Monday, October 23, 2017

How to Leverage Customer Surveys to Skyrocket Your Email List Engagement

Has your email list come to a standstill?

Unfortunately for some businesses, the marketing campaigns designed to grow their email lists don’t always work.

The methods grow stale, and businesses have trouble adding new subscribers.

If this is happening to you, don’t get discouraged.

I’ll show you how to add subscribers and increase engagement with customer surveys.

Focusing on customer surveys will be a great decision for your brand.

You’ll find out valuable information about their levels of satisfaction and buying habits.

Surveys can help alter your marketing strategy, products, or services based on the results.

Asking the customer for their opinion is a great way to show how much you care about them.

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Nearly 70% of customers said they left a brand because they did not feel the brand cared.

Don’t let this happen to you.

Keeping your customers happy is a great way to add subscribers to your email list.

You can even send customers a survey through an interactive email.

In this post, I’ll show you how to use surveys to explode your email list.

First, come up with ideas for a survey

What’s your survey going to be about?

Before you can build a survey, figure this part out.

You can’t have a “one size fits all” questionnaire.

You’ll need to come up with a few different ideas here.

Here are a few examples to guide you in the right direction.

You can create a survey about:

  • The shopping experience on your website
  • A recent product purchase
  • How the customer felt after visiting your store
  • Their latest interaction with a customer service representative

Just make sure your questions focus on the customer experience.

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If your customers are experiencing an issue with your brand, products, or process, a survey can help you identify these problems.

You can’t resolve an issue unless you identify it first.

Build your survey

Now that you’ve decided what your survey should be about, it’s time to construct it.

If you’ve never created a survey before, don’t worry.

It’s super easy, and I’ll show you how to do it.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to building a professional customer survey.

Step #1: Select a platform like SurveyMonkey


SurveyMonkey is a top option, but it’s not your only choice.

I like it because it’s easy to use and it’s free.

You can also check out other sites:

All of these will get the job done.

But for simplicity and consistency, I’ll continue explaining how to create your survey on the SurveyMonkey platform.

Step #2: Sign up for an account

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SurveyMonkey makes it easy for you to create a profile.

You can create a unique username or just sign in through your Facebook or Google accounts.

I think it’s easier to just click the Google button.

But it’s a quick process no matter which option you choose.

You can’t proceed until you create your account.

But again, it’s free, so you don’t have to give any credit card or billing information.

Step #3: Choose your template

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You’ve got some different options here.

You can build your survey from scratch or choose one of the predesigned templates.

I’d go with one already designed.

It’s much easier to just plug in your questions into their designs.

But if you want to be adventurous, feel free to start one from scratch.

Step #4: Select “Customer Feedback” from the “All Templates” menu:

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For our purposes, the templates in the customer feedback section are the most relevant.

Remember, we are designing our surveys to:

  1. Enhance the customer experience
  2. Grow our email list

This is the best spot to get started.

Step #5: Navigate to the “Question Bank” to add questions

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After you select a template, you’ll advance to the “Design Survey” tab.

From here, you can customize your questions from the question bank in the left column.

You can use their existing questions, modify them, or write your own.

For example, take a look at the question in the above example.

I could change the words “our company” to “Quick Sprout” to make it less generic.

Step #6: Collect responses from your customers

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Now that you’ve customized the survey, it’s time to distribute it to your customers.

Click the “Collect Responses” tab to proceed.

Now, the logical distribution method would be email, right?

Well, yes and no.

Here’s what I mean.

Yes, you want to send this email to your existing subscriber list.

That’s a no brainer.

However, this won’t necessarily help you build your email list.

All these customers are already subscribed.

Their responses are still valid, and you definitely want to hear them.

You’ll get more opens, clicks, and engagements by sending this out.

But remember, you’re trying to blow the top off your email list.

To do this, you’ll have to distribute the survey on all of your platforms:

  • your website
  • social media pages
  • mobile application

I’ll explain how you can use different resources to grow your email list.

Share your survey on social media pages

You may have fans and followers on social media who haven’t subscribed to your email list yet.

You can target these followers by distributing the survey through social platforms.

It’s a nice change of pace from your promotional messages.

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People will unfollow your page if you post only promotional content.

A survey is a great way to mix it up.

Your customers may have been waiting for a long time to tell you how they feel about your company.

This survey is an opportunity for them to voice their opinions.

