Thursday, June 25, 2020

WELCOME - Home Page

Welcome to our favorite site Inventors Paradise
I'm Tom Kershaw, the Inventor In Paradise

We're all about the business of product pursuit.

 Got a Great Idea?


Want some free inventor help?
Here you'll find videos, hints, tricks and horrors-
all about inventing - developing - marketing.
Our sidebar has titles and topics to assist your venture.
We're here to help. Enjoy!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Another Fiverr Voice Challenge

I've used Fiverr.com for 52 seperate gigs so far. The gigs are performed by random folks who offer to do just about anything for increments of $5.  I keep a record of each gig; noting the response, value and worthiness for future reference on each gigster. I just received another voice-over from a preferred gigster.
You may enjoy comparing two renditions of this video. On the original video take, it's my voice. The second is a Fiverr voice-over. You judge the comparison....comment.   Be nice!
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Friday, January 31, 2014

"Drop Stop" Success



As reported at the January Edison Inventors Association meeting, I purchased a “Drop Stop” after viewing the invention in an amazing infomercial. Many folks originally saw the clever gadget seeking funding on the popular “Shark Tank” show.  Two inventors presented the simple, soft tube-like device. It fits and fills the gap between a car seat and the center console. It stops stuff from falling through...out of reach. As usual, simple is better. 
Lori Greiner (the queen of QVC, an inventor and a shark) invested in the product. She helped the Drop Stop discover huge success – already on “Oprah” , “The View” and in Walmart. Plus, the infomercial that took my attention (and money) has been rated as one of the best ever.  You can find it- and more about this amazing success story (it can happen to you) by visiting www.buydropstop.com



Thursday, January 16, 2014

E.I.A. first 2014 meeting


Happy New Year!
At The first 2014 meeting of the Edison Inventors Association: 
Members and guests learned a lot from notable members.

To start the evening…Phyllis Davis introduced a program called “Inventors Challenge Training – 30 Days from Concept to Licensing” that sparked inventor interest - to adapt a rapid timeline for product development. 
After Joe Gross reviewed our current agenda of business news, he welcomed several members (see the collage) to share updates, success and advice regarding the challenges of the invention/marketing process.  (We apologize - photos of inventors Barry Chapman and Ken Boyce are missing…our thanks to them as well).

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Super Scraper-Stripper

All the details of our "Barnacle Stripper" hand tool are available at Edison Nation under the "insider" program. It invites interested parties (manufacturers/distributors) to review our products. 

Today we added information regarding a name change to the "Super Scraper-Stripper" to reflect the many uses of this great tool.

So let's not limit this tool to the removal of barnacles. The Super Scraper-Stripper handles lots of dirty jobs. Remember the t.v. show Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe. He scraped, stripped and cleaned all kinds of nasty things - like sewers, chicken coops, caves of dung droppings and other places you and I would avoid. However, this video shows how our scraper tool helps with a more common event... pool renovation.
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Catching Up

We've been busy...trying to catch up with things before years end.
Our warehouse is under alteration, adding an office for comfort during talks.
The talks will likely involve inventor and business assistance.
 Great Ideas Advisory is being created as a division of Ballback Inc. to guide ideas, products, projects and business thru a Fast Track timeline for reaching success.  More to come!.


To regain some warehouse space - we pushed to finish our1980 MGB and let it adopt a new owner.  We just posted two of the final 26 videos describing all the things we did on this car. Now, it's time to move on...make more room...and focus on other ventures.
To see how we installed air conditioning in the car, visit the web site (MGB Videos.com) or check out the video at You Tube: http://youtu.be/CS0SIt6iT6Q
The second video describes the switches and controls - to assist the next owner. The same choices of viewing are available: http://youtu.be/5dtkw3Vbb_k
And (we said we've been busy) we just submitted a video and tons of info to Edison Nation...in hopes of finding interest in our Barnacle Stripper.  We'll see!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Crowdfunding Coming

We all know there is a crying need for financial assistance to help aspiring entrepreneurs. In short, most inventors don't have funding. Why? Because they are often younger, busy raising families, paying bills and trying to keep ahead.  Older folks are having their own troubles with this economy.

So, the Great Ideas (tm) division of Ballback Inc is now expanding into "Crowdfunding".  We have a large list of reputable platforms, rules, expenses and obligation. We plan to select the proper venue and discipline to succeed with funding for deserving inventions, products, projects and businesses. Yup, it's been in the news lately - that even equity crowdfunding is coming into play.
You just need the right idea, and a few believers who'll support your efforts and dreams.

We hope to help! We are seeking sources of freelance assistance from responsible photographers, videographers, web site gurus, and marketers to help this exciting business grow.  Updates will be added here as well as on web sites under construction.  Oh, here's a likely site header.
(Feel free to contact me for details)



Sunday, September 29, 2013

E.I.A. Sept. Meeting & Display



The EIA display cases at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates are refreshed. 

In one display case - world-wide visitors can review our latest EIA meeting of 9-18-13, including an agenda with posters, pictures and details that recall facts and favors of Trademarks and Copyrights.   

Yes, some things last longer than others!                                                                                                         
Our thanks to member/presenter James Cardle, Patent Attorney)

The second display case offers review of our EIA “group participation” in a product development exercise that lasted several meetings.  Photos, posters and prototypes reflect steps of our pursuit of a Soap Pedestal product.  Brainstorming, branding, prototyping, packaging, marketing, etc, etc.

EIA members may display inventions, products and services that similarly assist and inform viewers of our display cases.  



