“ Category: Online Survey „
I have been a member of New Vista Live for quite a while now and in common with pretty well all other survey companies, start enthusiastically by sending frequent surveys to start with and keep you interested, then tends to forget you.
I used to be able to depend on at least one a week and now the most I get is one every 3 weeks. If I am lucky, the link works and if I am not which is frequently, I have to go to their website to be told that no surveys are currently available.
Rather than the fantastic riches promised for rewards for individual surveys, they are in truth, derisory. In the halcyon days as a new member, I could get my £50 in about seven or eight months. The last payment was about 18 months ago and I am about £35 short of my next payment. I attempt every survey that I am sent, but do not get credited with all the completed ones. It is pointless complaining as they have the final say (which is usually to disagree).
For anyone newly joining this site, I would suggest staying in just long enough to get the first £50, then leaving for pastures anew as quickly as possible.
I have been a member of new vista surveys for nearly two years and one of the things that I am most impressed with them is that they automatically send you a cheque when you have earned £50. I recently returned from holiday (broke!) and was so delighted to find a cheque for £50 in the post waiting for me. I find their site easy to navigate and unlike some surveys they don't pull the plug after quite a few minutes of filling in questions, suddenly deciding that you are not suitable for their survey. I complete other surveys and this has to be the MOST frustrating feature of some of them. I enjoy the majority of their surveys too apart from the very technical ones! Fortunately not too many of those. Al in all, one of the very best on the market at the moment!
Very high threshold (50 pounds) + I have completed a lot of surveys with them and I never got credited for any of them. I contacted them and they asked me for survey codes and dates, which of course I had not written down. So, if you give them a try, ALWAYS write down the survey code, date and points after you complete them. They never appear on the "my earnings" tab. I noticed on the forum that many other members had problems with missing points.
So the credit crunch is still here, VAT is on the rise and Christmas I around the corner. Talk about having to look after the pennies, I am trying my best to make money in every (legal) way I can, from selling, to writing to surveying. So I thought I had signed up to every reward site possible, and you can imagine my irritation when watching my boyfriend opening his post he had a £50 cheque! Of course I question him to find out from whom and it was from a survey site called Newvistalive. I couldn't believe I had never heard of them. So obviously straight away I went and signed up to work towards a £50 cheque of my own.
**What is Newvistalive?**
Newvistalive is a website which rewards you for completing surveys. It states that it pays you £1 for every 5 minutes of your time. I doubted at first whether that was actually true but I have to say that they are not far off the mark. Newvistalive states that they are a growing community set up for market and opinion research purposes and is owned by Creston plc insight companies ICM Research, Marketing Sciences, MSTS and CML. So they are a few smaller market research companies in one. I have to admit I did think they were associated with Microsoft because of the whole 'Vista' thing, but no, it seems they are pretty separate!
So as well as sending out surveys for people like me to complete their website also consist of a forum where you can discuss almost every issue under the sun from the weather to tube strikes. It definitely is trying to set up a community but to be honest I am not really interested in doing that there. I just want the surveys please!
**How to register**
Registration is easy, completely free with no fees or charges! Which is why I cannot figure out why I have not signed up to this website before. I have never seen it advertised or seen any links to it, so it seems to be a bit of a hidden gem. You simply go to the website and click register. They ask for the minimum details such as name address, security questions and contact numbers. I think this is great because I hate having to spend an hour updating my details, and some other websites want your incomings, outgoings, household details, hobbies and the size of your kitchen sink! So in my opinion I think this shows that Newvistalive are interested in what you have to say in your surveys rather than just your general information. They also don't require ANY bank details... but I will come to this later. The only requirements are that you are over 16 and don't work for the company, other than that, all are welcome!
When you register you are given you own personal user name, which will show up if you decide to post on their forum or ev3en create your own newvista blog. It also shows up when you are on the website and shows all the people who are logged in at that time. It also allows you to find friends, so if you know other people that are on there you can add them to your friends list, a bit like the circle of trust that this review site has. Once you have registered you do get a confirmation email which you have to click and when I registered it came straight away which is great because I hate waiting around.
Over all the registration is process is quick and easy, and perfect for people who don't like given websites too much of their personal details.
