FAQ'sWhat is the "Metropolitan Panel"?
The ‘Metropolitan Panel’ is the voice of the youthful, active, metropolitans who stay abreast of the day’s hot topics and news that matters. Through surveys that are sent out 1-3 times a month, we collect and analyze the opinions, attitudes and lifestyles of metropolitans like you. We ask questions on just about everything: from the very serious, to the deliberately light-hearted. Your answers to these surveys are compiled locally and globally to paint an accurate picture of the metropolitan lifestyle, and are used to shape the direction of editorial content that matters to you. How do I participate in the "Metropolitan Panel”?
To become a member of the 'Metropolitan Panel', you only need to be living in a major metropolitan city, aged 18 years old or older, and be a consumer of news content, whether it be in print or online. You also need to have an email account (to receive survey invitations) and internet access (to answer the questions online).
Joining the panel is easy and quick, simply click on the "Join the panel here" button..
Once you've joined, just keep an eye on your email for 'Metropolitan Panel' survey invitations. Survey invitations will include the topic of the study, approximate length of time needed to complete the survey, the reward or incentive we are offering for completing the survey (if applicable), and the URL where you can access the survey online. Surveys usually take anywhere between 5 and 15 minutes to complete and we promise the surveys won't take any longer than that.
You are not obligated to participate in all the surveys – just know that we are always excited to hear what you think.
You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the unsubscribe button at the bottom of one of our emails.What do we do with survey results?
Our research team uses survey results to get qualitative and quantitative information on issues that matter most to you, thoughts on the brands you enjoy, etc. This valuable information is then used to help shape and improve the quality of news group editorial content, such as that in Metro.
Survey results are catalogued and kept in our database, but are never attached to your name and personal information. All results are submitted anonymously.Do you pass on any of my data to companies?
We take your privacy very seriously. We never pass any of your personal information on to any persons, companies or organizations. When we receive the data from each survey, your name and personal information are never attached to the results you submitted. The only time we will see your name or info is when we are selecting the eligible prize winners. This information is viewed solely by the Metropolitan Panel team and is completely detached from survey results. So, rest assured, anything you tell us through our surveys, is in confidence.How and when will I be rewarded for my participation in a survey?
We realize that your time is valuable, and we never miss an opportunity to thank you. Most completed surveys will enter you into a draw for a grand prize such as iPods, an Xbox 360 or Playstation 3, gift certificates, movie passes, cash prizes or other great swag. See the Sweepstakes Rules
for more details. Winners are notified by e-mail.Why are there marketing/advertising questions?
Like most media companies and news groups, funding comes primarily through advertising income. By being able to demonstrate a deeper knowledge of metropolitans, we can provide valuable insight to potential advertisers. This insight is one of the many ways that your opinions will help shape the content of the news products you consume.Anything else?
If you have any other questions that we haven’t answered above, please feel free to contact us back