In this guide we'll share what incentive reward options are available, details on how to tell if UI or the researcher is issuing your incentive, and instructions about checking the status of your incentive payment. Check out our related support guides for more incentive details: how to redeem incentives and are incentives taxable income.
Researchers can opt to have User Interviews distribute incentives on their behalf, allowing participants to choose from a digital Amazon or Reward link gift card, or researchers can distribute incentives themselves in an incentive type of their choosing.
If a study offers an "choice of dozens of digital gift cards" incentive, User Interviews is distributing the incentive. You have two options: a digital Amazon gift card, or a digital Reward Link gift card. If UI is issuing the incentive, you can redeem your incentive in USD, CAD, AUD, GBP, or EUR. For EUR, we only support payment and use of incentives in Germany and France.
Amazon gift card
For participants who joined UI prior to April 2021, you've seen this incentive on many studies! This is the original UI distributed incentive, and is available in USD, CAD, AUD, GBP, or EUR. EUR can only be used on Amazon.fr and Amazon.de sites.
Reward Link gift card (the option that gives you dozens more options!)
Reward Link is a gift card option allowing you to choose from dozens of store, restaurant, service, and experience gift cards. When you choose Reward Link when redeeming your incentive, you'll be prompted to apply your gift card balance to your pick of gift cards. This option is available in USD, CAD, AUD, GBP, or EUR.
Gift card options may vary by country, but in the U.S., choose from options like:
If a researcher has opted to pay incentives themselves, they choose the incentive type for the study. This may be cash, PayPal, direct deposit, store gift card, Visa gift card, a check, a product, access to a free subscription, etc. This incentive type will always be shown on the study details page before you apply so you can determine if the incentive is right for you.
We know you're eager to receive your incentive payment! Most incentives are issued within a day or two of a session. However, researchers have up to 10 business days after the completed session to release payment. We give researchers that extra time, as they may need to work to confirm attendance with moderators, review task based studies, manually issue payment, etc.
If it has been more than 10 business days (note that weekends do not count!) since your session, please email email@example.com. Our team is not able to look into incentives until after the 10 business day mark, so please do not contact support before that time.
Every researcher reserves the right to withhold payment from a participant for the following reasons, among others:
You may review our terms for additional information regarding our incentive and payment policy.
Can I get my incentive in a different form of payment, like Paypal or cash?
The research team for your study has chosen the incentive, so we are unable to change the incentive offered.
What does 10 business days mean?
Business days are considered Monday through Friday, excluding weekends. An easy way to think about it is 2 weeks from the day you participated, plus one day. For example, if you participate on a Tuesday, you can reach out 2 weeks later on Wednesday, as 10 full business days have passed since your session.
I completed my unmoderated task before the deadline. Does the 10 business days begin when I submit my task?
No. We base the start of the 10 business days on the deadline. You're always welcome to submit your unmoderated task early, but please give researchers a full 10 business days from the deadline to mark attendance and release payment.
Do you have tracking or information on payment for researcher issued incentives?
No. Researchers distributing their own incentives do not share incentive details with User Interviews.
My study status is "Confirmed", but it's been more than 10 business days. What do I do?
If the researcher is paying your incentive (the incentive is anything other than "Choice of dozens of digital gift cards"), use the messenger tool to contact your researcher. Often, the researcher is able to provide an update. If you don't hear back, or UI is paying your incentive, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so our team can take a look.
I participated in a study more than a month ago and didn't get paid. What now?
First, log into your account and click "My studies". If UI is paying the incentive, and you have not redeemed your incentive yet, you'll see "Redeem incentive". You can then redeem your incentive. If you have already redeemed your incentive you can "View gift code".
If the research team is paying the incentive, we recommend searching your inbox for emails around the time you completed your study. Commonly researchers send digital gift cards from an email address that you may not recognize that may hit spam or an alternate inbox. Double check your messages and confirmation email for that study—sometimes researchers will include how and where they'll be sending your incentive. If you still cannot find your incentive, please contact email@example.com. Please note that our team is unable to follow up about incentives for studies after multiple months have passed, so make sure to notify us at the 10 business day mark if you haven't received payment yet.