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Official Spirit Halloween Live Product Search (LPS) Q & A

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Do you have any questions about the Spirit Halloween LPS? Ask here. If I don’t have the answer, I’ll ask the search sponsor.

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Hi John, I know the deadline is tonight, but when I logged in this morning to finish up my submission, it seems to be missing. Any help finding it so I can finish it will be really appreciated. Thanks

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Hi Carol,
Our code is set to close the search when the clock hits midnight on the deadline day. That means it closed last night. That’s one of the last bits of code that we want to change/update before taking our new design out of preview mode. We’ll manually open the search back up shortly and keep it open until midnight tonight for you guys.

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Thanks Matt……you’re the Hero of the Day!

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Good! We can still enter! This time around, I was so busy with other things that I didn’t get a chance to finish my entry ahead of time. I’ll probably squeek it in around 5 minutes to midnight. Hopefully I’ll see y’all at G1!

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I’m getting better at this game. I’m usually scrambling at 11:57 pm, but I just got mine in with spenty of time to spare. Good luck all!

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Quick question, Lake: I have been trying to input an idea and just as I pushed the “Save and continue” (after finishing the idea portion), the “Edison is being updated” flashed across the screen and I lost everything I put in. I attempted to find it under the address you mentioned above without success. What should I do? (sorry…that wasn’t so quick)

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…ok, it’s in. Disregard my post, Lake. And thanks, Eddie.

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Is anybody else having trouble uploading their graphics for the search? I’ve tried several times and keep getting “error on page”. I went ahead and finished the entry with no upload then e-mailed them as an attachment. Will that work?

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I know you guys are quite busy and there have been technical difficulties…

Matt said we would have until midnight tonight (Tues the 11th), but Spirit Halloween entry prompt is missing tonight, so I don’t know how to enter.

I have 4 ideas I want to submit and pay you guys $100. Is it too late?

Sorry for being last minute…but, unfortunately for me, that is how I roll. I got Monster Pong into the audition 5 minutes before the deadline; and my Spencer Make Us Laugh idea came in 15 min before the deadline. I hope to start submitting sooner to the As Seen On TV LPS.

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I have an entry to submit too. And I finished it about 5 minutes ago. I hope EN will accept these attempted entries late.

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Mark, please email team@edisonnation.com to resolve the problem uploading media.

Matthew & Rafael, I am sending you each an email with a link that will allow you to submit your ideas to the Spirit Halloween search.

All, if anyone else missed the deadline for the Spirit Halloween search and would like to make a late submission, please email me directly at john.meacham@edisonnation.com.

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John,
Do you guys have a presentation date yet with Spirit Halloween?

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No presentation date yet. We’ll share the date as soon as it is set.

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Thanks John! Got my entry in.

Everyone else, hope to see you at G7 and beyond!

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Anyone get any recent G moves on their dashboard.
Mine are both frozen on G3.

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vitaminguy's Avatar

I just sent my entry in last night and already I’m G1!!!! :)
G7 Here I come!!

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one G4, one G3

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Good for you Cheryl :)

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How many people have submitted to Spirit Halloween? Just wondering.

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Good Job Susan – anyone have a G4 or G5??

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LOL

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daisykat's Avatar

I’ve got one on G2….here we go again!

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Also one on G2

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miked's Avatar

Holding at 3

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citizen's Avatar

Good Luck All.

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gou7's Avatar

“Menlo”? Men Love Pork? Men love to Pork?
;)

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Its a play on words. Edison was the “Wizard of Menlo Park”

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Any G updates on Spirit Halloween?

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Any G updates on Spirit Halloween?

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Mine went to 3G a couple days ago, but it was a last-minute entry. I’m hurrying up to make a prototype to add.

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I have movement!! 2G today! I’m on my way!!

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:D))

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I’m sorry if this question has been asked before, but I have a big green check mark on my G3…I’ve never seen that before, what does that mean? I’m pretty positive that was not there before.

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It doesn’t mean anything Patrice.
Some have checks some don’t.

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The big green check mark is on the most recent level you passed. If you pass the next level the check mark will move to that level, if you don’t pass the next level, the check mark dissappears and you get a big red X on the level that you bombed.

Hope that helps?

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So that means I passed level 3? I’m pretty sure that the last week or so that I’ve been watching this new dashboard there was no check mark that’s why I was asking. This morning I had a G1 and G2 and no check mark now I do.

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Yes your next check mark will be G4. Good Luck

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Just went G4 – anyone else?

