Toluna.com Essentials: Rewards Center

The Toluna community offers a platform for our millions of members to express their opinions. In our series of “Toluna Essentials” we’ll go over all the techniques you can use to get the most out of your experience with Toluna. Today, let’s go over the Toluna Rewards Center.

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You can find the Rewards Center by clicking the “Explore” menu at the top of Toluna.com and on the drop down menu you will find Rewards Center. On the top right corner you will see how many points you have to spend and you can do this in a couple different ways. You can choose from our many options for Gift Cards including Amazon, Gap, Starbucks and more. Each section will expand to show you the many rewards we offer.

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You’ll see that we conveniently show how many points each reward costs. Most rewards that you choose will show up within 24-72 hours on your rewards page with the exception of Amazon Canada, Barnes & Noble, Lowes, Gap Canada, and Sears which are delivered via email.   Also, at the top of the Rewards section, you will notice that we give you the option to view all of our rewards, or you can click to display only the options which you can afford with your current balance.

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Sweepstakes*: As you know, when you do not qualify for a survey, you are automatically entered into our monthly cash sweepstakes.  But, you may not know that you can also redeem your points for additional entries into this sweepstakes for 500 points apiece – giving you an added edge for the monthly drawing.**

In addition to our cash sweepstakes, we also offer a quarterly sweepstakes open to most countries, and tickets are only available through the Rewards Center. This quarter we are giving away the new iPhone 6 Plus!  For this particular drawing, there will be 3 winners, and the member who purchases the most tickets is a guaranteed winner!

*Please note that the sweepstakes entries are currently not available for purchase in Canada.
**Monthly cash sweepstakes winners are chosen through a random drawing– see official rules
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Gifties: Another option is to take a chance at winning one of our exclusive “Gifties”! Gifties are virtual gifts, which represent real products which you can send to yourself, or a friend.  You exchange a small amount of points for the virtual item, and at the same time play for a chance to win the real item. The winner is determined by a computer algorithm that chooses random winners. New Gifties are added every month, and you can find out about these via announcements on our blog.

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Under the Gifties section you can see all the latest winners for both Gifties and our monthly sweepstakes. Feel free to click on their profiles and congratulate them from time to time.

Have questions or feedback for our Toluna Essentials Series? Leave a message on our wall.

Best,

Toluna Team

Selected Testers for the Maquillage Eye Shadow

Dear Members,

Please see the lucky testers for the ‘Maquillage Eye Shadow” by clicking here.

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Congratulations to the testers and we hope you enjoy the products once they are delivered to your home.

Sincerely,

The Toluna Team

Member of the Week – Oct 9, 2014

Hello Members,

MOTW

This week, please help us to congratulate mcells14 on being our featured Member of the Week! Click on the username to participate in all of her interesting topics like the ones below

mow

Thanks mcells14 for creating great content, and sharing your interests with the community!

Good luck to everyone on being next week’s winner!

See you soon,
The Toluna Team

How does it work? 
Every day the Toluna Team awards Content Bonus points to members for posting high quality polls, topics, battles and thumb-its. Each Thursday, we will tally those bonuses for the week, and the member with the most Content Bonuses will be awarded an additional 5,000 points for their great contributions to the site, and will be named our Member of the Week. Find out more here.

Wondering how you can receive a content bonus? Check out our blog post with tips on how you can create top quality content here!

Toluna.com Essentials: Toluna Homepage

 The Toluna community offers our members a chance to for our millions of members to express their opinions. In our series of “Toluna Essentials” we’ll go over all the techniques you can use to get the most out of your experience with Toluna. Let’s go over the Toluna Homepage.

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Once you login to the website, you’ll get a screen that looks like the picture above. If you look on the page as a whole, you’ll see content that is highlighted in a salmon color.  For example, here you see a bar labeled “New Search Feature” for up to 60 points and also below that “Home & Garden up to 12,000 points”. These are little reminders that you’ll see as you scroll down the page looking through member’s content.

You can choose to take the survey, and also continue to scroll down the page and participate in people’s content like the topic cindyhammer created. To participate, just click the “vote” or “post” button in blue on the content. All content is categorized by recent, popular and recommended. The recent content will stream the latest posts created by our members. Popular content is a collection of all the high quality posts with the most participants. Recommended content is a collection of 15 point surveys from our Quick Votes accounts.

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The upper right corner is where you can see how many points you’ve earned, along with your profile surveys. See where it says “fill in your video games, finance” – those are profile surveys *quick tip* I suggest you fill out as many profile surveys as you can because they are worth a couple hundred points each and they let us match you to available survey opportunities.

