What to Expect When You Join a Survey Panel

06-20 21:40

If you’re new to online survey taking, you probably have questions about how the process works; what happens when you join a survey website? How do survey companies know when to contact you with a survey? How much will you be paid?


Receiving invitations to regularly complete surveys for rewards involves a few easy steps:


Step 1 – Select a panel

There are hundreds of market research companies around the world who offer consumers the opportunity to join their survey panels. A survey panel is simply a database of users who have requested to be contacted when a survey becomes available.


How do you know which survey panels to join? Your best bet is to find survey sites that have good reviews,and that offer the rewards you’re interested in (cash, gift cards, movie tickets, etc.). You can join more than one survey site at a time. Although there is technically no limit as to how many you can join, to keep things simple, register with 3-4 panels as a starting point.


Step 2 – Register


Joining survey panels is very easy. You’ll be presented with an online registration form, which will ask some basic questions such as your name, email address, date of birth, etc. Some websites make the process even easier, by allowing new members to join using their Facebook or Google accounts. This convenient feature will allow you to become a member of a survey website in under 2 minutes!


Step 3 – Take surveys!


At this point, you’ll start receiving invitations to complete surveys. Surveys will either be emailed, or if you’ve asked to be sent surveys to your phone, you may also receive text messages inviting you to complete assignments.


When you receive an invitation to complete a survey, you will be provided with 3 pieces of information: the subject of the survey, the incentive offered (for example, $1.00), along with the estimated amount of time it will take you to complete the survey.


Step 4 – Get paid


When you complete a survey, it’s always wise to log into your survey panel account to monitor your account balance. Not only do you want to be sure that you’re being properly credited for surveys, but it’s satisfying to see your account balance grow and inch forward to being able to request your first reward!


Depending on whether the panel uses a points system or not, you will see your account balance expressed in terms of a dollar amount or a number of points. When you have enough in your account that you’ve reached the minimum cashout level, you will be able to receive your first payment or your first gift card.


In order to get your first reward, simply navigate to the ‘rewards’ or similarly named section of your survey panel account in order to see the rewards options available to you. You may be presented with a list of options such as a PayPal cash payment, Tango gift cards, Walmart gift cards, and more. Choose the option that appeals most to you, and you’ll receive your reward when your request is processed.


It’s as simple as that. Take surveys in order to earn rewards; market research companies are hired by companies all over the world in order to get the opinions of consumers, and you could be one of them.


Step 5 – Maximize your success


There are a few things you can do to ensure you have the most success possible as a new survey taker.


Make sure you’re joining the right survey panels


Not only should you start off by exclusively signing up with top rated survey sites but also make sure you’re joining panels that are active in your country. For example, if you’re located in the UK and sign up for a mostly USA site, you might not receive as many surveys as you would if you registered with a panel that is focused on the UK market.


Read reviews for survey panels that are not based in your country, to see how non-residents of said country fare; if the panel is established, this might not be a problem. If a panel is new, small, or poorly managed, and outside your country of residence, keep in mind that it might take a long time until you see your first reward.



Fill out profile surveys


Although some survey takers dislike filling out profile surveys, they often do make a difference in ensuring that you’re sent surveys that are relevant to you.


As an added bonus, some survey panels offer incentives for completing their profile surveys.