The Global Opinion Panels (www.GlobalOpinionPanels.com) is an online survey provider from Synovate, one of the largest market research firms in the world.
Anyone can join Global Opinion Panels, including those from eleven different countries. Members will receive email invitations a few times a month, and may at times receive phone invitations to test products or participate in research projects.
For every completed survey, members will be rewarded with points, which can be redeemed for store vouchers or checks. In addition, members will receive entry into a monthly sweepstakes, with cash prizes ranging between $10 and $500.
When you sign up with Global Opinion Panels, you will automatically be given 500 reward points to start with. After signing up, you will begin receiving email invitations, which will announce how many rewards points that particular survey is worth.
However, you only earn the points if you complete the survey. Though surveys generally only take 5-10 minutes to complete, you can often be disqualified from a survey for a particular answer that you give. If this occurs, you will not earn the points.
1000 points is equal to $1 and once you have reached 5000 points, you can begin redeeming your points either for a store voucher or a check. Voucher numbers will be emailed to you within 2 weeks, and checks will be mailed between 4 and 6 weeks.
Surveys that are complicated or longer in length than standard will often have additional incentives for members to complete. All surveys are only available for a short period of time, however, so members should try to complete them quickly after being invited.
The Bottom Line
Global Opinion Panels is free for everyone to join, and you can unsubscribe from their emails at any time.
Since there is no published scale for how many points you receive for completing surveys, it is difficult to tell whether or not their payout rate of 5000 points should be considered low or high.
Members should be careful if they see that surveys are only awarding minimal points, as it can be very easy to get burned out before you reach the payout amount. Members who quit before they can redeem their points will have nothing to show for it.
Monthly sweepstakes will be held on the 15th of the following month, and winners will be contacted by email, as well as published on the website.