Once they complete the survey, say thank you.

Now’s the perfect opportunity to get them to sign up for your email list.

Here’s how you do it.

Before they get started, offer an incentive to your followers to complete the survey.

They will be more inclined to share their opinions if they get something in return.

Here’s the twist.

To receive their free gift or discount, they need to join your email list.

Look at the way Blue Apron accomplishes this:

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Your social media followers will be happy to join your email list if they are getting something in return.

Make sure the deal is worth it.

Giving them 5% off may not be enticing enough.

I’m not saying you need to give your products away, but the offer needs to be appealing.

Converting your followers into customers by sharing your survey on social media can do wonders for your business.

Take a look at the process. Consumer:

  1. takes the survey
  2. signs up for your emails to receive their discount
  3. activates the promotion and makes a purchase

Now, you’re growing your email list and generating revenue.

All because of your survey.

Social media is a great distribution method for your survey because customers are more likely to buy from brands they follow.

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Targeting people for your email list who are more inclined to purchase from your company is an excellent strategy.

Leverage your survey results to boost your brand’s reputation

Let’s take this a step further.

You can use the results from your survey to grow your email list as well.

There are two main ways to accomplish this:

  1. make changes to improve the customer experience
  2. use social proof of concept to get subscribers

Let’s play out a hypothetical example here.

You’ve obtained some new information from your latest survey results.

Customers don’t think you’re running enough promotions.

They want more discounts than you currently offer.

Adjust your business model accordingly.

Make a point to give your customers a sale or promotional discount at least a few times per month.

How do they receive this discount?

By subscribing to your email list.

Start promoting more content that looks like this:

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Your survey results may be telling you that your current sign-up strategy is inefficient.

What’s the current incentive that your subscribers receive for signing up?

If you’re advertising that they will be the first people to get notified whenever you write a new blog post, it may not be exciting enough to them.

Switch it up.

Give the customers what they want, based on how they responded to your survey.

You can also use social proof to leverage your survey results.

This is another great way to grow your email list.

Here’s how social proof influences decisions:


It’s power in numbers.

Use this psychological tactic to grow your email list.

In addition to surveys, you can ask your customers to write reviews for your company.

According to studies, 82% of customers conduct research online before they make a purchasing decision.

What information are they going to find about your company?

If you can encourage customers to review your company online, it will generate social proof.

Ask your customers to write reviews on platforms such as:

  • Facebook
  • Google Local
  • Yelp

Obviously, you’ll want to see positive reviews here.

But don’t be surprised if you find some unfavorable comments as well.

The more people you can get to write reviews, the greater the power of social proof will be.

Here’s an example of Yelp reviews of some coffee shops in my Seattle neighborhood:


These places have 930, 755, and 1469 reviews, respectively.

When a customer is researching your brand online, seeing lots of reviews can influence their decision.

Reviews can also help grow your email list if they say something like, “I subscribed for weekly emails, and they always send me great discounts.”

Highlight surveys, and review results on your website.

Here’s a great example from Legal Zone:

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They proudly display this information on the homepage of their website.

How did they find out this information?

By conducting customer surveys.

Sharing the survey results on their website will create social proof for the prospective customers conducting online research.

This information can help influence more people to subscribe to receive emails.


You should always be trying to grow your email list.

But sometimes the tactics that worked for you in the past just aren’t cutting it anymore.

It’s time to start thinking outside the box to add subscribers.

Customer surveys can make a huge difference in your subscriber rate.

Your surveys should focus on the customer experience.

It’s hard to make changes to the company if you haven’t identified any problems.

The survey results will help you see what areas of your business need improvement.

Build a survey.

Use a platform like SurveyMonkey, and follow the step-by-step guide above.

Distribute your survey on as many channels as possible, including your social media pages.


It won’t cost you billions of dollars to do this.

Social media is a great place to share your survey because your followers are more likely to buy from your brand. It’s only logical that you should target them to join your email list.

Offer a reward, prize, or discount to consumers for completing your survey.

That’s how you can add more subscribers.

To claim their reward, the customer needs to join your email list.

Your survey results can also grow your list.

Use the knowledge gained from the results to make the changes the customers asked for.

Offer these changes through your email list.

Leverage your survey results to add subscribers, capitalizing on the concept of social proof. Display the favorable results of the survey on your website.

When people see that other customers are happy with your brand, they will be encouraged to submit their email addresses to receive more content and promotional information.

