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Media Insiders

50 California Street, Suite 1500 , San Francisco, California  94111
Tel: (415) 352-4000  Contact: [email protected]
Operated by: Symphony Advanced Media

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Rewards Offered
Green checkboxCash paid via PayPal
Green checkboxAmazon gift cards
Green checkboxStarbucks gift cards
Green checkboxTango gift cards
Green checkboxTarget gift cards
Green checkboxRestaurant gift cards
Green checkboxSweepstakes entries
Green checkboxDonations to charity
Member Opportunities
Green checkboxOnline surveys
Green checkboxMobile app
Green checkboxMobile surveys
Green checkboxRefer-a-friend program
Redemption Info
With 500 points in your account, you may reqest a $5.00 gift card. With 2500 points, a $25.00 paypal deposit

Media Insiders General Information

Note: Media Insiders closed its doors on April 16, 2017.

Media Insiders
Media Insiders is a research initiative powered by Symphony Advanced Media to learn how users view and share, internet, mobile, TV and social media across different media outlets. With Media Insiders, your TV viewing and media behaviors matter!

Panel Details
By joining the Media Insiders Panel and downloading an App in your mobile device, you can help to shape the future of smartphone usage, social networking, and so much more. By keeping the App in your mobile device you will automatically enter into the prize draws of weekly sweepstakes of $25, monthly of $100, and quarterly of $10,000. Also earn up to $15 each month in Tango gift cards for running the MI Mobile App on your phone.

MI Mobile App
The MI Mobile App can be downloaded from Google Play on Android cell phones or tablets that are a 4.0 version or greater, as well as, IPhones that are 5.0 or higher. It can also be downloaded on Kindle devices that contain a built in microphone. Once you have installed the App, just continue to watch TV as you normally do, and your rewards will begin to pile up with regular weekly awards. The phone App is not meant to interfere with battery usage or take up a large amount of space, it will run in the background automatically, thus allowing you to earn rewards effortlessly!

Get Paid by PayPal or E-gift Card - your choice
With just 500 points in your account you can request an e-gift card worth $5. With 2500 points, you can receive a $25 PayPal payment. With PerksPlus, you can choose from even more rewards from retailers such as Amazon, Target, Whole Foods, Starbucks, Bass Pro Shops, concert tickets, hotel accommodations and much more!

Add More Devices and Earn More!
Earn even more Tango cards by keeping your mobile device with you when you watch TV. It may try to identify what you're watching at specific times of the day based on a show's commercials. You can view the results by clicking on the results page. This panel is especially good for those who watch TV shows in a variety of ways such as live, streaming, using DVR, etc and also are using their mobile devices simultaneously.

Many Ways to Earn Rewards!
At Media Insiders, there are many ways to collect rewards:

  • Mobile Meter: Install the Media Insiders App on your mobile phone and other devices to begin racking up rewards! 1MM Day = the usage of your mobile device during one day, including checking the weather, going on Social Media, music and calendar usage.
  • TV Activity: If the background App hears a TV running, then you will automatically begin collecting rewards. 1 TV Day = One day of all of the television programs captured by the App
  • M-Connect: This is a virtual private network (VPN) that can be provided to panel members. Joining the M-Connect VPN will allow you to make additional rewards.
  • Survey Participation: Insiders are periodically asked to share their opinions through surveys via email or App for extra points.
  • Refer a Friend: Earn rewards for referring a friend who becomes active for 4 weeks

How Much can I Earn?
For each household, you can have a maximum of 3 mobile devices and one PC registered. If you have all four running and are tracking your TV behaviors, then you will earn $15/monthly. Panel members will also receive $5 for each device installed, and get a bonus of $5 after the 12th week. Remember that Media Insiders offers more rewards for their users who are continuously active! Active users can earn $185 a year, wow! TV activity and Mobile Meter awards are collected on a Monday to Sunday basis and then distributed on the following week in a quick and automatic process.

Eligibility: United States residents, 13+

"Was once amazing"
March 04, 2017 by Keith from United States

When I first started MI, it was pretty good. Almost guaranteed I was going to cash out every two weeks.

But as of lately, maybe four months ago, it's been dipping significantly and I reach the $3 threshold a month or two later. It's starting to appear less and less worth keeping on my phone.

"Really happy "
December 31, 2016 by Dallas from United States

I have been a user of this app for more than 2 years. I will say that you won't make hundreds a month, but you will get nice rewards. I have obtained a number of DVDs and gift cards for realistically doing little to nothing (my last gift card was for 50$ to Buffalo Wild Wings). I will say it is almost scary how well it knows what I'm watching on TV cause it sometimes knows what I'm watching even when my phone is in another room. I also have never really set up the VPN features of the service because times I've tried have caused more issues than not.

"Was once a great way to make money!"
November 24, 2016 by Andrew from United States

(The above description also needs to change. You no longer need a pc registered to them. )
I've been with this company for a year. Most of the time uneventful. This past week they jibbed me out of points. I completed all their requirements which should have yielded me the max of 175 points per week that you can get (plus the 4 week bonus). I only received 50 points.
So I emailed the company and provided screenshots of the app recording my active activity. The customer rep tried to say that I didn't watch enough TV that week even though it showed and record activity on the required 3 days. Through all the e-mails the rep finally just stop replying.
When comes down to it I agreed to be honest and do what is required of me and they are suppose to do what they said they would do. They haven't! So I can't give my recommendation for anyone to waste their time with this company.

"Great company."
November 18, 2016 by Corbin from United States

This is an app that runs in the background and listens to what TV shows/movies you are watching. It doesn't drain your battery or interfere in any way with your data/speed of your phone. Only works with Android and you get a bonus for having it installed on 2 devices. Really consistent payouts and I just recently completed a longer survey that paid out $70. I would definitely recommend this panel.

"Sit back, watch TV and acquire points"
July 08, 2016 by Linda from United States

This is the simplest survey site I know about. You sign up by putting the app on your phone or other device, watch TV, get a 10 question (or less) survey about where you watched TV programs weekly and acquire points to redeem for gift cards or other merchandise. I know of no other survey site that is so simple and takes very little of my time plus I get paid basically for watching TV. Win-win situation to me.




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