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Best Focus Groups Nationwide To Supplement Your Income
How Focus Groups Discovered Us
The reason that I am sharing this information is that there are people who are finding a creative way to make extra income. There are a lot of rumors that paid focus groups solicitations are just ways to sell you products. We participate in focus groups, and I have not spent a dime in my endeavor. Instead, it's provided some needed spending money for my family members.
My family accidentally became familiar with paid focus groups and medical studies during my pregnancy, when I was a perfect candidate for a medical study on stress and premature delivery. I was monitored monthly at Cedar Sinai, and not only was I compensated, I received videotapes and photographs of my children as fetuses. I felt so fortunate to be part of the group, going to the same ante-natal unit as mothers with high risk pregnancies carrying twins and triplets. Both my children were then examined after their births, received IQ tests at age 6, and at the age of 6 or 7, completed brain MRIs at UC Irvine. At each visit, they were obligated to inform me about any abnormality. If it weren't for superior care that I received, I wouldn't have known I had to be bed-ridden for both pregnancies.
When my son turned 1, he was asked to learn simple tasks from candidates who were going to be certified to test small children as part of a study for the benefit of preschool. Somehow, these groups shared databases, and eventually we were asked to participate in non-medical focus groups.
Valued Opinions for Business
The best thing about corporations is that they will allot money to seek your opinion. Good companies will do this as part of their research and development. They want to know what different demographics or segments of population think. And they will pay for your time.
When there was the controversial finger in the chili, Wendy's wanted to know what the public thought. How would you like to eat at 3 fast food restaurants, be reimbursed for it, and then talk about your eating experience?
When Shutterfly launched its Photobook, it wanted those people who created one online to talk about the process.
Mazda wanted to study the public opinion before it launched its crossovers.
Canon wanted public opinion about videocameras. In this study, the participants were shown state-of-the art videocameras. Also, the participants ranging from professional photographers to mothers gave their opinions on the feeling of capturing memories.
The first brain-controlled game manufacturer wanted to watch children test their gears.
Disney exploring a new adventure video game idea.
Haier wanted the opinions of homeowners who love having 2 refrigerators on the new mid-range refrigerators and their different styles.
Types of Focus Groups
Research and marketing companies carry out their clients' wishes in conducting interviews and focus groups. Some will send their own representatives to your home and conduct home interviews and essentially use the research and marketing companies as facilitators. Others will conduct and tape the group interviews. In the higher tech facilities, there are rooms that have fake mirrors where research personnels watch the interviews and also take notes. They will even speak to the moderator through ear-pieces.
As for the online focus groups, they have live chats where a moderator asks a question and expects individuals on computers to "chat," while others involve sending the individual a product and then the individual has to fill out a questionnaire online. Whatever form it takes, the bottom-line is that you are paid for your opinion.
Focus Point Global
Los Angeles and Ten Other Locations
This company administers focus groups in various forms, online surveys and in-person group interviews. Once you are on the mailing list, they will send you surveys to determine whether you qualify. If you do not want to wait for their email, you can go directly to their listings and determine whether you fit the gender, age, and other qualifying factors. When Focus Group Global generally wants to speak to the child, it's very difficult to secure one of these spots, which I suspect go to stay-at-home moms who return their children home immediately. My experience with any research and marketing company, if it's a popular study and you have to call them back, the spots may not be there. I had linked current studies available; however, I was warned that I may be unpublished for doing that, and so, you will have to go direct to their site to peruse the current studies.
Los Angeles, CA Location
1417 Sixth Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
The company designated its Los Angeles office to have a children's focus.
New York City, NY Location
240 Madison Avenue
New York NY 10016
Philadelphia, PA Location
Two Logan Square
18th & Arch Streets, Suite 500
Philadelphia PA 19103
San Francisco, CA Location
450 Sansome Street
San Francisco CA 94111
Other Focus Group Global Locations
Atlanta, GA Location
3414 Peachtree Road, N.E. Suite 800
Atlanta GA 30326
Bala Cynwd, PA Location
225 E. City Avenue
Bala Cynwyd PA 19004
Boston, MA Location
18 Tremont Street
Boston MA 02108
Chicago, IL Location
645 North Michigan Ave
Chicago IL 60611
Dallas, TX Location
5400 Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway, Suite 400
One Lincoln Centre
Dallas TX 75240
Houston, TX Location
Houston, TX 77056
Teaneck, New Jersey Location
20 Puffin Way (formerly E. Oakdene Ave.)
Teaneck NJ 07666
If you are not near any of these locations, Focus Group Global has online surveys.
Trotta Associates for Los Angeles and Irvine
Trotta Associates is another marketing research group based in Southern California. This company operates through its database. When your criteria matches, they will call you.
Marina del Rey Irvine
13160 Mindanao Way
Marina del Rey, CA. 90292
5 Park Plaza
Irvine, CA 92614
Schlesinger and Inspired Opinion Community
The only way to join in the United States is through Inspired Opinion Community. We noticed an increased interest in us when I uploaded a picture.
Here are their locations: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New Jersey, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia/Bala Cynwyd, Phoenix, and San Francisco. I am not sure where the locations are other than Los Angeles. The Los Angeles facility is located at 10880 WIlshire Blvd, Suite 1100, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Savitz Field & Focus
Savitz Field & Focus has facilities in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, and Dallas. They also send out surveys to determine if you meet their qualifications.
Los Angeles Location
5757 W. Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA - 90045
TEL: (310) 642-4799
Atlanta, GA Location
3405 Piedmont Rd. NE Suite 550
Atlanta, GA - 30305
Chicago, IL Location
444 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL - 60611
13747 Montfort Drive
Suite 112 & 211
Dallas, TX - 75240
5177 Richmond Avenue
Houston, TX - 77056
I encourage you to join a panel, but I am unable to provide a helpful link due to Hubpages' policies.
Final Words Regarding These Highly Legitimate Paid Focus Groups
Children's studies generally pay $50 to $125 for 1-2 hours; adults' studies start at $100 for 1-2 hours. Some will provide refreshment and meals as well as free parking. They choose from different demographics, and thus, after every participation, these companies hand out flyers to recruit friends and family members. You can also find listings at Craigslist.org, where you can search using the phrase "focus group." Also, when you attend a focus group, you will meet other individuals there who may know other reputable research and marketing companies. If you have an opinion, why not be compensated?