About the Panel/FAQ

The purpose of the ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Subscriber Panel is to provide an opportunity for the editors and publisher of the magazine to get to know the many different types of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR readers on a regular and informal basis—in terms of what you are doing, what challenges you are facing and what would help you to be more successful. In these ways, the panel may also act as a springboard for article ideas.

About the Panel: Once or twice a month, those on the panel will receive an internet survey, which will take between 5 and 15 minutes to complete. The topics will vary; you will always have the option to decline to participate. Your identity will be kept confidential, and you will never be recontacted without your permission. Nor will we sell or share your contact information.

As a thank you, you will be entered into a monthly sweepstakes drawing for a chance to win a $200 Amazon e-gift card.  Each completed survey will count as a single chance to win, with additional chances awarded based on the survey length (from 5 minutes to 15 minutes). From time to time, there may also be special free promotions or offers to all panel members who participate in a given survey. Where possible, we will tell you the results from the previous survey.

Who can join the panel? 

The panel is open to subscribers to ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine and/or to either of the newsletters. Panelists must reside in the United States or Puerto Rico.

We welcome electrical contractors from firms of all sizes (from one person shops through to giant nationwide or multi-national corporations), those who work on traditional power projects as well as those who specialize in low-voltage and security systems. We’d like to know you better whether you work on commercial, residential and/or non-building projects.

How do I sign up?

This link will take you to a page that will ask you for your name, subscriber number and e-mail address. Once we confirm your subscription, we’ll send you a follow-up survey asking you to confirm that you’d like to join the panel (to opt-in) and about 10 short background questions. You’ll also have the opportunity to provide additional comments, including whether you have any unanswered questions about the panel. The link will show you how to find your subscriber number. 

You’ll also have the opportunity to sign up for the panel when you renew your magazine or newsletter subscription online.

What kinds of questions will I be asked?

Recent topics have included:

  • Use of the ecmag.com website and other industry online sources
  • Types of non-building and institutional work performed in the past year
  • The extent, if any, to which electrical contractors function as general contractors on their projects.
  • The state of your current local construction economy and how it compares with the 2008 recession
  • From time to time, manufacturers and advertisers will pose questions, acknowledging your important role in contracting. You may get an early peek at new products and the opportunity to provide feedback.

You’ll have the opportunity to say what else is on your mind: “Please feel free to share any additional comments”

All responses are reported in aggregate only. Your identity will not be linked to your answers without your express permission.

Why should I join the panel?

Current panel members have told us that they joined the panel in order to have a voice in the industry, to give back to the industry, to learn from others and also for the monthly chance to win a $200 Amazon e-gift card.

How long will I have to complete the survey?

You will have at least two weeks and often a month or more to complete a survey.  If you leave the survey before it is completed, you may return to where you left off when you open the link again.

If a survey is sent toward the end of the month but is completed in the following month, you will entered in the sweepstakes of the month when the survey is completed.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.“Monthly Subscriber Research Panel” Sweepstakes is open to 50 United States, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico who have reached the age of majority in his or her state of residence at the time of entry. In addition, participants must subscribe to ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine (print) and/or who receive one or more of the newsletters by e-mail. This Promotion is not open to the general public. (The current) Sweepstakes ends 12/31/19. Odds of winning depend on total number of eligible entries received. For entry and complete eligibility, prize descriptions, odds disclosure view Official Rules at http://www.ecmag.com/monthly-subscriber-research-panel-sweepstakes-official-rules. Sponsor: ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR. Void Where Prohibited.