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Type Private
Founded Orange County, CA (2007)
Headquarters 2753 Camino Capistrano, Suite A200, San Clemente, CA
Key people Rick Parkhill,
Founder, Chairman
Nick Pahade,
Sandy Dondici,
Products Crowdsourced video assignments, video production, video project management technology
Website Poptent.com

Poptent is an Philadelphia, PA- based social video marketing company that specializes in creative crowdsourcing specifically for the purpose of making original and authentic video content for brands, marketers, and agencies. The company manages the largest social community of creative video producers in the world representing over 75,000 independent filmmakers across 150 countries who respond to Poptent's client requests for video content. Poptent also provides access to its web-based video project management platform as a SaaS model for agencies, publishers, multi-channel networks (MCNs), and other large producers of video content.[1]


Poptent was founded in February 2007 by Rick Parkhill, who was inspired by how easy it was for his 12-year-old son to create his own music videos. Poptent started with a network of 2,000 videographers, who would compete to create videos for a $1,000 prize. Poptent's first client was Nestle, who hired Poptent to create an ad for its 100 Grand Bar. [2]

In April 2012, the company launched Poptent Productions, as a faster, more cost effective option for large national brands to gain access to video talent. The top producers from Poptent's provider network are hand selected for projects.[1]

The crowdsourcing video concept and Poptent gained additional exposure with the production of a video for Southern Comfort which started getting national coverage during the 2012 NBA playoffs. [3] The piece was created by Fort Wayne, IN-based RezFX.


  • Video Assignments - Poptent sources opportunities for its filmmaker community to earn money for providing creative services and video production services to major brands. These video projects can be open to the entire Poptent community or limited to a sub-set of skilled filmmakers to address client privacy concerns.[4] In addition, Poptent often offers to seed qualified videographers to encourage wider creative collaboration and participation from its community members.[5]
  • Video Content Ideation - Poptent excels at helping brands find original and authentic creative concepts for their most difficult marketing challenges. Through a proven assignment promotion and talent-sourcing process that typically attracts hundreds of qualified filmmakers to brand assignments, Poptent typically delivers scores of complete video concepts that can be reviewed and evaluated in full prior to purchase.
  • Video Production Services - Poptent assigns a production management team to work with its client to determine the production process that is best suited to meet the needs of the assignment. Poptent will also offer fully managed pre-production, production, and post production services to provide end-to-end coverage for video projects of all types.[6]
  • Video Testing Services - Potent provides video testing services that allow for rapid target demo viewing and creative performance evaluation to help companies understand how well their video content delivers brand recognition, message recall, purchase intent, likelihood of social sharing, and more.
  • Video Distribution Services - Poptent also offers performance-based video distribution services for social media and online awareness campaigns. These distribution services include pay-per-view video advertising to encourage widespread viewing of the video content created.


Poptent lists General Mills, Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, Nestle, American Express, LG, Vizio, Netflix, Geico, Novartis, Frito-Lay, Kraft Foods, FedEx, Anheuser-Busch, US Bank, Land Rover, Jaguar, Dell, Amazon and Nokia among its clients. Poptent also lists partnerships with multiple advertising agencies including OMD, Ogilvy, Edelman, Y&R, BBDO, Rosetta, Alcone Marketing, and Razorfish.[7]

Corporate Info[edit]

Poptent’s principal offices are in suburban Philadelphia and San Clemente, CA, with regional sales offices in New York and Los Angeles.


  1. ^ a b "Crowdsourced video company Poptent launches a premium video production unit aimed at big brands". TNW Media. Retrieved 2012-04-12. 
  2. ^ "Poptent's amateurs sell cheap commercials to big brands". LA Times. Retrieved 2012-05-08. 
  3. ^ "The Untraditional Origins of a New Southern Comfort Ad". NY Times. Retrieved 2012-06-07. 
  4. ^ "Crowdsourced Assignment". Poptent Web Site. Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  5. ^ "Poptent Lets Brands Crowdsource Advertising On The Cheap". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2008-10-08. 
  6. ^ "Poptent Productions". Poptent Web Site. Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  7. ^ "About Us". Poptent Web Site. Retrieved 2012-06-12. 

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