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2 G4’s

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Sorry, Patrice, I missed your second post yesterday. Yes, that means you passed level 3. I’m not sure why you didn’t show a checkmark before, but I think there have been some glitches with the beta test of the new site and new graphics. The checkmarks will move progressively accross your dashboard. That’s how mine worked. I’m now waiting to see a big green checkmark on level 8! Although, I kinda miss the Edison lightbulb :(

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Two at G4. :)

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My only one went G4

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Still G2 for me.

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G3 ;)

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G4!!! Woo Hoo!!! I had movement sometime in the last several hours!

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If I have missed any questions, please post them again…up here :)

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Still no presentation date yet?

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I expect to have a presentation date on Monday.

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Looking forward to Monday John. Happy Thanksgiving
to you and your family. :D

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Do we have any idea about how many entries will be presented?

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Quick update:

I won’t have a presentation date until Wednesday. Sorry about that.

I don’t know how many entries will be presented yet. I will post the number of finalists before the presentation.

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John, any idea when we might see some Dashboard movement?

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cheryl's Avatar

Dashboard movement. to quote an old saying “Be careful what you wish for”
R5
G5!!!!:)

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miked's Avatar

Just got a G5 on mine too! – Let the Dashboard roll. Good Luck everyone.

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Two Red 5’s – :(( Good Luck To All!!!

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Thanks Tania :)

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Toni,
You’re due to win ASOTV!

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So are you Cheryl – maybe we will both win :))
Thanks

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Just arrived at Florida and checked. Mine moved up to G5

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Dratt!! Foiled again. R5 for Raffy’s Halloween aspirations. Good luck to all who are still in the game!

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I am having serious jet light problem. Went to bed around 12pm California time and woke up by alarm clock at 7:20AM Florida time

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So sorry to hear that Raf and to all those who were red lighted!

Hey Raf, why no posts lately??? Where’ve you been?

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Sorry Raf, but I am sure you will have an awesome entry for BYB LPS!

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Cheryl, how do I get rid of those Red x’s again?
By the way Good Morning Everyone :))

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Good morning Toni,
I will take a look and get back to you!

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check your e-mail Toni!!
I think EN’s servers are getting hammered again today, as it is the last day for the BYB LPS. It took me a couple of time to get the pages to load correctly.

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Hi Patrice, Cheryl, Toni. I’ve been totally hammered by work lately. My last 3 products are doing phenomenally well. Animal Parade Warm Milk Chewables, Animal Parade Inner Ear Support Chewables and Adults Warm Milk Chewbles are getting great sell-through, despite this depressed economy. Anyway, too much work is the high price you pay for success.

Regarding the BYB, I came up with a great idea for it. Actually its a variation on a product I wanted to run with a couple of years ago. Since my employer makes bottled liquids, I had to ask the President if the company wanted the idea. By contract, they get first dibs on anything I come up with. Turns out the company wants it. Then I came up with another beverage idea. The company wanted that one too. So I’m resolved to the idea that I’ll have to sit out on the BYB LPS. :( I think its impossible to come up with a great idea that my company would not want, but that BYB would want. Oh well. So, I’m just looking forward to the next good search to be announced.

I hope you’re all doing well. Let me know if you want to try any samples of my last three products. I can probably get some to you. Cheers!

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Sorry to hear that Raf, as I am assuming that you do not get any ‘royalties’ from your employer. Perhaps you should try to ‘work’ that into your contract. Seems to me like you are too ‘ingenius’ to lose!
I would love a free sample of Warm Milk Chewables, my drivers license indicates that I am an adult…however I am affraid my actions indicate I am on an animal parade ;)

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Hi Cheryl! thanks for the encouragement. I don’t mind giving all my Nutrition-Related ideas to the company. The way I see it, if its making the company a good profit, then its helping to keep me and many others employed. The company has been very good to me over the years. I’m not rich, but I’m happy to be doing a job where 95% of what I do is fun for me.

As for the samples, please use the EN Email form to send me your contact info. I’ll have someone get a sample out to you.

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I’m just checking in on this thread. Michael, I think your question about dashboard movement was answered. We are working on the next round of evaluations and will likely move you guys as a group. I’m not sure when it will happen.

I expect to have an announcement on the Spirit Halloween presentation date soon. Stay tuned!

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Robert,

Red 5 does not necessarily mean that the submission failed competitive review. The criteria for the each search is different. You are likely to get different results for every search you opt into.

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Robert,
To clarify on John’s point: if you had submitted your same idea to a lawn and garden search (note: his idea has nothing to do with lawn and garden), they you would not have seen the same results as you did for Spirit or Novelty & Gag, either.

