Crowdsourcing and Brand Control

Anjali S. Bal, Kelly Weidner, Richard Hanna, Adam J. Mills

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Crowdsourcing is the deliberate use of crowds to solve problems, create new products, and improve consumer experiences. When used by brands, crowdsourcing engages consumers by asking them to be part of a deliberate call to action. Crowdsourcing provides interesting and dynamic marketing opportunities for brands, given the consumer engagement it entails. This conceptual study examines the literature on crowdsourcing and brand community, and makes a series of propositions regarding this rich marketing arena. Herein, we discuss managerial implications of the relationship between crowdsourcing and brand community dynamics and propose a typology for brands to better assess customer bases and market realities.

Original languageAmerican English
JournalBusiness Horizons
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


  • Crowdsourcing
  • Marketing strategy
  • Brand community
  • Consumer engagement
  • Brand culture


  • Business
  • Economics
  • Marketing

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