The demand for flexibility in how and where people work has continued to grow and is showing no signs of slowing down. With the shift for remote work comes the need for organizations of all sizes to engage their work force in different ways. While tools like instant messaging, video conferencing, and project management systems have addressed some of those needs, crowdsourcing software solutions can drive innovation results better, faster, and more reliably.

What is crowdsourcing software?

Crowdsourcing is collaborative by nature. It relies on the principle that a group can make a greater contribution to a business than a single individual. By harnessing the collective creativity of a crowd, ideas can be generated and prioritized faster and thus, solve problems more quickly. None of this can be achieved without the help of crowdsourcing software.

Put simply, crowdsourcing software allows you to virtualize processes that were previously done in person. In addition to automating parts of the process that no longer require manual sorting, crowdsourcing services help facilitate the collection of great ideas so you can choose the best one for your organization.

What crowdsourcing software solutions does IdeaScale offer?

Instead of hiring a contractor or holding numerous meetings, you can tap into the furthest reaches of your network with IdeaScale’s cloud-based software solution and gather ideas, suggestions, and information from a unique pool of experts, customers, and employees. Users can submit a new idea, vote on existing ideas, or add comments.

Members of that community will also be more than willing to help sift through the information housed there to help flag those ideas that would be best for implementation.

Nowadays, companies are even creating incentive programs around crowdsourcing by offering prizes, discounts, and more. While recognition can sometimes be reward enough, IdeaScale’s communities have developed a built-in gamified badge system that increases the level of engagement among participants.

How does IdeaScale’s crowdsourcing software work?

Administrators can launch an IdeaScale community and invite their network to contribute by coming up with ways to tackle existing problems or propose entirely new solutions. Once all of these ideas have been collected, it is then possible to form teams around the ideas that show the most promise. These teams work together to convert the top ideas into a well-crafted, detailed proposal or recommendation. Once an idea has surpassed the proposal stage, then administrators and stakeholders evaluate the best concepts to find the ones that align well to business goals and will generate the highest level of ROI. Those ideas are then green-lit and implemented, while the whole community can visibly watch the process unfold in real time or add to it.

It’s important to note that IdeaScale’s crowdsourcing software is fully customizable to any organization’s goals, vision, or process and can be adapted depending on the needs of the initiative. All you need to get started is to launch a free evaluation community to find out what process and configuration would work best for you.