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IMSC
Independent Mystery Shoppers Conference

Las Vegas, NV
USA
330 Posts

Posted - 06/12/2012 :  12:03:02 PM  Visit IMSC's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
Due to shopper request, going forward all IMSC conferences will offer the following attendance and payment options.

IMSC members receive $50.00 off all full conference registrations, excluding one day events.

Full IMSC Conference-2 days of Sessions- $200.00.($150.00 during early registration)

One day conference- $125.00 ($99.00 during early registration)

This will give you the flexibility to attend what works with your schedule.

Full conference daily rates:
1st day of IMSC Conference Sessions - $100.00 (during early registration)
2nd day of IMSC Conference Sessions - $100.00 (during early registration)

Please feel free to email us with any questions: info@imscinfo.com

Independent Mystery Shoppers' Coalition
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IMSC
Independent Mystery Shoppers Conference

Las Vegas, NV
USA
330 Posts

Posted - 07/11/2012 :  12:49:37 PM  Visit IMSC's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
Papa John's is coming to the Vegas conference to speak and get your feedback. We hope you can attend and bring your questions.

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IMSC
Independent Mystery Shoppers Conference

Las Vegas, NV
USA
330 Posts

Posted - 07/12/2012 :  10:15:58 AM  Visit IMSC's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
Remember, our new email address is info@imscinfo.com .

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IMSC
Independent Mystery Shoppers Conference

Las Vegas, NV
USA
330 Posts

Posted - 07/20/2012 :  4:49:05 PM  Visit IMSC's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
Our July newsletter is now online.
http://www.imscinfo.com/july-2012-newsletter/

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IMSC
Independent Mystery Shoppers Conference

Las Vegas, NV
USA
330 Posts

Posted - 07/27/2012 :  5:13:31 PM  Visit IMSC's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
Have you heard about our new program?

Refer a shopper to the IMSC and when they attend their first conference, the IMSC will give you $5.00 via PayPal. All they need to do is put your name in the referral line when they sign in at the conference. Everyone can participate, shoppers, schedulers, editors and company owners and there is no limit to the number of referrals or money you can receive. (Offer valid for the first conference the attendees you refer attend and referred attendees must not have attended a prior conference).

You do not have to be at the conference or sponsor to get the referral fee sent to you. We will send it to you at the end of the conference along with the names of the shoppers who put your name in the referral box.

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IMSC
Independent Mystery Shoppers Conference

Las Vegas, NV
USA
330 Posts

Posted - 08/10/2012 :  07:43:44 AM  Visit IMSC's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
Hotel Reservations:
Tropicana
Update: 8/10/12
The IMSC always asks for a low price guarantee on our room rates. Our President found a room rate of $59.00 per night for the Tropicana, instead of $89.00 per night, so your room rates are $30.00 less per night during the conference. Weekend rates are $89.00 per night. The resort fee of 14.99 is still waived.

There are a limited number of these rooms available, so call early and get your room reserved.

1-800-634-4000
Identify yourself as attending the IMSC conference to get the group rate.

Rates cannot be changed at check-in or check out for guests who fail to identify their affiliation with the IMSC at the time the reservation is made.

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Cilla
Star Contributor

MD
USA
1433 Posts

Posted - 08/11/2012 :  12:42:44 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
That sounds great! Well done.

Any news about the probable dates for the Atlanta conference?

Cilla
MSPA Gold Certified 2005
IMSC Certified 2009
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IMSC
Independent Mystery Shoppers Conference

Las Vegas, NV
USA
330 Posts

Posted - 08/11/2012 :  3:05:37 PM  Visit IMSC's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
Thank you Cilla. We are looking at between April 6th and May 12th. We need to work around Spring break and the beginning of summer vacations to avoid high costs.

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IMSC
Independent Mystery Shoppers Conference

Las Vegas, NV
USA
330 Posts

Posted - 08/16/2012 :  3:41:46 PM  Visit IMSC's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
Since there seems to be some confusion about the Completion Codes, their existence and purpose we thought it best to offer clarity.

