PART 10: CONSUMER RESEARCH
There are tons of companies that are interested in getting the opinion of customers for their business, product, website or service. Some of these may require you to appear in person.
In most cases though they are going to want you to test out their product and then provide feedback on it. In some instances you might even get to keep the product.
10.1 Product Testing
We all like things, but what we like even more are things we don’t have to pay for. How about testing products and getting paid to do so?
Bzz Agent – Sample products, spread word of mouth and have fun.
Expo panel – Your honest opinion will help unlock some of the newest products before they’re even sold in stores
Influenster – An exclusive community for trendsetters to share news,products, and reviews with the opportunity to be rewarded by brands.
House Party – Fun products to try at a house party
Mom’s Meet – Empowering moms to come together in an informal setting and talk about the latest on raising healthy families and living green.
Smiley 360 – Be the first to try exclusive new products, experiences and offers. Share your thoughts to earn status, smiles, rewards and more!
Swaggable – a platform for users to try new products that they are interested in!
10.2 Listen To Music
If you like to listen to music there are companies out there who are interested in hearing your opinions. Basically another form of consumer research.
Music Research – Music Research is recognized as the first full-service marketing research organization devoted exclusively to the study of popular music and consumers.
MusicXRay – Listen, rate, and get paid.
Slicethepie – Get paid to review new music
10.3 Play Games
Every boy’s dream – getting paid to play video games.
gamesville.com – Play games, compete to win prizes, and chat live with other players from around the world.
gamesradar.com – Making money by playing video games
game-testers.net – Make money playing new games. Earn from $50 to $150 per hour.
paidgameplayer.com – Play games online now.
slingo.com – Win cash and prizes at Slingo.com. Play games and earn coins for your chance to win real cash and prizes.
Team Liquid – Team Liquid is a community site focused on StarCraft 2 and Dota 2. They have a live streaming
area where people can play games while others watch. I have seen people with very large followings show ads and make money.
virgingaming.com – EA SPORTS™ Arena is powered by the Virgin Gaming platform, where you can play your favourite EA SPORTS™ titles for cash & prizes.
worldwinner.com – Play free online games or compete for cash.
10.4 Online Focus Groups
2020Panel – Get invited to an online focus group. They also conduct normal online surveys.
Focus Pointe Global – Participate in paid focus groups, paid interviews, and paid online surveys. Earn extra money for sharing your opinion on consumer products
Google User Research – Participate in user research studies.
Jebbit – Get paid answering simple questions about your favorite brands.
Microsoft Research Panel – Get paid from Microsoft for providing feedback on their products.
Perhaps not the most interesting way to make money BUT everyone with a brain and an opinion can do it!
Important note: Do not pay to sign up for a site that offers to pay you for surveys.
Cashcrate – Get paid for taking surveys and performing other tasks.
Clear Voice Surveys – Get paid to take real surveys from market research companies.
CreationRewards – Earn points when taking surveys, completing offers, shopping online, watching videos
Dollar Surveys – Find paid online surveys.
Gifthulk – Be rewarded with real-world prizes for your daily online activities at GiftHulk. Watch videos, complete surveys, search, play games and much more.
GlobalTestMarket – Get paid for taking surveys. Sends lots of survey invites, although you only qualify for 20-30% of them. You can cash out once you have accumulated $50.
Hot Spex – Get paid for taking surveys
Inbox Pounds – Get £1 instantly just for signing up
MemoLink – Earn rewards for taking surveys, shopping, playing games, reading email, trying new things, and more
My Survey – Get paid for taking surveys. You get paid via PayPal once you reach $25
MyView – MyView is a global community of expert individuals who express their open, honest, and valid opinions on a wide range of topics.
Opinion Outpost – Paid online survey community.
Permission Research – Internet market research company.
Pinecone Research – Internet market research company.
QuickRewards Rewards you for taking surveys, shopping online, and reading emails.
Survey Spot – Tell researchers what you think of their products and services or give your opinions on the issues o the day. Offers prizes and rewards for participation.
SurveySavvy – Get paid for taking surveys.
Swagbucks – Get $5 (£3) instantly just for signing up (open to UK customers)
Synovate – Market research firm
Test Spin – Register with TestSpin to test new products, music, and you’ll be eligible to earn up to $600 in free gift cards from Amazon.com by taking paid surveys.
Toluna – Earn cash and rewards from Expedia, B&Q, Odeon, Cineworld, Sainsburys and more
Viewsbank – Earn cash and rewards for doing online surveys, polls and mystery shopping jobs (some mystery shopping jobs pay up to £100 a time).
Vindale Research – Great paid online surveys available to qualified panelists. Review products and services and get paid to take surveys
ZoomPanel – Earn rewards for participating.
10.6 Mystery Shopping
Many businesses are interested in being “mystery shopped” which essentially means you are pretending to be a legitimate customer. I’ve done this before and it works great in the hospitality field such as by writing restaurant reviews.
Often you have to go to the site and perform some tasks (for example sit down and order a meal). Later when you return you fill out a survey (did the waiter say hello, that sort of thing) as well as a quick write up.
Payment often includes the cost of the meal AND a set wage per project (varies but could easily be $25-$50 and potentially more). It’s great if it is a place you are already interested in going to, like a restaurant, since the budgets for meals can be pretty high.
The only catch is that with many of the companies you have to be at least 24.
BARE International – Global leader in Mystery Customer research.
Grass Roots Measures – Mystery shopping and customer satisfaction surveys
HS Brands – Mystery shopping services
ICCDS – Mystery shopping company.
Intelli Shop – IntelliShop is a mystery shopping company.
Market Viewpoint – Mystery shopping company offering legitimate mystery shopping, customer service audits and evaluations, and marketing
Mystery Shoppers, Inc –Evaluates customer service and quality control.
Second To None – Empowers brands to deliver optimal customer experiences.
Service Performance Group – Mystery shopping company
Shoppers, Inc – Mystery shopping, customer surveys and customer service training.
Spies in Disguise – Mystery shopping company.
Rentrak Mystery Shopping – Our mystery shoppers visit a large cross-section of retail locations across the United States and Canada to conduct transactions of varying types.
Restaurant Cops – Mystery shopping services for restaurants
Ritter Associates – Offers mystery shopping services including, compliance audits, customer intercept surveys, point of purchase installations and more.
10.7 User Test A Website
So many websites could benefit from this – how do users view a website?
Analysia – Test your website usability by real users and test the performance of your site.
E4S – Apply to be a user tester
Userfeel – Become a user tester
Userlytics – Sign as a participant and start earning money.
UserTesting – Usability testing has never been easier. UserTesting’s online usability testing is the fastest, cheapest way to find out why visitors leave your website.
Whatusersdo – Get paid to give feedback on clients’ websites.
Youeye – Participate in online usability studies.