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Robert, both searches were for totally different types of products. Your idea was a great idea for the novelty & gag search but a huge stretch as a fit for the Halloween search. That’s why the results were different. I hope that helps clear it up :-)

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Hi Matt / John, I posted this question on other topic

“Of all the seven phases in idea submission screening, the only phase I don’t quite understand is phase 4 research and design; Could you please explain to me what is exactly being done in that phase? the other 6 phases are pretty much self explanatory. Thanks!”

Am I right to guess that in this phase you study the build ability of an idea submission?

Thanks again!

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Hey Harry, I’ll give my two cents. My understanding is that’s where they try and determine if the product is doable in a cost effective way with right priced materials, new tooling, etc., etc. My OPN.

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Thanks Mike, I also kind a think that’s what they do at this phase. Let’s see what is EN’s answer

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First, I’ll state the obvious. R&D stands for Research & Design. It could be one, the other or both in this case. It’s our first opportunity to research the market opportunity of the product and whether the design is feasible.

Think of R&D, Final Consideration and Finalists as a funnel. We funnel the ideas through the stages and have different review (or R&D) teams look at the ideas at each stage. This format is necessary to manage the volume of ideas that we receive.

Final IP review is between the last two of those phases because there are too many ideas to do a detailed IP review right out of the gate for all of them. This helps us hone in on the top ideas and build a strong case for them.

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Hey Matt! It’s hard to put this question into words, so I’ll try it in two ways. Do you guys really go to town on an idea if you really like it? Do you take the ball and run with it, sketch up variations, improvements, spin-offs, etc, and bring those to the presentation? We can see that that kind of effort goes into EE Show finalist ideas. Do you go that far for the Sponsored Searches?

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Matt, Thank you for jumping in on the R&D question.

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Rafael, We make every effort to present each submission in its best light, although not quite to the extent as seen on the show. We do show the 2-minute inventor presentation video when one is included with the submission. I highly recommend that everyone include a brief video presentation of the concept.

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John, any idea when we might see some Dashboard movement on this search?

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Michael, We are working on the competitive product and IP review of the remaining submissions. We may wait until a few days before the presentation to move the dashboards. I am trying to coordinate a presentation date as well. I will post updates as soon as I have something new to report.

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John, I just thought of an improvement to my G6 Halloween submission – can I add anything to the submission at this point?

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Michael, It is pretty late in the game, but you can make additions to your submission.

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Thanks John, on second thought I will leave well enough alone. Any idea when you will decide on the G7’s? Thanks

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The Spirit Halloween presentation is Jan. 8!

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Great!!! When will our dashboards be moving to finalist and hopefully G8!

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John, any idea when the G7’s will show on the Dashboard?

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Look for the dashboards to move on Monday.

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Man…you guys really get something out of making us wait don’t you!!! LOL! okay Monday it is.

Also, I know the meeting is on January 8th and that the retailers officially have 45 days to decide, but do they ever pick something right away and want to move with it? If they would, would you guys let us know right away too?

Thanks

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Phillip sounds confident he has a winner. :) Good Luck to all.

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Phillip,
I will announce any selection as soon as the contract is signed. Matt can confirm that I bring the contract to the presentation and I almost got a signature on one occasion. But the truth is that each sponsor has a unique process and I don’t expect that I will ever get a signature at the initial presentation. But, I’ll always try!

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Thanks John for letting us know how you handle things. It’s good to know you want it as much as we do and you keep us posted.

As far as Michael’s comment about my confidence goes, I’ve got a good feeling about my Spirit Halloween idea, but an even better feeling on one of my ASOTV ones! Hey, what can I say…I’m an optimist! If they pick all my ideas I’ve submitted I’d be a gazillionaire!!!

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Hey John…It’s Monday?

Monday Monday, so good to me,
Monday Monday, it was all I hoped it would be
Oh Monday morning, Monday morning couldn’t guarantee
That Monday evening you would still be here with me.

Monday Monday, can’t trust that day,
Monday Monday, sometimes it just turns out that way
Oh Monday morning, you gave me no warning of what was to be
Oh Monday Monday, how yould cou leave and not take me.

Every other day, every other day,
Every other day of the week is fine, yeah
But whenever Monday comes, but whenever Monday comes
You can find me refreshin’ all of the time

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WOO HOO!!!! My dashboard finally moved!!!!! I’m a finalist! Anyone else?

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Me too, G7

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Congrats Tim :))

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Thanks, still need good luck ahead

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Congratulations Tim…
I’ll cross 2 fingers for you, two for Tania, 2 for me 2 for……LOL!

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Good Luck everyone. I just went R8…oh well, time to wait for ASOTV submissions now.

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Sorry Phil and everyone else, my idea was redlighted as well :(

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