Membership Agreement


PineCone Research is a new products panel.  As such, we ask for your opinions on product ideas for items that are not generally available to the public.  In exchange for the opportunity to tell manufacturers your opinion about these products, we require that you sign a security agreement at the front of each and every interview.  This agreement is legally binding and states that you will keep the information that you saw in the interview confidential.  It further states that you will promise not to copy, print or download any part of the interview or the pictures shown to you.  It also states your agreement that others in your household will keep this information confidential. 

In addition, you confirm that you and any one in your immediate household and family are not employed in a consumer package goods company, marketing researcher or advertising industry.  Falsification of this information may be grounds for legal action. 

We take this agreement seriously and require that you do so as well.  Failure to do so, will result in your immediate removal from the panel and may be grounds for legal action.   

Some of our members have been tempted to discuss products and their experiences on chat rooms and bulletin boards on-line or encouraged others seeking membership to misrepresent themselves during the registration process.  We regard this as a security breach and cause for removal from the panel.   Our existing members take this confidentiality responsibility very seriously and assist in reporting any infractions of this requirement.

To avoid any potential confusion, here is a listing of types of activities that will result in removal and may be grounds for legal action:

  • Posting of product descriptions or names on chat rooms, bulletin boards or blogs
  • Copying of product ideas
  • Selling test product
  • Discussing the survey or any material (picture, advertising, concept or product) with anyone unless the survey requires you to do so.
  • Allowing non-household members to try the product or view a survey in progress
  • Multiple person or household registrations on the panel
  • Removal or deletion of the Nielsen "Flash" cookie

We believe that you will enjoy your PineCone Research panelist experience.  Most of our interviews average 15-20 minutes and you are paid for each and every product evaluation study.  Some household questions will be asked from time to time to direct surveys to appropriate households, and these household questions are not compensated. Reward points earned will be valid until there is no earning activity for twelve (12) consecutive calendar months and will expire at the end of that twelve-month period.

Reward Points Earned Prior to April 21st, 2014: Reward points earned prior to April 21st, 2014 will be valid until there is no earning activity for twelve (12) consecutive calendar months and will expire at the end of that twelve-month period. Reward points set to expire before April 21st, 2015 will be extended to expire on April 21st, 2015.    

In exchange for this opportunity, we absolutely require that you promise to safeguard the confidentiality of our clients’ ideas, concepts, and products. We promise to keep your personal information secure and confidential.  We ask that you promise to keep our information secure and confidential.  We value your time and your opinions and hope to have a mutually satisfying relationship. 

Please feel free to contact me by email at scott@pineconeresearch.com with any questions you may have about this topic.