**What you have to do?**
Well, it really couldn't be simpler. Newvistalive send you an email which includes a link. You click this link which then opens a survey. I have to warn you that it always opens two screens. One that says welcome and one that actually holds the surveys! The email will tell you how many 'points' the survey is worth when you complete it. The points are the equivalent of pounds. It doesn't tell you how long the survey takes but you can average it out that a survey offering 1 point lasts between 5-10 minutes.
All surveys are voluntary and there is nothing to say how many or how little surveys you have to complete. I have to warn you though that this is one of the few survey sites I know that are pretty strict. They have a 3 strike rule. If they think you are not filling out the surveys to the best of your ability then you will receive a strike, 3 of these and they dismiss you from the site. Goodbye! I have yet to receive a strike but the forum is a good place to see people complaining about being told off. Basically Newvistalive can catch you out if you are not concentrating. They may ask you a couple of questions at the beginning of the survey and then the same or similar question at the end. If they don't match then basically they think it is because you are just clicking through the survey and not completing it properly. This is fair enough as they are paying you for a reason!
I have found all the surveys quite interesting, very very rarely are they repetitive or boring and usually one survey has three or four different topics in it so you don't get bored. This is great for me because when I get a long survey, full of repetitive questions I just can't complete it!
In terms of the volume of surveys, I am pretty happy; I would say I get at least 2 or 3 a week, sometimes more. Plus I am eligible for more compared to the amount I get screened out by. In other words, sometimes the surveys Newvistalive send out are interested in a particular type of person or on a particular topic, they may ask you two or three questions and then say you are not eligible for this survey but thank you for taking part. I have to admit that the fact I am less likely to get screened out makes it more likely that I will always attempt one of their surveys. Occasionally they send a survey out just offering entry into a prize draw. I never tend to enter any surveys relating to a monthly prize draw because I never believe the draws actually happen! But because Newvistalive prize draw surveys are literally a question or two, I usually participate in the hope I win... and believe me it is worth it. (I will explain this in the rewards section below!).
Overall the surveys are usually interesting and worthwhile. They are never longer then about 15 minutes and you are rarely screened out. All good in my book.
**Rewards.... What's in it for you?**
Well as I said before, I wouldn't be doing this for nothing! The rewards from Newvistalive are as simple as they come. Each survey is rewarded points. 1 point = £1. Simple. Surveys can be worth anything from 1 point to 5 points and they really do roughly even out at £1 per 5 minutes of survey. Quite generous compared to other sites that give you about 75p for 25 minutes of opinion! The fact that each survey is marked so clearly in terms of its value makes it really easy to monitor your rewards/earning.
After every survey I would say it takes about between 4 to 7 days for the points to be added to my account. But when I log in and click on my earning, every survey I have done I on there, dated, named and the reward I got plus my total balance. It is all in simple big font and very easy to read. This makes me feel that I can trust the rewards system and that I can keep a note of my earning as well.
The rewards system is simple. You can redeem when you have reached 50 points (£50) which is a nice round figure. There is currently only one type of reward and that is a nice big fat cheque in the post. That's fine for me because I prefer that to giving my bank details and sometimes having the cash is actually worthwhile. Cash for surveys is great especially when a £50 cheque lands on your doorstep! Obviously this isn't so good if you have issues with your post, but they do have the forum where you can directly post questions for the team if you have any issues plus you can email them or write to them which means you can get an answer almost straight away.
I know on most survey sites it would take about a year to get to £50 but this site is different. I joined in April this year and took my first survey in the same month. I received my first £50 cheque last week with no problems at all. Plus I didn't complete each and every survey and I wasn't eligible for some of them. So in my opinion newvistalive have to get 5 out 5 for ensuring people get paid what they are entitled to. So I earned, £50 in 5 months, well, actually I earned £60 as my account actually is at £60, but as they only redeem in £50 cheques you have to wait until you reach each £50 mark, which is fine by me. Another plus is that you don't have to physically go into the website and click redeem. They automatically send the cheque for you, so it can be a nice surprise if you don't cheque your account often.
