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Last Monday, I tipped back a couple beers with Daniel Honigman, co-founder of AdYapper, a new venture in the consumer ad space. The site is beginning to emerge from stealth mode and move into beta at this time. Honigman isn’t looking for coverage here just yet (he spoke to me off the record). But he […]

Have Script, Will Pedal

Getting a break in Hollywood is a super-human task, best sought by those with unnaturally thick skin, insane perseverance and palpable talent. If you’re an aspiring screenwriter, you will also want to harness the power of “the crowd” to move your script up the chain and get it read by the right people. According to […]

Inspired Advertising Is Born of the Streets

“New York is a stage that we’re all part of,” says The Chairman. This inclusive language is courtesy of Leo Burnett, a stalwart, but new arrival in The City. According to The New York Times, Burnett/New York is promoting itself with a consumer-generated content campaign called New York Writes Itself. New York Writes Itself is […]

Free Fluevogs For One

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Canadian shoemaker, John Fluevog, is looking to the crowd for help making advertisements. “This is where you can change the future of advertising for the better, one Fluevog Ad at a time,” it says on the company’s site. So right there, this consumer generated contest falls apart. As always, hyperbole fails to elevate the brand. […]

More Better Faster

John Winsor, CEO of Victor & Spoils , the crowdsourcing agency in Boulder, has been on the road for the last month talking to a dozen CMOs of Fortune 500 companies. He says, “there’s a lot of frustration out there” and that the biggest frustration of all is “the cost of creating advertising, both in […]

Make Stuff Up, Win A Prize

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MUKILTEO—Co-creation–that ideal world where brands and customers play together to make something better than either party might achieve on their own–is the final topic of the day at BlogWell’s summer session in Seattle. Greg Piche, Social Media Architect for Clorox, describes the Clorox Connects project, where the company solicits new product ideas from the crowd. […]

What Are You Hungry For? Maybe “The Crowd” Will Cook Something Up For You.

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People hunger for things mundane and esoteric, and they are increasingly turning to the so-called crowd for solutions, thanks to the rise of platforms that facilitate the matchmaking. According to InformationWeek, Slide, the social entertainment company acquired by Google last fall, launched Prizes.org, a website that entices users to complete a task, or solve a […]

Please Convert Your Gratitude To Cash

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“Free is just another price, and prices are set by individual actors, in accordance with the aggregated particulars of marketplace power.” -Malcolm Gladwell Our crowdfunding campaign will wrap up in 15 days. I’ll be relieved when it ends. I like to experiment with new tools on the web, see how and what works, and why. […]

Frank Chimero Knows How To Make Things, Money Included

I am not Frank Chimero. And this site is not Frank Chimero’s. That may be an obvious statement, but it is even more obvious when you look at his crowdfunding campaign for the new book he is writing. Chimero raised $112,159 from 2,109 backers to help pay for production costs, an editor and the time […]

Something’s Wrong. But What?

Last Sunday evening we went live with a crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo.com. So far, we’ve raised zero dollars. Naturally, it’s humbling to realize one’s appeal is a big fat flop. I was pretty disappointed on Monday and Tuesday, but by yesterday I’d resolved to let it be a lesson to me, and to not give […]