Time For Some Tips

First, I just want to mention that our redesigned panelist website recently debuted. I hope you’ve had a chance to check it out. Let us know what you think about it!

As you may know, the website contains an FAQ section, with details on how to deal with many different situations. While you’re on the website, make sure to check out that section, too!

Speaking of frequently asked questions, here are a few scanning tips that we want to make sure you know about:

  • Scan all types of purchases from all types of stores, including big and small shopping trips, purchases made by other household members, online purchases, etc.
  • If you purchase items using a special deal like a coupon, discount, or store sale, please let us know. Manufacturers and retailers really want to know what types of deals you’re using when you buy their products.
  • Refer to the Barcode Reference Booklet to record items that do not have a barcode, or when the scanner instructs you to go to the booklet. If you use the NCMobile App, be sure to refer to the Non-Barcoded Items list in the app.
  • Please make sure to enter accurate quantities, prices, store names, coupon information, etc. our clients rely on the data you provide, so accuracy is important!

If you have any helpful tips, or if there are any topics you’d like to see in the FAQs, please let us know by sending them to news@ncppanel.com.

Thank you, and have a great day!

Have you Been Watching The Olympics?

The 2018 Winter Olympic Games from Pyeongchang, South Korea, started last week. Have you watched any of the events?

There are always some really cool and popular events that I like to watch, like cross-country skiing, Alpine skiing, snowboarding, ski jumping, speed skating, figure skating, and ice hockey.

But then there’s also curling, luge, skeleton, bobsled, and snowmobiling, etc. – all events that I’m not very familiar with. But that’s the beauty of the Winter Games. You get the chance to see all these very different, and somewhat unusual (to me, at least), events.

So what’s your favorite event? Let me know!

According to Google, these are the most popular Winter Olympic sports in each state.

Presidents’ Day
I just want you to know that our Panel Support Center will be closed on Monday, February 19, for the holiday.

Have a great weekend!

Revealed: The Six Secret Symbols!

We hope you had fun finding the Secret Symbols in our recently concluded promotion. Thank you to all those who participated, or tried to participate.

Your objective was to go through past blogs and look for the six Secret Symbols – all winter-related graphics – and then record the exact title of each blog that contained one of the symbols.

From all of the correct entries, five winners were then selected in a random drawing. The following winners will each receive a $50 Amazon Gift Card claim code! (The winners have already been alerted via email.)

  • Michelle B. / mikib …
  • Cheryl O. / cee58 …
  • Rachel D. / kittyg …
  • Laura / laural …
  • Caitlin / caitlinf …

Note: For privacy, we only used the first few letters/characters of their email addresses.

If you weren’t able to find the six Secret Symbols, please see below:


What Are You Snacking On? (Posted on June 9, 2017)


Hot Cocoa

Kids And Cellphones (Posted on March 3, 2017)



Nothing But Treats (Posted on October 27, 2017)



A Brief History Of NCP (Posted on February 19, 2016)



Check Out Our Videos! (Posted on August 4, 2017)



How Your Data Helps Companies (Posted on July 14, 2016)


Again, we hope you enjoyed this promotion and thanks for participating. Look for more fun stuff in the future!

Have a great weekend!

Super (Bowl) Snacks

It’s finally here! The Super Bowl will be played this Sunday, February 4. Last week’s blog included a survey that asked “Which of the following foods do you like to eat while watching the Super Bowl?”

As of January 31, the top responses were as follows:

  1. Dips (onion, vegetable, etc.)
  2. Chicken wings
  3. Potato chips
  4. Vegetable tray
  5. Cheese and crackers / Tortilla chips and salsa / Nachos

How does that compare with favorite Super Bowl snacks in each individual state?

Well, in the NCP Blog we provide all the best data! Here are the favorite Super Bowl snacks, according to General Mills and Google. Just scroll and look for your state!

General Mills Google
Alabama Mississippi Roast Chicken Recipe
Alaska Potato Salad Dill Pickle Dip With Dried Beef
Arizona Chili Green Chicken Enchilada Recipe
Arkansas Queso Cheese Dip Five Bean Chili
California Chicken Wings Fried Rice Recipe
Colorado Taco Pie Baked Chicken Wings Recipe
Connecticut Slow Cooker Chicken Wings Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe
Delaware Butter Cake Bars Stuffed Peppers Recipe
Florida Sausage Cheese Balls Shrimp Recipe
Georgia Sliders Ham Bologna Turkey Sub Recipe
Hawaii Crescent Sloppy Joes Nacho Recipe
Idaho Little Smokies Potato Recipe
Illinois Chex Mix Philly Cheesesteak Recipe
Indiana Root Beer Chicken Chicken Recipe
Iowa Pigs In A Blanket Stromboli Recipe
Kansas Dill Pickle Soup Calzone Recipe
Kentucky Buffalo Chicken Casserole Fondue Recipe
Louisiana Crab au Gratin Pork Tenderloin Recipe
Maine Clam Dip Chicken Wing Recipe
Maryland Pizza Sticks Crab Dip Recipe
Massachusetts Buffalo Chicken Dip Chili Recipe
Michigan Potato Soup Chili Recipe
Minnesota Tater Tot Casserole/Hot Dish Chili Recipe
Mississippi Beef Stew Green Beans With Beef Broth Recipe
General Mills Google
Missouri Hamburgers Chili Recipe
Montana Buffalo Chicken Dip Bacon Shrimp Recipe
Nebraska Hot Wings Cream Cheese Jalapeno Hamburger Recipe
Nevada Sausage Cheese Balls Potato Recipe
New Hampshire Chili Chicken Wing Recipe
New Jersey Chili Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe
New Mexico Seven Layer Taco Dip Ranch Spinach Dip Recipe
New York Buffalo Chicken Wings Chili Recipe
North Carolina Sausage Cheese Balls Jalapeno Poppers Recipe
North Dakota Bacon-Wrapped Smokies Pizza Sauce Recipe
Ohio White Chicken Chili Philly Cheesesteak Recipe
Oklahoma Stuffed Mushrooms French Onion Cream Dip Recipe
Oregon Taco Soup Clam Chowder Recipe
Pennsylvania Potato Soup Chili Recipe
Rhode Island Chili Baked Ziti Recipe
South Carolina Cowboy Caviar Crab Dip Recipe
South Dakota Hummus Marinara Sauce Recipe
Tennessee Skillet Dips Jalapeno Poppers Recipe
Texas Sausage Cheese Balls Chili Recipe
Utah Pulled Pork Jalapeno Poppers Recipe
Vermont Bruschetta Chicken Breast Tender Recipe
Virginia Deviled Eggs Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe
Washington Jalapeno Popper Dip Jalapeno Poppers Recipe
West Virginia Sliders Pork Carnitas Tacos Recipe
Wisconsin Pinwheels Chili Recipe
Wyoming Sliders Ground Beef Recipe

Note: A research team at General Mills compiled recipe search data from sites like BettyCrocker.com, Pillsbury.com, and Tablespoon.com. Specifically, they looked into both the most popular and unique search trends by state.

According to Google, the company looked for searches that are over-represented in each state (as opposed to the U.S. overall). It then reported each state’s most popular unique search term.

Secret Symbols Sweepstakes Information
The Sweepstakes has just ended; give us a few days to go through all the entries and to select the winners. Come back next week and we’ll let you know where to find the secret symbols. (The five winners will be contacted via email within the next few weeks.)

Have a great weekend, and enjoy the Super Bowl!