BBQ Accessory Competition Leads to a Surprising Outcome
Product Innovation Ltd´s online competition to win a Propane GasGenie led to an unexpected outcome. A transatlantic friendship developed between the winner and the Company chairman.
Princeton, NJ (PRWEB) June 07, 2013
After Margaret, a resident of Baton Rouge, LA entered an online competition she thought no more about it. In fact, like many people, she enters lots of competitions and rarely wins anything. So, a few weeks later when her phone rang and a voice that sounded a bit like Tom Jones was on the other end, she was understandably quite suspicious.
But, it turned out that Peter Frank, the London England based caller, was genuine. He had phoned to tell Margaret that she was the winner of the competition. Incidentally he says, “I was thrilled to think I might sound like Tom Jones. I can´t sing in tune to save my life!”
Peter, who runs a New Product Development company, had phoned not just to tell her that she had won, but to get her participation in the prize: The competition was to win a new BBQ accessory called the Propane GasGenie. It warns that your propane is beginning to run low. When its electronics detect a low level the unit plays a short musical tune to alert the user that it is time to think about replacing the propane tank. The prize was one of these units but with a special tune, to be chosen by Margaret and programmed in and put together by Peter´s company. It would then be the only one of its kind.
During that first phone call, Margaret chose the chorus of Glory, Glory Hallelujah as the tune she wanted and then back in England, Peter set about modifying the standard software to incorporate this tune. It took a bit longer than expected, but Margaret now has the Low Propane Sensor and is very pleased with it.
The phone calls and emails that went on during this process led to Peter and Margaret becoming friendly and telling each other about their lives. Peter says, “I was really delighted to talk to Margaret. We had fun sharing some of the details of our recent activities. I believe Margaret feels the same way. In the latest phone call, she asked whether I was on Facebook and we are now FB friends.”
So, the outcome from Margaret´s competition entry is that both she and Peter now have a new international Facebook friend. Both of them want to keep in touch. Maybe one day they will even be able to meet. It certainly is surprising what can happen when you enter an internet competition.
About Peter Frank and his Company Product Innovation Ltd
Peter Frank is Chairman of Product Innovation Ltd, an established New Product Development consultancy, which specialises in inventing and developing new products for manufacturing companies. The company has been in business for more than 25 years and in that time has been involved in a wide range of new products many of which have worldwide patents.
Visit http://www.productinnovation.com for additional information about Product Innovation Limited. More information about the Propane GasGenie can be found at the following site. http://www.propanegasgenie.com.
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