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Toluna is one of the world’s largest paid-survey companies with a community of over 4 million members. It has many active members that participate in its paid surveys, sponsored polls, writing opinions and other methods on a daily basis.
Both registration and partaking in the website’s surveys are free. Members are instead provided cash payment and other benefits for filling up surveys and other methods as an incentive for their invested time. Cash payments are provided after the completion of every single survey, sponsored polls, writing opinions, etc. However, payment per survey can vary from as little as a few dimes to greater than $1 per survey or even more.
Members are pooled into monthly cash sweepstakes – somewhere in the vicinity of $4,500. In place of small cash vouchers, the website provides gifts like MP3 songs. Invitations for surveys (qualified and unqualified) are notified to members through email and through the website. Qualifying or “screening out” participants helps Toluna’s clients (other companies) get better, more precise answers to their surveys. Laurent Sabouret (a Panel Director at Toluna) states how the qualification process helps the company’s clients to get better respondent results.
Prior to filling up a survey, members are requested to answer between 5-10 questions in order to better help Toluna and its clients know if the respondent is in the right demographic.
Points2Shop is basically an online as well as mobile provider of loyalty programs and among the biggest ones at that. It boasts of a community of (according to the site) more than 4.5 million users across 200 different countries.
The site gives advertisers an opportunity to leverage the large membership base it enjoys. Most advertisers on Points2Shop promote their services/products, conduct market research surveys and execute many crowd sourced tasks.
Points2Shop compensates its members by way of points (much like SwagBucks.com) once they complete its various offers. Most of the offers are in the form of links or banners derived from the advertisers’ website. Whenever a user fulfills an offer, advertisers pay Points2Shop and subsequently the site pays its members (the ones who complete offers) a share of this money.
If you have been reading Survey Satrap for a while, you know that all my reviews are accompanied by a look at the said company’s profile on BBB.org. However, despite researching for a few hours, I couldn’t find any profile for the company on Better Business Bureau’s site. Nothing to worry about though, as there are thousands of legit companies who do not have any profile or reviews on bbb.org. Points2Shop is also completely free. This holds true in all cases except when you opt to complete PAID offers. These offers have their own section on the website named “Paid offers”, which leaves no room for confusing them with free offers.