and goals of the organization, the real ones, that are often masked behind PR/MBA speak. KILN USA is, by an amazing coincidence, conducting a public Innovation Facilitation course in October, at the historic Keith House , in Chicago.

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Twitter Link Roundup #275 – Fascinating Stuff for Small Business, Startups, and Design!

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The 7 scars of an entrepreneur | Chicago Tribune – buff.ly/1RwMT17. How to Simplify SEO, PR, and Social Collaboration | Convince and Convert crowdspring.co/1JPSPDh. We love dreams. We love childhood memories. We love stop motion animation.

Twitter Link Roundup #268 – Pristine Resources for Small Business, Startups, and Design!

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How to Make a Dent in “The Women Problem” in Chicago – buff.ly/1FKFUQy. Remember the first time you got a taste of something so delicious, so amazing that you simply had to have more? Had to experience the joy again? And again?

Twitter Link Roundup #288 – Necessary Stuff For Small Business, Startups, and Designers!

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Chicago’s Design Meat Market – Print Magazine crowdspring.co/1JRFqsb. Jack Anderson was a student at Dodge College when he made this video for his student thesis project.

Twitter Link Roundup #290 – Seriously. A Ton of Good Stuff For Small Business, Startups, and Designers!

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Now that we’ve got you primed for your next visit to Chicago, settle back and enjoy this great set of links and articles that we shared with you over the past week on our crowdSPRING Twitter account (as well as my own Twitter account )! We do, after all, love our city.

Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Simply Smart Tech

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Well, if you happen to be a company in Chicago, search no more! There are a good number of IT companies in Chicago that service small to medium sized businesses who range widely in quality of service. It was during this time that the “snowpocalypse” hit Chicago.

Twitter Link Roundup #242 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

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We are so proud to be a part of the entrepreneurial and technology community in Chicago where we are based. On A New Shared Street In Chicago, There Are No Sidewalks, No Lights, And Almost No Signs – crowdspring.co/10baTD3. Here we go!

Twitter Link Roundup #262 – MegaResources for Small Business, Startups, and Design!

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From Chicago’s 1871: Howard Tullman’s heavily caffeinated life crowdspring.co/1EAvSyW. Did you guys see Birdman , the Oscar-winning picture? If you’re like me the loooong choreographed shots really caught your attention and left you in awe.

Twitter Link Roundup #216 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

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Good long video interview by Frank Gruber with Jason Fried about Chicago, Basecamp, building great teams & more – crowdspring.co/1gEsBUD. “Chicago’s venture funding performance is improving [but] Chicago is still trailing several major metro areas.”

Twitter Link Roundup #287 – Cool Stuff Small Business, Startups, and Designers!

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Chicago’s Design Meat Market – Print Magazine crowdspring.co/1JRFqsb. Glenn Keane has been a Disney animator for almost 40 years and no one can accuse him of lacking an experimental gene. He has consistently embraced new tools and new technology, and to wonderful effect.

Twitter Link Roundup #123 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

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A Start-Up Ecosystem Forms in Chicago – [link]. 5 New Spots for Chicago Tech Entrepreneurs – [link]. 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.

Twitter Link Roundup #264 – Quintessential Resources for Small Business, Startups, and Design!

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From Chicago’s 1871: Howard Tullman’s heavily caffeinated life crowdspring.co/1EAvVe5. Skin cancer is a scourge. And dalmatian puppies are just about the cutest things that ever walked the earth. Put the two together and what do you get?

Twitter Link Roundup #113 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

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Nice feature story via Chicago Tribune on @Ramon_DeLeon – [link]. 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.

Twitter Link Roundup #136 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

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How To Make A Splash In A Sea Of Startups: Tips From Chicago’s Top Accelerator and VC – [link]. One of the nation’s top venture capitalists talks Chicago – [link]. 10 skills the PR pro of 2022 MUST have – [link].

Playing with Glass – Changing (and Saving) Lives (Part 2)

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Ashley’s interviewing idea is a good one … last night I shot the s**t with the Startup Grind King of Chicago, Tom Denison. Entrepreneur Zack Price was selected to be a Project Glass Explorer for Google.

