Quirky, le Modèle Industriel le Plus Innovant au Monde?

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Ce billet est une traduction d’un article passionnant que je viens de lire: Is This the World’s Most Creative Manufacturer? écrit par Josh Dean pour Inc. “Comment la société de design Quirky utilise la puissance de la communauté pour développer, fabriquer et vendre une foule d’objets utiles” (“How the renegade design company Quirky uses the power of community to develop, make, and sell a torrent of useful objects.”), dit le sous-titre. Cet article n’est pas seulement un descriptif avec des schémas et des citations de communiqué de presse, c’est un article bien recherché et très complet sur cette entreprise qui vient de se lancer en France.

Voici donc la traduction française, j’ai juste adapté la mise en forme, ajouté quelques liens pour faciliter la compréhension, et coupé quelques passages car l’article original est très long? Donc voici quelques passages. Bonne lecture! Continue reading →

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La plateforme de co-création Quirky se lance en France (et en français)

En décembre 2012, Auchan et Quirky, la plateforme d’invention et de développement d’idées par les internautes, ont annoncé la signature d’un partenariat. Le distributeur français s’engageait à offrir à Quirky et à ses produits une certaine visibilité via la distribution de huit produits en magasin, et permettrait aux consommateurs français de déposer des idées gratuitement sur fr.quirky.com (voir mon billet Les distributeurs français se mettraient-ils à la co-création?). “We will open the Quirky platform for French speaking people. This launch will take place on September 11, 2013,” expliquait Quirky dans un billet de blog à l’époque. Promesse tenue, le site vient d’être lancé. Continue reading →

Interactive Ad or Crowdsourcing? Audi Australia’s “Land of Quattro” Campaign

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Audi’s latest global brand platform, “Land of Quattro” and has been rolled out in several countries like India, Germany, New Zealand, and Australia. For the latter, Audi Australia has imagined a participative campaigned designed to involve consumers with the brand. “In Australia, Audi has worked with its newly-appointed agency Holler to produce […] an innovative digital execution that allows the public to ‘remix’ the TVC to direct their own commercial,Marketingmag.com.au explains. A typical example of a crowdsourced advertising campaign, right?

CSW’s tweet got me thinking. It links to this article, where Anna Burgdorf, general manager of Audi corporate communications, says “we don’t see it as crowdsourcing, we see it as another way to watch a commercial and be involved in a brand campaign.” Looking at the campaign created by Holler, I see a creative brief, a deadline, a reward… so it’s crowdsourcing, right? Let’s look at it in more detail! Continue reading →

Co-Creation in the Banking Industry: Crédit Agricole’s Alpha Project

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On December 13th 2010, the Parisian branch of Crédit Agricole, one of France’s leading banks (whose co-creation efforts I already covered here in French) announced the launch of the Alpha Project. By creating a physical space in the center on Paris, the co-creation project is meant to invite consumers in a physical store, to let them suggest and test new ideas and to eventually co-create the bank-client relationship. This is an interview of Tugdual de Latour, the manager who handles the Alpha project since the early days.

I met Tugdual in the Alpha Agency, and asked him what results the experiment has provided so far. His 2-and-a-half years experience as a co-creation manager prove to be invaluable for all those who are curious about customer involvement. Here are his answers about running a co-creation experiment in the banking industry, about the good and bad sides of customer involvement, and the future of the Alpha Project. Continue reading →

Genius Crowds, Another Company That Failed to Turn Co-Creation Into a Profit

Genius Crowds is Out of Business

In May 2011, I covered the French platform Crowdspirit, and tried to discuss the reasons of its failure. In August of the same year, I wrote a blog post about the costs of co-creation, underlining that there are substantial costs to orchestrate crowdsourcing and/or organize co-creation, and that profitable platforms are actually rare. Well, very recently, crowdsourcing.org announced that a US-based crowdsourcing company, Genius Crowds, had to close its doors. Why? Because Genius Crowds was not able to turn their co-creative model into a profit.

“As a small startup, we frankly didn’t have enough resources to do the job of business development that we wanted to be able to do” (C.J. Kettler, CEO and co-founder) Continue reading →

Asking students to reinvent their business school #DreamingAudencia

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Audencia School of Management, located in Nantes, in Brittany, is one of France’s leading business schools. Today, the school is launching a very original event, inviting its students to co-create the business school of tomorrow. Called Dreaming Audencia (“Design Thinking and Collective Intelligence” it says on the facebook page), the 2-day event is meant to put the school’s students at the driving seat to reinvent their business school. I thought it was an interesting initiative, that’s why I share it in this blog post (I’ll also try to write a follow-up post once it will be over). Continue reading →

Comment Heineken utilise le crowdsourcing pour l’innovation et le marketing

How beer brands are driving growth

J’ai récemment lu une interview de Ellen Bark, responsable innovation chez Heineken, parlant de la stratégie d’innovation ouverte au sein de l’entreprise. Cette interview est publiée sur PSFK, en anglais, et je trouvais intéressant de la traduire en français pour la rendre accessible à davantage de personnes. Ce qu’elle dit est intéressant dans le sens où Heineken utilise le crowdsourcing via divers plateformes, comme je soulignais déjà en septembre 2011. Depuis, d’autres plateformes ont été lancées, et l’interview révèle bien la maturité de la marque lorsqu’il s’agit d’utiliser les idées de la foule pour le marketing et l’innovation. Voici la traduction de l’entretien (les illustrations ont été ajoutées a posteriori). Continue reading →