Google Consumer Surveys
|Initial release||29 March 2012|
|Operating system||Cross-platform (web-based application)|
Google Consumer Surveys is a business product by Google that facilitates customized market research. The product was designed by Google as an alternative to internet pay walls for websites that publish content. The program was launched by several online publishers such as Pandora, AdWeek, and the New York Daily News.
The consumer surveys work as a "soft paywall" for websites offering premium content. Users visiting these websites have the option of responding to a survey to access content for free. Every time a user responds to a survey, the publishers earn US$0.05. The results of the survey are sold to Google's business customers such as market research firms and small businesses. In addition to the Paid services, It also offers a free survey for websites with predefined questions targeted at people visiting the website.
Notable uses of Google consumer surveys include voter information tools and behavior surveys of holiday travelers. Google consumer surveys published voter opinion polls leading up to the 2012 US presidential elections. According to New York Times' blogger and statistician Nate Silver, the Google consumer surveys' election polls were ranked second in terms of reliability and lack of bias in predicting election results.
On Feb 19, 2015, Google announced Consumer Surveys as a platform for publishers to monetize their online content. Initially, this platform will be available only for publishers from USA, UK and Canada. Publishers payments are made through the AdSense payment system, but the platform has its own management and reporting console.
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