Is the Crowd a Disruption or an Opportunity for Large Companies?

Many are excited about the new collaborative economy, where people use common technologies to get what they need from each other. This has created disruptions for some industries, but overall, holds much business opportunity for progressive companies. Progressive companies can glean greater loyalty through crowdfunding, turn to the crowd for new co-innovation and launch their own sharing programmes to expand how they serve their customers new desires. Companies who ignore this trend are likely to suffer from disruption, but those that lean in can benefit from using the crowd to their advantage. In the next section, I’ll share examples of what the crowd is doing, and how large companies are responding to integrate the crowd into their strategy. Image from … Continue readingIs the Crowd a Disruption or an Opportunity for Large Companies?

A Glossary of Emerging Terms in the Collaborative Economy

Photo :”Conversation” by Steve Bridger, used with Creative Commons license.  Buzzwords, buzzwords, buzzwords! Nothing is more fun than using buzzwords – except one thing: Reading all the buzzwords on a single page. Impress your colleagues at the co-working spot, your tatted Lyft drivers, and your hot Tinder dates with your immense knowledge on the latest hipster technology terms. New terms and phrases emerge as new movements are born. The purpose of this post is to help clarify, from one single location, some of the jargon you may hear out in the industry. I plan to update it, along with your help, with submissions in the comments, to serve as a reference for our collective work. At the bottom of this post, … Continue readingA Glossary of Emerging Terms in the Collaborative Economy

Slides: Cold Hard Facts on the Ice Bucket Challenge #IceBucketChallenge

Icebucket Challenge: Cold Facts and Stats #icebucketchallenge from Jeremiah Owyang Crowd-based business models and marketing are no stranger to the Web Strategy blog –and now we’re seeing the same effect impact non profits, including the much discussed (and debated) ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. I was curious on the actual impacts of this controversial crowd challenge, and decided to tally up some of the numbers. In this above embedded slideshare, you’ll see facts on buzz, assumptions on water usage, influencer impact, money raised, and bottom line of total donated dollars. Also, in case you’re wondering, I was challenged by Scott Monty, I accepted the ice shower (over my garden –in a nod to our drought) and also donated to ALS —you … Continue readingSlides: Cold Hard Facts on the Ice Bucket Challenge #IceBucketChallenge

Crowdfunding is the Highest Form of Loyalty: Shared Destiny

Harvest a thousand ideas. Above photo from popular photographer, and my friend, Thomas Hawk. Crowdfunding is the highest form of loyalty, but only a few big companies have deployed this crowd strategy. Big companies can learn from Indiegogo, and Kickstarter. You’ve heard of Indiegogo, Kickstarter, and other crowdfunding platforms for the tech savvy, but what does it mean to corporate product development and marketing strategy? Today’s crowdfunding projects include a panoply of products that never make it to the shelves. I jokingly refer to this as “this decade’s home shopping network,” due to the proliferation of oddball products you didn’t realize you needed. These “long tail” products, are examples of grassroots market innovation offering an opportunity for entrepreneurs to get pre-orders, pre-funding, and free marketing to support … Continue readingCrowdfunding is the Highest Form of Loyalty: Shared Destiny

Why Do Big Companies Crowdfund?

Above image: Intertwined strands bonded together share the same shared fate of pulling a heavy load. “Why Do Big Companies Crowdfund?”  Suprinsingly, it’s often not about the money. That was the very question that was asked at Crowd Conference hosted in San Francisco yesterday. I had some stage time, but also listened into the panel where my contact Syndey Armani from CrowdFundBeat was speaking. What’s crowdfunding? Instead of turning to traditional investment institutions, you can turn to regular people from around the globe to contribute money towards a good, services, or experience. It’s pretty easy to guess why people crowd-fund, I see at least five reasons: A sense of ownership, revenue sharing, equity growing for resell later, access to goods … Continue readingWhy Do Big Companies Crowdfund?