Underneath you’ll see a section called “Latest News”. This section will present our most recent blog posts, as well as announcements.

Under Latest News, that you’ll see that Toluna is available on the go via mobile apps for iPhones and Androids. Download the free app to take surveys and create content right from your mobile or tablet device. Please keep in mind that not all surveys on Toluna.com are mobile device compatible, so you may not have the same selection on mobile as on the site.

Have questions or feedback for our Toluna Essentials Series? Leave a message on our wall.

Best,

Toluna Team

Toluna Webinar: Toluna.com | A Beginner’s Guide

Hello members,

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Are you interested in joining the Toluna.com community? Perhaps you are already a member and want to learn more. This is the webinar for you! Join our Community Manager as she takes you through all the essentials; from signing up, to creating content, and even tips to earn more points. Earn 500 points just for attending!!

Title: Toluna.com | A Beginner’s Guide

Date: Thursday, November 6, 2014

Time: 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm EST

Space is limited.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/349897442

This webinar is designed for those members who are from the United States and Canada.

September Topic Contest Results!

Hello Members,

Thank you to everyone who participated in our September Topic Contest last month! We saw some great entries, and were excited to see some new names appear among the entrants. We’ve reviewed all of our entries, and are happy to announce our winners!

As a reminder, we chose 10 winners this month who have won from 1,000 to 15,000 points for their topics! Take a look below to see who won, and click on their usernames to participate in their content.

1st Prize: jljmugs – 193 Opinions!

2nd Prize: lcurts38 (60) Sept Topic Contest

3rd Prize: SUPABLAZE (40)

4th – 10th Prizes:
E-Universe Wanderer (38)
DAUHNI3 (24)
heather023 (23)
coleybubba (22)
jenls107 (22)
akrigney (21)
lilshep (21)

Thanks again to all of our participants! Be sure to stop by our winner’s profile pages and offer your congratulations. Then, check out our blog for details of our current October Content Contest!

See you soon,
The Toluna Team

Selected Testers for Various Products

Dear Members,

Please see the lucky testers for the following products by clicking the links

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Miss Chic

Miss Glam Diva

Miss Baygon Insect Trap

Nivea Colour Mini

Keranove Hair Colour

Congratulations to the testers and we hope you enjoy the products once they are delivered to your home.

Sincerely,

Toluna Team

Toluna Beginners Webinar: Questions and Answers

Hello members,

On September 30th, we held our very first webinar, taking our new and seasoned members through Toluna, from registration through content creation, and how to get the most out of your membership.  We want to thank everyone who joined in the session, and provide answers to the questions we received from our participants.

Take a look below for those answers, and if you missed the session, don’t worry, we’ll be holding another one soon!

Will there be any rewards for attending this webinar?

As a special bonus, yes, we will be awarding our members who attended the September 30th session 500 bonus points.  These will be credited to your Toluna account by the end of this week.

You mentioned that it can take up to 6 weeks for points to post, but this is rare – how long does it typically take?
We do our best to credit our member’s accounts within 1-2 weeks of participating in our surveys, and some survey incentives are posted within 24 hours. We state within our terms that it may take up to 6 weeks in case we have a particular study which remains open for an extended period of time.  You can always contact our help desk if you have questions about credits for specific studies.

Is PayPal the only way to redeem points for cash?

Currently, we offer both PayPal and Checks for our US members, however PayPal is the only cash option for our Canadian members.  PayPal payments are available for a minimum redemption of $20.00 with 60,000 points, and checks are available for a minimum of $25.00 with 75,000 points.

How many points are equivalent to $1?
Our cash to point ratio is $1.00 = 3,000 points. Please note that our base survey incentive starts around 2,000 points and increases depending on the length and requirements of each survey.

I receive emails from 2 different [@Toluna.com] accounts. How do I know which ones are legit?

This is a good question.  Toluna will send you emails from different internal accounts depending on the subject of the email.  However, you will receive most communications, including survey invitations from survey@toluna.com.  If we are contacting you with news or rewards information you may also be contacted from community@toluna.com or TolunaRewards@toluna.com.  A good rule of thumb:  Emails from Toluna will be sent from the domain Toluna.com.  If you do not see this, it’s not from us!

Can I invite my friends to join?