What platform will you use to create a survey that will help you grow your email list?

from Quick Sprout

Friday, October 20, 2017

How to Build Hype for the Holiday Season as an Ecommerce Brand

This is a great marketing opportunity for your ecommerce business.

You have a small operating window to effectively execute your plan.

These are some of the most common days to mark on your calendar during the holiday season:

  • Thanksgiving
  • Black Friday
  • Cyber Monday
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year’s Eve
  • New Year’s Day

These all happen within a month or so of each other.

Sure, there are other holidays spread throughout the year.

You can still run promotions for holidays like April Fool’s Day, Mother’s Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day.

But the holidays at the end of the year can be extremely profitable for you if you’re building enough hype for your ecommerce site.

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Ecommerce is on the rise, and it goes up 12% during the holiday season.

Online shopping is convenient for consumers.

They don’t have to sit in traffic or wait in lines.

Shoppers can buy from their homes, offices, or mobile devices whenever they have free time.

Sure, not everyone loves shopping on ecommerce platforms.

In fact, 49% of shoppers say not being able to touch, try, or feel a product is their biggest problem with shopping online.

Regardless, ecommerce is still trending upward.

This is especially true for the holidays.

The average adult in the United States plans to spend $419 on their holiday gift purchases.

Take advantage of this.

Building up hype for your ecommerce site can get you a piece of that number.

I’ll show you how to get exposure for your website during the holiday season.

This will increase your traffic, conversions, sales, and revenue.

Start planning early

Don’t wait until the last minute to execute your holiday promotional strategies.

Waiting until December to start marketing for Christmas is way too late.

Let’s take a look at some numbers.

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Consumers are shopping less during the pre-holiday dates.

Look at the trends over the last three years.

Just because your customers are waiting to buy does not mean you should be waiting to promote.

Look, I’m not saying to launch your campaign in July or August, but you can certainly start planning ahead.

If you wait, you could potentially lose the edge to your competitors.

Start preparing for factors outside of your marketing strategy as well.

Make sure you have enough inventory.

You’ll also need enough staff on the schedule who are familiar with your procedures to fill and process incoming orders.

Touch base with your web hosting service.

Find out if your website has enough speed and bandwidth to accommodate a potential surge in visitors.

Slow loading times or a site crash could be detrimental to your company, so get all of this sorted out ahead of time.

Planning ahead for unforeseen circumstances will save you time, money, and headaches in the long run.

Offer shipping benefits

Give the customer a reason to buy from you over the competition.

Shipping could be the deciding factor resulting in the sale.

In fact, 9 out of 10 consumers list free shipping as their top incentive for shopping online.

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Free shipping isn’t the only motivation you should offer.

If possible, offer priority shipping or even overnight shipping options. Don’t exclude those last-minute shoppers.

If it’s the week before the holidays and people still need to buy gifts, they won’t use a company that takes two weeks to deliver an order.

That shouldn’t be your business. Let your competition make that mistake.

Sure, for overnight shipping or expedited packages, it may not be practical to offer free shipping.

Just make sure your customer has the option to choose when their package will arrive at the most affordable rate.

Be upfront about your shipping prices.

Consider that 61% of consumers said that unexpected costs like shipping, taxes, and fees were the reason for not finalizing their checkout process.

You definitely want to minimize shopping cart abandonment.

Offer free shipping whenever possible, and be transparent about extra costs before the customer reaches your checkout page.

Don’t alienate last-minute shoppers with long delivery dates.

Retargeting must be a top priority

Target your existing customers during the holiday season.

Sure, it’s always great to get new business.

But think about your marketing budget.

It can cost you up to 7 times more to obtain a new customer than to retain an existing customer.

The holiday season isn’t the time to experiment with a new customer acquisition strategy.

Focus on the people already familiar with your brand and products.

If you don’t market to your current customers, they may turn to your competitors instead.

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Look at the data above.

During the holiday season, consumers are open to shopping on websites they haven’t visited before.

You can look at this in two ways:

  1. You have a greater chance getting new customers.
  2. Your current customers may shop on other ecommerce sites.

I would strongly recommend focusing on that second point.

We just talked about the cost of acquiring a new customer compared to keeping an existing one.

If you get new customers, that’s great.

But don’t make that your primary strategy for building holiday hype.

I would be much more concerned with losing one of your customers.

