A Swedish guy trying to inspire & entertain you with my experiences of inventing stuff.
This is the living story of my venture to design & produce a completely new product for the consumer market. Hopefully it will inspire you to take a leap and do the same.
Right now i´m in the middle of my mission and will mix recent events with an abundance of retrospective posting. My goal is that you will find it interesting, entertaining and invigorating.
Don’t get confused, this is from the other TV-innovation-show. But I have prepared over 50 posts from this previous TV-experience . There were lots of secresy around that and there still is. But now it’s time to publish bits of what happened then.
Secret stuff Since I havent managed to get my triangular hot dog out on the market yet there are still many things I can’t/won’t publish. But I assure you there are lots of juicy backstage storys and backstabbing characters you don’t want to miss. I’ll try to dig up a few posts that arent too secret after this more recent TV-thing is over.
Crank up the volume!
Please enjoy my old TV-pitch below (Sorry for the poor sound quality).
I really wanted to stick out in this TV-show. I hope I cought your attention too.
(See Ullared – Jakten på storsäljaren on Kanal 5 this tuesday 28th of april 20:00)
This time I wasn’t so strung up as the last TV-show. And I had a pretty good idea of how to get my 15 minutes of fame again. So I painted a huge wooden sign for people to stick their face through. My wife didn’t approve.
“What the hell is this?!”
Are the exact words (translated from Swedish) that the TV-host first said to me. I knew they couldnt ignore my huge sign and I got the exact reaction I wanted. This is a show for fun loving people and I hit it spot on, I hope.
Well, this proves you really need more than a great idea or product. If these stupid things sell better than your brainchild you have to work harder on your marketing skills.
Invention vs innovation Any one can come up with an invention, it certainly doesn’t have to be a good one. The trick to elevate it into an innovation is to make sure many others use and benefit from it. Well, they don’t really have to benifit from it. In the case of these crappy infomercial items, the video clip above shows, the inventors have done a great job marketing their horrible stuff. Most likely more than a few idiots have purchased them and thus turned these piece of shit inventions into innovations.
Complaining is futile
You and I can surely come up with something better. But before we complain about it we should try getting your super usable invention that will birng world peace and improve the every day life of humanity in to an innovation. That is the truly hard part.
Following up on this earlier post. My sales contact is now prosecuted for fraud!?
800.000 copies That was the magazines claimed monthly edition. OK, I didn’t completely believe it, everyone exaggerates a bit, so I took a chance any way. And it turned out to be a very good looking magazine print at least.
Shame on me
The result was less than nothing. For two months with 800.000 magazines on buses, trains and train stations around the entire country (Sweden) – There was no measurable result at all on Google Analytics for this blog, counter for the website & the web shop to show for.
I knew it’s a huge step for the casual magazine reader to actually whip out their smart phone and type in a web address from an advertisement. Those who read the magazines on buses and trains probably don’t even have a smart phone or surf pad to start with. But I thought at least one or two of the 800.000 readers would check out my blog, website or webshop. I wonder how many copies and readers of Buss på Sverige there really is?
One year later (yesterday)
I got a mail from the salesperson claiming her innocence from the magazine publicly charging her with fraud. I checked that out and, at a glance, it seems to be a normal missunderstanding that has got out of hand. Any way, the promise of getting away with cheap advertising fooled me twice. It won’t happen thrice!