Advantages Easy to complete, cash to be earned
Disadvantages Sporadic allocation and availability
When the decrease in payment rates was introduced last year, many members looked to the receipt of Ciao surveys as a substitute for the loss in earnings that they had enjoyed up until then. I have read a number of reviews since then that have dismissed the concept as an earnings opportunity, based on the fact that you never get any. A novice to the site could therefore be forgiven for knowing nothing about the subject, so here’s the low down on what Ciao Surveys are all about, and my experience of them.WHAT ARE THESE SURVEYS ALL ABOUT THEN?
No prizes for guessing what they are all about. Ciao surveys are research questionnaires sent out to a selection of registered Ciao members, dependant on their profiles and interests. Some surveys do not pay a fee – others can pay fees of as much as £25. Other surveys will entail becoming a trial customer for another business, and may attract other rewards and remuneration from the individual business concerned. Ciao surveys are occasionally used by the site owners to canvass site members regarding developments on the site.HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
There are three steps that need to be taken before you can become eligible for receiving surveys. Firstly, log into your personal profile and ensure that you have put a tick in the box that indicates your willingness to become involved. Secondly, you should ensure that your personal details are complete and up to date and that all fields available are completed with the right information (remember that they do not have to be made public). Lastly, you should go through the list of available categories within your extended profile and ensure that you have indicated your level of interest in each (from very interested through to completely uninterested).It’s worth bearing in mind that your personal details are an important part of the survey allocation process. Whilst it may be tempting to show an interest in every subject, you may actually end up doing yourself out of surveys, as the target audience for a certain survey may in fact be members who have absolutely no interest in the product. It therefore really isn’t worth falsifying your profile in the hope that you might make yourself more eligible for surveys. Market research is an unpredictable medium, and you will never be able to anticipate the cross-section of members that each survey will be looking for.
HOW WILL I BE SELECTED?As and when surveys become available, Ciao will send invitation emails to those members whose personal details fit the requirements for that particular survey. Acceptance is not automatic – normally, you will be required to fill out a basic questionnaire that will determine whether you are eligible to take part, based on your experience and interests. The questionnaire will be emailed to you as a hyperlink, with a specific reference code for your profile. If you complete the questionnaire, and later turn out to be ineligible, if you try and complete the survey again, you will find that the system recognises your user name and will not permit a second attempt.
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