Launch your most successful retargeting strategies for your next holiday campaign.

Create a sense of urgency

Give your customers a reason to make the purchase now.

If they are just browsing, entice them to buy immediately instead of later.

Amazon uses this strategy on their platform all year round.

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Look at this example.

Do you see how they created urgency here?

Only 1 item left in stock.

The customer may panic.

Even if they were just browsing, now they have a reason to buy it right away.

The customer knows their loved one really wants this item as a gift, so they don’t want to risk it being sold out before the holidays.

Implement this strategy on your ecommerce site.

  • Limited quantity remaining
  • Only 2 hours left before sale price expires
  • Free shipping if you order before midnight

These are some phrases you can use to encourage buying.

You should do this all year, but it’s especially effective during the holidays.

People want to buy the perfect gift for their friends and family members.

Entice them to purchase those gifts from your website.

Make sure your website is optimized for mobile devices

I often speak about the importance of mobile optimization.

The holiday season is no different.

It’s essential for your customers to be able to make purchases on their phones and tablets easily.

Look at the mobile ecommerce trends from last year’s holiday season:

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Earlier we established that people wait until the Thanksgiving weekend to do the majority of their holiday shopping.

The above graph shows purchasing statistics over 3 important days for online retailers:

  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Black Friday
  • Cyber Monday

These dates are within five calendar days of each other.

On each of these days, over half of the ecommerce traffic came from mobile devices.

Purchases from mobile users were 40%, 36%, and 35%, respectively.

Those numbers cannot be ignored.

If your platform isn’t mobile optimized, there’s no chance you’ll get a significant number of sales.

Your page has to load fast too.

Mobile users will leave a site 57% of the time if it doesn’t load in 3 seconds.

Earlier we discussed the importance of planning ahead for the holiday season hype.

Mobile optimization and mobile load times should be at the top of your list.

Flash sales

Run a same day promotional event.

Flash sales work great.

This relates back to the concept of urgency.

Here’s a great example from the J. Crew Factory Store.

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Take a look at the two points I highlighted here:

  • ends tonight
  • online only

These are both great ways to create hype.

Sure, this isn’t an advertisement focused on the holidays.

But you can use those terms during seasonal promotional campaigns as well.

Here’s another thing you want to consider when running a flash sale.

Timing is everything.

If you’re going to run a same day sale or a promotion lasting for a few hours, you need to plan it perfectly.

Find out what time of day your customers are shopping.

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The data above shows consumer shopping habits from Cyber Monday last year.

For the most part, activity was much lower during the normal working hours of the day.

What does this tell you?

Starting a sale at 10 AM and ending it at noon probably isn’t your best bet.

However, starting your sale in the evening and running it through 8 AM the following day would be much more effective.

When planned and executed properly, flash sales are a great way to build hype during the holiday season.

Focus on your pricing strategy

Consumers are always price sensitive.

The holidays may not be a bad time to focus on your prices.

Compare your pricing to that of the competition.

Where do you fit?

One of the perks of online shopping for consumers is that they can compare prices between different sites in just seconds.

Chances are, they will buy the least expensive product.

Take a look at these researching habits:

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Consumers even visit websites before making a purchase in a brick and mortar store.

Understand the psychology behind pricing.

People love feeling like they got a good deal.

Make sure your products offer them value.

What makes your company different?

If your product is the same as those of every other brand on the market, why should the customer pay double for yours?

They won’t.

The holidays are also a great time to offer discounts and deals.

We already talked about how important it is to offer free shipping.

Discount the products as well.

Mark the initial price higher if necessary, and then slash the prices with flash sales and other promotions.

Know your audience

Whom are you targeting with your holiday campaign strategy?

If the answer is anyone and everyone with access to the Internet, it’s a mistake.

Narrow your focus, and choose your target audience.

Does your business have a Facebook page?

If it doesn’t, you need one. But I won’t get into the importance of that right now.

For the time being, I’ll assume you have a presence on Facebook.

It’s a great way to find out the demographics of your target audience.

Go to the “Insights” tab on your Facebook page.

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This will show you valuable information about everyone who liked your page.

You’ll learn their:

  • Gender
  • Age
  • Location
  • Language

Take this data, and create campaigns for your followers.

Based on this information, you can potentially figure out which holidays your followers celebrate.

Advertise accordingly.

Use multiple distribution channels

How are you planning to advertise during the holidays?



