Those were the days
Growing up in the retail world, I was always taught that the most important decision in your business was location, location, location… remember those days?
When you run an Internet-based business, your “location” is nowhere… and everywhere. So what, then, becomes most important with this new “location”? In my opinion, branding. Part of that (not all of it) is having a logo that works for your business.
I personally am not artistic so needed design help.
Have you ever googled “logo”? The results: About 2,430,000,000.
Wow. That didn’t really help me.
My next step was to find logos that I like and find out who designed them. Well, what I found was that logos can cost anywhere from $25 to $5,000. Over the years, I’ve spent quite a bit of money on logos, and was consistently disappointed. I should have just burned my money!
Then I read about Internet sites that specifically offer a bid process for logo design and other creative needs. I was intrigued! So I did my homework and found many sites that offer this service. I ended up using a site called crowdSpring (there are several others like Logo Design Team, 99designs and Hatchwise) and found the process fairly simple and painless:
I explain what colors I was looking for, font choices, pictures, etc. Throughout the process I could even change my mind on colors, etc… and then designers submitted their designs. I had the opportunity to rate the logos and even send a designer a request to tweak this or that.
After the deadline, I had 7 days to decide on the winner, and transfer the money to the designer.
My decision was based on how easy it was to read, if the graphic itself explained my business and how the logo looked in black & white. I also asked the designer I selected to make a few tweaks for me and they obliged after being awarded the money. All communication was done on the site and no names were used, only user IDs, which is great from a privacy point of view.
CrowdSpring sets a minimum of $200 for a logo design project, but let me determine the time period for the bid – I chose 10 days. The company suggested that with a $200 bid, I could expect around 30 designs, but because of my past experience with logos, I wanted more to choose from, so I offered $325 for the winning designer (fees for the company are not included). I ended up with 77 logo designs to choose from for my company, SnorkelingOnline.com.
I found this a great way to crowdsource professional services, and especially perfect for an e-commerce company. I’ll be going back to CrowdSpring when I need to.