Well, when I posted a virtual agencies discussion online at one of my LinkedIn groups I kept seeing references to crowdSPRING pop up.
I must be very out of the loop, because I had never heard of crowdSPRING. But according to their website they have only been up and running for about a year.
They were also apologizing for the bad behavior of their servers, and their own shortsightedness (is that really a word?). They obviously are experiencing growing pains.
The crowdSPRING Model— “We’re the marketplace for creative services.”
A) Post a creative brief, (a good thing)
B) Then a budget amount, (again, a good thing ostensibly)
C) Then a completion date is posted
This feels familiar to anyone with an agency background. But the budget amounts are astoundingly low. As a “CREATIVE” participating in a project, you submit your numerous iterations to the site and anyone can see them! There are tons of them. Some are really nice some are awful and still your chance of getting picked is on average 1 out of 68, a whopping 68 responses for every project submitted!
Here is what they promise to the “CLIENTS” who they call “BUYERS”:
Name your price Launch your project on your budget, not someone else's.
So if you just want to pay $200 for a logo (corporate identity) you can do that, you are the buyer. That seems very low to me.
Name your deadline
See entries within hours and be done in just days.
Wow! I, as a client love the idea of a designer, nay, many designers jumping when I say jump. Not only when I say jump but how high! The ultimate in modern day net slavery. Think desktop publishing sweatshops.
The average project gets a whopping 68 entries.
This is a great selling point for me as a designer, work my caffeine addled brain into a frenzy to complete with 68 or more other professionals for a measly sum. As Oliver Twist might say, "More, sir"
Money back guarantee
25 entries or your money back.
This kills me, no agency ever promises that, they hard sell a client until they submit. Just kidding, but you do sell the variations you present, you stand behind them. To say that you have presented something unworthy of their startegic need is a self-defeating stance.
Your virtual creative team in over 140 countries.
This is just astounding, I really don’t have anything to say about it except, bye, bye, job security.
We’re here to help
Seven days a week. (although we occasionally sleep).
So are your servers lately, it seems.
Never sacrifice quality for budget or deadline.
Well that sign on my wall which says pick two: quality, budget or deadline. It is evidently very old school and does not apply in this model.
So you know you have full ownership of your final design.