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How are testers selected!

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florencebabyjo Tue 09-Jul-13 18:01:18

I think there are quite a few of us who were surprised that we weren't chosen for the F & F uniform test and the Pampers who needed 1000 testers. They wanted 100 testers and there didn't seem to be that many applied from the postings.
Could you explain how it works please, maybe they didn't use the 100 or 1000 in the end! Thanks, from one of several confused MNtrs x

ChilliJo Tue 09-Jul-13 18:14:55

I say on my phone the other day and ended up in this section of my MN app for the first time.

I went on to the F&F thread, clicked on the link, entered my details in the survey and today found out I'd 'won'.

Beginners luck? I'll be trying again, that's for sure.

ChilliJo Tue 09-Jul-13 18:15:24

*sat on my phone.....

cocolepew Tue 09-Jul-13 18:16:14

I apply but don't post underneath that I have.

I apply but rarely post that I have. I've been lucky enough to be picked for a few things.

I imagine that they have an ideal target audience for each product and look toward people in that group, if that makes sense.

DorisIsWaiting Tue 09-Jul-13 19:19:04

I often apply but don't post.

florencebabyjo Tue 09-Jul-13 19:24:14

I've been lucky too and have done quite a few things over the last few months. Just wondered about the F & F and Pampers as they seem to need so many. I sort of expected everyone to get through. Does anyone know how many MNers there are?

florencebabyjo Tue 09-Jul-13 19:26:00

Should try sitting on my phone more often!

TallyGrenshall Tue 09-Jul-13 19:30:22

I applied for the uniform one but didn't post on the thread that I had. I was lucky enough to get picked for that one but I have applied for several others that I haven't been picked for.

<shrug> Thems the breaks

SparkyTGD Tue 09-Jul-13 22:45:40

I also apply but don't always post that I have.

Yes, I'm interested too.

Do the companies specify a demographic breakdown, eg %ages in different age/income brackets, or do they want a random sample?

Would it even be possible to block people who have been members only since the announcement of the test applications? Felt very unhappy about the suggestion that eg money saving websites are clued in.

shaztwins1 Tue 09-Jul-13 22:55:50

i also apply and dont post, have been chosen for lots of small things (food samples etc) though i dont apply for everything only the things i can really use/or would use,the uniform is the 1st biggie ive managed to get & was soooo envy of the dyson & coffee machine but such is life i guess its just luck of the draw fingers crossed

HairyPotter Tue 09-Jul-13 22:59:41

I apply and don't always post either.

Geeklover Tue 09-Jul-13 23:13:00

I apply and don't always post.
I got the pampers one (which still haven't arrived) I think I fitted a demographic for that one having a reluctant pull up pant refusing potty trainer.
I've had a few things actually. And a couple of fairly big ones

Rishi79 Wed 10-Jul-13 00:17:48

never get chosen regardless of applications and posting. sad , F&F atleast got convinced as it was only 100 but very surprised about pampers as I haven't got any e-mail either. Is there a place in each thread where all the chosen people names are displayed so we all can have a look and reconfirm it or it is something again on Data protection?

florencebabyjo Wed 10-Jul-13 07:30:41

This is really interesting. Can someone from MNHQ join the thread and let us know please!

Breezy1985 Wed 10-Jul-13 07:57:47

I'm interested too, have applied for a few things and never been chosen sad I really don't think it's fair when people who just sign up to apply get chosen either.

I never get picked either sad

Perhaps link to this thread in site stuff? MNHQ check there more than the other sections

SparkyTGD Wed 10-Jul-13 09:44:55

Aren't there thousands or even millions of Mumsnetters though?

Define MNer though. In my head a MNer is someone who reads and/or posts fairly frequently/regularly - using more of the site than just the product tests. <scientific>

I don't think that the mere registration of an email address makes a MNer.

FairyJen Wed 10-Jul-13 09:59:18

I was chosen for the nappy one - first time, re the tesco one, I am disappointed there is no point in lying as it would have been a huge help to us with our finances. I am just unhappy at the thought of someone joining to cash in so to speak.

I joined mn for the advice and support. I don't post everyday or anything but do use the site. I agree just signin up with the sole purpose of ebterin the comps is not really that fair

Tee2072 Wed 10-Jul-13 10:03:52

If you want HQ to reply, report the thread.

CaptainSweatPants Wed 10-Jul-13 10:08:22

But there are 1000s of lurkers

Or people who use the site for other reasons than the talk site

Just cos people post all day doesn't mean they're entitled to win stuff more than people who check the site for advice & see a competition on the home page

FairyJen Wed 10-Jul-13 10:11:54

I agree with that captin however it was suggested on the other thread that some people sign up after seeing links on money saver etc with the sole intention of trying to get freebies rather than have any interest in the site if this is true I find that quite unfair.

I have no issue with lurkers etc winning. Does that make sense??

