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Synovate Global Opinion Research (Paid Surveys)

by Tara Kuczykowski on July 21, 2010 · 19 comments

Many of you have written asking for other legitimate survey companies similar to Pinecone Research. While I'd consider Pinecone to be in a league of their own, Synovate Global Opinion Research is another survey company that I used to take surveys through a few years back.

The main difference between Pinecone and Synovate is that you will not earn cash for every survey. With Synovate, you'll earn points that you can redeem for cash once you reach a specified threshold.

Keeping in mind that I haven't had time to take many surveys lately, I remember the redemption levels to be fairly attainable and the frequency of surveys to be moderate. I also recall being offered product tests from time to time, along with more in depth focus group opportunities, both offering points toward cash.

If you have a more recent experience with Synovate, I'd love to hear your thoughts and opinions on them!

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1 Debbie July 21, 2010 at 3:47 pm

I have been taking surveys with Synovate for one year. I usually earn $10 every month or so through surveys. I am doing a product test on toilet paper now and really like the experience. Free toilet paper! And it's good quality!


2 Mindy July 21, 2010 at 4:13 pm

This one is my favorite. It takes a while to earn enough points for cash, but they do product testing often. I've done shampoo, lotion, dog treats, canned biscuits, hairspray, etc. Great way to get free, full-size product to try.


3 rachel July 21, 2010 at 4:40 pm

The link takes you to a page asking for my email address to send me a free iphone. It doesn't take me to the Synovate website.


4 Belinda July 21, 2010 at 5:15 pm

I take these surveys, and depending on the age of the people in your household, you can qualify for a variety of surveys or items to test. I've tested body wash from 2 different companies and answered surveys on everything from perfume to liquor to cat food. (Our cat tested cat food once too.) Reputable company.


5 cwaltz July 21, 2010 at 5:25 pm

I do this program. I haven't cashed out yet but am presently sitting at $20 over the year I've been in the program. Not alot but when coupled with mypoints, swagbucks, epoll, toluna, and panel polls( a nick polling company for parents of kids 6-17) the money adds up.
I've never been chosen for a product test.

20/20 research by far has been my favorite program. I did a follow up to a forum group I did last year at the beginning of the year and was compensated $100 in amazon money. The forum focus group was interesting and the products pertinent to me. They don't send out montly questinaires and you aren't always going to make it through a qualifier but if you do get a chance to participate with them-hop on the opportunity.

So far my Amazon Christmas fund has $155 dollars in it. I'm hoping to have $250 by Christmas( possible if I earn $5 a month through swagbucks through November and cash in for $50 in credit for Mypoints/300 points away along with my epoll earnings of hopefully $20/presently 500 points away from $15 mark.)

My Christmas cash fund projections are $51 for pinecone/I'm at $33, $40 for panel
polls/I've already reached this, $20 for toluna/I've already reached this, and $25 for synovate/I'm at $20 and $30 for inbox dollars(I will FINALLY be able to cash out after 2 loooooooong years)/I'm actually at $32 and will aim for $33 since they take $3 to "process" your check. That's a little over $150
towards Christmas as well.

All in all these programs make a nice chunk of funding for Christmas(This year $400).

It all adds up.


6 Gail Cnudde July 21, 2010 at 5:40 pm

I just joined and I answered 3 profile survey's and received 250 points for each. I don't think it will take too long to accumulate points.


7 alex July 21, 2010 at 8:14 pm

i just joined & completed 3 surveys. With teh points for enrolling & the surveys I already have 1500 points.


8 stephanie July 21, 2010 at 10:54 pm

The christmas fund idea is great!! I am doing the surveys too,but get irritated sometimes when I input for about 10 min and then it says " Unfortunately you are not eligible" or something like that. Feels like my time is wasted. Other then that it's great. I like mommytalk surveys.


9 Ana July 22, 2010 at 2:34 am

Sort of off topic ...I have been receiving emails from (about pending surverys) ever since I registered with them but have not received any sort of confirmation that I was accepted as a survey taker. Anyone know if these are real and how long does pinecone take to confirm a membership??


10 Wendy July 22, 2010 at 9:35 am

This is a great one. I have cashed in once and I've gotten quite a bit of products to test.


11 Sandy July 22, 2010 at 9:37 am

I did get a confirmation email along with ID# and password immed. Surveys sent to me within 2 days. Email them for clarifiation.


12 Jill July 22, 2010 at 2:06 pm

I sent in the info, hit submit and have nothing. The page closed and I was at the main screen again. Any ideas? I would really like to use this. Thanks for the info.


13 Jenn July 23, 2010 at 4:28 pm

is this taxable income?


14 Tara Kuczykowski July 23, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Jenn, all income is taxable; however, you won't receive a W-9 unless you earn more than $400.


15 KAREN G July 24, 2010 at 5:52 pm

when I was reading peoples comments they were saying they liked doing the pinecone research site....but when I went to their site it said they only take new people through banner ads. Has anyone seen one lately?


16 valorie August 13, 2010 at 5:27 pm

If you go straight to Synovate website you can sign up


17 Lisa August 13, 2010 at 8:53 pm

I recently joined Toluna and Survey Spot. Does anyone know how much cash you actually get, Toluna says 60000 points before cash and Survey Spot says 4000 I think, but it does not say how much cash you get!


18 samantha August 19, 2010 at 5:17 pm

toluna gives you 20$ for 60000 points


19 Claire October 11, 2011 at 2:21 pm

I joined Synovate a long time ago and have always loved being a member. I got great samples to try out and got paid for doing the surveys about these samples. I was also getting a lot of surveys, while I didn't qualify for all of them, I would qualify for quite a few and always got my points and my payouts. HOWEVER, since September 22nd, I have not received my points for several surveys i have completed. I have sent probably 10 emails asking why I haven't gotten my points and not only have I still not gotten any points for these completed surveys, NO ONE IS RESPONDING to my emails. NONE OF THEM. As much as I have enjoyed being a member and have loved taking their surveys, I am extremely disappointed and disillusioned. I can't believe they won't even respond to my emails not to mention not give me my points. I hope that maybe they're just having some technical issues and maybe are unable to get their email.......which sounds improbable, but it is possible. I am just kinda tired of fooling with them at this point but that being said, they do not typically ignore emails and always award points as they should (up til now and maybe it's just me they're ignoring.....) Hopefully it will work out but I did want to give an honest report on them based on my experiences.


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