PineCone Research Panel is an online consumer market research founded in 1998 and is owned and operated by Nielsen Holdings, a marketing research firm. Nielsen uses Pinecone Research to receive consumer feedback on different products and services. Based in Chicago, Pinecone operates in the US, Canada, the UK, Germany, France, and many other countries.
Daniel Williams – Our Expert: Dan is from Oxford, UK and is one of our reviewers who’s been with HuginX the longest. With a background in membership support at one of the largest survey companies, Dan has a lot of inside knowledge of the Market Research industry and has helped us refine our reviewing criteria. When Daniel is not working with reviews, he likes to go hiking with his dog Charlie.
Is PineCone a legit survey site?
Pinecone Research is a trusted company in voicing the opinions of consumers nationwide. The owner, Nielsen Holdings, is a New York-based marketing agency and is considered one of the largest market research companies in the world. This company has an A+ rating according to the Better Business Bureau. And it has been in operation for 22 years.
Data Privacy: Any reason for concern?
Personal information of members collected by the survey site and from other third parties such as marketing and advertising partners will be used to operate the websites and provide information about services and product offerings only. The panel protects the security of the websites and their systems and supports all members when needed. In some cases, the panel may specifically ask for your consent to collect, use or share your personal information, as in cases required by law.
How to get started
PineCone Research is free to sign up. It is easy to join; visit their website by clicking one of the “Join Now” links and fill out the registration form. Then, check your email for a confirmation message to verify your email address, and click on the link confirming your registration. Soon, you will receive an email asking you to answer a profile survey, and once you complete the survey, you will receive a welcome email containing your ID and a link to your first survey. You must be at least 18 years old to join.
What about the survey experience?
Getting started is simple; you must create a profile and answer basic questions about yourself. Some of the general questions are your age, how many people are in your home, and some things you consume or like to do. After you finish the first survey, they will automatically send you your first cheque of $3 to your address. Be sure to complete every survey as PineCone routinely monitors member participation, and members who cannot maintain acceptable participation levels may be removed from the program.
How much can you make on PineCone?
You can earn $3 per survey that takes up to 20 minutes to complete or approximately $9 per hour, which is higher than most survey panels. You earn 300 points for every survey, equivalent to $3. Your first survey will be rewarded with 300 points with an instant payout through cheque, which serves as a security measure to establish your profile and account. After receiving your first cheque, you can choose how you want to claim your future rewards. These can be through PayPal with a minimum of $3 required, a cheque payment, catalogue and gift cards, prepaid virtual visas, or Amazon e-Cards.
What can prevent me from cashing out?
PineCone Research has checks to ensure that all your answers are attentive and honest. Responses that fail these checks will result in the rejection of your submissions. Only one account is permitted per person. Creating multiple accounts in the hope of earning more money is not allowed and can be considered fraud which might result in you being banned from the site and ending up losing all money accumulated in your account. Moreover, only one person per household may register. Multiple registrations of the same household will void all registrations.
- Owned by a reputable company
- High incentives
- Pays on time
- Limited survey opportunities