I think what sticks in the craw is that someone who uses mn to search for advice, read articles etc is a different breed to what we would define as a Mumsnetter. So when Tesco/Pampers etc then publish their results and say 95% of Mumsnetters think we're great, it doesn't feel like these people are Mumsnetters. If they didn't put that tag on it then it wouldn't matter

That's my theory anyway smile

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 10-Jul-13 10:47:36

We will reply - bear with us a bit

k8vincent Wed 10-Jul-13 11:06:06

I'm another one who doesn't always post that I have applied. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 10-Jul-13 12:09:02

Hello. We're sorry to hear that some of you are disappointed at not being selected for product tests.

We do do our best to make it all as fair as we can - and we do, whenever possible, check those who've applied to see if they post on the boards or have been registered with MN. It's not necessarily a requisite but it might tip the balance a bit when deciding whether to select one poster or another for the test.

Sometimes, though, we're just overwhelmed with volunteers: so being selected does come down to luck. Rest assured there's a lot which goes behind the scenes to ensure selected testers represent MN as far as possible.

Posting on the actual recruitment thread doesn't make any difference to your chances of being selected, by the way - although we do always appreciate it!

All I can say is please keep applying, adding comments to threads and joining in the activity (a summary of which is found here) - the more people who take part in things the more clients will want to use MN as a resource and the more opportunities we will have so it's a win win all round!


bunjies Wed 10-Jul-13 12:13:50

I signed up for the uniform test & was successful. I didn't post on the thread.

florencebabyjo Wed 10-Jul-13 17:21:24

Thanks for the reply MNHQ!
Good to know you don't have to post to say you've applied, I wasn't sure!

nenevomito Wed 10-Jul-13 17:28:47

I apply, but rarely post.
There's a lot of MNers out there and lots apply for everything.

noisytoys Wed 10-Jul-13 17:55:46

I was lucky to test the Dyson and bounced around for a week when we won that one. Still apply for everything relevant though got to be in it to win it smile

VelvetStrider Wed 10-Jul-13 18:14:19

So, just to confirm, the comments we have to put in the application forms for the surveys are read by Mumsnet HQ, not Pampers or Tescos or whoever we are testing for?

Because I've been writing them to appeal to the companies and why I would be a good tester for their brand. A few years ago I was picked for quite a few tests but none recently. I namechange every few months so MNHQ wouldn't recognise me from my user name. If I start putting things like 'I'm a regular Mumsnetter and know all about the cube of poo and Pombears and the mumsnet scarf and stuff - please pick me!' would I be more successful in being picked as a tester? grin bear

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 10-Jul-13 20:08:24

Velvetstrider, the comments are read by both us and clients (sometimes anon). Don't worry though we do know who you are assuming you have kept the same email address. Best to put why you want to take part overall!

NotDoris Thu 11-Jul-13 13:36:27

I applied for the pull-ups and received my free pack today. I'm afraid that I'm not a regular poster on here, but I do lurk quite often. I just don't have the time to keep up with the huge number of posts here, but I did chat more when my little one was having allergy issues.
Sorry if anyone feels that I've taken their 'prize' away from them, I only entered this test as it was the right time for my DS who has started to poo on the potty (when it suits him) but still had absolutely no idea what wee is!

VelvetStrider Thu 11-Jul-13 14:09:15

NotDoris don't worry, nobody has a problem with lurkers or infrequent posters getting to try the products. I think people are referring to those who see the product test mentioned on another website, sign up specifically to get the freebie, then have no further interest in Mumsnet. They can't be good candidates for the companies requiring testers either, as they are unlikely to post feedback or reviews.

Nigglenaggle Tue 16-Jul-13 20:38:58

No one has a 'right' to a product test surely.... Up to the company to pick who they want if they are giving stuff away.... If they want to pick people new to the site thats their choice. <shrugs> Just down to good or bad luck at the end of the day. Either you're what they want or not.

Absolutely. But it's misrepresentative to then say "95% of munsnetters think..." Someone who signs up purely for product tests isn't a mumsnetter. If they're going to trade on the name then it's not on to pick people who followed a link from moneysupermarket.

BoyMeetsWorld Tue 16-Jul-13 22:13:43

Ah. So if I've always used the same MN handle (not changed) but have used 2 different email addresses interchangeably, according to what AnnMumsnet says does that mean I'm being penalised? I never get picked for anything either despite being a regular poster and at one point putting my name down for EVERYTHING. I've not done lately - was getting v disheartened

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 17-Jul-13 13:22:48

boymeetsworld - hmmmm tricky - its probably just bad luck but do keep applying and if you use more than one email/ username put them both on the form so we really know who you are!

BIWI Wed 17-Jul-13 13:27:04

So when is the next gin testing, Ann? wink

nancerama Wed 17-Jul-13 13:34:31

I used to get picked for nearly everything. Then I moved house and had to pull out of a test due to no Internet access for a month.

Not sure if I've been blacklisted for pulling out of a trial, or because my new address puts me in a different demographic, but I feel like the last kid left in the playground these days hmm

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 17-Jul-13 13:36:58

gin...did someone say gin?! Ice Cold Diet Coke or a Magnum would be grand at the mo!!.....

nancerama - oh don't feel like that! All I can say is please just keep applying...all tests etc are oversubscribed but we do try to get a good spread of folks

VelvetStrider Wed 17-Jul-13 14:48:53

Just out of interest Ann, how many people usually apply for each product test?

