Do I get paid to take part in research surveys?
Yes. Depending on how long the research takes to
complete, the money you receive varies. You will
always be told upfront how much the incentive is
for taking part. The average is R200 – R400
How long does a research survey go on for?
Anywhere from 1 hour to 3 hours. The length of the
research survey does vary from study to study but
you will be told how long it will take prior to
you accepting to take part.
Do I have to have my own transportation?
Yes, it is up to you to arrive at the research venue
15 minutes before the research study is due to
What must I wear?
You may dress casually unless otherwise instructed.
do I need to bring along to a research study?
If you need to bring anything specific along to the
research study you will be instructed to do so
in the email we send you.
If I say no to a research survey, will I be contacted
to take part in other research surveys in future?
Yes, we understand that you could be busy and it’s
not always possible to make a research study. Saying
no will not affect if you are contacted in the future.
If you say yes to a research study and do not arrive
you will be blacklisted so we would rather you were
honest about whether you can make it or not.
Where is the research conducted?
The research takes place at designated research facilities
in the Cape Town (southern suburbs) or Joburg area.
You will be supplied with directions to the research
venue should you be chosen to take part in a research
When is the research conducted?
The research usually takes place after working hours
or on the weekend to accommodate if you are working
or studying. Some research may be conducted during
office hours but we will always check your availability
for any particular study.
What type of studies can I expect to be involved
- Ad tests
- Product tests
- Image studies
- Consumer service studies
- Concept tests
- Pack tests
An example of a study could be
coming in to sample a wine and then giving your opinion
on taste, branding, packaging etc..
These studies could be group discussions,
questionnaires, interviews, online questionnaires
What are you going to do with the information I
give in research studies?
The information collected is used for market research
purposes only. This means it will be used by the
clients of a Research Company to help them improve
their products and services, and better meet the
needs of their customers. As with all market research,
the information collected from you is completely
confidential, and your name and personal information
are never associated with the data you provide.
Why do you need my name, address and other details?
Your name, personal information, and the data you
give will never be used to later to sell you something,
or market to you in any way.
The reason we need your details is that
we need to ensure
that we place you in the correct research studies.
Also, the research company may need to contact you
if a research survey changes or is cancelled. Research
companies also need to validate that you are a real
person so these details are necessary to prove to
their clients that the research was conducted with
you and not a fabricated person.
Why do I need to fill in my
race on the sign up form?
When research is undertaken it is important to get
many different points of view. This is the reason
why we need to create a profile of who you are in
order to create focus groups that are representative
of all types of people. The researchers also have
to take into consideration what market their clients
want to sell their products to. Race is not the only
variable that is important. They look at age, gender,
where you live, monthly income, what household goods
you own etc. Please understand that there is no
specific focus on race and we are not trying to discriminate,
it’s just one of the variables that help researchers
ensure that they put together focus groups of people
who they are ultimately going to sell their products
What’s the difference
between taking part in market research (the research
that ThinkBox will organise for you) and telemarketing?
While both the research industry and sales-related
industries use the same ways to conduct their business
(i.e. telephone, mail, internet, email), there is
an important difference.
- Telemarketing is a sales-related
industry that wants to sell you something.
- A survey
researcher simply wants to ask your opinion.
member of ThinkBox you will only be contacted to
be asked to take part in research. If you take part
in the research you will then receive financial incentive
for your time.
Click here to Sign up
to the ThinkBox database