Scavenger Hunt Jobs

We wanted to post some perspective on the purpose of this work.

In this situation, our client has a few gaps in a large set of data and our goal is to fill in the gaps. We're giving you everything we know about the product and hoping you can fill in the blanks.

We know these can be tough to solve, and we really appreciate the diligence and work you've put in!

-Posted by FA on their Facebook wall.


What's the purpose of these jobs?
Mary Ellen: Out of curiosity what's the purpose of these "scavenger hunts"? Don't companies/vendors know where their products are distributed?

Michael: I'm sure Jess will chime in soon with the correct name but basically there is this company who doesn't know what these products are so they give what info they have (which we all know for some isn't very much) to FA and FA gives them to us so all tho not all will be done atleast some of them will. FA gives out all the info they have and if get lucky enough to find some great.

Jess: I think it's Nielson (I could be totally wrong but I've seen these jobs posted before and they were by them).

Nielson had this "homescan" program... they give selected people scanners, every time the family makes a purchase (and I do mean EVERY time) they scan ALL of the products they purchased. You get points every week and you can trade in your points for rewards (sounds awesome, huh? Not so much! Max points you can get a week=150. The cheapest thing on their prize list is 45,000 points, a toaster oven I could pick up at Walmart for $20-25. It would take me 6.5 yrs to "win" that toaster oven. And the scanning becomes EXHAUSTING! When I get home with $175 worth of groceries, I just want to put them away! I don't want to scan them and then enter in the price of EVERY item!)

Sorry, got off track!

Anyway, Nielson uses this info to analyze customers shopping habits... how families of four spend their money, how families with children spend their money, how families of a specific income spend money, do we buy more brand names or store versions of the product, how do we pay- cash, credit, debit, check, etc... If a panelist (or scanner person) submits a UPC they can't analyze, it sends their systems into a frenzy.

So why doesn't Nielson ask the panelist... because the program is so tedious (yet advertised as so easy and fun) they have a high turn over rate of panelist. I lasted 2 months then I threw in the towel!

So, to Michael's point, Nielson gives FA all the info they have rearding a product. If we can find the product and fill in the blanks then Nielson can analyze that panelists shopping trip, if not, that shopping trip can't be analyzed.

It could be that the SH product was purchased at a store in a completely different state.
Let's say they're looking for a product purchased at a Winn Dixie in Louisiana, the scavenger hunt for that product would be posted in every state that has a Winn Dixie in hopes that someone may be able to find it.

FA: Thanks all for the great information - everything here so far has been great intel. To your specific question about location Mary, we actually don't know where the product is sold for sure, so Jess is right on. We're still working through how to best execute these, thanks for the conversation here!

-Posted by Mary Ellen, Michael, Jess, and FA on their Facebook wall.


The best approach to these jobs
Karoline: I think I'll just stop trying scavenger hunts. Seems impossible!

Ryan: Just check the app when you're at a store and see if the product in the title happens to be there too. But I don't advice going out to specifically do them. That's when people are having problems.

Wayne: The scavenger hunts are pretty widely acknowledged to be some of the hardest jobs Field Agent offers. I consider myself lucky when I can do more than 2 or 3 in a wave. Ryan's approach is better than savaging one's agent score by taking on several at the same time in advance only to be stumped.

-Posted by Karoline, Wayne, and Ryan Postell (one of FAs "top agents") on FAs Facebook wall.