Mindswarms is a video survey site where participants can earn money by answering questions through recorded videos. They also pay cash through PayPal from $10 to $50 per survey, depending on the length and topic. In this review, we’ll go through the pros and cons of signing up.
What’s the concept?
Online survey quality is suffering from inattentive and disengaged survey takers, fed up with survey sites using sneaky practices to reduce their rewards. Mindswarms do it differently. Almost anyone with a smartphone or a webcam can produce a video in minutes. Because of this, Mindswarms realized it could provide high-quality, in-depth consumer insights from people everywhere. Gathering market research feedback through video is a market research methodology that, a decade ago, would have taken weeks, perhaps months. Smartphones and high-speed internet have transformed it into a process that can be done efficiently and economically in a couple of hours.
Is Mindswarms a scam?
Mindswarms can pay out up to $50 for a single video survey, which can be as much as 100X more than a standard text-based online survey. Too good to be true? In our investigation, the site comes through as legit (see proof of payment below). Some users might create negative reviews because they aren’t selected to take as many surveys as they’d like. This is understandable, but it doesn’t make Mindswarms a scam. The company pays for valid video surveys and does what it says on the tin.
What makes Mindswarms different?
Mindswarms is different from standard paid survey sites in two significant ways:
- They don’t reward you with worthless virtual points but with actual cash after every survey.
- They let you create video responses to survey questions via your computer or mobile phone.
Most online survey sites, such as Ipsos i-Say or YouGov, reward users with a virtual currency which only can be redeemed upon meeting certain conditions. You’ll often need to take as many as 20 surveys before you meet the criteria to cash out according to their rules.
On the other hand, standard online surveys can often be taken quickly and are usually less involved than creating a video.
Mindswarms let respondents take surveys with video responses, which is different, but they also pay $10 or $50 directly to your PayPal account. Usually, the day after you complete the survey.
Getting started is a simple, three-part process that can be done in less than half an hour, provided you’re set up to record a video.
- Register: fill out your profile, and set up PayPal.
- Practice: Create a practice video to qualify for surveys.
- Earn: Start earning money by taking video surveys.
You can either sign up online at Mindswarms.com or via their smartphone app (available for iPhone or Android). Registering is easy and quick, providing your name, a username, a password, and basic contact information. Enter that to create your account and move on to the next step.
On the next page, you’ll be asked to create your profile. Make sure to fill out all the information accurately to avoid the risk of account suspension later. Also, filling in all the profiling questions will increase your chances of qualifying for video surveys.
If you haven’t created a PayPal account yet, you’ll need to do so when signing up. This is smart since you’ll be fully prepared to receive your payment when that time comes.
Create a practice video.
Mindswarms asks you to create a profile video for a few reasons:
- To practice producing and uploading videos.
- To practice how to answer questions clearly and attentively.
- It lets Mindswarms know a little more about you.
On that page, they have a manual that shows how to produce the video and gives you some guidance on what to chat about.
Earn by taking video surveys
To take a video survey, you first have to apply to take part. Here’s how it works: Mindswarms will share survey topics and roughly who they are looking for to take part in a survey. You can apply if you pre-qualify (you match the demographic and location they are looking for).
If you get selected, it’s time to take the survey. Mindswarms is looking for quality video responses to survey questions. “Quality” can both refer to the quality of the video and the quality of your answers.
- It does exactly what it says on its tin
- Well-functional video surveys
- More engaging than standard online surveys
- Fair incentives compared to time spent
- Infrequent survey invitations
- Quite a few video guidelines to adhere to