When the IMSC started, we had no idea how large we would grow. During the first conference we were asked by some of the shoppers in attendance if they were given a certification code or anything to prove to the companies they were at the conference.

Since we did not then and do not now want to compete with the MSPA and their certifications, we immediately added Completion Codes to the names of every shopper in attendance. During the next conference on the sign in sheet, there was a disclaimer for everyone to read prior to signing in. It explained the completion code, so everyone who read this knew the requirements.

Since this time, some shoppers have attended every conference and have multiple completion codes. Some shoppers come to only network, show up at the giveaways and talk with other shoppers. We do not feel it is up to us to tell a shopper they cannot attend for whatever reason they choose. Those shoppers who did not receive a code were told in private they did not receive their codes as we felt it is not something to bring public. Those shoppers were perfectly fine with it as they were not there to get the code; they were there to see their friends or shop. If we did not talk to you, then you were not one of those shoppers.

As we have grown some of the companies who have attended the conference realize the education shoppers are receiving and are now putting a place for the completion codes on the shopper profiles. This was not our intention, but it is great they are recognizing it.

The Completion Codes were created then and being used still for the shopper benefit to show they were in attendance during 80% of the two and a half day conference. It is great that companies are recognizing them, but they were created out of shopper request. We value all shoppers, whether they have Completion Codes or not.

As for how it is determined who receives a Completion Code; There is always, always at least one person outside the conference area who sees who comes and goes. If someone leaves for an extended period of time, the person outside alerts whoever it is that takes the next shift and it continues like this throughout the conference. One of the members of the IMSC team will then speak to that shopper to find out if they are sick or having an issue they might need assistance with. If that shopper says, “I decided to go to the casino down the street for five hours,” we make sure they knew the about the disclaimer and know they will not receive the Completion Code for that conference. They always, always say the same thing. “That is ok; I did not come for that anyway.”

Again, if we did not talk to you privately about your attendance, you have not been affected by this. Please make sure you read what you sign anytime you are asked to put your name on paper.

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SueR.
Trainee

Stockton, CA
USA
5 Posts

Posted - 08/16/2012 :  4:15:19 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
It is wonderful that a conference is being offered near Northern California. I hoped to attend a conference close to home but really cannot afford even the 200.00 registration, room and rtransportation costs. Times are tough around my house. Wish the best to all her are able to attend.

Sue
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NickSarro
Member

Pottstown, PA
USA
20 Posts

Posted - 08/16/2012 :  6:07:58 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Thank you, Very well put!

'Nick' Sarro
SE Pennsylvania
MSPA Gold
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IMSC
Independent Mystery Shoppers Conference

Las Vegas, NV
USA
330 Posts

Posted - 08/17/2012 :  06:28:23 AM  Visit IMSC's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
RENO SHOPPERS NEEDED - WIN ENTRY FEE TO IMSC CONFERENCE! - CTCSS always needs Reno NV shoppers - if you are willing to complete the process to apply as a shopper with our NV partner - QSI Global Intelligence, we will pay your entrance fee to the IMSC conference held in Reno beginning of September. We will pay for one shopper to attend. To be considered, email tina@ctcss.com a note about yourself including reason you feel we should choose you and how close you live to Reno.

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IMSC
Independent Mystery Shoppers Conference

Las Vegas, NV
USA
330 Posts

Posted - 08/24/2012 :  4:42:07 PM  Visit IMSC's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
Our newest sponsor uSamp provides a unique service. There is no way to register online with them. If you are interested in working with them, please contact uSamp at the following address: mysteryshopping@usamp.com and please reference MYSTERY WEEKEND in the subject line. A project specialist will contact you promptly via email.

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Kimberley
Valued Contributor

Columbus, Ohio
USA
177 Posts

Posted - 08/25/2012 :  09:25:09 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Is it a MSC?

quote:
Originally posted by IMSC

Our newest sponsor uSamp provides a unique service. There is no way to register online with them. If you are interested in working with them, please contact uSamp at the following address: mysteryshopping@usamp.com and please reference MYSTERY WEEKEND in the subject line. A project specialist will contact you promptly via email.