Newvistalive do have certain payment dates which are worth noting before getting worried that you won't receive your cheque. It works as follows; whatever month your account reaches the £50 threshold, your pay-out will be actioned at the end of that month and you should receive your cheque within two weeks. So if you reach £50 at the beginning of October, you won't get your cheque until the middle of November. But you can't complain, £50 is heading your way. Just be a little patient and it will arrive. If mine did, then so will yours. Just make sure your address is up to date on your details on the website.
I also have to note that my balance did improve due to a nice little boost from newvistalive. Earlier on I mentioned they do have just prize draw surveys which ask you only a few short questions. Well it definitely is worth doing these ones. I actually one Had 15 points credited to me (£15) from a short survey I did on washing up liquid and honestly they asked me 3 questions and that was it. You can imagine my surprise when I logged into see a higher balance than expected. So don't ignore these ones, they may just speed up your payment of £50!
So I received my cheque for £50 last week and I am currently at 10 points in my account, so fingers crossed I might even get another cheque before the New Year! In my opinion the rewards are generous and simple to work out. The redemption works automatically and I had no glitches whatsoever with my rewards. I also think that fact they answer problems or questions on their open forum makes the whole process a lot smoother. Good stuff!
**My experience and conclusion**
I have found Newvistalive to be a very rewarding and easy to use survey site. The rewards for the surveys are higher than most and it takes a relatively quick amount of time to get to the redemption figure without the surveys slowing down (as I have notice some survey sited do!). The whole process ran smoothly and I received my cheque without even so much as having to send a reminder email. I have had no problems with my points being credited and overall the whole process is simple and quite fun to do. Even the prize draws seem to be legit which is unusual in my experience!
I really think this has to be one of the best survey sites around and if you want a bit more than just a click and go website it does offer the community side of things as well, which although isn't my cup of tea some people may find the banter and discussion amusing.
I rally cannot recommend this enough. Simple, easy to do, far from long winded and a nice pay-out at the end. So what are you waiting for? Another survey site to add to the list.
Thank you for reading.
***What is Newvistalive?***
It is a survey website which pays you a fantastic £1 for every 5 minutes you spend completing a survey for example, I get emails telling me when surveys are available and they say £4 for completion of this 20 minute survey.
I have made £19 so far and I joined in the middle of June so this is quite good. I get an email every 2 or 3 days, so they are quite regular.
*What is so different about this site compared to other paid survey sites?*
This website takes a lot more care with looking into people who do not read the questions properly and who just click away without knowing what they are clicking. For example, at the beginning of every survey they ask you the same question: how many cars, trucks, vans etc do you have in your household? They then ask you this same question at the end of the survey to check you are paying attention. If you answer differently at the end of the survey they do not pay you for taking part and they take your results out from being counted. This is fair if you are not properly reading the questions. So if you fail on 3 surveys because of this survey check you get your account deactivated. But each year it eliminates your previous failures. I failed once on this only because it confused me slightly because I counted a work van in the count and then at the end of the survey it says how many household vehicles do you have and I thought well the van isn't really part of our household vehicles it is more work so they disqualified me from that survey which was slightly annoying because I had read the questions properly but it was a misunderstanding on my part.
***What types of surveys do they ask?***
So far my surveys have consisted of several topics including:
- Energy products
- Consumer representation
- General population
So they do use a huge range of topics and I do found them all very interesting.
Whilst completing the survey there is also a percentage line at the top to show you how much of the survey you have already completed after each question you answer.
One you have accumulated 50 points which is equal to £50 you can redeem them via a cheque sent to your home address.
Occasionally you can be screened out of a survey if you are not eligible for it, for example, you may need to be a pet owner for a particular survey, etc. However they are pretty good at screening you out in the first couple of questions. You also get put into a prize draw for 2 prizes of £250 if you are screened out.
This is the best paid survey site I have come across. I have made £19 in half a month so I will quickly make my £50 cheque.
