Is Working with Independent Inventors A Big Hassle?

Has your company decided that looking at ideas from the outside is simply not worth the effort?   Many companies develop a policy of not accepting outside submissions because finding that ‘needle-in-the-haystack’ product requires sifting through hundreds of unsuitable products (and product owners) in the process.  They have decided that accepting outside ideas requires too much time and effort.

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This policy can not only lead to missing out on a great product, it can also create customer dissatisfaction.   The consumer innovator with the great idea or product is often one of your current customers and is most definitely a potential future customer.  This innovator knows who you are and what kind of products you sell.   It is good business practice to leave these innovators with a favorable impression of your company.  Accepting their submission demonstrates to the innovator that your company respects them and values their input.

Having a system and procedure in place for reviewing outside submissions takes the hassle out of the process.  Reviewing product submissions will take only a few minutes each day if the process is automated.  Rather than developing an in-house solution to process submissions,  companies may choose to use InventionHome’s online submission management system (www.SubmitMyInvention.com or SMI)  for free.

SMI provides the following benefits:

  1. Streamlines and organizes your submission flow into 1 central system.
  2. Automates the follow up and response through email auto-responders.
  3. Enables fast filtering and screening of product submissions in a secure and protected system.
  4. Scalable to fit any size company allowing for unlimited users and up to 20 websites to be linked together into one system.
  5. 100% free and no contracts.

Learn more about SMI here→