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 packaged 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. Our existing members take this confidentiality responsibility very seriously and assist in reporting any infractions of this requirement.

To avoid any potential confusion, here are some examples 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 registrations of the same person or household on the panel

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 ensure we 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.

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 in accordance with Nielsen’s privacy policy. 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.

Important Security Notice. Do not fall for Internet scams. Pinecone Research will never charge you money for participation, or ask you to cash a check, wire any money, be a “mystery shopper” or reveal any passwords, account numbers, personal identification numbers or similar sensitive information. All communications from us will be from the email address Scott@pineconeresearch.com. Be suspicious of any email that comes from a different address, or asks you to respond by clicking on a link within the email. Know also that email-sender addresses can be faked, so it's possible for an email that seems to have come from Scott@pineconeresearch.com to be fraudulent. Always use common sense. If an invitation asks you to do anything related to money—for example, instructs you to send a check or other payment in any amount, or to wire money, or to provide or “confirm” passwords, account numbers, PINs or similar sensitive information, immediately exit that email and contact Pinecone Research directly to verify the invitation. For information where to report Internet fraud, go to our Security page.