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Crowdsourcing For Dummies (For Dummies (Business & Personal Finance)) [Kindle Edition]

David Alan Grier
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‘David Alan Grier’s book is both a good starting point for the uninitiated as well as useful reference guide to those who are already part of the crowd.’ (B2B, May 2013) ‘This is a very good book. I would definitely buy it if you are even slightly interested in crowdsourcing.’ (Frost Magazine, June 2013)

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Give your business the edge with crowd-power!

Crowdsourcing is an innovative way of outsourcing tasks, problems or requests to a group or community online. There are lots of ways business can use crowdsourcing to their advantage: be it crowdsourcing product ideas and development, design tasks, market research, testing, capturing or analyzing data, and even raising funds. It offers access to a wide pool of talent and ideas, and is an exciting way to engage the public with your business.

Crowdsourcing For Dummies is your plain-English guide to making crowdsourcing, crowdfunding and open innovation work for you. It gives step-by-step advice on how to plan, start and manage a crowdsourcing project, where to crowdsource, how to find the perfect audience, how best to motivate your crowd, and tips for troubleshooting.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1834 KB
  • Print Length: 378 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (27 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C3M4BQM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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By Flickering Ember TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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With some prior knowledge of the concepts of crowdsourcing, and experience of being part of the crowd providing funding, (think Slice The Pie and other similar sites) I was interested in reading this book to find out more about how I could myself benefit from crowdsourcing as a way of funding my business projects.

The book is reader friendly, easy to dip in and out of, easy to find what you are looking for, yet provides useful and practical information. I would say that as a direct result of reading this book, I have a very good understanding of crowdsourcing and a clearer idea of how I can use it going forward.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction 11 Oct 2013
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I've worked on a number of academic crowdsourcing projects using the power of the `crowd' - or the public - to contribute to the completion of an often repetitive task via a web-based interface. Crowdsourcing might, for example, include helping a museum categorise a large collection of photographs - the photos are put online and the public are asked to describe what the picture shows. This information can then be used to make finding specific types of photos in a collection much easier. It allows the crowd to complete a task that could take a curator years to complete.

The book outlines the types of projects that tend to work well with crowdsourcing - in general those where individual tasks can be completed fairly quickly - identifying a place-name from a historical map for example - and those that don't - transcribing medieval Latin manuscripts for example. These are my own examples but there are similar ones in the book. Why doesn't Latin transcription work to well - well it helps if you can read Latin, a rare skill in the crowd, and a single manuscript can take a long time to transcribe. Entering the text of a place-name is fast.

The book offers another perspective - what an individual wanting to contribute to a project might wish to bear in mind. This can include recognition for work done, being part of a `league table' of most active contributors and more.

If you haven't heard about crowdsourcing yet, you will. It's going to be a key part of internet-based communities in the future and has the ability to complete work that would otherwise be impossible. If you're interested this book is a good introduction.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Amazon is crowdsourcing...? 21 Nov 2013
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There is a lot of crowdsourcing going on, apparently, from Wikipedia to Amazon reviews, to almost anything where the public interact to create content. Even Youtube is a partially crowdsourced service, as most of the content is self-made by private individuals. This book highlights why crowdsourcing is going to dominate online society, from business to support groups to media, and how you can become involved at almost any level. From initial, to setting realistic goals, pitching, and evaluating progress, this guide shows you the pitfalls and what can be achieved. For someone like myself who knew next to nothing, this is an interesting read, and I would say (almost) vital for anyone starting out in the world crowdsourcing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction 21 Nov 2013
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A lot of us have heard of crowdsourcing, particularly when a heart warming story comes on the news. A lot fewer of us will have seriously considered trying to use crowdsourcing to fund a project. Maybe you should. This book gives a brilliant introduction to crowdsourcing in simple, clear and precise terms. The book guides you through not only the thought process behind the concept, but how to structure and pitch your own project. From reading this book I have a much better idea of how I might be able to use crowdsourcing myself to finance future ideas.
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By Jack Chakotay VINE VOICE
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This is a great book on a resource that we hear about but most don't really know the meaning and certainly don't know how to harness.

It is well written from introduction onwards. There are plenty of inspiring examples, one of which should tickle your fancy to see is you could modify it for your application. The links with online resources is invaluable but one I have come to expect with the "for Dummies series" From funding to research to business improvement, the power of the crowd is detailed in wide ranging aspects.

Having perused the books competitors some of which are linked, this is probably the best starting point for anyone wishing to try harnessing crowdsourcing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good advice 17 Nov 2013
By The Emperor TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This is a good introduction to the subject. It is well written, clear and easy to follow. Obviously as this is a `for dummies' book it only covers the basics. However it does do a very good job of this.
As it's a fast moving field some of the companies and web sites will have gone out of business and new ones will have emerged.

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By Four Violets VINE VOICE
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I have no previous knowledge or experience of crowdsourcing - beyond a vague idea about what it is. This both expanded my knowledge and opened my eyes about the possibilities that it represents. I had never thought that things like Wikipedia is a "crowdsourced" project, but of course it is and it alone shows what is possible.

As usual the For Dummies style is both entertaining and informative. I guess it is a style that does not appeal to everyone, but I love it. Anything that both informs and makes you smile at the same time is not bad thing.

For anyone using the internet commercially I'd suggest that this sort of book is a must-have, especially for small start-ups looking for ways to generate funding. Crowdsourcing is neither easy nor foolproof, but you need to know about it and it's hard to think of a better way of investing fifteen quid or so than buying this book.
John Birch
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4.0 out of 5 stars another great dummies book
After social net-works, I would think that crowd sourcing would be the next social revolution that will be triggered by the internet. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Don Panik
5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction
As a complete novice in all things related to business finance, I find myself at something of a disadvantage when looking at the various finance options to take my R & D business... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Nick Flynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly effective introduction to an important concept
This is the first book I've read in this popular series although it isn't designed for sitting down and reading from cover to cover as with other forms of non-fiction. Read more
Published 8 months ago by D. P. Mankin
3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure about this
I am familiar with crowdsourcing - I write reviews etc on several sites, e.g. Wikipedia, TripAdvisor and Amazon - so I was curious to learn more. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Keith Lawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks to this book I now understand Crowdsourcing
Crowdsourcing for Dummies by David Alan Grier

I read this book because I have head lots of bits of information about crowdsourcing but wanted to fully understand what it... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr. Richard The book boy
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical guide to crowd sourcing
Crowd sourcing is an innovative way to use the internet to help fund creativity and produce new content that could not be produced through the usual channels. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Andrew Dalby
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