the-Collaboratory is an exclusive online community whose members share their experiences, thoughts and opinions in research studies. These studies can cover cultural trends, new products and services, and personal interests and activities. They provide insights that shape the future thinking of businesses and organizations around the world.
Members come to the-Collaboratory because it’s a fun and fascinating way to voice their opinions and creatively influence the evolution of brands and companies. Some are specialists or aficionados; others are consumers who enjoy the opportunity to share their point of view. Our thorough membership selection process helps us to select participants for each study based on their personal passions and interests, as well as their demographics and brand preferences.
We’re always looking for enthusiastic and articulate new members who are willing to share their personal thoughts and flex their creative minds. If you would like to apply to become a member and participate in studies, click here.
Clients come to the-Collaboratory because it provides a forum for deep and thoughtful dialogue, ideation and co-creation with carefully selected participants. Projects cover a vast array of industries and categories, including, consumer goods, food, fashion, entertainment and many more. Clients range from new startups to Fortune 100 companies. Studies are customized for each project, and might include photo-journals, blog assignments or home and shopping visits.
We’re also always happy to discuss new projects and topics that our members could help to shape and inform. If you would like more information about the-Collaboratory for your business or organization, click here.
If you can’t find the answer to your questions or want to talk to us, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can use any computer, tablet or mobile device that has internet access. It helps if your device has a camera too.
Your information is protected by a limited-access secured database that can only be viewed by the-Collaboratory employees.
It is possible you entered an inaccurate email address when you registered. Email us at email@example.com and give us your first and last name as well as your current, accurate email address. We will be sure to get you back on the right track.
You are only allowed one the-Collaboratory profile since we only need your answers once. If we discover you have signed up more than once we will disable your account.
We recommend you put in your PRIMARY email address, meaning the one you use most often. We also recommend you put in a backup email address so we can contact you if your primary address fails for any reason.
You can go to the “Edit Profile” page on your home page to access your profile. You can update your profile at any time, whenever you need to. If you run into any issues or questions, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
We use this information to select the surveys that are most relevant to you. Also, we use your name and address ONLY to send you your check. It is never given to anyone or sold to mailing lists.
Your answers are combined with all the others and presented as a whole to our clients. If we quote any of your answers, we will identify you only by your first name and last initial, unless you give us permission to use your full name.
Yes, we have members all over the world, and we can send checks and PayPal payments anywhere in the world.
If you complete the study within the given timeframe, you’ll get your check approximately 3-4 weeks after the study’s completion. If you are ever missing a payment after 2 months of a study’s completion, email us at email@example.com so we can look into the situation for you.
No, we do not pay you for screeners. (Screeners are the initial short questionnaires we send out to identify members with specific qualifications.)
Each study’s compensation varies. Most studies are in the form of a guaranteed check. Others may be for products/services or a drawing to enter for cash and/or prizes.
It depends. Some months we may have a couple for you. Other months you may not get any. It depends on the kinds of surveys we are doing each month, and how many members fit each survey’s requirements. We will contact you when a new study is ready so make sure to check your email.
We encourage you to visit the site often so that you can update your profile with the latest information. The more detail you provide, the more likely you will be accepted for a project.
A member may be invited to participate in paid projects. Projects can include activities such as an interview, online blog, survey, ethnography, and street reporting.
A respondent must be at least 14 years old to participate. We encourage anyone who is interested to sign up. You will be sent a screener so that we can learn more about you and your interests.
We will send you an e-mail message to let you know about a new opportunity for which you may qualify, and will provide you with details on how to apply, such as through a URL to the screener.
