Don't keep your opinions to yourself - make your voice heard in the IT industry

We know that Computer Weekly readers are the decision makers and thought leaders within the IT industry. So don’t keep your opinions to yourself, make your voice heard within the industry and you could influence its direction.

Express yourself

With the social media age now well and truly underway, it’s now easier than ever to express your views online, but it can be easy for your voice to get lost amid the noise.

To ensure that doesn’t happen to you, we’ve rounded up a few online tipsheets that we’ve found helpful, below, that should give you some hints about the way to make use of the tools at your disposal. But we’d also like to introduce you to a new initiative from Computer Weekly, that we hope you will find interesting…

Join Computer Weekly’s online research panel

Computer Weekly IT industry research panelOnline research panels are rapidly becoming one of the first tools that suppliers, clients and others turn to when they want to gauge opinion within an industry. By joining an industry panel, you can submit your views to be be analysed alongside those of your peers, according to tried and tested research methods, and directly influence the results.

Computer Weekly has teamed up with established panel company Research Now to launch a brand new IT industry panel, which you can join online now.

Why join our panel?

Well, if you join the Computer Weekly panel now you’ll be able to claim a £20 wine voucher (or charity donation) as a thank you for registering, but the real benefits of joining are that you can:

  • Make your views known within the industry
  • Find out what other IT professionals think – results of some surveys will be made available to respondents, giving you access to industry-insider knowledge and insight
  • Benchmark your views against those of your peers
  • Influence while maintaining anonymity – your views will be aggregated with others’
  • Financial rewards (vouchers for you or donations to charity) for completion of surveys

And rest assured, we won’t be selling to you through the panel – it’s for research purposes only, and all panel activity is conducted according to the ESOMAR code of conduct.

To find out more, visit the Computer Weekly & Research Now IT industry research panel sign-up portal.

Alternatively, if you want to get not just your views but your name, too, known within the industry, have a look at these how-to guides we’ve found online that will help you to manage your (or your company’s) online reputation.

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Tut, tut! I completed the form and chose to tick acceptance (reluctantly) for the Ts&Cs but refused to TICK to receive marketing emails and this has sent the system into a flat tail spin as it refuses to allow me to progress implying that I have to "agree to the Privacy Policy".
I DON'T have to agree to the Privacy Policy - that's something that the company has to have, not that I as the consumer have to agree with, as such.
"Research Now, owner of Research Now Business, communicates with you by email so that you can participate in market research studies. These emails fall within the definition of "marketing emails", which means that we must obtain your consent before we can email you. By ticking this box you give Research Now and its group companies permission to send you marketing emails for the market research purposes set out in our Privacy Policy. Research Now does not undertake product promotion activities by email or any other means." - This is wrongly and poorly worded and is tying me as a consumer/customer into accepting a statement that ultimately allows the organisation to email market me at any given opportunity which I am not willing to accept.
This is poorly worded and not acceptable, given the level of professional expertise that should be available to you - and who should be reading your publication - I hope they are not all accepting this without question.
Please arrange a review and amend the form immediately.
Andrea, Thanks for drawing this to our attention. I would like to reassure you that the Computer Weekly/Research Now panel is exclusively a research based-initiative and there is absolutely no intention to send panellists non-related marketing emails. The Privacy Policy serves to protect panellists as it forms part of our legal obligation to keep them well informed of our intention, service and obligations in respect to their privacy. The policy clearly states the fact that "Research Now does not undertake product promotion activities by email or any other means." At the same time, the nature of inviting panellists to online surveys means the panel business technically falls under the legal definition of "marketing emails" which is why we are obliged to refer to it as such and gain your agreement to this in order to show full transparency of the offering. However the message that pops up in the event of not ticking this option could, as you rightly point out, be improved. It currently states that, "You need to agree with the privacy policy of this website". We are currently revising this so that it reads, "You need to consent to email contact for market research purposes". I hope that addresses any further concerns you may have. Thanks again for highlighting this and we look forward to hearing your views on a wide range of issues via panel surveys.
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