Say if an average test requires 100 Mumsnetters, would you normally get 150 applicants? 500? 1000? Half a million? grin

And has the number of applicants increased over the years? 3 or 4 years ago I seemed to get picked for at least 50% of tests I applied for, now I never get picked! My demographic hasn't changed, just wondered if the tests are more popular now?

Maggietess Wed 17-Jul-13 16:14:04

There was a thread like this a couple of months ago that left me a little downhearted when I saw that some people seemed to get picked for ability everything - the lists of products some people had tested was immense. I've only ever had 2 and I'd assumed it was cus I didn't live in the right place or wasn't the right age that the companies wanted to hear from so I'd nearly been put off having applied for so many and only getting he little ones. But I'm a bit more heartened hearing you try and spread it round a bit.
I've got the pampers on my lo at the mo and about to post feedback.
Btw I'm not sure about calling people who don't post lots on MN lurkers - it's not like Facebook where people are just being nosey, I use MN lots for advice, support, product reviews but don't necessarily post tonnes. I do post when I've got something different to add to the discussion but not if someone has already said what I think. I don't think that makes me less of a mumsnetter than someone who posts every day, we just use the site differently.

Maggietess Wed 17-Jul-13 16:15:57

*absolutely not ability. Sorry big thumbs, small phone smile

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 17-Jul-13 16:29:37

Velvet....let's just say not millions but certainly quite a few. Know I am being a bit cagey but we don't know who else is reading this do we??
I guess we have more folks applying for stuff each times but equally have more tests so lots of opportunities for testing! Our bit of MN is very busy with lots of chances to win/ take part every week.

Thanks maggietess.. Please do keep applying as, as I said, a lot of it is luck, and, as they say, you've got to be in it to win it!

skyeskyeskye Wed 17-Jul-13 18:41:50

I applied but post to say I had. I was lucky and did get accepted for the F&F one.

I only apply for tests that are relevant, ie, I wouldnt apply for nappy testing or toddler foods.

skyeskyeskye Wed 17-Jul-13 18:42:11

that should read *but didnt post to say I had

GettingVerySleepy Wed 17-Jul-13 18:50:26

Is it pointless to apply for those of us who don't have children? I obvs wouldn't apply for things like pampers but things like food, etc where it doesn't specify that you must have children. Or is it pretty much always a prerequisite for the sponsors that they only want people with children to test?

skyeskyeskye Thu 18-Jul-13 13:10:47

sleepy - the thread usually specifies if you need to have children or not and the survey questions would ask for the relevant information, so if it doesn't say you need children, then you can apply.....

lissieloo Thu 18-Jul-13 13:20:12

I have to say, I NEVER post to say I've applied. Mainly because I get irritated by sad-facing when people aren't selected.

janji Thu 18-Jul-13 13:26:54

Have applied for many and luckily was chosen for the uniform and own fone tests, but don't post that I have done so. I regularly post on threads and begin topics for advice.

janji Thu 18-Jul-13 13:28:33

Have applied for many and luckily was chosen for the uniform and own fone tests, but don't post that I have done so. I regularly post on threads and begin topics for advice.

VelvetStrider Fri 19-Jul-13 20:38:02

Ironically, now I've posted on this thread, I've been picked to test rapeseed oil! First time I've been picked for yonks!! grin

morethanpotatoprints Sun 21-Jul-13 23:51:30

I enter relevant comps for me/family and have so far won F&F uniform trial and Karcher steam mop trial.
I am never usually lucky.
I also don't post that I have entered the comp/review.

Fraxinus Mon 22-Jul-13 00:11:28

By the posts on here it seems the f&f uniform one is a product test that has had winners chuffed, and not-lucky-this-timers disappointed.

Please please please can we have more school uniform opportunities? I would LOVE to have a few new school trousers, the next size polo shirts and some socks that were actually white not grey for dc to go back to school with.

For some if us it really boosts our family economy.... I was able to buy a clothes horse and some posh cleaning products with one of the vouchers I got, which I wouldn't have been able to get otherwise, and they have made a real difference to me.

I am, like others, really grateful for the freebies and the vouchers. Thank you thank you thank you, lovely mumsnet, for setting these things up for us.

PearlyWhites Thu 01-Aug-13 22:49:48

I got picked for pampers I have two in nappies maybe that was why?

mumofthemonsters808 Thu 01-Aug-13 22:57:03

I've applied for several and never got picked for anything but my time will come (she says !!).

IKnewHouseworkWasDangerous Thu 01-Aug-13 23:20:30

Hi MN,

I used to get picked quite often (yeah me, today dd was playing with the mlp train we got last year.)

Then I won a prize as a result of 1 test but I never got it. It appeared one of my lovely old neighbours thought it was ok to steal chikdrens shampoo.

I have moved house since then (so no they are no longer a worry) but have never been chosen to product test since.

I just wondered if I am on some kind of list and should give up trying?


I was chuffed when I was picked for the nappies but a little gutted when I didn't get to test drive the Rav 4

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