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 run the film online, but the making of the movie created such a buzz in Greece that the country’s leading TV station, MEGA Channel, offered to screen it free of charge on Feb. 14 as part of its Valentine’s Day programming.
“Love in Action,” includes only three shots of Lacta, which has seen an uptick in sales since the start of this content marketing campaign.
Crowdsourcing is a hot topic these days, but before too much credit is given to “the crowd,” let’s pause to consider what’s really going on. Co-creation is what’s really going on.
When a brand works with consumers to make something together–as they did here–everyone can benefit. That’s different from just consumers, or just the brand, making content and/or commercials, although that works too (sometimes).

About David Burn

Native Nebraskan in the Pacific Northwest. Chief Storyteller at Bonehook, a guide service and bait shop for brands. Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. Contributor to The Content Strategist. Doer of the things written about herein.