Mindswarms Reviews and Features

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1501 Mariposa Suite 426, San Francisco, California  94107 US
Tel: (415) 865-0441   Contact: [email protected]
Operated by: Mindswarms Inc.


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Receive $50 via PayPal for every study that you complete. Payments are made within 24 hours of study completion.

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Founded in 2008, Mindswarms is a market research company that collects consumer data from the use of video surveys. If you are not camera-shy, then take advantage of the generous rewards offered by this panel. Receive $50 for each study you complete!

Step 1: Sign Up

There are two ways to sign up with Mindswarms. You can create an account through your desktop/laptop, but make sure you have a webcam available to use. The other option is to download the Mindswarms app on your Android or Apple phone/tablet.

Step 2: Create a Profile

The next step is to create your profile. Mindswarms requires you to have a profile video to ensure that your camera works. There also are a few questions to answer in the member profile section to narrow down which types of surveys you will qualify for.

Step 3: Apply for Studies

Within your account you will see opportunities that you can apply for based on your demographic. The application process is quick and takes less than a minute to complete. Just answer a few multiple choice questions that will be reviewed by a researcher within 24 hours. If you are chosen, then you can begin recording your video answers!

Step 4: Record a Video

Once you are chosen, you will be asked to answer 1 – 7 questions through video. You read each question, then provide your 45-60 second response. Depending on how many questions are required, this process takes 10 to 20 minutes of your time. Remember your answers could have an impact on future business decisions!

Answer Questions in Your Own Language

Most surveys are in English, but some surveys are in various other languages. A good rule of thumb is to answer the questions in the same language the questions are asked in. (ie: if the questions are in English, record your questions in English, if its in Spanish, record in Spanish).

Earn $50 for Each Video!

If you are asked to answer 7 questions, you will be rewarded with $50! 1 question is rewarded with $10. Payment is distributed via PayPal and is received 24 hours after you complete and send in your video survey.

Tips for Recording a Great Video

Mindswarms reminds its panelists of a few tips and tricks that can be used to record a great video. They are as follows:

  • Letting out your emotions is encouraged, and don’t forget to be yourself!
  • Be honest with all of your responses
  • Light your face, shoot from the hip and show the product
  • Eliminate background noise
  • Take the full minute to respond to each question for well-rounded answers

Recommend Studies to your Friends

Encourage your friends to take advantage of the great rewards and the excitement of recording video answers. There is a specific section on each member account that allows you to refer your friends to studies that may interest them.

Download the App!

Mindswarms also has an app, available on iOS and Android that is localized for Spanish and Mandarin speakers.

Eligibility: International members accepted

Mindswarms Reviews (18)

5 Star Reviews (5) 27.8
4 Star Reviews (2) 11.1
3 Star Reviews (1) 5.6
2 Star Reviews (0) 0.0
1 Star Reviews (10) 55.6

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I just don't know!

August 24, 2021 by David from United States

On the face of it, this very unique so-called "elite" survey site should be the cat's pajamas. After all, they bait you with the false premise that they'll pay you $40.00 and upwards for doing an extended single survey via webcam. Sounds good, right? Real world is that I've yet to participate in one, despite the fact that I signed up with them in May 2021! And to do that, I had to do a full blown webcam audition! (I've been offered at least a half a dozen surveys with them). Problem is, that although I completed every preliminary survey offered to me, I've yet to actually get a REAL survey in these 3 months! ! Bottom line: I've made ZERO dollars with them for all my trouble! (Maybe someone actually gets to complete a survey with them and get paid but, it certainly hasn't been me)! -Use them at your own risk.

Waste of time

February 9, 2020 by Venita from United States

This company is a complete waste of time. I signed up in 2019, and never received an email tell me if I qualified or not.

Padding Their Membership

January 18, 2020 by kris from United States

I gave this panel 30 months and never completed a survey, I waste a fair amount of time with the drawn-out screening process. I think that Mindswarms has shown that they are mostly trying to attract panelists to pad their membership and this is evident from other reviews. I resigned and don't recommend joining.

Waste of Time

May 23, 2019 by Kay from United States

I have done so many surveys and haven't seen a dime. At least tell me if I qualified or not, no one likes to waste their time. I understand that certain surveys you have to "qualify" for but if I've done 100 surveys and haven't seen a dime, you're profiting off of me and I am receiving nothing in return. I'll pass. Again, don't waste your time, its not worth it.

I keep qualifing for studies but I never get a follow-up

May 7, 2019 by Aria from United States

I deleted my account this afternoon because I keep qualifying for studies but I never receive a confirmation email or even a rejection email...its ridiculous. They should at least let their applicants know if they don't qualify for a study (they claim that if you don't qualify for a study they will email you to let you know). I'm done. Its very rude on the part of their employees to not follow-through with their site members.