Why Creativity is Essential for Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs' Organization

All are examples of creative thinking to solve problems. Entrepreneurship is a creative activity. Those of us working from home faced the challenge of how to be creative, productive and keep our businesses alive. Creativity is a job. Contributed to EO by B. Jeffrey Madoff.

The Benefits of Encouraging Creativity and Innovation in the Workplace

StartupNation

Creativity is essential for any organization if you want to keep your business moving forward. There are numerous organizations that have designed a cool, funky, creative environment for their employees to help them relax and spark creative thinking to get their projects moving forward.

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TechCrunch+ roundup: Creative capital, live-shopping strategy, new name + logo

TechCrunch

Creative capital is the secret sauce, not venture capital. In a guest post for TechCrunch+, he describes different types of creative capital and includes multiple examples of how startups can leverage it for success. Creative capital is the secret sauce, not venture capital.

Seth Godin Talks Creativity and How to Find Your Passion

StartupNation

In his newest book, “The Practice: Shipping Creative Work,” author and entrepreneur Seth Godin provides the roadmap for all creative people seeking to implement change in the world through their work. Become creative, especially when it’s frightening to do so.

Marketing-Led Post-COVID-19 Growth Strategies

Businesses are laying off workers, shutting their doors (some permanently), and struggling to react to the radical destruction that coronavirus (COVID-19) is doing to our society and communities. However, there’s no team better suited to lead that charge than the marketing department.

Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

Entrepreneurs' Organization

It is mind-boggling how much time and money is invested in “strategy” at many companies—with some larger organizations even hiring a full-time person or team to oversee “strategy and innovation.” While commendable, this effort to invest in strategy doesn’t work unless the company also focuses on culture. After culture eats breakfast, it continues to chomp its way through strategy for lunch and dinner, too! Find creative ways to assess potential recruits.

The Great Content Battle: Search Engine Optimization vs. Creativity

StartupNation

However, too much dependence on search engine optimization (SEO) could hurt the creativity of your content. When it comes to SEO and creativity, which one wins? SEO vs. creativity. But is it more important to have articles that are optimized or ones that are creative?

Three Strategies You Can Use to Become a Profitable Writer

Entrepreneur's Handbook

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Why Creative Leadership is Necessary for a Virtual Environment

Smart Hustle Magazine

However, creative leadership can bring the best out of leaders and teams during these hard times. During his early years of working remotely, he noticed the importance of encouraging creativity in teams. But how can you encourage creative leadership in your team?

4 Tips to overcome the fear of growing your brand online

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Kady O’Connell , founder of Kady Creative , which helps passionate businesses succeed with strategic branding, powerful websites, and click-worthy content. Having established branding and a strategy is like going to a party in your favorite dress or suit: You just feel better.

Growth marketing roundup: TechCrunch Experts, creative testing and how to nail your narrative

TechCrunch

It’s all about simplifying your strategy into something that is digestible, memorable and applicable.”. Testimonial: “T-shaped expertise with focus on strategy and long-term ROI.”.

Bias Against Creativity

Tomasz Tunguz

In Bias Against Creativity , a team of researchers at Cornell discuss the bias against creativity they revealed in their study. It raises the question of how to evaluate creative ideas and how to engender internal incentives to support creativity. From the Cornell paper: People often reject creative ideas even when espousing creativity as a desired goal. Theoretically we all support the notion of creative ideas.

How Entrepreneurs Can Prevent Problems In Their Work-From-Home Strategy

Entrepreneurs' Organization

When Pete approached me for advice, I recommended the “Failure-Proofing” strategy, which is a pragmatic and easy-to-use technique to defend against planning and project disasters. Contributed by Dr. Gleb Tsipursky , disaster avoidance expert, speaker and author. .

8 Tips To Improve Your Healthy Living Strategy

Startup Grind

Healthy living strategy comes with a smart plan too, you just need to focus on your pain points. But, once again - healthy living strategy is something that we all should focus on. Plan, Plan, And Plan No matter how busy you’re or how tough your timetable is healthy living strategy should be your to-do list at least thrice a week. Why Should Healthy Living Strategy Be Your Call To Action? So, let us browse through some healthy living strategy we all can afford.

Why Focus Is Overrated For Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneur's Handbook

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Lessons from the Match.com Ad That Broke the Internet

Entrepreneur's Handbook

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Not Validating your Idea Will Be the Death of Your Business Dream

Entrepreneur's Handbook

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What Is Undercover Marketing? – Strategies & Examples

Feedough

Undercover marketing or stealth marketing is a marketing strategy where a company markets their product in a subtle and ‘hidden’ way, such that the consumers don’t realise that it is a marketing ploy. Undercover Marketing Strategies.

4 strategies for deep tech startups recruiting top growth marketers

TechCrunch

4 strategies for deep tech founders who are fundraising. Incredible growth people are independent and creative and are drawn to environments that explicitly value these traits. Highlight the creative agency you give to your growth team. Some growth marketers are more creative.

