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RULES | Product of the Year USA


Product of the Year is not simply an award, it is a powerful merchandising tool for marketers.

It has a proven track record to grow sales (+38.1% over category sales growth)

All winners and finalists receive comprehensive research analysis on the TNS consumer survey (a $28,000 value)

All winners are part of the national PR campaign which includes a dedicated SMT (generates an average of 350 million media impressions)

Open for Entries: June 1, 2017
Entry Period Closes: September 15, 2017
Press Preview Day: November 2017

Products Into Research: November 2017
Winner Notification: December 2017
Awards Night: February 2018

Finalist Fee: $7,000
Winner Fee: $63,000

Can I Opt Out Once I Enter?

Products cannot opt out once submitted. By submitting your product, you are providing full commitment to the program and any fees that may apply if your product is voted a finalist or winner of Product of the Year.

What is the Finalist Fee?

All entered product that have been selected to move into research are considered “finalists”. The finalist fee is $7,000 and helps offset the cost for the comprehensive research conducted by TNS and the survey of 40,000 consumers. Win or lose, all Finalists receive the full research analysis which has a value of $28,000.

What is the Winner Fee?

Products that have been voted “Product of the Year” in the survey of 40,000 consumers are deemed “winners”. This carries a fee of $63,000 and permits winners to a two year licensing term of the Product of the Year logo. The logo can be featured across all marketing materials including packaging, in-store, advertising, promotions, digital, etc …  Winners are also features in a national PR campaign which generates an average of 350 million media impressions.

When Will I Know My Status?

Finalists will be notified after their products have been put through to the consumer research stage of the competition. Winners will be confidentially notified at the end of November and can prepare marketing efforts to start at midnight of the Awards Night in February.

When Do I Get the Award?

Winners will be invited to the Awards Night to find out the winners and celebrate innovation. The 2018 Awards Night will take place in February 2018 in New York City.


Step 1: Enter Your Product

Entries for the 2018 Awards are open on June 1, 2017. Eligible products must be launched since January of 2016, have national distribution, and demonstrate a meaningful level of product and / or packaging innovation.

Step 2: Press Preview

Once all products have been submitted, a panel of press and industry professionals are invited to review the submitted products to ensure that the innovation criteria are met before they go on to the consumer research.

Step 3: Consumers Vote

TNS conducts a quantitative study using a nationally representative survey of 40,000 consumers to vote products “Product of the Year” in defined categories. Consumers evaluate each product on several criteria including product appeal, satisfaction, advocacy, purchase interest, uniqueness, relevance and excitement.

Step 4: Award Show

All winners are invited to attend the 2018 Product of the Year awards gala which takes place in February in New York City. The Awards Show marks the public announcement of the winners and the start of all winner activation.


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