Engage Your Audience, Save On Production, But If You Don’t Come Away With Great Advertsing, What’s The Point?

Luxury watch marker, Raymond Weil, has quite a challenge on its wrists. Why pay thousands of dollars for a timepiece when one’s iPhone or BlackBerry can tell the time just as well? It’s a challenge that great advertising might help solve. But the brand didn’t turn to the experts for assistance, Raymond Weil took the […]

Spotlight On NW Creative: Solar World Asks People To “Shine Baby Shine”

It’s been a while since I’ve featured a consumer generated video contest, but this one is from Solar World, a company that employs lots of Oregonians in the green energy sector. So, let’s have a look at some of the homemade videos created by eco-conscious citizens in pursuit of a free solar array from the […]

An Epic In 30 Seconds

Sprint is extending its “Epic Mini Movies” advertising campaign via a national contest that encourages consumers to submit their own Epic Mini Movies for a chance to win $25,000. Here’s one of the brand’s spots: Videos up to 30 seconds in length can be uploaded at YouTube. There’s also an instructional video for the contest […]

With Ford’s Help, Fiesta Fans Tell Others Why They Love The Car

The Fiesta Project asked “real” people to find creative ways to put the 2011 Ford Fiesta to the test. See some of the results below. I think it’s pretty clear that these spots are NOT classic consumer generated content. They’re better, because they’re collaborative efforts between consumers and the brand.

Wales Says Crowdsourcing Is Offensive (Among Other Things)

[via Business Insider]

What Citizen Generated Media Looks Like When The Citizen Is An Artist

Nashville photographer, Michael Deppisch made this hauntingly beautiful video about the floods taking place in Tennessee. Middle Tennessee received the greatest amount of rainfall in recorded history over the past two days. Deppisch says, “It left us with several casualties, millions of dollars in damage and an indelible mark on our city.” He points people […]

Pitch Your Wares At Your Own Risk

William Higham, founder of market research and trend consultancy The Next Big Thing, writing in Adweek presents a vision of just how radical a globally connected group of information sharers is. The more information consumers have at their fingertips, the greater their power. The Internet is a huge enabler, and increased Web access and the […]

Cannes Is For Closers

The New York Times and Adfreak are highlighting this self-promo campaign from Ogilvy One. Ogilvy execs apparently believe that salesmanship is a lost art. One they intend to find and revive. Rory Sutherland, vice chairman for the British operations of Ogilvy & Mather, said, “There’s an interesting case to be made that advertising has strayed […]

Juggle This: Brand Curated, Produced And Sponsored Content

John Winsor, CEO of Boulder-based crowdsourcing agency Victor & Spoils tells an interesting story on his personal blog about a friend who in the outdoor equipment industry. According to Winsor, his friend’s company is well supported by its customers, some of whom have posted popular fanmercials on YouTube. (Yes, I just made that word up.) […]

When Crowdsourcing Is Co-Creation

According to Ad Age, Kraft Foods has scored a hit for its Lacta chocolate bar in Greece by crowdsourcing a 27-minute branded-entertainment film, involving the audience in everything from writing the story to casting the film and styling the actors. Lacta “Love in Action” – η ταινία from LactaFilms on Vimeo. The plan was to […]