Your answer should be both, plus every other distribution channel you can find.

Make sure your brand has an active presence on different social media platforms.

Facebook is effective.

But that shouldn’t be your only resource.

Use Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube to connect with your customers.

Billions of consumers are active on various platforms each month.

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If you’re running a promotion such as a flash sale, which we talked about earlier, advertise it on all of your active distribution channels.

This is the best way to ensure it reaches the largest number of people.

It may sound obvious, but too many ecommerce stores look over this concept.

They may advertise a promotion on Instagram but not on Twitter.

This doesn’t make any sense.

It will only take an extra minute or two out of your day to get this campaign up on all of your platforms.

Don’t slack during the holiday season.

Use all your resources to promote your products and brand.


The holiday season is a great opportunity for ecommerce stores to generate high profits.

It’s a time when people are looking to spend money over a short period of time.

The days between Thanksgiving and Christmas are the peak time when consumers shop for the holidays.

Run most promotions between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday.

Those few days are a popular time for online shopping.

Plan ahead.

Make sure you’ve got plenty of staff and inventory ready for a potential surge in online orders.

Online shopping is growing in popularity, especially on mobile devices.

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Your ecommerce store needs to be optimized for mobile users.

Create a sense of urgency with each campaign.

Run flash sales, and target your existing customers.

It’s cheaper to keep a current customer than to acquire a new one.

When you’re running a flash sale, pay special attention to the timing of your promotion.

Know your audience. Research the demographics of your customers, and market to those people accordingly.

Customers are sensitive to pricing, so make sure you focus on your pricing strategy.

Offer incentives like free shipping.

Don’t forget about last-minute shoppers.

You also need to advertise next day shipping whenever possible.

Promote your brand on all your distribution channels.

Following these techniques is a recipe for success if you want to build hype for your ecommerce site during the holidays.

How will you promote your ecommerce store during the holiday season to increase sales?

from Quick Sprout

Thursday, October 19, 2017

These Are The Best Survey Sites To Make The Most Money

Imagine if you could just share your opinion and make money.

How great would it be to sit on your couch, in your free time, and make extra money just by saying what you feel about products, services, and newsworthy topics?

You’re already doing it with your friends and on Facebook, so why not get paid for it?

Well…now’s your chance.

With online survey sites you have the opportunity to earn a side income by saying what you feel and shaping the future marketplace for products.

And you can start making real money from it right now.

In this article, I want to give you a complete breakdown of everything you need to know to make money taking surveys.

So, if you have an opinion and want to get cash for it, it’s time to read on…

What You Will Learn

  • Why should you be taking online surveys?
  • How much money can you make?
  • The 6 best survey sites to make money from
  • How to make money taking surveys TODAY!
  • FAQ: Your Most Asked Questions, Answered
  • Bonus Tip: How to make your first $20 in 15 minutes

You’ll also see quick tip boxes throughout the article

Why Should You Be Taking Online Surveys?

Online Survey sites allow you to start making money from performing simple online tasks.

If you have a computer, and internet connection and some free time that you want to get paid for – you’ve got everything you need. There’s no need for special qualifications or requirements.

While they are still called Survey Sites, many of them have branched out to give you lots of different opportunities to earn money.

You can find yourself getting paid to play games, watch YouTube Videos, talk about the products you love and even test them at home. Some of them will even pay you to shop through them.

They’re the tasks you were going to do online anyway, and now you can get paid for them.

But how much can you get paid?

How Much Money Can You Make?

You can easily make an extra $75-$100 per month if you use the sites and strategies in this article.

For example, Gretchen from the Retired by 40 blog uses just one site to generate $1,205 extra cash per year.

All by playing games, shopping and performing simple Google Searches. (You’ll see her exact strategy later in this article).

By adding a handful of these sites together, you can start to create a second income for just a small investment of time each day.

And, imagine what you could do with an extra $1,200+ a year? You could:

  • Pay for your next holiday
  • Cover the down payment on a new car
  • Invest in a new online business
  • Buy a brand new laptop

Heck, that’s just what I’d do with the extra cash.

Survey Sites aren’t going to make you rich, but what they can do is provide you with a constant amount of extra cash to add to your disposable income (or put towards your debts).

Okay, so if you like the idea of earning extra money, where do you need to go to do it?