Kimberley
Route shopper with PV500 & backup rig.
Shopping since 2004 * MSPA Silver * Undercover Essentials * IMSC
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IMSC
Independent Mystery Shoppers Conference

Las Vegas, NV
USA
330 Posts

Posted - 08/25/2012 :  11:34:35 AM  Visit IMSC's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
Not exactly, they are more of a market research company.

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Kimberley
Valued Contributor

Columbus, Ohio
USA
177 Posts

Posted - 08/25/2012 :  11:44:57 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I wrote them, saying I was a member of the IMSC and asking for more information. Someone replied, but only with links to their main website and the page showing press releases. There was no mention of what role IMSC members might play with their company or any application process. If this thread could provide more information, it would help us to know what to expect and what to ask them if we initiate contact.

Kimberley
Route shopper with PV500 & backup rig.
Shopping since 2004 * MSPA Silver * Undercover Essentials * IMSC
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Cilla
Star Contributor

MD
USA
1433 Posts

Posted - 08/25/2012 :  12:19:13 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Kimberly,
Thanks for the follow-up.

Cilla
MSPA Gold Certified 2005
IMSC Certified 2009
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IMSC
Independent Mystery Shoppers Conference

Las Vegas, NV
USA
330 Posts

Posted - 08/25/2012 :  12:48:45 PM  Visit IMSC's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
Here is an example of what they do:
Moms Needed This Weekend for Retail Survey!!

uSamp is looking for Moms willing to take a retail survey this weekend at your local grocery store!

Currently, we are seeking the following:


- Moms, with children between 3 and 12 years of age
- Own and use a smart phone (iPhone or Android)
- Handle most of the household grocery shopping for the family
- Willing to download our free mobile applicatio
n iPoll (www.ipoll.com) to facilitate the study

If you are interested in earning money this weekend by providing your insight and opinions on many of the goods you shop for throughout the year, please contact uSamp at the following address: mysteryshopping@usamp.com and please reference MYSTERY WEEKEND in the subject line.

A project specialist will contact you promptly via email.

About uSamp:

uSamp™ provides online market research panels and SaaS technology for global market research. Each year, we run thousands of national studies to support our customer’s needs for customer insights.

NEW YORK (August 21, 2012) — Inc. magazine today ranked uSamp NO. 213 on its 31st annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy — America's independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Microsoft, Zappos, Intuit, Jamba Juice, Zipcar, Clif Bar, Vizio, Oracle, and many other well-known names gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 500|5000.

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Amber J
Star Contributor

Mesa, Arizona
USA
628 Posts

Posted - 08/26/2012 :  12:51:22 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I tried out uSamp today. I had all the intentions of just doing one, but got a bit carried away at the mall area when all these offerings showed up. At any rate the surveys are short and simple. The company pays via PayPal. The pay rates vary. I did one at $30.00, and a few at the $3.00 and $5.00 range. The offerings depend on the job and some go as low as $0.10. I did a few department stores, gas stations, and a restaurant. If I happen to be stopping some place or buying gas or anything I will check my phone to see what is available, since it is so fast and easy. I will let all know when they pay, but since there was no out of pocket expense, I can wait.

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IMSC
Independent Mystery Shoppers Conference

Las Vegas, NV
USA
330 Posts

Posted - 09/16/2012 :  6:58:05 PM  Visit IMSC's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
Join us tomorrow, 9/17/12 as we recorded a Live from Reno event! Hear Coast to Coast Scheduling Services, Inc., HS Brands International, Kimberly Altman Coaching and QSI Specialists speak.

Follow the link to listen in or call 1-818-475-9340 to listen in.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dcrector/2012/09/18/mystery-shopping-weekly-1

Independent Mystery Shoppers' Coalition
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