After a weeks-long nomination and voting process, Dealerscope has announced the winners of the 2018 IMPACT Awards program. That IMPACT Awards is designed to recognize products in the consumer electronics industry that are impactful not only from a technology standpoint, but that matter to retailers as well. IMPACT Awards products are innovative, help drive sales on the retail show floor, and they give consumers a reason to visit a retail showroom.
What makes the IMPACT Awards different than other awards programs, though, is that Dealerscope puts the power into the hands of its audience. Throughout the entire process, the whole consumer electronics industry is invited to participate in some way, shape, or form. Manufacturers, distributors, and retailers have the opportunity to nominate products that they believe are deserving of recognition. Once nominations are gathered, those same members of the CE industry, as well as consumers, are invited to vote on the entire slate of products, ultimately helping Dealerscope choose which products are deemed IMPACT Awards winners.
“This program is one of the more exciting campaigns we run throughout the year,” said Editorial Director Rob Stott. “The IMPACT Awards gives us an opportunity to hear from our audience, as well as consumers, about which products truly excite them. It’s a unique way to take all of that input and recognize various products. And it also sheds some light on what the industry—and consumers—are most excited about from a technology standpoint right now. With the holiday shopping season in full swing, that kid of insight can be viewed as invaluable by the CE retail community.”
A new wrinkle in the program this year is the inclusion of Editors’ Picks Awards. Each Dealerscope editor was given the opportunity to pick one product to call out with the special honor—whether or not they were deemed a winner through the voting process. The 2018 class of IMPACT Awards winners hail from a number of different product segments, including video, audio, headphones, connected products, and accessories, to name a few. Products range from luxury coffee machines, to OLED TVs, to floor standing speakers, and more.
The full list of 2018 IMPACT Awards winners can be viewed here.