How else are marketers identifying new product ideas and inventions via crowdsourcing?
- Innocentive is a site where companies, nonprofits, and government groups can "challenge" the public to solve specific problems that will lead to new goods or services. At left, the header for Cleveland Clinic's page on Innocentive, below which are listed a number of specific medical "methods" that the organization sought innovative ideas for. Corporations also post needs and problems for Innocentive users (from around the world) to consider and submit suggestions.
- Some entrepreneurs post on their sites or blogs or social media to attract crowdsourced ideas. Emily Weiss put a post on her digital beauty magazine asking readers about their ideal face wash. She received hundreds of responses and used the input to create and launch Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser.
- Sir Richard Branson has hosted the entrepreneurs behind the idea-sourcing site Ideapod, where consumers can post ideas on various topics. A cross between Twitter and YouTube, Ideapod can connect companies and consumers through posts of a limited number of words and videos of a limited number of seconds.