Getting stuff for free is just plain fun! For most of us, money is tight and we have to work hard for every penny. So when we get something for free – well it is like someone just gave us back a bit of that time we spent working.
But most often, people aren’t just handing out free stuff. And if they are – well, that is just a little suspicious. Don’t take candy from strangers, right?
But there are reasons companies give away their products. And one of them is to get people’s reviews and opinions.
She Speaks is a new online network that does just that: it allows women to provide companies with feedback on their products.
And the bonus for you is you get to try out (and keep) products and services for free! All you have to do is fill out a quick online feedback form once you have used the product.
So how does it work exactly?
If you are a female, US resident over the age of 18, you can join SheSpeaks for free by logging on to www.shespeaks.com and completing a short profile. (Being a member at SheSpeaks is completely free and you will never be charged any fees.)
The profile tells SheSpeaks about the member’s interests and hobbies. Based on this information, SheSpeaks targets members with products and services of interest to try (and keep) free of charge. Once the member tries the product, they can come back and let SheSpeaks know what they think of the product. Did the member love it or hate it? Either way, they want to know. SheSpeaks shares this anonymous feedback with the company that makes the product or service. The company then tells SheSpeaks how the members have influenced their thinking about the product and SheSpeaks lets the members know.
Now – I am a cautious person. So I wanted to make sure this was truly a great, safe deal for women. And since I am Canadian, I couldn’t sign up and test it out myself.
I thoroughly read their site and it all looks great. They have a very user friendly site that helps answer your questions. The spell out in detail How it Works, they answer Frequently Asked Questions and even provide a Promise to their members.
But I also emailed SheSpeaks and asked a few questions of my own:
Is SheSpeaks relatively new? How many members have signed up so far to test products?
SheSpeaks went live at the beginning of the year and has thousands of members from across all the states of USA. We signed-up over 1000 members within the first week of launch. The first test was fully subscribed and the response to the survey was pretty staggering – close to 90%.
Approximately how many products over say the course of 6 months is the average member sent to test? Are these just small one time samples?
Samples are spaced so that members receive something once every 6 weeks. Theoretically two different members could be testing two different products at the same time. We don’t want to bombard the same customer and we don’t want them to have to wait too long to join a test so we are timing on a 6 week interval.
We have a range of branded products signed up, but we can’t share the brand before the test is complete. I can tell you that we have household name goods lined up for cosmetics, hair care, wine, magazines, food, snacks etc. The members receive the full product and in most cases two full products as if they had bought it in a store. They also receive a discount token for themselves for their first purchase and either a free sample or a discount for friends (as many friends as they choose to share it with.)
Can she cancel at any time?
We do not share any customer data with the brands (we arrange all the postage from a fulfillment house to maintain complete privacy) and we don’t share data with any other companies or advertisers. Members can choose to not be part of a test, to have no further contact, or to cancel membership at any time.
It all sounds great to me.
So – if you want to get in on reviewing products for free, hop over to www.shespeaks.com and sign up.
As far as I can tell – it is totally safe and all it will “cost” you is the time it takes to fill in the online feedback form. That sounds pretty darn “free” to me!