l Con ationa N e h s of t mber e m For sumer Panel Version T Points, Points, And Even More Points! How can you earn even more gift points? Easy! Scan all of your purchases, Your Reward make sure we receive a data transmission from you at least once every week, and answer all the surveys that come your way. Then, just watch how quickly your gift points add up! Here's what you can expect – if you scan and send us your purchase information every week, that is! • Weekly Transmission Points: The number of points you receive for each weekly data transmission increases the longer you're a member. Here's how it works: Time On Panel Points Per Weekly Transmission Up to 6 months 150 7-12 months 200 12 months - 2 years 225 2 years 235 3 years 245 4 years 255 5 years 280 6 years or more 325 • Anniversary Points: We give you bonus gift points when you reach your threemonth, six-month, and one-year anniversaries. These extra gift points are also given on each anniversary after your one-year anniversary. • Super Scanner Points: If you send us your purchase information every week in a month, you earn an extra 350 points. That means you can earn up to 4,200 Super Scanner points each year! Remember: Even if your household hasn't shopped during the week, simply make an "empty" transmission that week. This way, you can still earn the Super Scanner bonus points. March 2012 Will YOU Be This Quarter’s Grand Prix Sweeps Winner? This month marks the start Your Reward of a fresh opportunity to win the Grand Prix Sweepstakes! The second-quarter’s drawing runs from March 11, through June 9, 2012. Just scan and transmit each week of the quarter to earn an entry. 03/11/2012 03/18/2012 03/25/2012 04/01/2012 04/08/2012 04/15/2012 04/22/2012 04/29/2012 05/06/2012 05/13/2012 05/20/2012 05/27/2012 06/03/2012 – – – – – – – – – – – – – 03/17/2012 03/24/2012 03/31/2012 04/07/2012 04/14/2012 04/21/2012 04/28/2012 05/05/2012 05/12/2012 05/19/2012 05/26/2012 06/02/2012 06/09/2012 There are Grand Prix Sweepstakes drawings each NCP calendar quarter … and ONE lucky winner is selected each drawing! Go to the Rewards section on www.ncponline.com for more information. • Survey Points: You earn bonus points for the surveys you complete (you can see the amount of points on the e-mail invitations). So be sure to take each and every survey you receive! Gifts Galore! Speaking of gift points, do you know where to find the total number of gift points you’ve earned? On every page of www.ncponline.com, you'll find your total number of gift points in the my home section. Please keep in mind that your total number of points may not reflect your most recent point-earning activity, such as recently completed surveys. In addition, remember that the website may only update your points after the survey close-out date(s). To order a gift or to view our gift selection, just go to www.ncponline.com, then to the Rewards tab, then select View & Order Gifts, and finally, click on the Gift Catalog link. Recycle me I’m earthfriendly. If you’re earth-friendly, please recycle this when you’re finished reading it. Thank you! www.ncponline.com E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 1-800-962-6700 (Please include your panelist ID# when e-mailing or calling us.) Panel Support Center Hours Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–9 p.m. ET Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. ET Copyright© 2012 National Consumer Panel, LLC. All rights reserved. Printed in the USA. Other product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Panelist Question Of The Month Your Voice Typically, my household makes a lot of purchases, from many different stores. Why aren’t points awarded for transmitting proportionate to the number of items or shopping trips scanned? The National Consumer Panel tracks the shopping habits of its members, but cannot influence those shopping habits in any way. Rewarding panelists for spending more or buying more items has the potential to bias purchase behaviors and skew shopping data results. Set Your Scanner’s Clock Ahead! It's time to "spring ahead" again. March 11th is the beginning of Daylight Saving Time. So, if you haven’t done so already, please remember to set the clock in your scanner's memory ahead by one hour. Points are awarded for transmitting purchase data, up to one transmission per week. Panel member shopping habits vary for many reasons, for example, household size, income, etc., so we need all types of households on the panel. That way, we ensure that NCP remains truly representative of the U.S. population. Each participating household is equally important because they represent the shopping habits of millions of households. And while you're at it, please make sure the date is correct, too! Remember: In order to get a full picture of your shopping habits, it is very important that every purchase is recorded. Here's how to change the date and time in your scanner: Here’s The Deal When scanning your purchases, it is very important that you also record Your Impact your deals. This information is crucial to manufacturers and retailers, because it tells them which of their promotions work and which don’t. So, whether your household uses coupons regularly or just occasionally, here are some important scanning tips: • You may have noticed that some coupons have barcodes printed on them. Please do not scan these barcodes. • When asked about deals used on the item scanned, don’t forget to let the scanner know that you did use a coupon and indicate the type of coupon—store and/or manufacturer. • If you are asked to enter prices for a shopping trip where you used a coupon, when entering the item price, please key the full price before the coupon reduction. When asked for the face value of the coupon, key the coupon value. If you used more than one coupon on the same item, key the total coupon savings. • If you forget the coupon value and the receipt does not provide this information, please estimate. • When scanning your purchases at home, you will no longer have the coupon to help you determine the type of coupon and its value. So, here’s a great tip: When using coupons, take along a pen and make a small indication about the coupon on the product label or packaging. For example, 40M would mean a 40 cent manufacturer coupon was used; whereas 30S would signify that a 30 cent store coupon was redeemed. INSTANT POLL Please visit www.ncponline.com each and every week and take our Instant Poll. You’ll always learn something about what your fellow RESULTS panelists think about certain issues. For instance, a recent Instant Poll asked "Do you purchase more store brand products than you used to?" Here are the responses: Yes, a lot more = 24% Yes, a little more = 29% About the same as before = 36% No = 11% To take our weekly Instant Poll, just scroll down on the home page, just below the Message Center, and you’ll see it toward the bottom of the page. 1. At WANT TO RECORD PURCHASES NOW, press C. The scanner’s screen will ask, IS DATE CORRECT? If it is, press YES. If it isn’t, press NO, enter the correct date, then press YES. The scanner will then confirm the date you entered. 2. Next, the scanner will ask, IS TIME CORRECT? If it is, press YES. If it isn’t, press NO, enter the correct time, then press YES. 3. The scanner will display the time you entered (followed by PM) and ask, IS TIME CORRECT? Press YES if correct. If you need to change PM to AM, press NO. Who Won? View Our Lucky Winners Your Reward On www.ncponline.com! If you’re wondering who won our latest Sweepstakes prizes, head to www.ncponline.com. Under the Rewards section, simply click on Sweepstakes, then select a specific Sweepstakes to view a list of our current winners. If you don’t have Internet access and wish to see the list of winners for a specific month, contact the Panel Support Center and we’ll mail you the information.