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Naming A Company Or Product Doesn't Have To Cost $100,000

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Naming A Company Or Product Doesn't Have To Cost $100,000

A client recently told me she was exploring several companies to help name a new product coming out soon. All of them estimated between $100,000-150,000 to do so. All of them except Ideasicle. We charge only $25,000 for two rounds of at least 25 names. A more robust process in many ways that cuts out the expensive fluff. Let me explain.

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Multiple Ideas Tease Out Truths You Didn't Know Were There

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Multiple Ideas Tease Out Truths You Didn't Know Were There

We recently had a terrific creative presentation to a new client. The process of reviewing 10 ideas (or 13 in this case) uncovered truths that our client didn’t even realize were there. I love it when our ideas solve a marketing problem, sure. That’s the whole point. But I also love it when our ideas help our clients learn more about themselves, who they are and who they are not.

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The Power Of Cascading Linear Idea Projects

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The Power Of Cascading Linear Idea Projects

Up to this year, Ideasicle has been deployed primarily for one-off projects. A client needs a burst of ideas for a promotion or for video concepts or go-to-market ideas for a local effort. But lately a new trend has emerged that I’d like to share: cascading projects where the results of one feeds the next.

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This Is A Want Ad (For Creativity)

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This Is A Want Ad (For Creativity)

I need great work to write about. Instead of blindly looking for great work, I thought I'd take this problem into my own hands. You know, use my blog to inspire you to create a great idea so that I can then write about your great idea on my Forbes.com blog. Here's exactly what I'm looking for. Or should I say, what I "want."

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Introverts, Extroverts, Ideasicle Doesn't Care

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Introverts, Extroverts, Ideasicle Doesn't Care

I recently watched a Ted Talk entitled, "The Power Of Introverts," given by Susan Cain. The talk fascinated me because her central theme was that introverts are some of the world's great thinkers, but do not fit in an otherwise extroverted world. We risk, therefore, missing out on their thinking for superficial reasons. It got me thinking about Ideasicle and our virtual model.

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What If You Could Add Your Own Experts To Ideasicle's Virtual Model?

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What If You Could Add Your Own Experts To Ideasicle's Virtual Model?

Ever since I started Ideasicle in 2010 I have been fascinated by the power of virtual ideation. My theory going in was that if I could give clients access to incredibly brilliant creative Experts then we’d pile on the value. I was right, to the testament of countless past clients. But what I have come to understand is that the virtual model itself has its own power independent of the Experts plugged into it.

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Diversity Of Thought A Key Ingredient Of Ideasicle

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Diversity Of Thought A Key Ingredient Of Ideasicle

When it comes to creative outcomes, "diversity" when defined only by the color of one's skin or by one's gender is a superficial concept. The only "diversity" that matters to creativity is diversity of thought. And that kind of diversity can come from our outlook on life, our experience, and our talent.

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How About More Ideas And Less Selling?

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How About More Ideas And Less Selling?

Agencies love to blame stupid clients for bad creative presentations. The client just doesn't get it, they'll say. Or, this client wouldn't know a good idea if it hit them in the head. Or the ever-popular, the client doesn't know what they want until they see it. These defensive reactions are really just an agency's way of retaining its pride, but we have found after six years of Ideasicle ideation projects that there's an easy way to avoid these issues. And it involves numbers...

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Expert Testimony: What Ideasicle Experts Think Of Virtual Ideation

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Expert Testimony: What Ideasicle Experts Think Of Virtual Ideation

I post a lot about Ideasicle and the benefits of virtual ideation here on this blog. But I do so from my perspective. But what about the Experts? They're the ones doing all the intellectual heavy lifting here. I wanted to know what they think of this virtual ideation process. So I asked them. I'm turning the tables with this post and disclosing their answers to that question below. What follows are captured verbatim from their emails back to me. We'll call it...expert testimony.

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What I Couldn't Say In My Forbes Piece About Outside Perspective

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What I Couldn't Say In My Forbes Piece About Outside Perspective

This week I wrote a piece on Forbes.com entitled, "How To Overcome Organizational 'Working Memory' And Liberate Your Creativity." In it, I describe the parallel of our own working memory and how gets in the way of our creativity to a company's collective inertia and inability to get out of its own "ways" when it comes to creativity. What I could not say - only allude to - is that Ideasicle serves this role with our clients all the time.

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Introducing Ideasicle: Sport

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Introducing Ideasicle: Sport

We wrote recently about our intention to develop vertical Ideasicle "panels" for brands to tap into in our, "Ideasicle As Ingredient," blog post. Today we launch our first such panel: Ideasicle Sport.

As the name indicates, this division of Ideasicle will be solely focused on sports-related marketing ideas. We have recruited a team of Experts who are not just genius creative people and strategists, but have an added superpower: deep expertise in sports marketing.

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How Are We Going To Launch This?

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How Are We Going To Launch This?

At Ideasicle, we come up with lots of different kinds of ideas - names, tag lines, promotions, app functionality, you name it. But our favorite kind of idea isn't a "kind" at all. It's so blue sky that's what we call it - "Blue Sky Ideas" - and it's when a client asks "How are we going to launch this?"

With Blue Sky projects, the client does not dictate what kind of idea, just illustrates the problem. Sure, we ask for any parameters around the project like budget and timing, but that's really it. Anything goes.

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Ideasicle As Ingredient

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Ideasicle As Ingredient

Currently, Ideasicle’s Experts, though they each have their own specialties, talents, and expertise, are considered “generalists” when it comes to Ideasicle work. I have said many times that you could choose any four of the twenty four Experts out of a hat and they would rock any assignment.

But I was approached recently by an entrepreneur who is starting an advertising agency and wants to include Ideasicle as an “ingredient” to the agency’s offering....

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Ideasicle Puts Its Actual Money Where Its Virtual Mouth Is

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Ideasicle Puts Its Actual Money Where Its Virtual Mouth Is

We believe in the power of our ideas to the point where we are open to revenue-sharing arrangements. If we can isolate the variables and are convinced we can measure the real impact of our idea then we’re happy to put our money where our mouth is and come up with a revenue-sharing agreement that keeps your upfront costs down.

The beauty of this kind of arrangement is that our motivations are 100% aligned. If our ideas don’t work, then we don’t make as much money and you don’t pay us as much...

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The Inklings Understood The Power Of Group Creativity

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The Inklings Understood The Power Of Group Creativity

Back in the 1930s, such creative giants as J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Owen Barfield (all pictured), among others, gathered in their dormitories at Oxford or in the local pub to share their writings with each other. Picture them with scotches, pipes, and transcripts and you’ve got the scene.

The idea was for each to share his ideas with the other brilliant minds to help shape the work. And Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Lewis's Out of the Silent Planet, and Williams's

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Five Years Of Expert Sourcing: Five Insights

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Five Years Of Expert Sourcing: Five Insights

When I started this little thing called Ideasicle five years ago this month it was with a germ of an idea, faith in the power of creativity, and the blind optimism of an entrepreneur.

It’s an idea that stripped away the normal agency requirements of, well, an agency (the building), the overhead, the salaries (except mine), even the execution of our ideas. Ideasicle would be new kind of idea generating machine that was better than crowdsourcing, nimbler than advertising agencies, and faster than freelancers.

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