Someone from a local store comes up to you on the street and ask you to take a survey and offers you a free gift at the end of it. You just need to provide an email address for them to contact you later for the free gift.

How likely is it for you to sign up to them there and then? What kind of free gifts would be attractive enough to do so? Would this be a good idea for a local business to do?

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TammiP Premium
I would probably do the survey as a courtesy. I hate to be unkind, I go out of my way not to be.

As for my email address...probably not. I try to be as careful as I can be due to information being stolen. I know that sounds a bit strange because of all the risk you are at when you are on the net. I guess I would consider this a controlled environment. I would have the power in this instance to keep my info safe and secure, and I would opt to do just that.

With that being said....a NEW car as a gift would definitely get me to open up and share....LOL!!!! ;))) :)))))
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ToLiNoLi Premium
Hi Tammy, create a general email address with Google or so, which you can use for surveys and other. Then everything is fine. :)
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TammiP Premium
Had not thought about that. Thank you ToLiNoLi!!! You are a fountain of knowledge. So glad we are friends!!!!! Your friendship means a lot!!

T
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ToLiNoLi Premium
You are very much welcome. :)
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onebluemoon Premium
Everybody would salivate over a car! LOL! You are so much fun :)

In the past I use to think giving out my email is no big deal, but now I know better. Being spammed is a major hazard to health... :)
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ToLiNoLi Premium
You can give yours to me, and see where it will get you :P
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TammiP Premium
A very big deal....my whole life was stolen in September, 2016. I am still trying to straighten things out and recover from all that mess!!! Maybe I should write a blog about it?!?!?!

Please do be very careful!!! I don't wish what I am going thru on my worst enemy!!!!

Have a great weekend!!!!

T
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ToLiNoLi Premium
My good wishes of Luck and Prosperity go with you this weekend. I hope all will get better for you.

Have a great weekend too.
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onebluemoon Premium
Oh I'm so sorry to hear that...it sounds like a terrible ordeal. Please write a post and share your experience, I'm sure many people will benefit from it.
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onebluemoon Premium
Is this another ploy of yours to get an email from a pretty girl? It's not working bleh~~ :P
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ToLiNoLi Premium
Who said you are pretty? :P
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onebluemoon Premium
hahaha then the matter is settled~~ :)
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TammiP Premium
Thanks LiNoLi...it's all working out. It just takes soooo long to try and put everything back together again!!! But I am trying to stay the course and keep my chin up!!! Thanks for your concern and well wishes.

Happy weekend!!!!!

T
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TammiP Premium
Thank you one blue moon!!!!

You know, I think that I will write a post about that. Maybe I can help someone else to keep from being a victim like I was.

It's kinda scary to think about writing a public post though. I haven't had anything published since college, that has been a loooooong time ago!!!!

Yep....I think that I will

I will keep you up to date on my progress!!

May I PM you about my progress??? Please feel free to PM me anytime!!!!

L8r,

T

P.S. watch out for ToLiNoLI.....sounds like he has the hots for you......LOL :) ;)) ;))) ;))))
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onebluemoon Premium
Tammi, you are welcome to PM me anytime... whether to let me know your progress or anything else. I would like to hear from you.

Argghhh... don't worry about ToLiNoLi, I will give him a kick that will send him flying ;p
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ToLiNoLi Premium
My tip, write a little book as PDF, then let me interview you why and for whom you wrote this book, I will report this as a news story and make advertisement for your book and be an affiliate of yours, then you build business. :))

Let me know if you think that is something that interests you.
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TammiP Premium
Good morning ... hope that you are doing well today!!

I am very interested in writing a short book, but I have no skills about writing a book!! I have a book that I have been writing for the past 10 years, but it is in my desk where it lives. I pull out the manuscript ever so often an add a chapter or two, but it never really sees the light of day.

I would be very excited to pen a short book, but I would need a bit of support along the way. I haven't even written my first blog yet, but intend to give it a try sometime this weekend. You would think that as much as I love to chat writing and blogging would be no problem for me. After all, the two are basically speaking out loud to an audience...right?? Did I get that right?!!?

I have a couple of ideas that I will run by you and get your opinions on them. I think that we can make this work and it will be beneficial to both of us. Thanks for the idea and the offer of support!!

Happy Weekend!!!!

T
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TammiP Premium
Thanks moon!!! I was informed by a fellow Affiliate that the proper avenue was to always ask before PMing anyone. If not I could be blocked or unfollowed by that specific person. I'm fine with ppl PMing me though. So feel free to PM me anytime about anything!!

As for ToLiNoLi.....he is soooo cute. I really like chatting with him. It's cute the way you guys flirt around!!!

Ttysn!!

Happy Weekend!!!

T
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ToLiNoLi Premium
Sounds good Tammi. Happy Weekend to you too. :))
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onebluemoon Premium
That's really polite of you. I think you are the first person to really ask for permission in such a formal way.... seriously :)

About your plans for writing, writing blogs is a great way to get started. I can really chat a lot too but when it comes to writing articles for my website, I struggle with it. When I first started, my article had only 300 words max. I went around asking for tips and now my articles could easily reach 1000. It comes with practise and certain writing tips.

I find writing blogs here really helped me, so may I suggest you do the same? Once you get started, you feel an urge to keep writing :)

For Stefan (Tolinoli), you won't ever regret knowing him. Though I only know him for a short time here, we had discussed a lot over our blogs here and we are already good friends. Check out both our blogs, you can probably find some friendly banter over there as well.
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TammiP Premium
I will definitely check out your blogs and I am going to read your stories too.

