This is a work in progress so please check back from time to time as I continue to add to this list.
All You Reality Checkers This is sponsored by All You Magazine (a great magazine that if full of really good coupons). After you join Reality Checkers they will send you a periodic email inviting you to take a survey about a product. If you meet their criteria then you will be invited to do a product test and tell them how it went.
When you sign up to become a Bzz Agent you will receive invites to try out different products and services, which they refer to as a “campaign”. If you accept the invite then they will send you a Bzz packet with the product and some high value coupons (usually a free one too) to pass out to your friends. You submit a report each time you talk about or post about the campaign. You will fill out a short survey at the end of the campaign. The payment system is based on points and of course the product itself. The more you participate, the more you get and the higher you advance in the “hive”. Higher level users get invited to better campaigns.
Clorox Advisors have the opportunity to influence new product ideas at Clorox and may get the chance to see and test new products and advertisements before they are available to the general public. They send out a handful of surveys per year and I have had a couple of home usage tests from them. The surveys are very easy to take and payment is typically a sweepstakes entry, but the home usage tests can pay as much as $20.00
The General Mills Psst program is great! Every once in a while they will send you an invitation to sample one of their products in exchange for your opinion. They usually send some extra high dollar coupons along with the product. All you need to do is use the product, share it with your friends and log in and take a short survey at the end of the trial.
Kraft First Taste is an excellent program. Panel members get occasional invites to try new Kraft Products and suggest them to their friends (they are referred to as “activities”. In addition to the free product they also send coupons to either use or give out. Sometimes they will give you a link to print a coupon from their site. In return they ask for you to fill out a survey and discuss the product. It is a good idea to go into visit your home page occasionally and check for new activities as sometimes you don’t get an email invite.
Fragrance Advisory Board Members can help shape the direction of future products by sharing their insights, preferences and opinions about fragrance. They send a survey out every couple of months. and pay you with credits which can be cashed out in $5.00 increments. They occasionally offer product tests.
McCormick’s Consumer Panel sends out a survey every couple of months. They do offer product tests, but it doesn’t happen very often. However, the surveys are worth completing because they are simple and short. You will be entered in a drawing for a gift card upon completion.
SheSpeaks is a community site for women to come together and share their opinions about different products and services. The more information you provide them, the more likely you are to be invited to test and review a product that matches your interests.
Vocalpoint is a Community site. They are affiliated with Procter & Gamble and send occasional emails encouraging you to contribute your opinions and/or suggestions on products and subjects relating to daily living and family life. The best thing about Vocalpoint are what are known there as “Try and Tells”. Try and Tells are great because they will either send you a product, a coupon for a free product and sometimes both! They also send out a few extra high value coupons for the Try and Tells. In return they request that you fill out a survey about your experience and interact with the site.