What is the Kantar TNS Royal Mail Postal Survey?
It is a postal survey conducted by Kantar TNS for Royal Mail. The objective is to independently monitor business and personal post that travels through the Royal Mail UK network.
What does taking part in this survey involve?
Each week Kantar TNS send out a pack which includes letters and parcels. These must be prepared for posting and posted to other panellists according to a weekly schedule. You will need to record items received from other panellists on the Kantar TNS website.
Is it worth it?
Kantar TNS reward you with 12 x 1st class stamps and 4 x 1st class large letter stamps per month. Additionally, they send out seasonal gifts including Easter chocolates and diaries at Christmas. Upon the completion of a short training period, and again after 6 months, panellists also receive a ‘presentation pack’. This includes approximately £10-12 worth of stamps.
It usually takes me 5 -10 minutes to prepare the items to post to other panellists. Some weeks I only have 3 letters to send, others I might have 10. Occasionally this includes a cube shaped parcel for which it is necessary to purchase a label from the post office. Kantar TNS then reimburse this cost in the form of Love2Shop vouchers.
As I visit the post office at least three times a week anyway, it is convenient for me to take part in this survey. I am not sure, though, that it would be worthwhile for anyone who needs to travel to get to a post box and/or post office. The costs incurred to do so would more than likely outweigh the benefits.
Anything else I need to know?
Aside from the main postal survey there are additional ways of earning income through the site, including the Unaddressed Mail Survey. This involves recording any junk mail you receive that is not specifically addressed to you, including takeaway flyers and catalogues. Kantar TNS pay £5 in Love2Shop vouchers for every three weeks you complete.
There is also a Correctly Delivered survey where you need to log the number of items you receive on a daily basis, plus report any ‘doorstepped’ items, for two weeks. The reward for this is £5 in Love2Shop vouchers.
The latter two surveys are by invitation only, but I seem to be included in them fairly regularly. In addition to all this there are weekly and monthly prize draws. Also, you might be lucky and receive a randomly allocated ‘Golden Smart’ – worth a cool £100 in vouchers.
How do I join?