Holiday Season 2020: Understanding Consumer Behavior to Inform Business Strategies

StartupNation

Once you know what your customers are looking for, find creative ways to deliver that value in ways larger retailers cannot. The post Holiday Season 2020: Understanding Consumer Behavior to Inform Business Strategies appeared first on StartupNation.

Pricing Strategy: What’s Right and Wrong About Raising Prices?

Smart Hustle Magazine

So when it comes to adjusting your pricing strategy, how do you know if and when it’s time to raise prices? They help discuss how consumerism has changed, how businesses should navigate pricing strategies now, and how to communicate price increases to customers.

Don’t Make Video An Afterthought. Enhance Your Video Marketing Strategy.

Smart Hustle Magazine

Insights from Yara Ohashi, Head of Digital Marketing, Americas and APAC at iStock who shares how to improve your video marketing strategy. Why a Video Marketing Strategy. Here are a few tips to integrate video into your marketing strategies and enhance your video marketing strategy.

How You Can Build a Business That Lasts Forever

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Over the last 6 years, people have come to love their creative work and are willing to pay top dollar for it. Ben Thompson built strategic products for companies like Apple and Microsoft before he started writing about tech strategy. A personal brand isn’t what it used to be.

How to Make 5 Figures a Month Passive Income from Udemy Courses

Entrepreneur's Handbook

One of Udemy’s highest-earning teachers laid out her strategy for me. work marketing remote-working passive-income creativityHere it is. Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ».

Three steps to a successful pivot

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Arosh Fernando , creative director of WooHah Productions, says, “When our core business was not permited to function due to the government restrictions, we realized we had to change everything.”. Change only one element of their go-to-market strategy.

Creative Selection - An Inside Look at Some Key Moments at Apple

Tomasz Tunguz

His book, Creative Selection, is the first book that provides a view of the day to day environment at Apple. Ken calls this concept Creative Selection. When Ken is assigned to the iSync team, he asks a friend in marketing to help him develop a marketing strategy. Creative Selection is a great read, and provided me a new lens into the world of the single greatest consumer electronics company of our generation. I’ve wondered what it’s like to work at Apple.

Today’s entrepreneurs weigh in: Is entrepreneurship a lonely journey?

Entrepreneurs' Organization

“The stress amplified to the point that I could no longer laugh” Keith Roberts, founder, author and speaker at OAKJournal , founder and creative director at Zenman , and a member of EO Colorado.

Why being selfish is a good thing

Entrepreneurs' Organization

It turns out, though, that being a safe and selfless self often drained my energy, creativity and productivity. Not adding complementary and creative skills.

Knowing what you know now, how would you have prepared for COVID-19?

Entrepreneurs' Organization

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Inc. 5000 company leader shares her entrepreneurial journey

Entrepreneurs' Organization

We pivoted a lot of media plans and creative work—often multiple times—and didn’t charge for it (we called it “The Covid Pledge,” and we encouraged all agencies to do the same). Entrepreneurial Journey LEADERSHIP STARTUP STRATEGY WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS WORK-LIFE INTEGRATION marketing Tracy Call

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Finding North In a New World

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Ross Drakes , an entrepreneur and creative director based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Even though my company, Nicework, was reeling, the one piece of our strategy that survived the shutdown was the idea of strategic giving.

How Venture Capitalist Diane Yoo Chooses Her Startup Investments

StartupNation

Every entrepreneurial leader needs to be able to creatively think outside the box. Find Funding Fund Your Business Sell Your Business Strategic Partnerships Succession & Exit Strategies angel investors Finance Funding sell your business venture capitalists Women in Business

Advice from Warren Rustand: Put Your Head Down and Walk Into the Storm

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Kalika Yap , is founder and CEO of both Orange & Bergamot , a creative agency for female founders, and Citrus Studios , a branding and design agency. Written for EO by Kalika Yap , an Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) member in Los Angeles.

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Retool, Repurpose, Redeploy

Entrepreneurs' Organization

2 core value: Creative Thinkers, All Jobs, All Roles. While PPE masks may not seem creative, we have put our creative stamp on them by adding fun prints, brands and sayings to what otherwise is a fairly common surgical mask.

Are You Going Back or Moving Forward?

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Make a list of the elements you miss that brought you happiness before this crisis—and figure out creative ways to build on those. Contributed by Shawn Johal, business growth coach, leadership speaker and co-founder of DALS Lighting, Inc.

Embracing Your Community as a Strategy

Both Sides of the Table

I believe this strategy has paid off in spades. We bill it as a mixture of the best of what LA has to offer: Creativity, Startups and Capital. And maybe in some small way events like our summit give me and our team the chance to experience the creativity and stresses for a brief moment every year. 5 years ago I sat at our annual meeting bored beyond belief.

A Crypto-Trading Uber Driver and a Billionaire's Spat over Candy - On The Importance of Sticking to Your Strategy

Tomasz Tunguz

Though capitalism’s “creative destruction” is highly beneficial for society, it precludes investment certainty…A truly great business must have an enduring “moat” that protects excellent returns on invested capital. Irrespective of your point of view, the crucial lesson in all this - whether you’re a venture capitalist, crypto-buying Uber driver, or billionaire private equity buyer - stick to your strategy.