Full disclosure: I love me some surveys. Perhaps this has to do with my deep-seated need to have my opinion heard. When I got to a new place to eat, I like to share my restaurant review with my friends. Same for movies, TV and just about anything else I can recommend. We all have opinions, right? My love of surveys might also have to do with the fact that back in the day, I actually conducted telephone surveys for CBS News/New York Times. Because of that I have a soft spot for anyone who calls up asking for my opinion. I know they are reading from a script and I always tell them, “Relax, I’m going to take the whole survey.” That’s the trick with surveys; you have to complete them in order for them to register. You can’t just answer a couple of questions and drop out otherwise your opinion won’t count.
If you follow the news during an election then you know how important it is to answer those questions. That’s the “snapshot” of what the country is thinking at any given time. It’s fascinating to track hot button issues and see how the surveys reflect a change in attitude. You can’t get through a newscast without at least one poll being quoted. Surveys like the Nielsen ratings also determine what we get to watch on TV. Oh, how I would love to be a Nielsen family. I’d never leave the couch!
Surveys in the Online Age
So, how are you at filling out surveys? Thanks to the interwebs, I’m able to go a little survey crazy. Everybody wants my opinion! Then I realized something important: Not only does my opinion matter but it has value. If I’m going to stop what I’m doing to throw in my two cents why shouldn’t I get rewarded? Along came iPoll. The perfect blend of surveys and rewards. We’re not just talking bogus bucks but cold hard cash that can be converted into Amazon gift cards, charity donations or dropped right into your PayPal account. They really had me at surveys.
First thing I did was make sure to fill out all my profile surveys. At first, I thought, “Why should I answer questions about the military?” Then I realized I have a brother who is a NAVY vet so that counts. (No, that’s not my brother in the linked story but it’s a cool story about a NAVY vet… give it a read!) Same for being a homeowner, playing video games and going to a casino. These might not all apply to me but they are completing my survey profile. Now, iPoll gets to upload surveys that are targeted to my tastes and demographic. That’s great because I really don’t want to take a survey about tips for makeup remover, not that there is anything wrong with that it’s just not something I’m ever going to use. Now, iPoll knows that. Whew.
Survey Treasure Hunt
Opening up the iPoll surveys is a little bit like going on a treasure hunt.
I know what I’m going to be rewarded with and how much time it will take (and it’s usually less than you think!) but I’m not quite sure what they are going to ask me about. A recent survey had me watching the “Iron Man 3″ trailer. Hello? Perfect! I got to share what I think about Tony Stark! (Quick take: He rocks!). I banked a couple of bucks for that one but I would have done it for free. (Don’t tell iPoll!)
Here’s the bottom line: Taking surveys on iPoll is fun and easy. I’m proud to be a ranking member of the iPoll Mobile Army. Do what I do: Bookmark the page and check in when you’ve got spare time. By the end of the week you can be cashing out. What was your favorite iPoll survey so far? No matter what you pick, the survey says, “It’s a winner!”