Participating in creative crowdsourced contests online is really fun, in my opinion. You have a chance to win money if the client chooses your idea, work, name or logo for their business.
Coming up with creative ideas is enjoyable, so this seems like a winning situation.
The catch? I wouldn’t take it too serious, and wouldn’t suggest it for anyone who doesn’t have loads of free time, like myself.
The amount of work put into generating ideas (when compared to the amount of rewards you will reap) is oftentimes honestly not worth the investment.
You probably could pursue much more lucrative ways of making money online.
Set aside 20-30 minutes for a break from other activities, and have some fun checking out the newly posted contests and do your best to come up with a few smart ideas and just try submitting them and see if anything happens.
What’s there to lose?
The following lists will introduce you to each of these sites and give you a quick run-down of the advantages and disadvantages they have over one another.
Also, I’ve shared some of my own experiences to help you increase your chances of winning and help you get started!
Tips for Using NamingForce
- For domain contests, make sure that your suggestions are all unregistered domains. Since NamingForce does not have a built-in domain search feature, you will have to check for this separately.
- Ask the client questions to better understand which direction they want to go with their company name or domain name. Get as much feedback as you can.
- Pay attention to which names the client marks as “liked.” Use words from these to form different combinations or variations.
- If a client likes one of your suggestions, then I would recommend offering as many similar names as you can come up with. You never know how much difference one or two characters can make.
- Suggest a mixture of practical names (keywords and common words) and unique, brandable names (like Google or Intuit).
- Some companies prefer one over the other. Just make sure that you have a good list of keywords that the client likes when suggesting practical names.
- If the client hasn’t marked any names as liked, hasn’t indicated whether the names are cold or hot, and has offered no additional feedback since posting the assignment, then I wouldn’t suggest spending a whole lot of time on brainstorming creative ideas for them. These unresponsive clients oftentimes end up being the ones who never pick a winner and instead get their money refunded. That can mean a lot of wasted time for you.
- Some good questions to ask clients include: are there any keywords they prefer are NOT included in suggestions? Who is their target audience? What should their name convey?
- I recommend using an online generator to create lists of possible names/words that include one of the client’s keywords. I’ve done this and gotten some really great results from it so far.
While we’re on the subject of naming generators, consider this example: one of the naming assignments I participated in needed a domain and the client had listed the word “success” as one of their favorite keywords. I plugged it into the online generator and instructed it to add common word endings after it.
Lots of the results you get sound awful or can’t even be pronounced, but if you scan over it you will likely find a few gems hidden among the crap.
I ended up suggesting the domain”http://www.successible.com,” which was available. The client rated it five stars.
I did not, however, win the contest. Just goes to show you how uncertain spending lots of time on these can really be.
I like to use alliteration a lot when suggesting names for products or domains. Obviously this should only be used when appropriate, and it’s definitely going to be too “cute” sounding for lots of more serious businesses.
Although we are oftentimes advised not to use creative misspellings, I do think that in some cases they are acceptable and some of the names I’ve suggested using this technique have received high ratings from clients, so I think it’s safe to assume that you can use it sparingly.
In another post, I also gave some tips for using my other favorite crowdsourcing contest site, Squadhelp.
Be sure to read on for more helpful tips to get you started down your path of creative success!