• Matt Breed

    A few months ago, I got a Nielsen survey. It appears that they are taking the same tact as Gallop, but if I remember correctly, it was a brand new fiver in that survey.

    I, like you, felt that it was not worth my time and discarded it after nabbing $5.

  • http://www.savings.com/blog/blog.html Stella

    How many questions were on the Nielsen survey? I probably would have been guilted into doing it if there were only as many as on the Gallup one with a five dollar bill for compensation rather than only a one…

  • http://www.WriteLaughLove.com Katie Love

    I loved this. Been there, done that. It is so important to calculate what your time is worth and to also be flexible and adjust for pet projects. As a professional writer, I try to weigh the overall exposure and longevity of a piece or project, as well as the compensation. I think if we all did an “in-house” survey of what we’re worth around the house, the job and pet-project time, we might get depressed, realizing we’re grossly underpaid. That said, if you’re doing what you love, or as close to it as possible, that is another way to calculate worth and compensation. As for surveys, I can’t get to the Delete button fast enough!

    Thanks for this informative and entertaining piece!

  • http://www.mommasinthehouse.com Susan

    I hate surveys and it’s totally not worth my time. The time it takes for me to fill out the survey will be well over 30 minutes, considering I would be interrupted by my two kids every other minute. However, that doesn’t mean I won’t consider pocketing the money, is that bad?

  • http://www.savings.com/blog/user/ShoppinHolly.html Holly

    Good question at the end of the post…I basically calculate how much my time is worth based on two things: a) the going rate for the job–as Katie Love said, every writing project is different, so blogs, book chapters, or web content will all be worth a different hourly fee–based on industry rather than my own personal idea/opinion…and b) my need for money at the time–this inevitably increases or reduces what I feel the hourly fee should be even after checking industry standards:)

  • Vi

    Count me in on the side that hates surveys. I’d be likely to take the cash as well, but I’m also the type to seriously consider opening a checking account if the bank is offering a $100 incentive, never mind all the strings attached. Then again, $100 a bigger carrot than $5.

  • Allegra

    I’d be interested to hear the research behind this tactic of attaching money to the actual survey. I would have guessed that the vast majority of people just pocketed the money and threw the survey away, but enough people must fill it out to make it worth the lost money. Those people are a lot nicer than me.

  • http://www.donnafreedman.com Donna Freedman

    Thanks for the link! Coincidentally, I was recently sent a survey from my HMO and hadn’t filled it out. A couple of weeks later they sent me a follow-up note — with a $2 bill attached.
    Well, it got me off my dime. I filled out the (very short) paperwork and sent it off. The $2 went into my “Home” account (I’m saving up for a place of my own and all “extra” money, no matter how small, gets sent there).
    I, too, wonder how many people just kept the cash.

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