Well, that’s where this next list comes in…

Quick Tip

Many sites use ‘points’ as the currency on their site. These points all have a cash value when you cash out.

acop cash value

The amount of points, and their dollar value, changes from site to site, so it’s worth checking the site to find out how many points equals what amount of dollars.

What Are The Best Survey Sites To Start Making Money From?

In this section, you’ll find the six best survey sites for you to start making money from. But, what makes them the best?

I’ve handpicked only the most tried, tested and proven sites with the best track record. And, all of these sites will pay you in cold hard cash and not try to make you redeem gift cards instead.

Read about each site, find the ones that you like, and sign up for them. Then you can head to the next section where I outline how you can make money taking surveys right away.

#1: PrizeRebel

  • Average Payment: 60 to 85 points
  • Time Invested: 5-10 minutes


PrizeRebel points are worth $0.01 each. But, they have a minimum payout of a $5 Amazon Gift Card, and they will payout within 24 hours.

In fact your are not just limited to Amazon gift cards. You can also be paid via PayPal, with BitCoin or direct to your bank account.

I like PrizeRebel because they offer a lot of quick hit surveys so you can earn a fair chunk of change very quickly.

And so far I have made $92.24 with them-

prize rebel earnings

This is where you’ll get the biggest return for your time and that is why I recommend them first.

>> You can sign up for PrizeRebel here <<

#2: MintVine

  • Average Payment: $0.50 – $5.00 (£0.35 – £4.50)
  • Time Invested: 10-20 minutes per survey


MintVine has a perfect blend of payment amount and quantity of surveys. It’s not uncommon to earn in the region of $5.00 (£4.50) for a 15-minute survey.

So far I have made a total of $139.82 with MintVine-

mintvine earnings

You can also make money through them by:

  • Redeeming offers
  • Shopping for local deals
  • Research studies
  • Referrals

It’s simple, user-friendly, and gets good feedback from being part of the Better Business Bureau. So, you know you can trust spending your time here, too.

>> You can sign up for MintVine here <<

#3: Swagbucks

  • Payment Range: Starting at $0.52 (£0.40) per Survey
  • Time Invested: 10-20 minutes per survey


Swagbucks gives you the most opportunities to earn money. Surveys and Polls are the backbones of this site. However you can make money in 13 different ways:

  1. Complete daily Poll’s
  2. Answer opinion surveys
  3. Use the Swagbucks search function
  4. Watch YouTube videos or clips (Desktop and Mobile)
  5. Shop online through Swagbucks
  6. Play games
  7. Find trial offers
  8. Install the Swagbucks toolbar on your browser
  9. Complete specific tasks
  10. Print and use coupons from their site
  11. Read online articles
  12. Hit your daily target of Swagbucks (or get on a winning streak and get more points)
  13. Redeem Swag Codes

There’s money to be made here.

In fact, users over on the Money Saving Expert forum have reported making at least £25 per month from the site:

swagbucks quote

They even run a yearly challenge to see how much money can be made with hundreds of active participants, so there’s no shortage of money for you to get your hands on.

I have had great success with SwagBucks and you will as well!

>> You can sign up for SwagBucks here <<

#4: CashCrate

  • Average Payment: $0.50 – $3.00 per survey
  • Time Invested: 5-10 minutes


CashCrate is another good payer for surveys. They also work all of your earnings in dollars, and not points, which is a breath of fresh air here.

I was able to rack up $18.51 quite quickly-

They have a payout minimum of $20, and it’s sent by paper cheque. You’ll receive your payment around two weeks later, according to reports from long-term users.

You can make money taking surveys, offers, and playing games. It’s one of the more fun sites to use, that will also pay you quite handsomely.

>> You can sign up for CashCrate here <<

How Can You Start To Make Money Taking Surveys?

These strategies will help you make as much money as possible by choosing the most effective parts of each site is.

Don’t forget I have only included the best survey sites in this list so focusing on them will help you to make the most money.

Step #1: Sign Up To All Of The Best Paid Survey Sites

Have you ever heard of the compound effect?

It’s where you take small, incremental, changes and add them together to create one big overall result.

For example, earning $1.00 a day extra doesn’t sound like much, but over a year that’s $365 – a much more handsome sum of money.

That’s the approach you need to take to earning money from these sites. The more sites you have access to, the more:

  • Surveys
  • Games
  • Offers
  • Deals
  • Polls
  • Referrals

You’re going to be able to make money from. Not all sites offer surveys every day, and not all of them have great deals, so it’s best to keep your options open.