To register go to http://www.newvistalive.com/Portal/Register.aspx
If you are familiar with my reviews you will be aware that I have previously discussed my favourite online survey sites and one that I have been with since the beginning of 2010 is Newvistalive. I initially had very mixed feelings about this site, particularly as I had read a number of negative reviews and comments posted on the internet regarding the alleged "tactics" of the company, which I will further discuss in my review. When I first discovered online survey sites I went a little mad and joined each and every one that I became aware of and soon realised that many wanted my precious time and dedication in return for pitiful rewards, so I rapidly separated the good from the bad and am now a member of only six sites, namely Pinecone Research, MySurvey, Valued Opinions, Ipsos, Newvistalive and One Poll. This review will discuss my experience with using the site and is intended to give you an overview of what to expect should you decide to join.
WHO ARE NEWVISTALIVE?
Newvista.com are part of newvista Research and quite ironically, I had to pause for a few minutes whilst writing this review to collect the post from the doormat to discover my second payment from the company, which I will discuss further on in my review. The envelope is franked with the details of ICM Research together with a London address, so despite having a dot com internet address the company are evidently UK based. Through carrying out a little research I learned that a number of marketing companies design the surveys on behalf of newvistalive; one of which is ICM Research and Marketing Services. As with all survey companies the concept of newvistalive is to gather valuable information and opinions from their members in order to enable companies to improve their products and services and to assist in the development of future products and services. All of their surveys are conducted under the Market Research Code of Conduct.
Unfortunately, the joining process is a little hazy for me, particularly as it was over a year and a half ago, but I would advise that anyone can join, as there is no referral link necessary and a quick look at my account shows me that I needed to input the usual details, such as my name, address, date of birth and email account. I was required to provide daytime and evening telephones numbers and I'm always very reluctant to divulge this information, particularly as I do not wish to attract nuisance callers. However, newvistalive treat the information with total confidentiality and my personal details are not passed to any third parties and to date, they have never used this method to contact me, as it is always by email. I was required to provide a security question and answer, which is in case I should forget my password where the security question is used to prompt me. You can also upload a photograph of yourself or anything else, but I've not chosen to do this, as I do not wish to take part in any of the forums as I prefer to keep myself private. In order to progress with my membership I was required to complete further information about myself, which is categorised in seven different profiles, eg demographics, motoring and health. Whilst I was not obligated to fill out all of this information I wanted to maximise the number of surveys available to me, so I always ensure these are updated as and when necessary.
Located directly to the right hand side of the different profiles are the dates I completed them with a further column headed "action". At present, my account is fully updated, but newvistalive will often add a further question to any of the given categories and the relevant column will alert me with an "incomplete" message should I be required to supply further information. However, this is a real nuisance, as some of the profiles are extremely lengthy and it's a case of scrolling through to find the new question/s that need to be completed, which are highlighted. Newvistalive state that in doing so, you are likely to be eligible for more survey invites. I'm never sure if this is actually a ploy to find out what items you have in your house as not all internet survey panels ask for such detailed information. Once you have added the information that you wish to provide you simply need to save it and wait for the surveys to be sent to your email address.
MY EXPERIENCE WITH COMPLETING NEW VISTA SURVEYS
Unlike some survey sites, such as MySurvey, Valued Opinions and Ipsos the only way of accessing newvistalive surveys is by way of the email invitation link, which gives full details of the rewards you will receive. When I initially joined the site newvistalive claimed that they paid £1 for every 5 minutes spent on a survey, so for example a 30 minute survey would pay out £6, which is excellent in comparison with other survey sites that I'm with. The majority of survey invites I receive state the specific amount of money I will earn on completion, such as £3 as opposed to £1 for every five minutes. The email provides details of roughly how long the survey should take to complete and unlike some other sites, which often take considerably longer, newvistalive seem to be almost spot on with their stated completion times, as a £3 survey generally takes me fifteen minutes. The most frustrating area with newvistalive is repetitiveness, which I believe is to ensure that the member is paying attention to what they are reading and subsequently inputting. The surveys always begin by asking for my date of birth, which needs to be submitted in a specific format, then I am asked the number of vehicles owned by my household and I am again always asked this at the end of the survey.
