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NOW CLOSED: Insight Annual Round-up 2012: Join our panel or let us know what you’ve enjoyed this year and what you’d like us to do next year. FAB prizes up for grabs (again)

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 21-Dec-12 13:07:06

The time has come for the insight team at MNHQ to do our annual round up of the year, to plead for those of you not yet on our panel to sign up and to thank you all for taking part in some amazing projects this year!

(In case you don't know insight covers surveys, product tests and sponsored threads on MN, as well as bloggers reviews, and reviewers recruitment)

Let us know what you think on this thread and you could win another prize!
We've got:

A Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 worth c£180 courtesy of the team at TalkTalk more details here

A whole years' supply of Aldi nappies from the folks at Aldi - worth c.£500

And thanks to the Royal Academy we have two x 4 adult tickets to their new exhibition showcasing Manet early next year. There are two prizes each of 4 tickets (if children under 12 they will go in free so the winner can invite another 2 adults) - worth £120. More info here

In 2012 we have given away over £25,000 worth of prizes in the form of vouchers, books, beauty products, hampers and technology.
You have tested nearly £70,000 worth of products - including having your DCs put My Little Pony, Chicco toys and Wonderbook Book of Spells to the test.

We've surely made (some of you) look younger or slimmer with product tests for Garnier UltraLift, Origins Plantscription and M&S shapewear. wink

We've helped feed the family by trying out the HomeCooker from Jamie and Philips, scoffing Kingsmill Fruit and Fibre bread and helped make dishes tasty by introducing Bisto Stock Melts.

We've got you talking about a range of topics - from baking for the Big Fair Bake, visiting National Trust properties with the family and cleaning with Ecover.

What have you enjoyed taking part in this year? Or appreciated reading about? What would you like us to product test next year?

Most of the product tests are on site but we also do a lot of projects with our lovely research panel. If you are not yet on our panel please see this link for more info or to sign up. You can select how often you get emailed and you can leave at any time if it?s not for you.

So to win one of the lovely prizes please do one of the following:
~ Post on this thread about what you've enjoyed doing insight-wise this year or what you've appreciated reading about
~ Post on the thread any suggestions for product tests etc you'd like to see next year (no promises but we can try!)
~ Post on the thread to say you have joined the panel

Thanks as ever for your time and feedback - all very much welcome grin
AnnMumsnet, TheOtherHelenMumsnet and KatieBMumsnet

northernmonkey Thu 10-Jan-13 19:59:29

Thank you mumsnet I have thoroughly enjoyed doing your surveys and product tests. I've been lucky enough to have tested lots of things this year from cereals, washing powders and crisps to a Hoover and the wonderbook of spells.
We as a family do enjoy testing all these things and my dcs quite often ask what's next!!
I'm looking forward to seeing what's in store for 2013 smile

OrangePetals Thu 10-Jan-13 20:45:20

I wasn't part of any tests last year but hope be this year.

I don't know how practicle it would be but would love some holiday trials.

callmeovercautious Thu 10-Jan-13 21:25:34

I have been on the panel since day one smile I think I won the "join our panel" 1st Prize. Since then I have won 2 items worth £370. Before that I entered the comps and won £300 of prizes grin.
Just a shame I seem a bit boring so don't get selected much! I would love to see more secret shopper challenges, working mum shortcuts and possibly a family holiday review? You could cover a selection of Budgets and ask people their opinion with the chance to win £ off the next year?

Salmon8 Thu 10-Jan-13 23:22:04

I have only recently joined but I was chosen to test the method wash liquid which was great. I enjoy filling out the surveys and find reading the threads on products very interesting. Also reading the discussions has been very useful in terms of getting opinions and general information on lots of topics.

I think it would be great to see more products to test that were children orientated as they absolutely love getting involved with things.

Thank you for choosing me for the method product and I look forward to hopefully getting chosen to test more products. smile

IveNoIntentionOfMakingCupcakes Thu 10-Jan-13 23:37:23

I'm fairly new to Mumsnet and to the panel but I have been lucky enough to test the Ecover wipes, which I really liked and the Philips AVENT comfort breastpump, which I also thought was great.

Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to test them and provide feedback (I rely so much on mumsnet reviews when I buy things so I like to feel like I can contribute). The nicest thing about being selected is it makes me feel lucky, which is an uplifting way to feel.

I really like doing the surveys too. I am always imagining the powerpoint slides at the other end that summarise the findings and I would love to see how the companies use the information they get. I'd love to be involved with giving feedback about branding and creative execution too.