Twitter Link Roundup #118 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

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Here’s crowdSPRING’s @chrisdetmer playing an original tune at a recent performance in Chicago – [link]. 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.

Twitter Link Roundup #237 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

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5 basic legal considerations for startups | Chicago Tribune – crowdspring.co/1na3gI5. 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.

Twitter Link Roundup #131 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

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Events for women programmers in Chicago – [link]. 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.

Twitter Link Roundup #132 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

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Take a Tour of 1871, a New 50,000 sq-ft Coworking Space in Chicago – [link]. 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.

Twitter Link Roundup #222 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

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The image above is an interesting project from Strava, showing a heatmat of bike paths in the Chicago area. Here’s a link to the Chicago map, but you can easily navigate to another geographic area. This is Chicago area – crowdspring.co/1j3qZ8y.

Twitter Link Roundup #104 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

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Startups in Chicago check out this new Q&A site – Chicago Founders – [link]. Awesomeness business community crowdsourcing design How To inspiration Interviews marketing Reviews social media start-up tips Strategy Technology writing ads advertising copywriting entrepreneur entreprenreurship facebook industrial design leadership package design pr product design public relations small biz small business startups twitter

Twitter Link Roundup #103 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

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Sage advice for startups on picking a PR representative – [link]. Love seeing all the VC activity in the Chicago area! Good summary of our discussion yesterday on the Future of Publishing panel in Chicago – [link]. 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.

Twitter Link Roundup #215 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

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Chicago’s venture funding performance is improving [but] Chicago is still trailing several major metro areas.” 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.

Twitter Link Roundup #235 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

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Good long read on the history of Motorola | Chicago magazine – crowdspring.co/1nQMcBM. 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.

Twitter Link Roundup #194 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

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Why Chicago Is A New Hot Spot For Entrepreneurs | Forbes by @tweetJohnHall - crowdspring.co/1dXCsTs. Ignore PR and buzz, use Google Trends to assess traction instead - crowdspring.co/1a6qa8N. Ignore PR and buzz, use Google Trends to assess traction instead - crowdspring.co/1a6qa8N.

Twitter Link Roundup #125 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

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What Every Start-up Should Know about PR – [link]. How Chicago Is Beating Silicon Valley At The Patent Game – [link]. 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.

Twitter Link Roundup #102 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

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A quarter of all Chicago-area mortgages underwater – [link]. 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.

Twitter Link Roundup #254 – Sweet, Sweet resources for Small Business, Startups, and Design!

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Add More Personality to Your PR & Social Media crowdspring.co/1ydtRa6. Explore Chicago’s Architecture Gems Through New Database | Co.Design – crowdspring.co/1D6RNfw.

Twitter Link Roundup #198 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

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Something new for the Chicago tech community – crowdspring.co/1bXLS29. 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.

Cause Marketing on Ice

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It took me a second to grasp what was happening, but I quickly realized that he was not crazy and not trying to cool himself off from the heat of a Chicago August. inspiration Marketing and branding Social media als challenge ice bucket leadership marketing pr public relations Strategy viral

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Twitter Link Roundup #172 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

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Tech Startup City: G2 Crowd in Chicago | Forbes – [link]. 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.

Twitter Link Roundup #133 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

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Interesting vertical farm concept coming together in an old Chicago meatpacking plant – [link]. 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.

Twitter Link Roundup #185 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

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Chicago startups connecting with big local companies, entrepreneurs and corporations | by Wailin Wong – [link]. 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.

Twitter Link Roundup #203 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

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Chicago can be better than Silicon Valley (when it comes to promoting women entrepreneurs) | by Sharon Schneider - crowdspring.co/18J09d4. 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.

Twitter Link Roundup #112 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

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Kevin Willer Shares His Experience Building Google’s Culture In Chicago – [link]. Awesomeness business community crowdsourcing design How To inspiration Interviews marketing Reviews social media start-up tips Strategy Technology writing ads advertising copywriting entrepreneur entrepreneurship facebook industrial design leadership package design pr product design public relations small biz small business startups twitter

Twitter Link Roundup #218 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

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The image above shows a typical rush hour in Chicago in 1909. Chicago Rush Hour, 1909 – pic.twitter.com/JJP7AwhMzv. 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.