It is extremely important that the questions are carefully read and appropriately answered, as newvistalive apply quality control checks to each and every one of the surveys that are completed. Consequently, if insufficient time has been spent on the survey and/or the answers are illogical the survey will be discarded and payment will not be applied to the offending individual's account. However, you will not be aware of this, as you will be permitted to complete the survey. If a member fails the quality control checks three times within a calendar year they are thrown off the panel and their account closed with any accumulated points being lost. However, I cannot speak of my experience with this because as far as I am aware, I have always passed the quality control checks. Consequently, I'm unsure if Newvistalive warn the member each time they fail their quality control checks or if there's simply a nasty surprise after failing three times. Whilst I will try and test out many things for the purpose of reviewing I am not prepared to jeopardise my account to find out! Some of the survey payments are immediately applied to my account with others taking up to 3 months although the majority of mine are paid within a week. I always keep the relevant emails to enable me to check my payment has been made as it is quite difficult to keep track. I am able to look at my account history at any time, which shows the name of each survey, the money earned and the date it was completed.
Members are able to leave comments on the newvistalive blog pages and many complain that they do not get paid for certain surveys and describe the quality controls as "tactics". However, I agree totally with newvistalive's method of screening people, as if a member is not paying attention and clicking on any answers they are not providing accurate information, therefore rendering their survey answers to be totally useless and should not earn their rewards. It always makes me laugh when I see a member "reading" a negative review on Dooyoo only to leave a comment words to the effect "this sounds fabulous and I'm going to buy one of these!" The majority of Newvistalive's surveys seem to offer £1.50, £2, and £3 and are on a wide variety of topics, such as being specifically related to certain special days of the year such as Valentine's Day, Easter, Mother's Day etc. Prior to the event, Newvistalive will send out a survey and if I am permitted to proceed I will be asked if I intend purchasing any cards or gifts for that special occasion, they will ask who I intend purchasing for and where I intend making my purchase and I am provided with a screen where I have to make the appropriate selection/s.
I have been asked how much I intend spending, how old the person is and other related questions with the surveys often being quite repetitive. I will also be asked if I intend purchasing food items for this occasion and where I will buy them. At the end of all of the surveys I am always asked if I have carefully read the questions and answered them to the best of my ability and I have to click the relevant box to confirm these details. At the end of each survey I am given the opportunity to comment on any specific issues although I have never felt the need to do so. In addition to the surveys I have mentioned above, I have completed many about certain products where I have to study several images of proposed packaging where I have to identify the most eye catching and mark on the screen the areas that I feel most attracted to and provide the reasons why. The surveys are extremely interesting as well as being on a variety of topics and during the last six months I feel they have significantly improved, which make them captivating from start to finish.
The language is user friendly as are both the graphics and website, which is easy to navigate. A huge pet hate of mine with some survey sites is the time taken for the next page to load, but I cannot recall ever having any problems with newvistalive. I cannot admit to their website being particularly eye catching, but it's not cluttered or "in your face". The frequency of surveys is pretty good and I tend to receive one or two per week and in the time I have been registered with newvistalive I've probably been screened out on just a few occasions. Thankfully, the screen out process is immediate and not after spending a long time answering half of the questions. There is a bar on the top of the screen showing the percentage of survey that has been completed, which is something I like, as it's good to know that I'm nearly at the end, particularly when I'm completing a £6 survey although I've only ever participated in two of those!
This is the most important part and a question everyone would ask - do newvistalive pay? The answer is quite simply yes, they do. The minimum payout threshold is rather high at £50, which is automatically paid by cheque, so there's no need to request a payment unlike any of the other sites I am with. My account needs to have reached £50 by the 29th of the month to receive a cheque payment by the middle of the following month, which as far as I am concerned is a reasonable amount of time. I keep a small notebook where I record details of my survey payments and my first payment from newvistalive was received on 9 November 2010 with the second being today (14 September 2011). This is most definitely not a get rich quick scheme, but as these date show I average a payment of £5 per month to my newvistalive account, which is quite good. My account currently stands at £5.50, but it will soon build up to reach the £50 once again.
I cannot speak of my experience with customer service, as I've never had the need to use them, as my payments have both been received within a reasonable timescale and my survey money has always credited my account fairly quickly. I cannot recommend this site highly enough and provided you are prepared to spend the appropriate amount of time carefully reading each question I have to say that it's a good little earner.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
I access this through topcashback.co.uk as it's one of the sites that you can click directly through to and then it rewards you through topcashback with 70p for each completeed survey and 1p for each one where you are filtered out. It's pretty straightforward without too many taxing questions. This is the only way in which I access it, and there may be others so I can't go into any other detail about other ways, I'll just go through my own experience of it.