As for future reviews, I would find the following useful; campsites and British holiday resorts, family board games, matresses, buggy boards, e-readers (kindle and the like) and eco house paints.

BoerWarKids Fri 11-Jan-13 05:15:14

I'm on the panel but have never won or tested anything. Fingers crossed for 2013! grin

mrsskefton Fri 11-Jan-13 14:25:04

I tried a few products in 2012- shape wear, cleaning products and a couple of others. I liked my shape wear but having now lost weight I am in need again to hold in what diet and exercise can't help - so more of the same! Happy to test out most things but would like to get better notification too - missed out on numerous as the emails were sporadic:-(. Would've happily tested the dyson as my current one is quite cumbersome on stairs so would be good to have seen what new ones like. I cook a lot so anything to do with that would be fab. I also have two energetic daughters who need a lot of entertaining so anything to ease the pain would be fab. Equally good would be something aimed at getting is parents to have some precious down time, me time!

Grey24 Fri 11-Jan-13 20:38:44

I've really enjoyed being on the Mumsnet panel - I have a really boring 'don't get out much' life and it's genuinely lovely to receive friendly emails asking me to do surveys! It makes me feel part of something and whilst I don't have much time to do many things, I try to make a few minutes to answer the surveys, which I enjoy. I've been lucky enough to try out the Method eco washing liquid, too. It was great to get something nice, free and new in the post - and interesting to try out a product which looked and smelled different to anything I normally use in the washing machine. I have enjoyed Method products in the past, but didn't think the washing liquid was quite as good as I'd expected - but felt privileged to have the chance to try it out. I'm looking forward to doing more surveys in 2013 - I'd love to test new books! But that's just my unrealistic fantasty!

avelte Sat 12-Jan-13 14:22:53

i have been lucky to test couple of products ,was enjoyable experience,hoping this year to be more active and apply more,
Happy New Year to all

zipzap Sat 12-Jan-13 22:43:16

I've really enjoyed being on the MN panel and have been lucky enough to test a variety of things (although maybe my luck is running out or maybe there are more and more people on it as I don't seem to get as much now as I did last year!). In fact I think I just mostly did surveys last year, I don't think anything particularly arrived through the post to try out in the same way that happened the year before!

Favourite thing to do was being a potato councillor - the whole household looked forward to and enjoyed seeing what recipe was being sent for the month, and trying it out. And actually only the end of that was in this year, most of it was in the year before.

So this year I'm hoping that I manage to figure out how to fill in the forms better because I love trying new things out so it would be great to get to try some again. In particular, I'd be interested in anything to do with cameras, technology and gadgets but also food and household stuff too. And days out also sound good... Anything really - not fussy here!

I'm also going to investigate the MN Blogging side of things as they seem to have access to some interesting stuff to test or do.

Having said that, the fact that I have taken part in tests myself, it does mean that I do tend to often read reviews others write when they have taken part in one of the tests I didn't get picked for to see what they have to say. Likewise when I'm looking for something to buy I'll see what the reviews on MN have to say about it. Much more likely to believe a review on here than just a string of stars on Amazon or Argos or wherever, not least because people can put the pros and cons, and put helpful comments in too.

DaisyFay Sun 13-Jan-13 04:34:06

Only done one test - the Method one (loved it, even bought some, although it was on special offer!). Have signed up for the wholegrain one. Would love to do more!
I think household products are good to try as they might actually change what you buy, but I too would be a great holiday tester.:-)

StellaMarie Sun 13-Jan-13 12:42:23

I joined the panel this year and have been lucky enough to test a variety of products (chocolate porridge, garnier cream, cheese, apples and milk). It's great fun and very interesting to see what other people think of the same products that I've tried.

Thanks for the opportunity! Interested to see what I (hopefully) get selected for this year!!

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 14-Jan-13 16:44:45

Thanks for all your comments and suggestions....certainly food for thought.

Am pleased to say the winners are as per below:

Elkieb wins a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 worth c£180 courtesy of the team at TalkTalk

AmandinePoulain wins a whole years' supply of Aldi nappies from the folks at Aldi - worth c.£500

And GetKnitted and Doogle2 win 4 adult tickets to the new RA exhibition showcasing Manet early next year - worth £120.

We'll be PMing you all soonest

Thanks again. MNHQ

Elkieb Mon 14-Jan-13 19:06:37

Thank you!!! This is the first thing I have ever won gringringrin

AmandinePoulain Tue 15-Jan-13 16:45:15

Thank you grin

Cheap round for them though, I use reusables except when we're away or when dd2 starts nursery wink grin

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