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This User Agreement (this "Agreement") applies exclusively to your access to, and use of, the-Collaboratory’s website at www.the-collaboratory.com (the "Site") and the services provided by the-Collaboratory and/or its related entities on the Site (the "Service"). The Site, the Service, and any other services the-Collaboratory provides on the Site are referred to in this Agreement collectively as the "Services." Please read this Agreement carefully. the-Collaboratory is only willing to make the Services available to you if you accept and abide by the terms of this Agreement. By accessing or using the Services, you enter into a binding legal agreement between you and Gordon Innovation Group, consisting of this Agreement and all terms, policies, and guidelines referenced in this Agreement. Furthermore, by accessing or using the Services you are declaring that you are not a professional survey taker. If you do not agree with any provision of this Agreement, you should not access or use the Services.The Service
The Service allows persons who meet its eligibility requirements to register as a user member (the "Member"). Members may participate in surveys and/or studies on the Site but are not guaranteed to qualify to participate in any particular survey and/or study. In cases where the Member does not qualify to participate in a particular survey, the Member may be redirected to another survey with a different reward amount, which may be lower or higher than the reward amount indicated in the original survey. The Member may also be routed out of the survey and not given an opportunity at another survey. Members in good standing may receive incentives such as a "Cash Reward" for completing surveys and/or studies in accordance with this Agreement and with any other policies and guidelines for participation in the Service that the-Collaboratory may make available from time to time. Members may also be contacted via e-mail or other method provided by Member for prequalification of a study, or for solicitation of interest in other forms of studies and surveys such as focus groups for example.Cash Reward and Other Incentives
The Cash Reward or Other Incentive offered to a member for participation in a survey or study is only earned upon completion of the requirement of that particular survey or study. Members will typically not be incentivized for participating in prequalification questionnaires or if they fail to complete all requirements of a particular study. Mere participation in the survey and/or study does not assure you to receive the full Cash Reward or incentive as indicated therein.Service Eligibility and Registration
The Service may be used only by persons 18 years of age or older or by persons between 14 and 17 years of age (a "Minor") with the permission and supervision of a parent or guardian 18 years of age or older (a "Guardian"). the-Collaboratory relies upon Guardians to determine whether any surveys and/or study or other content made available through the Service is appropriate for the viewing, access, download, or participation in by persons under 18 years of age. If you are a Minor, you may not register for or use the Service without the permission and supervision of a Guardian. The Service is not intended for the use of children under 14 years of age. Use of the Service is void where prohibited by State law, Federal law, or another laws of the jurisdiction where Member may live or where the Member uses the Site.
By accessing or using the Service, you represent and warrant that you meet the eligibility requirements in this paragraph and are fully able and competent to enter into, and abide by, the terms of this Agreement.Fees for the Service
There is no fee to participate in the Service and/or study. the-Collaboratory may, in its sole discretion, elect to charge fees for participating in the Service and/or study, or to use or access any other Services, at any time. If it does, it will update this Agreement to reflect such fees.Participation Requirements
Your ability to participate in the Services is expressly conditioned upon your compliance with this Agreement and with all policies and guidelines applicable to the Services that the-Collaboratory may make available from time to time. In the event of your noncompliance, fraud or other inappropriate activity (as determined by the-Collaboratory in its sole discretion), the-Collaboratory may cancel or invalidate your accounts, registrations and Cash Reward, incentives, deny redemption of your Cash Reward, or restrict, block, limit, and prevent your access to and use of the Services and, further, all Cash Rewards, incentives and rewards shall be subject to forfeiture. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the following requirements apply to your use of the Services:
Information and content made available to you in the Service may contain trade secrets or other confidential or proprietary information of the-Collaboratory, its customers, suppliers or licensors. You must hold in strict confidence and not disclose to any other person any information and content that you access or learn in connection with your participation in any survey, project, questionnaire, or other market research activity related to the Service. You must not use any such information or content for any purpose other than your participation in the Service in accordance with this Agreement. You hereby agree to notify the-Collaboratory immediately if you learn of or suspect any use or disclosure of, or access to, any such information or content other than as specifically authorized in this Agreement.
You agree to (a) provide accurate, current and complete information about you as may be prompted by any registration forms on the Services and/or study; (b) maintain the security of your password and login credentials; and (c) maintain and promptly update the information you provide during registration, and any other information you provide to the-Collaboratory, so as to keep it accurate, current and complete. Registration requires information that includes without limitation your full legal name, your date of birth, the address of your primary residence, your phone number and your working email address. If you receive the IRS minimum qualifying income during a taxable year, you must submit tax identification information.
You may have only one active account at any time. Only one account per mailing address is allowed. Multiple accounts for any person or mailing address are subject to termination and forfeiture of all Cash Rewards, incentives and rewards.
You must at all times comply with all applicable laws, rules, regulations, and orders, and not cause the-Collaboratory to violate any laws, rules, regulations, or orders, in the state of California and your place of residence.
You agree to participate in good faith and to the best of your ability in any market research activities in which you participate in connection with the Service. You will not provide false or misleading data, including without limitation, survey responses that are inconsistent with prior responses or statistically improbable.
If you communicate with the-Collaboratory personnel ("Personnel"), you agree to do so in a respectful and appropriate manner. You shall not send, share or otherwise distribute to Personnel, Personnel affiliates or other users of the Services and/or study any communications having obscene, vulgar, sexually-oriented, threatening, hateful or illegal content.
You may provide information to the-Collaboratory in connection with your participation in market research or otherwise in connection with the Service, including survey responses, ideas, feedback, or other information or content ("User Content"). If you provide any User Content, unless the-Collaboratory expressly indicates otherwise, you grant the-Collaboratory and its affiliates a nonexclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, and fully sub licensable right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such User Content throughout the world in any media, without acknowledgement or compensation to you. By providing any User Content, you represent and warrant that you have the lawful right to provide it, and that it is accurate and complete. You must not provide any User Content that:
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The Services and all content and other materials contained on or within the Services, including, without limitation, the the-Collaboratory logo, and all information, content, designs, text, graphics, information, data, software, other files, and the selection and arrangement thereof (collectively, the "Content"), are the proprietary property of the-Collaboratory and/or its customers, suppliers and licensors. The Collaboratory will use all available laws to enforce any improper use of its proprietary property.
