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Things to remember before taking part in paid market research

Top tips for taking part in paid market research

If you’ve never done it before, the first time you take part in paid market research can be a bit daunting, but don’t let that put you off. Market research is a really rewarding thing to do and you’ll be really glad you took the plunge when your session is over, and not just because of the great incentive you’ll receive at the end. This guide will give you some helpful tips on what you need to bear in mind when you embark on your first market research experience.

Before the session

A little bit of forward planning will go a long way because it’s important that you aren’t late for your session and you’ll feel much more relaxed if you arrive within plenty of time. Make sure you have all the details of the session with you and plan your route ahead of time so you know exactly how to get there. It’s especially important that you aren’t late for focus groups as there will be other people there and you don’t want to keep them waiting. Gather all the relevant documents together the night before, including photo ID, which you may need to collect your incentive and remember to turn your phone to silent before you go into the session.

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During the session

If you feel nervous, just remind yourself that everyone else probably feels the same. Relaxing and creating a rapport with the rest of the group will allow you to be yourself and give honest answers that really reflects how you feel about the product or service being researched. Your opinion is really valued when you take part in paid market research, so don’t be a shrinking violet: make sure your voice is heard! It’s important to try not be influenced by other people’s opinions and it’s absolutely fine to (politely!) disagree, and remember it’s supposed to be fun! The researcher will be trained to facilitate the discussion and ensure that everyone feels able to say what they think with confidence, so don’t be scared to be passionate about your opinions. It’s a great opportunity to have a lively and interesting discussion and maybe even make some new friends.

After the session

When the session is over you’ll be able to collect your incentive, which could be anything from vouchers to a cheque. Once you’ve completed the research, you may be contacted again by the research team. This may be to give feedback about how the research team could make improvements, or they may like further information about a comment you made during the research session. It’s also an opportunity for you to give your feedback about what it was like to take part in paid market research and they may ask you if you would give a testimonial about your experience, or whether it is something that you would recommend to a friend.

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5 gadgets your garden party needs!

This summer is turning out to be one of the best we’ve seen for years and it is a wonderful opportunity for spending plenty of time entertaining in the garden. Whilst a BBQ and a couple of deck chairs is a great start, there are a few other must-have accessories that can turn a good garden party into a truly great one. We’ve put together a list of the five very best.

iGrill

Whether you’re new to the art of grilling or you’ve got it down to a fine art, you’re going to love the iGrill. This amazing device is a Bluetooth thermometer, which makes grilling and barbecuing easier, more convenient and generally brings it bang up to date with modern technology. It’s super simple to use: just download the iGrill app, connect the thermometer to your phone and you’re good to go. You can track temperature progression and ‘doneness’, ensuring you get the perfect steak every time!

Fugoo Speakers

The life and soul of your party depends on the quality of your music, so good speakers are essential. Long gone are the days of carting the entire stereo system out into the garden with cables trailing everywhere because today we have incredible devices like Fugoo speakers. Not only are Fugoo speakers wireless and very portable, they’re also designed to withstand mud, snow, water and shock, so no matter if the weather suddenly turns or you have some clumsy guests, your speakers will be safe. They are also compatible with Siri and Google Now, so you can change the music just by speaking to them.

Cooling ceramic ice bucket

The perfect garden party has hot weather, but not always super cool drinks, so make sure you keep everything chilled with one of these nifty Magisso Cooling Ceramics Barware ice buckets. You don’t need to fill it with ice or remember to put it in the freezer, simply soak the bucket in ice a few minutes before you use it and your bottles will stay cool for up to 4 hours. Plus, you can personalise it, making it an excellent gift idea for summer birthdays.

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Snugboy inflatable sofa

If you’ve got a small garden or just don’t like plastic chairs cluttering up your lawn, why not relax instead with the Snugboy inflatable sofa? This is nothing like those garish, plastic blow-up chairs of yesteryear and doesn’t require a pump or a big lung capacity, instead, you fill it up with air by swooshing it over your head. It takes literally a couple of seconds and then you can simply relax. Once you’re done, simply fold up and store neatly away.

Funky Lighting

The nights might still be light but when you’re partying into the small hours, you’re going to need a bit of illumination at some point. Make a statement with some really funky lights, like these tropical ice lolly fairy lights. Not only are they delightfully brightly coloured, but they’ve also got a lovely ‘frosted’ finish, which adds just the right summery touch to your party.

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