As for my writing, I started writing and I couldn't quit!!! I am now at the word count of 2602. I think that I have written more than a blog!!! I think that I may be writing a book!!!! I still have a lot more to write!!

Is it good?, I have no idea...and I don't how to send it to anyone to read it for me and give me an opinion and direction with it.

Like I said , I have a lot more to write....wish I knew if it were any good or not...LOL!!!

T
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onebluemoon Premium
Would you consider turning your book into an ebook instead? Then you can published them in parts, instead of going by the traditional way of writing 10000 or 20000 words. I have heard some suggestions regarding this.
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TammiP Premium
I have thought of doing an ebook, but I don't have a clue as to where to get started. I don't even know if it is any good!!! But I wouldn't mind publishing in parts. This is a long story that will take some time to get it all together. We will discuss this when I get the story critiqued. I have no idea how to spell critiqued, I hope it is close enough!!!!
T
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onebluemoon Premium
Let me try to find some links for you ok? Will PM when I find sonething useful. You can also try the search bar above to see whether there are some training here for that.
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TammiP Premium
OK....THAT WOULD BE GREAT!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR WILLINGNESS TO HELP. I will get this story critiqued by my roomie and if they think it's good I will forward it to you and let you do an Affiliate critique. we will decide where to go next!!!! Is that cool with you?!?!?!?

T
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onebluemoon Premium
May I suggest you ask for feedback on your contents through the Sitefeedback platform. I am not qualified to critique your work :)
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Cindyda1 Premium
About zero chance for me. I don't like the intrusiveness of this practice or the awkwardness of being put in the position of telling someone NO, I'm not interested. Usually, if I see someone doing this on the street, I will go out of my way to avoid them, same as if they are peddling anything else.

If it's a local business I don't mind them having a website on the receipt and telling me at check out I can go online and complete a survey for a chance to win XXX, and then I have the choice to do it or not when I get home. Or a card on the counter saying "How did we do"? Or on the table, if I'm in an eating establishment. Something along that line.
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onebluemoon Premium
Great suggestion you have there Cindy! If they ask you to complete a survey this way just to get feedback, you won't mind?
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Cindyda1 Premium
Well, I'm not saying I will actually complete the survey provided in this way and won't leave any contact info if I do, but it is less intrusive and less likely to tick me off than someone cutting me off at the pass while I'm trying to go about my day. I have completed feedback surveys online from particular companies where I have contacted their customer support and left feedback.
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onebluemoon Premium
Very true, it is indeed less intrusive and I believe coupled with an incentive, that would motivate people more to complete surveys.
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Cindyda1 Premium
This was a great question Moon! Thanks for putting it out there!
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onebluemoon Premium
I'm glad that you find it useful :)
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abrosco Premium
To be honest NO! I would not participate. Firstly in recent years there has been controversy in the UK that many such so called surveys are not surveys at all but veiled attempts by charities to "extort" donations. Secondly more and more folk here reluctant to provide private data given the rise of identity fraud.

I think online surveys are OK if conducted on a transparent basis and not as a means to build email lists. In short info and data collected on an overall anonymous collated basis not only OK but also has merit in identifying segmentation clusters.

The future, coupled with the emergence of stricter data protection laws, demands honesty and transparency by surveyors as to their true intent and purpose. In my view I see this as a positive future insofar as we all need to improve and enhance integrity and reputation in our online activity and behaviour. If our intent and purpose is to sell then why not say so. I for one would never buy from a seller whom I felt had "tricked" me into a "conversation" - the basis of trust simply would not exist!

We have a duty of care to both the integrity of our self and our business as well as, more generally, the integrity of our online industry.
Richard
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onebluemoon Premium
Hi Richard,

Not only to charities in the UK, I believe that is happening to other fields in other countries too. As for identity frauds, yes the internet security issue has become a major issue. I have even met a WA member who has had her online identity stolen.

I appreciate transparency in business too, and it is taught here in WA, that's why we put affiliate disclaimers on our websites.

Thanks for your sharing, I have learnt a lot here.
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JooKwang Premium
I find street survey not very meaningful because usually the one being surveyed is on his/her way to somewhere else and thus it is a distraction and in a bid to finish that survey, the answers derived may not be that accurate. I don't mind helping out with surveys when it is pre-arranged or emailed to me. Then I can give it some thought when I answer it. I think that works out better for both ends.
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onebluemoon Premium
Very true, life is so hectic, everyone's rushing here and there, answers given to surveys on the spot might not be accurate. Online surveys sound much better, thanks!
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gbsun Premium
I wouldn't really trust it. Now maybe if the gifts were right there to take with me then I might be more inclined to do it if I liked the gift.
Something that would attract people. Maybe have a cooler full of ice cold beverages on a hot summer day. Free cold drinks! Just fill out the survey and leave your email address.
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onebluemoon Premium
Not a bad idea at all, free cold drinks would work but maybe not parked beside a shop which will interfere with them selling cold drinks....
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gbsun Premium
You're right. But you can be parked where you're the only one with cold drinks in the general vicinity. You would not want to be in front of a food and beverage establishment.
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onebluemoon Premium
Yes, that would antagonise the shop and probably do more harm than good for the survey.
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