Who are we? And where do we come from? (2011 edition) Mike | April 11th, 2011

It is almost 3 years since we opened the doors to crowdSPRING and in that time we have grown dramatically. In May of 2008, we started out with fewer than 600 registered users. By May of 2009 we had grown to just under 30,000, and by May 2010 we were 79,000 strong; today we have nearly 125,000 registered users and are growing by 1,100 per week! And they are active: after one year in business, Creatives had collectively submitted over 275,000 entries to projects; by May 2010 the entry count was over 900,000 and as of today the number has more than doubled with over 1.8 million individual entries submitted to projects on the site!

Traffic to the site has also increased dramatically; When we launched on May 6th, 2008 we had already received over 19,000 visits during our beta-testing period. By the same date in 2009 we had received 551,000 visits; a year later we were well over 1.3 million. Our growth continues to accelerate; to date we have welcomed more than 2.3 million visitors!

The international flavor of our community has not ceased to amaze us and our footprint has continued to spread since we launched – after our first year in business visitors came from 204 countries and spoke 136 languages. By May of 2010 they came from 219 countries and spoke 199 languages; according to Google Analytics, there are only 5 countries from which we have not had a single visit: Chad, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Guinea, and The Central African Republic. But, not to worry – as I write this, our marketing geniuses are actively targeting those 5 nations and we expect to welcome them to our community in 2011!

Interestingly, we have become more international with each year – after one year in business, US visitors accounted for 73% of the traffic to the site; in the last year US visits accounted for only 61%! What were the 10 visiting countries in the past 3 years, you ask? Take a look here to see how the Top 10 have changed in each year over year:

Here are some updated facts about our registered Buyers:

  • In the last year, crowdSPRING buyers come from 79 countries, up from 68 in 2009.
  • US Buyers account for about 75% of projects posted in the last year.
  • Buyers from Honduras accounted for 0.014% of projects last year.
  • Our busiest repeat buyer posted 41 projects to the site last year!
  • Year-to-date we have registered an average of 299 new Buyers per week.
  • As I write this, we have 28,000 Buyers registered, up from 24,000 one year ago.

And some updated facts about our Creatives:

  • Creatives who have won a project come from 101 countries, up from 82 the previous year.
  • US Creatives account for about 32% of projects awarded, down from 43% last year.
  • Creatives from Jamaica account for 0.016% of projects awarded.
  • Our most successful creative was awarded 59 projects last year!
  • Year-to-date we have registered an average of 818 new Creatives per week up from 401 at this time last year.
  • As I write this, we have almost 90,000 Creatives registered!

I’m curious: Where are you from? Leave a comment here to tell everyone where in the world you are and what brought you to the crowdSPRING community in the first place. Can’t wait to hear from you…

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aleksandar-Macan-Macanovic/1120825440 Aleksandar Macan Macanovic

    Serbia, but you already know that :)

  • http://ixld.com/ Web Strategy

    Great stats, thanks
    interesting to see the global audience growing
    good job on reaching out to non US markets guys

  • Alastair

    Im Alastair from Cheltenham in the Cotswolds, England. I came to your site originally through an article I read in Fortune. So I tried the service for business cards and website design and was overjoyed with the result.
    The Business world is truely global and this site is living evidence of the sustained growth of markets and resources.
    http://www.execconfidential.co.uk

  • Djash01

    I have used crowdspring twice. I think your idea/theory is not working. I am dissatisfied with the result both the times. Sorry.

  • A_Secret_Promise

    Great Stat, Mike!
    Always love to see how you represent the raw data graphically.

    I’m amazed, “Our most successful creative was awarded 59 projects last year!” … Congrats!
    Love to know who he/she is.

    BTW, I’m here as a creative from 2-June-2008 and from INDIA!

    Best.

  • http://twitter.com/mike_samson mike samson

    @Aleksander – So may Creatives come to us from Serbia and from other Eastern European countries – next time I’ll include some regional statistics to give everyone a better idea of how our community is composed.

  • http://twitter.com/mike_samson mike samson

    @Web strategy – thanks for the kind words! Most of our international traffic and participation was built on word of mouth – we’re discussing ways we can reach out directly to the rest of the world even more effectively than we have to date.

  • http://twitter.com/mike_samson mike samson

    @Alastair – thanks so much for posting your projects and for supporting the community! We are so proud to have folks like you from all over the world actively engaging in an open market of ideas.

  • http://twitter.com/mike_samson mike samson

    @Djash01 – we know that not every single buyer will come to the site and find what they were looking for. In the creative world subjectivity is a driving force. We are however proud that well over 90% of our projects have been successful and 96% of Buyers say they would recommend us and use the service again! Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/mike_samson mike samson

    @A_Secret_Promise – thanks for reading and commenting! We’re working on some ideas which will celebrate and promote the successful Creatives in our community; while I can’t tell you who the designer mentioned is, you’ll soon be able to look at the work of your colleagues who are proving to be among the best in the world!

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