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Karlonia Accepted for PineCone Research Panel

October 29th, 2007

pinecone-research.jpgAnother bit of good news arrived tonight when I received an email from PineCone Research Panel saying that I have finally been accepted. I managed to find one of their banners about two weeks ago and went through their registration process. I wound up getting a couple of duplicate copies of their registration email over the next few days even after I had answered the additional questions from the original mail and signed up for the panel. Fortunately, I found out later that this was just a technical glitch and they had in fact received my original registration.

Pinecone Research is somewhat of an elite club and for many people represents the “cream of the crop” in the paid survey world. Although their panel is free to join, not just anyone can sign up with them, and there is no registration form on their website. The only way to get into PineCone is to find one of their banners, click on it, and fill out the registration form that appears. The initial signup is pretty simple; in fact, the questions asked are very similar to the ones on the MySurvey registration page. After a day or two, you should receive a “thank you” email that will provide you with an ID number and password, along with a link to another short questionnaire which you will need to fill out in order to fully complete the registration process. My email looked like this:

Dear Registrant,

Thank you for signing up for the PineCone Research online consumer panel! In order for us to finish processing your registration, we have a few additional questions for you. Your prompt response is appreciated and will put you into the queue for your first paid survey.

Your ID number and password and direct link to these questions are included below for your convenience.

ID: 102907
PW: paidsurveys

http://int03.pcrint.net/start/US/332054001.htm

If the questionnaire link does not work, please copy and paste it in to the address line of your browser window.

Important note: This ID and password will allow you to access only these questions. Once your final registration is processed and accepted, you will receive a “Welcome” email. At that time, the ID and password shown above will allow you to access the Member Login Area on the PineCone Research web site.

To learn more about our online panel, visit “Who We Are” on our web site, or you may follow the attached link.

http://www1.pineconeresearch.com/about.HTM

Thank you,

Karen Scott

Web site: http://www.pineconeresearch.com
E-mail: scott(at)pineconeresearch.com
FAQ : http://www1.pineconeresearch.com/faq.asp

After completing the second questionnaire, the only thing you can do is wait. Whether or not you will actually be accepted depends largely on your demographics (including any other members of your household) as well as what kinds of panelists Pinecone happens to be looking for at the time. In my case, I managed to get accepted after a little over one week of waiting and received the official welcome mail:

Dear KARL ERFURT,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in PineCone Research and officially welcome you to our panel of online consumers.

Your first survey notification is scheduled to arrive by e-mail very soon. As a thank you for your participation, you will be paid $5.00 each time you complete an assigned product evaluation survey. Your payment is processed the next business day following the completion of your product evaluation survey and should arrive within a few days.

From time to time we may send you a few questions regarding your household. PineCone members are not compensated for the household questions that you may be asked to complete. Your responses to these brief 2-5 minute questionnaires enable us to send you product evaluations, which are paid, that are more specific to your household.

All survey notifications and household questions will come to you through e-mail and you will only have access to those you are assigned to.

As a new member, we would like to encourage you to check your e-mail regularly and advise us of any changes in your household information, such as a postal address or e-mail address.

To learn more about PineCone Research, please visit our website (www.pineconeresearch.com).

As a PineCone Research panelist, you are part of an elite group that represents consumers across the US. We value your time, your privacy, and your opinions. Please feel free to contact me (scott@pineconeresearch.com) by e-mail if you have any questions, and be sure to include your household ID number and survey number.

Thank you again for your interest in our panel.

Karen Scott

After receiving this second email, you will be qualified to begin receiving the actual survey invitations. According to the research that I have done on them over the years, they pay $5 for each survey, and are known to send payments relatively quickly and reliably. They are definitely not a scam. Formerly payments were sent only by check to USA and Canadian residents, but today they pay mostly by PayPal, which is a good thing for me because I need more PayPal funds to pay for future advertising efforts. PineCone is also known to send out free product trials along with the surveys on a regular basis, especially if your household demographics match favorably with those of the sponsoring market research companies.

While the membership benefits can be rewarding, PineCone banners are notoriously difficult to find. Many people spend months or even years looking for them. In fact, if you try to search for one of these banners by using a search engine, you will likely encounter several forum threads populated by work-at-home enthusiasts who are desperately searching for the elusive Pinecone banner. The problem with trying to find it through forums and search engines is that when you finally see a message from someone with a link to the banner, the post is usually well out of date, and in most cases you will find that the link is no longer valid.

It is occasionally displayed on a variety of different websites, and actually finding it is mostly a matter of good luck and timing. The one that I found was located on the top of my Excite page and was displayed after I had logged into my email account. The banner itself looks very much like the image that I have placed in the top left corner of this post, although the real banner extends much farther to the right of the screen and most of it has a forest green colored background.

If any of you happen to run across this banner, please feel free to post the name of the site where you found it in the comments. Many paid survey enthusiasts are searching for it, and I suspect that they will be grateful for anyone that can help them to locate this elusive image. Of course, if I see another one of these banners myself, I will update the post with its location, but there is no guarantee that it will still be there by the time you actually go to the site!


UPDATE 10/30/07: I have just spotted another Pinecone Banner at the following URL: http://www.brownbaron.com/blog/

Unfortunately, it was a Flash banner so I could not capture the actual image, but it displays the alternating text, “Your opinion counts”, “New offer from Pinecone Research”, “Join Pinecone Research and get paid $ PLUS entry in Sweepstakes to win additional $ Prizes”, and “Influencing tomorrow’s products today” in that order. The majority of the banner has a forest green colored background, and the left side displays a picture of a woman in a pink shirt looking at a laptop computer. It is located on the right side of the web page’s header above the main navigation bar.


3 Responses to “Karlonia Accepted for PineCone Research Panel”

  1. comment number 1 by: Kari

    There is one up right now at http://itsfree.proboards43.com and it doesn’t specify an age limit!

  2. comment number 2 by: MARCOS

    Here’s Sign Up Link.
    https://www.pineconeresearch.com/Signup/Signup_Form.asp

  3. comment number 3 by: Norm

    Hi Guys, currently, as of October 2009, at least for a couple of months, you can find Pinecone Research here:

    http://www.getcalhoun.com/biz/Coupon/pinecone-research.htm

    Norm with GetCalhoun.com

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