Proctor & Gamble announced it will look to the crowd for the next tagline for the Crest toothpaste line. Beginning September 15th, interested individuals can submit a 10 word tagline via YouTube. Video? Sounds a bit gimmicky, but in true "World's Funniest Home Video" fashion, I am sure we will see a crowdsourced slew 0f taglines, lots of kittens, and plenty of cute little kids pitching the tagline.
More importantly, what are the long-term implications for the advertising industry? Will crowdsourcing compete with Saatchi and Saatchi for big-time ad budgets in the future? Doubtful, but take a look just down the creative road and witness the fracas that upstarts like Crowdspring and 99designs are creating in the graphic design industry. Without a doubt, ad industry professionals will start squawking about amateurs creating ads if we see a few more of these crowdsourcing experiments pop up.
Like my pappy used to tell me, Disruption's a bitch, ain't it?