Yes you absolutely can invite your friends to join, in fact, we encourage it! Toluna makes it simple and easy to invite your friends through our form under your account settings. Click on your profile icon, select “account” and then “sharing preferences.” Here you will find a simple form that you can send to your friends. You can find this information also simply by clicking here: https://us.toluna.com/YourZone

It seems like 99% of the survey emails I receive, I’m not qualified for. Is this amount unusual?

This is not typical for our members. We offer plenty of surveys that apply to the general population, and others that are tailored for specific members based on age, income, education, etc. To receive invitations that are a better match for your unique demographics, and you are more likely to qualify for, please fill out your “Profile Surveys” which can be found under the Surveys menu and then click Profile Surveys. Fill out as many as you can.  (Also, each Profile Survey you complete is worth a couple hundred points!)

Will Toluna offer lower dollar amounts for Paypal, say 30,000 pts for $10 or 15000 pts for $5, at some point in the future?

Currently, we are only offering PayPal in $20.00 increments, and at this time do not have any plans to change this amount. However, we are always working to improve our rewards selection, and add new and exciting offers for our members.  To stay up to date with our offers, check out your Rewards Center often, located under the Explore tab in your account, and also follow our blog.

Thank you to everyone who attended our first webinar and for the wonderful feedback!  A special thanks goes out to Lynne, who sent us the great comment below! We hope that you also found our presentation helpful.

If you missed our first broadcast, our next webinar will be held again on November 6, 2014 at 2pm. 

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/349897442

“Just wanted to say thanks for the informative session.  This was my first webinar and you provided a great overview of Toluna.  I have been a member for about 6 months and it was interesting to find out about things I was not familiar with.  Thanks again, these webinars are a great bonus!”     – Lynne M.

Best,

The Toluna Team

Member of the Week – Oct 2, 2014

Hello Members,

MOTW

This week, please help us to congratulate jenls107 on being our featured Member of the Week! Click on the username to participate in all of her interesting topics like the ones below

mow

Thanks jenls107 for creating great content, and sharing your interests with the community!

Good luck to everyone on being next week’s winner!

See you soon,
The Toluna Team

How does it work? 
Every day the Toluna Team awards Content Bonus points to members for posting high quality polls, topics, battles and thumb-its. Each Thursday, we will tally those bonuses for the week, and the member with the most Content Bonuses will be awarded an additional 5,000 points for their great contributions to the site, and will be named our Member of the Week. Find out more here.

Wondering how you can receive a content bonus? Check out our blog post with tips on how you can create top quality content here!

Win 15,000 points in our Name-A-Gifties Contest!

Hello members,

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Back by popular demand, we’re asking you to tell us what to add next in the Gifties catalog!  This month, we’re running a special 2-part promotion, where our members get to tell us what the next Giftie should be.

To participate in this month’s contest, simply visit our Toluna topic and post your suggestion* for what our next Gifties item should be.  The member with the winning suggestion will see their submission added to the Gifties catalog by October 30th, and will be awarded 15,000 points!

We’ll be accepting your Gifties suggestions up until 5pm EST on Friday, October 17th, 2014.  The Toluna Team will then review all submissions and select our top 5 choices by October 20th.  As a special bonus, we will award 1,000 points to the members who provide us those top 5 choices!

For part 2 of this contest, the top 5 will be announced to you through our blog and a Toluna Team poll. From here the decision is all yours.  The suggestion with the most votes wins!  Just be sure to cast your vote by Monday October, 27th, because the winner will be announced on Friday, October 30th!

Now it’s time to send us those Gifties ideas!  We can’t wait to hear your suggestions.

See you soon,
The Toluna Team

*Terms and Conditions: Promotion is open to US residents only, age 13 or older.  All Giftie suggestions and posts to the assigned Toluna Team topic must adhere to the Toluna Member Code of Conduct,and must not include any language that is obscene, insulting, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, libelous, untrue, misleading or invasive of someone else’s privacy. Toluna reserves the right to review all posts for content, and withhold bonus points from any user violating the rules mentioned above. Inappropriate posts will be removed, and posts that violate any Toluna terms will be removed, and the member’s account will be subject to closure, and all points will be forfeited.  Giftie suggestions will be accepted through Friday, October 17th, and members will have the opportunity to vote on the five (5) top choices, as selected by the Toluna team. The top five (5) ideas and members who provided them will be announced by 5 PM EST on Monday, October 20thd.The member with the final winning suggestion will also be notified via email, and the 15,000 points will be awarded to the winner no later than Monday November 3rd, 2014. In the event the winning Giftie was suggested by multiple members, we will award each member 5,000 points.

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