Have you ever had a great idea for a new product but not the time, resources, or desire to do it yourself? I am constantly thinking of things I want that no one is making yet. I do not have the time to go after all my ideas, so I give them to other people. At the same time I am constantly looking for ideas for my company.
I get a lot of ideas from friends and other people I know, but I just know there is someone out there that has the idea I am looking for but does not know how to get my attention. So if you have a brilliant mind with thousands of good ideas or just one great idea that I need, here is how to get my, or anyone else who is looking for ideas, attention.
1. Blog about it. You can also devote a webpage to the idea. The main thing you want is a good description of the idea in the Title.
2. Mention Names. List any company you think might be able and interested in pursuing your idea. Also mention the names of people in the company. Most people do vanity searches and your idea may show up. I have an RSS feed of all mentions of my company and several of our employees.
3. Link to Blogs. If the companies you are trying to reach have a blog or employees that blog, link to them. Most of us bloggers are very interested in people who are interested in us.
4. Try to find other blogs that talk about the same type of ideas. Once I (as an idea hunter) find a blog on a topic of interest, I will check all the links to and from that blog in search of more ideas.
Now, I wonder if I can get this mentioned on Lifehacker. It is a really great idea. I wonder, will I be noticed.
Or maybe Merlin Mann of 43 Folders will take this idea and turn it into something useful. I just hope Scoble doesn’t see this here at the beginning of the month, I do not know if I have the bandwidth!