Walmart has announced the winners of its Get On The Shelf competition, an “American Idol”-like contest that attracted products from inventors, entrepreneurs and small businesses across the nation.
It greatly exceeded expectations, with over 4,000 entries and massive engagement on social media. There was also a great deal of traditional media coverage of contestants and the contest by large media and by local outlets across the country, both broadcast and print. Contestants and the public both had fun. This first-of-its-kind initiative couldn’t have succeeded without active participation across the whole organization, including @WalmartLabs, GEC Merchant teams, PR, Walmart.com, Legal, Ethical Sourcing, and more.
“This competition was crowd sourcing at its best,” Walmart spokesman Ravi Jariwala said. According to Jariwala, Walmart will work closely with all three winners to help them manage and meet production needs and increase the visibility of their products to Walmart’s 200 million weekly customers.
Due to the wild success of this “test” do you think other retailers will attempt something similar? If so, who?
About Kelly Tirman
Kelly Tirman is Natural Connector, Crowdsourcer, Curator and Change Management Professional specializing in Social Business. She currently works as an Enterprise Social Business Strategist for Wells Fargo however in her “free-time” Kelly blogs on several topics including Urban Living, Raising Multilingual Children, Organic Beauty and Social Commerce. She happily resides in San Francisco with her husband and two children.