Here are some great survey panels that I have not reviewed in detail yet. The following are some of the more well-known and established panels. Not necessarily better than other panels, but I would definitely recommend them.
Despite it's name, the American Consumer Opinion Panel (ACOP) is an international survey and focus group panel. Surveys are not as frequent as other panels, but they offer much higher pay for each survey. Advice: make sure you participate in the screeners they send out. They are not for pay, but they allow you to qualify for the paying surveys.
Pine Cone Research is definitely one of the more "elite" survey panels. They offer higher compensation for your time and frequently offer "paid to try," which is when they mail new products to your home for you to test. However, it's very difficult to get into since they are usually not accepting new members. What you have to do is just keep your eyes open. I just found a link one day on some message board and that's how I joined. It's all about being at the right place at the right time. It's definitely worth it though!
Harris Poll is probably one of the market research companies that's been around the longest. It was even discussed in my Sociology textbook! The surveys are generally pretty short and fun sometimes. However, their compensation is definitely not as high as most other companies. Still, it's a good idea to sign-up because it's not at all time-consuming.
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