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MySurvey.com Sends Snail Mail Survey on Communications

February 3rd, 2008

In addition to the Internet-based surveys that can be taken from within our member accounts, MySurvey also allows us to opt in for receiving occasional surveys by traditional postal mail, also known as “snail mail”. Any completed surveys that are mailed back to the company are eventually credited to our online accounts, awarding us with additional points that can be redeemed for cash after we have accumulated at least $10.

Yesterday I received one of these postal mail surveys on the topic of communications. It is an eight-page questionnaire that spans several areas related to cable television, satellite TV, telephone, and Internet services. Although this may seem long at first, it is actually not as time-consuming as it looks because many of the questions can be skipped over if they do not apply to our household and there are only 5-10 questions per page.

Before I get into the text of the introductory letter, I would like to take this time to thank those of you who have signed up with MySurvey.com or Survey Vanguard through my strategically placed affiliate links. As you may have noticed, this site is sparsely monetized at present; the small commissions generated from your signups and purchases help to pay for necessary hosting expenses and keep this site financially viable.

Now we return to our regularly scheduled survey letter:

Dear Panel Member:

Today, we have an important survey about communications services you and other members of your household may use - everything from local phone service to wireless to Internet and more! You may have received a similar survey from us in the past. We are still very interested in your responses because communications products and services are changing fast and we need to keep up with your current views.

As you may know, many industry regulations are changing, and this allows some companies to offer a newer and wider variety of communications services. By completing this survey you will make a difference in what products and services you see offered in the very near future - so let us know what you think! Feel free to give us your opinion and information even if you are not totally sure about a particular answer. We are very interested in your responses!

Please complete the enclosed survey and return it to me as soon as possible, folded in the enclosed white postage-paid envelope. All of your answers will be kept confidential and will be combined with the responses of the other panel members in the study. Please return your survey no later than March 20, 2008.

For your information, you will be automatically entered in our Sweepstakes drawing! Please see the Official Rules and alternative method of entry located on the back of this letter.

1 Grand Prize……………….$2,000

5 Prizes………………………..$500 each

Important Note: Please wait to open the enclosed blue sheet until after you have completed the survey.

Thanks again for your help!

Sincerely,

Carol Adams

The “blue sheet” that is mentioned at the end of the letter is an additional offer that allows us to earn an extra $5 for sending them relevant copies of phone bills, Internet bills, and the like including any mail offers or advertisements for these services. This part of the survey is optional; it is possible to skip this and simply send them the original questionnaire, after which we will still receive an entry into the sweepstakes and the applicable points credited to our account.

Interestingly, according to the official rules printed on the back of the letter page, it is also possible to enter the sweepstakes without even completing the survey. In order to do this, entrants are supposed to hand print their membership ID, along with name, address, and phone number on a 3 by 5 inch index card and mail it to the research company. I’m not sure how many people would actually choose this option; it looks like something that was written into the rules to satisfy a legal technicality.

The odds of winning one of the prizes will depend on how many eligible entries are received. They do not provide any clues for estimating the actual numbers, but I would imagine that the odds would be substantially better than those for most state lotteries, especially considering the fact that many people will not actually follow through with filling out the survey or sending in a card to claim their entry.

Hopefully the law of averages will come into play soon and allow me to finally win one of these drawings. Although I haven’t been keeping an exact score, it seems like I have entered enough of these sweepstakes to approach 50-50 odds overall for winning at least once. If this occurs, it would make the whole paid survey experience much more worth the time instead of the borderline situation we have now. It would also mean the likelihood of a testimonial and maybe even a chance to receive some free advertising for this site.

Meanwhile, I will just have to keep researching those keywords while I learn more marketing strategies and bring in more inbound links. While the idea of “get rich quick” usually doesn’t work, there is always “get rich eventually” for those of us who have the patience.


2 Responses to “MySurvey.com Sends Snail Mail Survey on Communications”

  1. comment number 1 by: Aurelius Tjin

    This is obviously one great post. The information are very insightful and helpful. Thanks for sharing all of these.

  2. comment number 2 by: vernonrdopson@gmail.com

    How do I apply for surveys mailed to my home

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