Internet survey companies are a dime a dozen. Some are “fake” in that they serve only as a front for collecting valid e-mails. Others are valid data collection agencies, but without any true benefit to those surveyed. Finally, there are some that provide benefits to both their customers – the companies seeking information – and also to their members – those contacted to complete a given survey.
Let’s examine one known once as “BuzzBack Research.” I’ve been a member of this company’s survey panel for a year or two. It’s a somewhat understated company in a lot of ways.
Depending upon your demographics, BuzzBack Research is a relatively infrequent visitor to your inbox. You might receive perhaps four invitations per month and qualify for half that amount.
BuzzBack surveys are well-designed and to-the-point. They are rarely too lengthy and I’ve never encountered a survey error that prohibited my completion of the study.
Unlike most other survey companies, BuzzBack sometimes automatically pays you via PayPal upon survey completion. Thus, you’ll be surprised a couple times a month by a $2, $3 or $5 deposit into your PayPal account. BuzzBack also maintains a website where members can log in, review the surveys they have taken, how much they have earned, links to surveys that members may have missed and request any monies that may be available.
After a year or so, their website indicates that I’ve earned a total of $9 – $6 less than the minimal $15 required for an official “cash-out.” In addition to the $10 I’ve unexpectedly received in small increments, it has been a so-so for the little bit of time required as well as the quality of the survey designs.
Thus, BuzzBack is not a scam. They appear to be a rarity – a stand-up survey company with well-designed studies and websites intended to make it easy for members to access their accounts.