It has a number of adavantages. Firstly, it lets you remain pretty much anonymous and you start off by putting in your postcode, date of birth and reading the number code in graphics and typing it in. I think this is handy in a number of ways. I find you don't give out too much personal information and leave yourself open to fraud, and secondly it suits them for filtering you. I imagine they think that from that postcode there can only be one person with that date of birth and the code allows them to filter out computers that are leeching money out of them. Using this I imagine they know what surveys you've completed in the past and what to gvie you in the next survey.
Secondly the surveys are simple and straightforward and you don't have to think too hard or give more of your time than you feel the reward is worth in order to complete it. I don't find it taxing and its pretty straightforward to complete.
Also, the surveys are interesting, and are usually on topics that most people can relate to and give a detailed opinion on. My last one was on breakdown cover for my car and, as most people own these it's nice to be asked your opinion on.
I do feel there's quite a few a few downsides though. Remember I said about the filtering you so surveys are relevant to you? well, I do find more often than not I'll get five minutes into the survey and realise I've done it before. That breakdown one? I've had that twice since and more often than not I end up closing the window out of honestly and therefore wasting my time or secondly I carry on because of the offchance I may be wrong and when I realise it is a repeat I'm filtered out. This is something to be weary of and it is very frustrating.
I do find they take advantage sometimes and you'll answer fifty thousand questions on random things. One switched from cars, to mobile phone usage to mouthwash in ten minutes and it does confuse you a bit wondering what's going on. It does feel like they are trying to get the most out of you.
Finally, the surveys are a bit haphazard. By this I mean you always seem to get asked how many cars vans and motorcycles are in your house and then you'll get asked again five minutes down the line and if you're lucky again at the end. Once, I was asked about whether I knew about IKEA's kitchen range. I said 'no' and then spent five minutes asking questions about my experience and knowledge on it, and ended up clicking 'don't know' to a majority of the questions. Basically, it's as if the questionnaire isn't speaking to itself and it could just do with a little more forethought.
Finally, there's not a lot of surveys about and they can be infrequent. It's up to you to check on it and it and look for new ones but I do find it can be disappointing a lot of the time.
That said mostly it's okay, the reward is good and it's in my topcashback account within 24 hours, or 48 on the weekend and they pay you 1p for filtered out questionnaires.
It's good, but could be a lot better, but worth a go for your opinion and killing a few minutes each day.
This is a site that I sometimes get directed to by Rewarded Opinions, which itself used to be Home Of Research. So as with other survey companies, sometimes they pass you onto another company whilst the rewards go into your account at Rewarded Opinions. Of course you can I am sure sign up to New Vista in its own right too.
When you get redirected to New Vista, the first page you must imput your postcode, date of birth and enter a code on the screen to prove you are a real person instead of a computer programme. Then on the next page they again ask for your birth date and one or two other details and ask you to enter the number of vehicles in your house. At this point you can get screened out. If that happens you get the option normally to search for another suitable survey.
Most survey sites offer you roughly 80p for 20mins work and every few questions gets you another 3% or so nearer to completion. Here however, the bar up to 100% completion moves up one percent per question till it gets to 90% so it's just over 90 questions for 50p. The time spent - reward ratio is pretty poor, definitely the worst of all the survey sites I ever use.
The surveys can be on a variety of topics, I have done some on computing issues and sports and on holidays so far but as with survey sites, it can cover any topic. As the surveys are so time-consuming as it is, an added annoyance here is the delay between the question appearing on screen and the answer boxes of about two seconds which slows things down ever more and becomes really irritating.
Another thing that also annoys me is the repetitive nature of these surveys, for example, you are always asked to fill in the number of vehicles in your house three times during the survery as if it is going to change during the hour. It is so silly.
There are normally five of these available, but I tend to ignore these survery invitations for the above reasons or I just do one as it's just as much as I can bear.