Sunday, August 25, 2013

EIA Meeting Recap 8-21-13

The E.I.A. meeting on 8-21-13 included exciting news of Tim Bourke's marketing adventures with the Super Rope Cinch.  *How he got a free t.v. spot.  *Why major players are now banging his door. *How he makes it happen.

Attorney Bruace Vanderlaan announced that ESON (Naples) is planning a Ft. Myers club. Check future news at www.entrepreneursocietyofnaples.blogspot.com

Attorney James Cardle spilled interesting revelations regarding Patents, trademarks and Copyrights. The info was free.

Joe Gross and Tom Kershaw took turns showing products and giving advice concerning the nesessity of immediate and practical product pursuit.

Here are some sites we reviewed:  Freepatentsonline.com,  Protomold.com,  Quickparts.com,  Coolideas.com

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CNBC has a new smash hit t.v. show: The Profit.
Inventors and entrepreneurs love it.

In each episode, self-made multimillionair Narcus Lemonis will step in to save struggling businesses while investing his own cash in the process.

It airs at 9 and 10 pm Tuesdays, while repeating at 12pm. CNBC is milking it with random repeats found by surfing. See videos at www.cnbc.com

Thursday, June 20, 2013

How to funnel your videos

My Youtube guru has been hounding us to utilize video power to funnel web site traffic. He wants us to create several short videos that entertain, inform and feed viewers (like a funnel) to a primary video. The primary video will be more intense, descriptive and hopefully send the viewer directly to a targeted web site for specific purpose or action.
Here's the trick he teaches.  While those short videos entertain, they also include a annotation pop-up note that encourages viewers to "click", link and advance to the primary video. 
Good news - the annotation feature is free.  So is the link feature. Thus those short Youtube videos funnel customers to the primary pitch video....that presents the web site features.
Click HERE for the first sample of several shorties we use....to feed the viewer forward.


 Our next shorty sample will include a trick to grab traffic to all of your videos.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

One Minute Ballback Video

We edited our "How to Install And Use Ballback...." video.
Then planted the one minute version on our web site  -
to help customers choose their favored product....
and see which basketball rim it will properly fit.
Yup....One minute is long enough.
And we hired a friend at Fiverr.com to read our script.
Yup...He sounds better.
Best part is....he only cost me $5.
Yup...We inventors are always thinking....
Take a minute....

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

2 Minute Stripper Video

Here’s our example of trying some “split-testing”.
To introduce our new product - The Barnacle Stripper – we created a quick video that’s identified as “Take 1”.
It’s intended for our web site and product description to factories, distributors and marketing partners …needing a grasp of what we have.
Well, why not try other voices – besides the inventor?
We contacted www.Fiverr.com to hire three separate audio voice-over gigs.
We edited and merged the best audio file into our existing video and identify it as “Take 2”.
Now you can hear both…and offer opinion of preference.  Pick the best!

 The 2 Minute StripperTake 1 - the inventor. 

 
The 2  Minute StripperTake 2 - the pro.

 
Be nice…email: tom@inventorsparadise.com

Inventor Motivation

The March meeting of Edison Inventors Association included three speakers that echo the same mantra of inventor motivation.

Brooks Courtney invents cabinet materials -  www.ez-level.com   – and told advantages of using Google ad words and utilizing methods of “split testing”.  Yes, it takes a little effort. 

Joe Gross introduced an innovative “Custom Survival Pack” now marketed through www.GriffinTradingCompany.com  .   With partners Liz Gross and Jeff Smith, they offer customized packs for special considerations. They’re already testing trade fairs and internet sales.  
 

Yours truly displayed our latest product – The Barnacle Stripper. This tool was immediately developed after frustrating boat maintenance.  To evaluate the product, we rapidly built a prototype…filed for patent…and created a web site….while the iron was hot. More info will appear at  www.BarnacleStripper.com


The common theme preached by each speaker was simple. You must take initiative to give your idea (your product) a fair chance  to succeed.
 Don’t let ideas die a slow death from sluggish neglect.
You  must “Get going”, “Step it up” and “Get R done”.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Timely Patent Advice

Saturday morning this night owl arose (bright and early) to attend an intellectual presentation at Lakes Regional Library, Ft Myers - from a fellow member of Edison Inventors Association.

Mr. Francis J. Fodale is an Associate Professor of Law at Ave Maria School of Law. He shared some insight regarding the rules, nuances and recent changes at the USPTO.

Mr. Fodale presented a slide show to reflect specific patent rules and definitions in their official (but difficult) governmental jargon.  Gratefully - to assist understanding by humans - Frank provided gentle interpretation, personal experience and a dash of humor.

From Q & A and Fodale wisdom, we all learned something about patent application, claims, benefits and consequences. Here’s a major tip: You may be wise to construct your Provisional Patent Application just as though it was a proper Non-Provisional Patent Application Yes, complete!

Okay, I admit it was worth getting up early on Saturday morning...thanks to Frank.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

A Creative Marketing Method

We just had an interesting chat with Ron Schon - about creative methods to assist marketing of innovative ideas.  We agreed that inventors must be careful during early product development stages.   Altering prototypes, tweaking pre-production models and making design changes can threaten your timely, affordable market entry.  Ron’s firm offers an interesting option to consider.  

Schon Creative Services specializes in creating animations and computer generated images.  Your concept or product can be cleverly presented as finished and alive.  But, it remains readily adaptable (by keystroke) to satisfy future thoughts and alterations.  This new wave of virtual artistry may be a favorable method for marketing your great idea.      

 Take a peek at www.schoncreative.com  to see samples of some creative expertise in action.