All of the focus groups hosted by Focus Pointe Global, both online and in-person, pay participants for their time and opinions. We call these payments “incentives.”
1. For In-Person Studies
Participants for in-person studies receive their incentive payment, via pre-paid Visa™ card, at the end of the session. Occasionally a check is issued in lieu of a Visa™ card.
2. For Telephone & Multi-Session Online Surveys
Incentive payments are made, via pre-paid Visa™ card, 6 to 8 weeks after completion of a study. Oftentimes, studies conducted by Focus Pointe Global take place over several weeks. In these instances, the 6 to 8 week incentive payment processing time begins after completion of the last session of the study.
3. For Single-Session Online Surveys
Upon completion of the survey, incentive payments in the form of Online Focus Pointes™ are usually posted immediately to your member account. Accumulated balances may be withdrawn by the participant once their account balance reaches 2000 Pointes or 3 months, whichever happens first. Payment will be made in the form of a prepaid Visa™ debit card.
Our client companies often ask that you have not recently participated in a group to keep your opinions as unbiased and fresh as possible. Each client company makes their own choice regarding past participation; some stipulate 3 months or 6 months, and others request a year between studies. Studies that are online-only do not count toward your past participation.
There may be studies that inquire about your credit cards, such as the bank you use or your purchasing habits, but you will never be asked to provide us with your credit card number or to make a purchase from us.
Unfortunately, not everyone who starts a survey will qualify and complete it. Eligibility is determined with several questions at the beginning of the survey; only eligible participants will be able to complete the survey and be paid for it. Furthermore, if you are part of a popular demographic group, many people may be filling out the survey at the same time as you, and your demographic may fill up quickly.
Because marketing research revolves around gathering the opinions of individuals that either use or do not use certain products or services, there are times when your answers will not meet the criteria needed for a particular study. Our industry clients set specific requirements for each study they conduct, and we rigorously screen participants to make sure that we meet those requirements.
Available studies are listed on the available studies page and also by location under the available studies navigation tab. You can also check for available studies by logging onto your FocusGroup.com account, opening your profile dashboard on the right, and by clicking "take a survey."
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You and your friends, colleagues, and family can sign up to participate at FocusGroup.com by clicking on the “join now” button on the right hand side. Fill in the information in each section and click register. Remember, the more information we have about you, the more studies we will be able to invite you to participate in.
Once you have registered, you will receive a welcome email. You should begin receiving email invitations in a matter of days!
When you have enough pointes, you will see a click to redeem link under the rewards section on your dashboard page. Once you've redeemed your pointes, you will recieve an email and the button will no longer be visible.
To learn about becoming an FPG Mystery Shopper, please visit our Mystery Shopping FAQ page.
Focus Pointe Global has a 4-part screening process to find the most qualified participants for each marketing research study: Eligibility, Verification, Confirmation, and Participation. Each group that we host has specific profile requirements to ensure that we gather the very best information possible for our industry clients. For a more in-depth explanation, click here.
If the friend you refer participates in an in-person or webcam study, you will receive 200 Focus Pointes™ in your account! Simply click here and input their contact information. We will send them an email letting them know that you suggested they join.
You can request payment once your account reaches 2000 Online Focus Pointes™ or after 3 months, whichever comes first. Payment will be made in the form of a prepaid Visa™ debit card.
The dates and times of studies are only disclosed to those who we determine are qualified to participate. When we invite you to apply, we will tell you the week that the study takes place and the location. If you qualify to participate in a study, we will then release the date and time.
Occasionally, more participants than needed for an individual study will be recruited. We call these participants “on hold.” Participants placed on hold are those individuals that meet the criteria for the study, and will be called in the event another individual suddenly drops out. Being an on hold candidate does not guarantee payment. Only successful completion of a study guarantees payment.
A prepaid Visa™ debit card will be sent to the address listed in your profile. Keeping an up-to-date profile is not only important for finding out about marketing research opportunities, but also to make sure you receive payments once you complete those surveys.
Every participant that takes an Eligibility Screener or Online Survey receives 1 entry per survey to the Focus Pointe Global Sweepstakes, even if they do not get to complete the survey due to not being part of the desired demographic. The sweepstakes runs from the 1st of each month until the last day of each month, when we choose seven participant names at random. One winner receives $100 and 6 winners receive $25. If selected as a winner, you will receive your prize in the form of an Amazon.com e-gift card. Each month, winners' first name, last initial, and city are posted on the @FPG.FocusGroups Facebook page. For privacy reasons, we do not include a last name.
For the official rules, please click here.
Once you have started a screener or survey, it cannot be reset or redone. This is a safety measure put in place by each client company to ensure that only qualified candidates participate in the studies. We cannot allow individuals to retake surveys.
We recognize that sometimes an answer is chosen in error, computers malfunction, and interruptions occur. Unfortunately, in these cases, we are still unable to allow retakes. Hopefully you will qualify for the next study available to you!
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