If one site doesn’t look worth your time today, you can swap to another and cash in there. And on the days that all the sites are offering great deals, you’ve got access to an absolute goldmine.

So, go ahead and sign up to as many sites as you can and then meet me in the next step.

Quick Tip

All of these sites have a cash out threshold. That means you need to reach a certain amount of points, or cash, before you can redeem them.

It’s in your best interest to at least reach this threshold on the site you’re working on, so you can definitely get paid for the work you’ve done.

Step #2: Cash In All Of Your Sign Up Options

When you sign up to a site, they’ll give you lots of options to start earning extra points or cash.

For example, Swagbucks gives you a lot of options.

In 61 seconds you can make around $1.00, and all you’ve done is click a few buttons.

make money taking surveys with swagbucks

Explore all of these options when you sign up, on all of the sites you choose, and you can find yourself with a fistful of cash that you didn’t have when you woke up this morning.

You can also do this with MintVine

mintvine signup options

Not only that but they’ll also guide you through the entire process to make repeat instant cash.

CashCrate are also a good way to generate some instant profits-

Just sign up and follow the steps – it’s easy!

In fact if you stopped reading this article and signed up for SwagBucks, MintVine and CashCrate right now you would make instant money.

Step #3: Take (And Apply For) As Many Surveys As You Can

Some sites will require you to apply for surveys. Don’t worry; it’s nothing strenuous.

You’ll be asked to fill out some criteria that will test whether you fit the product or service. And, then they’ll decide if you’re a good candidate.

This may sound like you could waste time here, but you’ll get points just for applying, which all add up for when you do land a survey:

global test market points

You won’t always need to apply for a survey – some will be offered to you, or be readily available, like the ones below. But the more opportunities you give yourself, the better.

surveys and earn

But remember, this is the ultimate way to start making money from Survey Sites – taking the surveys that they offer.

They’re the most consistent, and most plentiful source of money on these sites.

I’d love to tell you that there is an amazing, foolproof, system that gives you $5 surveys every time.

But, sadly, there isn’t. Instead you need to check the sites every day for surveys and complete them.

Some days they’ll be worth pennies. Others, like on Pinecone Research, will be worth much more. Keep in mind this is a long-term strategy for making money, and it will pay off over time.

Just be consistent and focus on the highest paying surveys when they come available.

However, if they’re not available, there are many ways to keep on making money…

Quick Tip

Short on time?

Focus your time and effort on the Prize Rebel site. In 15-20 minutes you can take lots more surveys than you can on any other site. And, while the pay is less per survey, you’ll be able to get a much higher amount done.

So where you may only earn $1.00 for a 15-20 minute survey, you may make $1.50 – $1.75 for 20 minutes on there instead.

Step #4: Take Small, Daily, Actions On Swagbucks

Remember at the start of the article I told you about Gretchen? She makes $1,205 a year from Swagbucks.

She performs small, daily tasks that mount up to create a big chunk of money.

Here’s what she does every day, week or month, to get her results…

  1. Searching each day = 50 SB a week = 2,600 SB per year
  2. Redeem 10 coupons each week = 100 SB a week = 5,200 SB per year
  3. Take The Daily Poll = 365 SB per year
  4. Do One Survey Each Day = 60 SB = 21,900 SB per year
  5. Earn 100 Bonus Swagbucks per Month = 51,200 SB per year
  6. Play 2 Games per day = 2 SB = 730 SB Per Year
  7. Complete Daily Offers = 2 SB = 730 SB Per Year
  8. Watch Videos Each Day = 20 SB = 7,300 SB per year
  9. Play Videos on the Mobile App = 50 SB = 18,250 SB per year
  10. Shop through Shop & Earn once a month = 100 SB = 1,200 SB per year
  11. Earn Daily Goal Bonuses = 3 SB per day = 1,095 SB per year

That’s 110,570 Swagbucks which is at least $1,105 in gift cards or around $100 extra every month.

Many of these tasks don’t take effort from you, either.

Watching a video doesn’t require any real watching as long as it’s running in the background.

You can even plug your headphones in and leave them out of your ears so you don’t have to hear it.

And, if you perform your Google searches through Swagbucks you can find yourself earning money for stuff you were going to look for anyway.

You’ve just been extra smart and monetised it.