If you comply with all the terms and conditions of this Agreement, the-Collaboratory grants you a limited, revocable, non-transferable, and non-exclusive license to access and use the Services, solely for your personal, non-commercial purposes. Except for those rights expressly granted in this Agreement, no other rights are granted, either express or implied, to you under this Agreement. Unless explicitly stated in this Agreement, nothing in this Agreement will be construed as conferring any license to intellectual property rights, whether by estoppel, implication or otherwise. This license is revocable at any time.
Any use of the Services or any Content other than as specifically authorized in this Agreement, without the prior written permission of the-Collaboratory, is strictly prohibited and will terminate the license granted in this section. Unauthorized use may also violate applicable laws and regulations, including, without limitation, copyright and trademark laws and applicable communications regulations and statutes, and the rights of the-Collaboratory and of third parties.Trademarks
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THE MAXIMUM TOTAL LIABILITY OF THE-COLLABORATORY AND ALL OTHER PROVIDERS TO YOU FOR ALL CLAIMS UNDER THIS AGREEMENT, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT, OR OTHERWISE, IS THE GREATER OF (A) ANY AMOUNTS PAID BY THE-COLLABORATORY TO YOU UNDER THIS AGREEMENT IN THE TWELVE MONTHS PRECEDING THE APPLICABLE CLAIM, AND (B) 100 UNITED STATES DOLLARS ($100 USD). EACH PROVISION OF THIS AGREEMENT THAT PROVIDES FOR A LIMITATION OF LIABILITY, DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES, OR EXCLUSION OF DAMAGES IS TO ALLOCATE THE RISKS UNDER THIS AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE PARTIES. THIS ALLOCATION IS AN ESSENTIAL ELEMENT OF THE BASIS OF THE BARGAIN BETWEEN THE PARTIES. EACH OF THESE PROVISIONS IS SEVERABLE AND INDEPENDENT OF ALL OTHER PROVISIONS OF THIS AGREEMENT. THE LIMITATIONS IN THIS SECTION WILL APPLY EVEN IF ANY LIMITED REMEDY FAILS OF ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE.Indemnification
You will indemnify and hold harmless the-Collaboratory its affiliates, and related entities, and all other Providers from and against any costs, damages, expenses, and liabilities (including, but not limited to, reasonable attorneys' fees) arising out of or related to any User Content, your use of the Services or any Content, your violation of this Agreement, or your violation of any rights of a third party.Third-Party Content
The Services may contain links or references to information, content, and services provided by third parties (collectively, "Third-Party Content") as a service to those interested in this information. the-Collaboratory does not monitor or have any control over any Third-Party Content. the-Collaboratory does not endorse or adopt any Third-Party Content and can make no guarantee as to its accuracy or completeness. the-Collaboratory undertakes no responsibility to update or review any Third-Party Content, and does not represent or warrant the accuracy of any information contained in any Third Party Content. You use any Third Party Content contained therein at your own riskPrivacy
You acknowledge and agree that any questions, comments, suggestions, ideas, feedback, original or creative materials, or other information or content provided by you to the-Collaboratory, to the extent it is not User Content, will become the sole property of the-Collaboratory. the-Collaboratory will own exclusive rights, including all intellectual property rights, and shall be entitled to the unrestricted use and dissemination of such information and content for any purpose, commercial or otherwise, without acknowledgment or compensation to you. Further, you hereby grant to the-Collaboratory a perpetual and irrevocable license to use such information and content for any purpose.Independent Contractors
You and the-Collaboratory are independent contractors for all purposes. No agency, partnership, joint venture, employee-employer or franchisor-franchisee relationship is intended or created by this Agreement or by your access to or use of the Services.Termination
Notwithstanding any term of this Agreement, the-Collaboratory reserves the right, without notice and in its sole discretion, to discontinue or terminate any of the Services, to terminate your license to use the Services, to delete any registrations or other accounts, to delete Cash Reward balance without redemption, and to restrict, block, limit, and prevent your access to and use of the Services. Any termination or other action by the-Collaboratory described in this paragraph will not limit any other remedies the-Collaboratory may have against you at law or equity.Updates to this Agreement
the-Collaboratory may update this Agreement from time to time. When it does, it will revise the "last updated" date on this Agreement. You are responsible for reviewing the most recent version of this Agreement frequently and for remaining informed about any changes to it. By continuing to use the Services, you consent to any updates to this Agreement.General Legal Notices
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