Crowdsourcing Crowdsourcing is a sourcing model in which individuals or organizations obtain goods and services. These services include ideas and finances, from a large, relatively open and often rapidly-evolving group of internet users; it divides work between participants to achieve a cumulative result. The word crowdsourcing itself is a portmanteau of crowd and outsourcing, and was coined in 2005. As a mode of sourcing, crowdsourcing existed prior to the digital age (i.e. There are major differences between crowdsourcing and outsourcing. Some forms of crowdsourcing, such as in "idea competitions" or "innovation contests" provide ways for organizations to learn beyond the "base of minds" provided by their employees (e.g. Definitions The term "crowdsourcing" was coined in 2005 by Jeff Howe and Mark Robinson, editors at Wired, to describe how businesses were using the Internet to "outsource work to the crowd", which quickly led to the portmanteau "crowdsourcing." Examples
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Sales & Marketing Advice | Both Sides of The Table I’m going to increase my writing about sales & marketing in the near future. I put a few posts up front that I have already covered in the Startup Series. But I will soon begin a discussion about sales methodologies. Stay tuned. 10 Marketing Tips for Startups Some Other Thoughts on Sales & Marketing 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Sales Methodology (PUCCKA) Why a methodology in the first place? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. More Thoughts on Sales 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
Brainfluence: 5 Brain Tricks to Make Customers Buy | Inc.com - Aurora Roger Dooley wants your business to succeed. So he's laying down the facts and dissecting recent brain and behavior research to enable you to tap into consumers' brains. Fact No. 1: People aren't always rational thinkers. In both his new book, Brainfluence, and in a recent interview, Dooley offered several ways to use "neuromarketing" to do a better job persuading consumers. 1. Are you using a stylish, elegant font on your signage? A study shows that more ornate fonts make people assume a task to be more time-consuming than when the same task is explained in a clearer font. "Probably nine times out of 10 the simpler font is going to be the better choice," Dooley says, "because the text will be more likely to be read, for one, and you'll better convey information." Bottom line: Go easy on consumers' eyes; use a clear, easy-to-read font such as Arial, for product and service descriptions as well as any instructions. 2. 3. Customer transactions are about more than facts and figures. 4. 5.
Cassette tapes are the future of big data storage - tech - 19 October 2012 THE cassette tape is about to make a comeback, in a big way. From the updates posted by Facebook's 1 billion users to the medical images shared by healthcare organisations worldwide and the rise of high-definition video streaming, the need for something to store huge tranches of data is greater than ever. And while hard drives have traditionally been the workhorse of large storage operations, a new wave of ultra-dense tape drives that pack in information at much higher densities, while using less energy, is set to replace them. Researchers at Fuji Film in Japan and IBM in Zurich, Switzerland, have already built prototypes that can store 35 terabytes of data - or about 35 million books' worth of information - on a cartridge that measures just 10 centimetres by 10 cm by 2 cm. This is achieved using magnetic tape coated in particles of barium ferrite. Using tapes should cut down drastically on energy use, too. New Scientist Not just a website! Share on hootsuiteShare on emailShare on gmail
More Americans Are Using Mobile Phones While Watching TV Thanks to the growth of smartphone adoption, about half of U.S. mobile phone owners use their devices while watching TV, a new study suggests. According to a Pew Internet & American Life Project report, cellphone users not only look up information online in real time and keep themselves occupied during commercials via their handheld devices, they are also interacting with friends. About 23% of cellphone users send text messages to others watching the same show in a different location. Other popular "connected" activities include looking up information mentioned on TV (20% have done so in the last 30 days), posting comments online about a show (11%), playing on phones during commercials (38%) and voting for a reality show contestant (6%). The study — which was conducted among 2,254 American adults ages 18 and older — also revealed that men and women are just as glued to their phones while watching TV (52%). SEE ALSO: Man Watches 252 Netflix Movies in a Month, Gets Invited to Netflix HQ
Outsourcing? How to Build Great Contractor Relationships Nellie Akalp is the CEO of CorpNet.com, an online legal document filing service, where she helps entrepreneurs incorporate or form an LLC for their new businesses. Connect with Nellie on Twitter or visit her free resource center. Today, independent contractors are a critical part of small businesses. They fill any number of roles, from social media consultant to web designer. This relationship is more important than ever, given that freelance positions are expected to make up half of all new jobs added during the economic recovery. But at the end of the day, successful outsourcing isn’t different from any other business relationship: It requires nurturing and smart management. 1. A vendor keeps your business stocked with paper or provides your Internet. Little touches can go a long way. 2. A business owner or manager typically contracts out certain tasks that they’re too busy to take care of themselves. Consider this a long-term investment. 3. 4. 5.
How To Increase Your Productivity 500% Altucher Confidential Posted by James Altucher I missed investing in Google. I missed investing in Foursquare. I made fun of the guy who started Lycos. I want to be productive, healthy, and happy.When you spend even two minutes mentally debating the worst people in your life (as I did the first two minutes after I woke up today) those two minutes add up. People say, “well I played too many games. Better to not have 80% of my thoughts (or more on some days!) Nine types of thoughts that will prevent you from succeeding at your business or in your job. 1) Pessimistic thoughts: For instance, judging myself too harshly. Or, before I give a talk, thinking that I’m going to do horribly despite the fact that I’ve prepared well and it’s a friendly crowd, etc. 2) Vice – My vice thoughts start when I wake up. Perfectionism is a form of bondage. 4) Possessiveness– there’s that Sting song, “if you love someone, set them free.” 5) Painful – We just had the Thanksgiving holidays. 6) Fear. 7) Obsessive. 8) Sadness.
Get Paid for Sharing Ads on Your Social Networks The Spark of Genius Series highlights a unique feature of startups and is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark. If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here. Name: Wingsplay Quick Pitch: Earn money to share ads with your social network Genius Idea: Wingsplay gives average people incentive to share ads with their social networks to drive product or service engagement and increase buzz. Advertisers are sneaking into your Twitter and Facebook feeds — with help from your social media connections. Wingsplay, a startup that launched last month, pays its users to share video ads on their social networks. Even though you may not Like or follow advertisers, ads could trickle into your feeds via a friend who is trying to make a quick buck or just likes to watch funny ads. “The Web made it almost impossible to reach people with boring ads,” Lasry said. For example, Major League Soccer is promoting the April 14 Philadelphia v.
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