CREATIVES | MARKETERS


Who selects the winners?
How much money can I make?
How many ideas can I submit per challenge?
Does every idea reach the client's eyes?
In which formats should I submit my ideas
Who gets paid if the client doesn't like any of the ideas?
Can creatives collaborate to win a challenge?
Can a client ask for revisions?
Can I produce my idea if it wins?
Is there a reward just for participation?
Who owns the ideas?
What are my odds of winning a challenge?
Can I be one of the featured creatives?
Can I submit a self-portrait for the homepage?
Who are the other creatives?
If I have a question or complaint, whom do I contact?



Who selects the winners?

The client does that. There are 10 finalists and 1 winner.

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How much money can I make?

Millions, depending on your currency and ability. It depends on the award level the client chooses. There are three: $4,950, $9,950 and $19,950. Winner is paid what's left after deduction of 20% and $900 (9x$100) for the finalists.

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How many ideas can I submit per challenge?

As many as you like. However, original and well-presented submissions tend to beat quantity.

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Does every idea reach the client's eyes?

In theory, yes. We do not want to vet ideas, but reserve the right to do so in cases where the material sent is incompatible to the brief or so clearly awful that the ‘subjective’ argument no longer holds.

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In which formats should I submit my ideas?

There's a mandatory, easy-to-complete, one-page template per idea submission. Optional attachments are permissible to communicate dimensions, explain and sell your idea. Acceptable formats include .ppt, .pdf, .jpg, .mov, .doc, etc.

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Who gets paid if the client doesn't like any of the ideas?

We offer our clients a money-back guarantee in the unlikely event that none of the creative submissions meets expectations. In such cases, a sum of $1,000 – which is withheld on each project – is equally divided among the top 10 idea generators.

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Can creatives collaborate to win a challenge?

Absolutely. We’re all for collaboration within Colossal Spark’s creative community. However, each submission must come from one human, with the resultant award money going to same. It is the responsibility of the creatives to split the spoils of victory on their own – even if it’s a hundred bucks.

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Can a client ask for revisions?

They can. But they won't get ‘em. Asking creatives to refine ideas violates the Sacred Spirit of the Idea, upon which Colossal Spark was founded (after all, we’re not called Static Electricity). Once the client has selected a winning idea they may collaborate further with its author/s, or take it elsewhere. We are happy to introduce creative and client, with both parties’ consent.

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Can I produce my idea if it wins?

That is up to the client. If you have the capability to develop it in part or completely, be sure to make this evident in your pitch. But clients, as owners of the winning idea for 18 months, are free to do whatever the hell they like with it. We will certainly do what we can to encourage clients to work with our members on development. Note that we proprietors of Colossal Spark do not handle production ourselves.

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Is there a reward just for participation?

Not for everybody. There are 10 finalists and one winner, per challenge. Non-finalists receive no reward.

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Who owns the ideas?

After the best ideas have been selected, the client owns the intellectual property rights to those ten submissions for 18 months. After that time, full rights revert back to the creators, who are free to license them back to the clients, if desired. The rights to all other submitted ideas remain with the creatives. See details in Rules & Regulations.

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What are my odds of winning a challenge?

That depends on the number of submissions and the stopping power of your ideas. In order to not make Colossal Spark a conservatory of mediocrity, and to keep it worth your while, we’ve capped creative membership at 1,000. So far, we've seen a 3.1% participation rate with an average of 2.4 entries per person. So at this stage, your odds are fabulous.

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Can I be one of the featured creatives?

Yes. By winning a challenge.

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Can I submit a self-portrait for the homepage?

You should. Go to facebook/colossalspark to upload.

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Who are the other creatives?

As of 02/20/2013, the breakdown was 90% in the USA, 3% in Canada, 7% somewhere else. Around 55% are employed at top 10 global agency networks, while the rest are independents or work in related industries.

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If I have a question or complaint, whom do I contact?

Click the Contact link and direct your query or beef to Ray. Or call us at + 1 212 340 1125.

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