Written by Job Muscroft and Andrew Needham, FACE.
Co-creation is the commercial practice of developing insights, brands, products and other forms of intellectual property or activity via collaboration with external consumers.
The essential and distinctive point about co-creation is that it brings brands and consumers together on a level footing and at all stages of the process rather than calling the public in for a limited role at a middling or advanced stage in the development of a new product or message.
Increasingly, co-creation is being applied to three specific areas, each raising different issues. These areas are co-creating insights, co-creating ideas and co-creating brands.