These tasks can be performed through multiple sites as well.

You aren’t tied to Swagbucks here.

You can apply the same to PrizeRebel & Mintvine and any other sites that follow the same system and triple that income.

Step #5: Make Money Buying Products You Like

Buying products through your Survey sites can mean not only do you get some products for free, you can also make more money back on them.

Here is where you get the most money for the least time invested.

Take a look at this example from Survey Chris

He bought an Audible Membership through a survey site at a discounted price of $1 (usually $7-$10). He likes audiobooks and was going to pick up the product anyway.

As part of that offer, he was able to redeem a certain amount of points for buying the product and for keeping it:

sign up to the best paid survey sites

In total, Chris was able to earn $8 from a $2 purchase ($1 to buy and $1 to hold it for the second month), which is a $6 gain overall.

Not bad for doing what you were going to do anyway, is it?

You can earn money like this through:

And, they also give you the option to earn cashback on the other purchases you make online.

If you were to shop at your favourite high-street retailers through the options on the site, you can earn points or cash back on every $1.00 you spend.


Before you spend online, take an extra couple of minutes to look and see if there is an offer through any of the sites you’re signed up too.

Who knows, it could just make you a profit.

This Section In Short

Okay, I just want to quickly talk you through each of the last points, so you know what you need to do to start making money from Survey Sites.

Here are the steps you need to take:

Step #1: Sign Up To All The Best Survey Sites

The more sites you’re a member of, the more opportunities there are to make money.

Not every site is full of offers and surveys each day, so having more options help maximise how much you will learn.

However I would highly recommend you only stick to all of the best survey sites that I have listed for you above-

Step #2: Redeem The Sign Up Offers

There are lots of sign up offers on each site, so be sure to cash them in.

You can earn $20+ in your first few hours just be changing a few of your internet settings and signing up for a few free extras.

Step #3: Take (And Apply For) As Many Surveys As You Can

When surveys are readily available take them and focus your time on the highest payers.

If you have to apply – even if you think you might not be eligible – do it anyway.

You’ll receive a small amount of points that will give all add up for when you do get onto one of the surveys.

Step #4: Take Small, Daily, Actions

Much like Gretchen, find small things to do every day on each site.

Search, spend, redeem offers and activate toolbars to accrue points that will add to your total. It may sound small now, but it’ll make a huge difference over 6-12 months.

Step #5: Redeem Offers And Shop Online

Before you make any purchases online, be sure to check out what offers are being made on your different sites.

You could earn cashback, or even make more money than you spend on some of your purchases.

Frequently Asked Questions: What Do You Need To Know?

In this section, I want to explore some of your biggest concerns and put your mind at ease.

Are There Scam Survey Sites?

None of the sites on this list are scam sites. All of them have a good track record of paying on time.

There will always be people who have a negative experience with a site. So, you will be able to find bad reviews if you go looking for them.

But the sites here are all part of the Better Business Bureau, or larger organizations, to ensure they have excellent customer service & are all legitimate paid survey sites.

How Will You Be Paid?

This depends on the website.

While some sites are forward thinking and pay through PayPal, many of them opt to pay by cheque.

Will You Be Wasting Your Time?

Only if you don’t cash out.

While the sites are there for you to make money, they aren’t against you doing the work for free.

That’s why it’s important that you always try to hit the payment threshold, no matter how long it takes.

When you get paid, it’s not time wasted.

Can I Automate The Work?

Lots of people ask about if they can get the work done…without doing the work.

While it is possible on individual sites, it’s really not worth it. You’ll waste more time and effort setting it up than it’s worth.

And, if you get found out, you’ll have lost a lot of time for nothing.

Wrapping It Up

Okay, there you have it, that’s everything you need to know about the best free survey sites & how to make the most money with them.

If you have spare time, an internet connection and the desire to earn more money, you’ve got no excuse not to start using them.

It really is money for old rope!


  • Volume is key: The more sites you sign up to, the better.
  • Don’t only rely on Surveys: They are the most consistent way to make money, but explore the bigger money options around them too.
  • It’s about the long game: This isn’t a get rich quick scheme, but after time you’ll find you have a solid amount of money to work with

And if you want to make instant money right sign up to SwagBucks, MintVine and CashCrate right now & follow the steps.

Now, it’s over to you – where are you going to start with surveys?

Let me know in the comments…

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