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HostGator

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HostGator.com is a provider of shared, reseller, VPS and dedicated web hosting. With over five million domains hosted by HostGator, they make up approximately 1% of the world’s Internet traffic. HostGator.com allows you to have unlimited subdomains under your account, with no restrictions on bandwidth or disk space. The down site to having so many …

LogoWorks

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LogoWorks is a service of HP. They spell out a very detailed process, which inspires confidence. Plus, they have customer feedback and ratings right alongside each package choice. They have designed over 45,000 logos; packages start at $299. HP also offers LogoMaker, a free logo creation service with an upgrade plan of $49. It is …

Logo Design Team

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Logo Design Team stands on its in-house design team, as opposed to a freelance team of people spread around the globe. They offer a $149 start price. Logo Design Team offers a “logo repair” service where they will update your existing logo, refreshing it to something modern and hip.

Logo Mojo

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Logo Mojo (a division of Deluxe) has a starter package at $195 which includes six concepts, two rounds of changes, and a three-day turnaround. They offer other artwork services, too, including Twitter backgrounds and Facebook profile images.

Sage One Invoicing

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Sage One Invoicing is a monthly subscription-based invoicing service that will run you $9 a month. Sage One Invoicing allows you to send out your invoices from Sage, and the customer can pay directly from the invoice into Sage’s credit card service or through Paypal. If the payment is late, Sage One will tell you …

WePay

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Online invoicing and payment app service WePay just released a new app for iOS devices that allows small businesses to send invoices and charge credit cards from mobile devices. Credit card processing and invoicing both come with a fee of 2.9% and $0.30 per transaction. The payment app accepts all major credit cards, and there …

FreshBooks

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FreshBooks signup is easy, fast, and free. No credit card required, which is always helps reduce signup friction. You can trial the software for 30 days for free, then decide on a paid plan or a forever-free plan. Of course, the free plan is limited, but it may work for your business. Paid plans start …

Guru

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Guru offers a wide variety of freelancing jobs and allows you to create up to five different profiles. Their commission is variable, but they handle tax reporting so you do not have to give out your Social Security number to every employer. Escrow ensures freelancers are paid, but can be confusing. The onsite messaging is …

oDesk

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Odesk is designed for freelancers who prefer hourly wages as opposed to flat fees. They are a little more expensive in their commissions, but they cover employer tax costs if the employer wants to hire you through their payroll service. You need to log in to the website while you work so it can record …

Freelancer.com

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Freelancer.com is one of the world’s largest outsourcing and crowdsourcing marketplace for small business. The site connects over 3,961,410 employers and freelancers globally from over 234 countries & regions. Through the website, employers can hire freelancers to do work in areas such as software, writing, data entry and design right through to engineering and the …

Infusionsoft

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Infusionsoft combines everything your business needs — contact management, CRM, marketing automation and e-commerce — into a single online system. Along with their impressive array of features available, Infusionsoft allows you to be able to place a single contact into multiple list. This gives you the ability to track and target your customers more effectively …

MailChimp

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MailChimp is a Web-based email marketing service that comes with a great suite of tools. With over 95 million emails sent per day on average, MailChimp proves that email is still a viable way for small businesses to get the word out. One of the most important things to know is the service is completely …




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Advertising Age Opens Nominations For 2013 Small Agency Awards | Small Business News, Tips, Advice – Small Business Trends

Advertising Age Opens Nominations For 2013 Small Agency Awards

  • April 9, 2013

NEW YORK, April 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – For the fifth year, the editors ofAdvertising Age and Creativity will celebrate the influence and impact of small, independent agencies with the 2013 Small Agency Awards. Nominations are now open, and winners will be announced live at the Small Agency Conference & Awards show July 24th and 25th in Portland, Oregon.

The 2013 honorees will join previous top winners Rockfish Interactive (2009), Pereira & O’Dell (2010), Via (2011), and Baldwin& (2012).

“In the beginning of 2011, VIA had just over 60 employees. Now we are an agency of 120 and growing,” said John Coleman, founder-CEO of The Via Agency, Ad Age’s 2011 Small Agency of the Year. “But the best thing about winning was the satisfaction our people felt for receiving recognition for all of those years of late nights, long flights, and cold pizza — that feeling was priceless.”

All small and mid-sized agencies with fewer than 150 employees that are either fully independent or not majority-owned by a holding company or network are eligible to enter. Agencies are judged on thought leadership, portfolio, business results and culture. Campaigns are judged by a panel of agency professionals and Ad Age staff.

“We’re in a golden age for small agencies where impact has little to do with size,” said Abbey Klaassen, Advertising Age editor. “Savvy marketers understand that smaller agencies are nimble, highly creative and innovative. The companies and campaigns that fall within these award parameters are some of the industry’s best.”

“Being named Small Agency of the Year by Ad Age has opened doors to say the least,” said David Baldwin, founder of Baldwin&, the 2012 Agency of the Year and winner of the 2011 Campaign of the Year. “And maybe it’s made us work even harder knowing that we want to try it again this year.”

Awards are made in the following categories:

  • Agency of the Year, Overall
  • Agency of the Year, By Division (1-10 people, 11-75 people, 76-150 people)
  • Agency of the Year, By Region (Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, International)
  • Best Agency Culture
  • Campaign of the Year
  • Pro Bono Campaign of the Year (new this year)

“We intentionally keep entry fees modest – between $150 and $300 – to encourage as much participation as possible,” said Ann Christine Diaz, editor of Creativity. “We want to spotlight great work that may not surface in bigger awards shows that are dominated by large agencies.”

Campaigns are judged on business challenge/problem addressed, quality of media/communications plan, creative execution, and campaign results.

All types of agencies (full-service ad, digital, promo, direct, mobile, deisgn, etc.) are eligible and all types of work (television spots/campaigns, Web videos, branded content, all types of design, sites, games, apps, social media, etc.) will be considered. Entrants must be wholly independent or at least 51% privately held.

About the Small Agency Conference & Awards Show

Held over a day and a half, the Small Agency Conference & Awards show brings small and mid-sized agencies together to consider the unique challenges of being independent. Discussions focus on talent, business development, managing small shops, emerging technologies, and more. Keynotes, case studies and panel discussions culminate with a live awards event. Discounts on advanced tickets, which cover an opening night party, a full day of conference sessions and the awards event, expire June 20th.

About Advertising Age

Advertising Age is the leading global source of news, intelligence and conversation for the marketing and media community. Ongoing coverage of strategic topics like CMO Strategies and data-driven marketing is complemented by breaking news on digital, social media, and more. The 83-year-old media group produces more than 15 original rankings each year, including the 100 Leading National Advertisers and 100 Leading Media Companies lists, the Digital A-List, and the annual Agency Report.

SOURCE Advertising Age

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