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 as “Global Test Market.” I’ve been a member of this company’s survey panel for around five years now and it has been a much fairer “partner” in the survey process, despite a small change that irritates me.
Depending upon your demographics and the state of its business, Global Test Market can be a relatively frequent visitor to your inbox. You might receive perhaps two invitations per month or six per day. For many years, Global Test Market didn’t entirely penalize members for screening out of offered surveys: you were provided a 5-point stipend for your time and trouble. Approximately six months ago, two changes happened. First, they stopped providing the 5-point conciliation prize for screened-out surveys. Second, they started offering “3 weekly chances” and “3 monthly chances” for some surveys – in fact, for the majority of surveys. As I’ve made clear in related articles, I am decidedly less interested in “chances to win prizes” than I am for even a small number of points in hand.
Unlike most other survey companies, Global Test Market includes your “point balance” to date in each new survey invitation they send you. This is a sweet little incentive to take the time and complete surveys that offer points.
When you finally accrue a minimum of 1,000 points, you log onto the Global Test Market website, and request cash in exchange. This company again shows its class and generosity when a check in the amount of $50 arrives at your home.
Thus, Global Test Market is a valid and generous survey company that fairly reimburses their members to a greater extent than its competitors.