(Updated November 2017)
Even if you are not new to the paid surveys websites world, it is possible that you have never heard of SurveySavvy before. SurveySavvy is an online company that pays in cash to members who share their consumer opinions about certain brands and products the company works with.
SavvyConnect is a relatively new addition to this website, and is just the continuation of the project in the form of a downloadable app that allows you to make even more money than before… or so they say on their website. But is this true or is it nothing more than a scam?
Let´s get some things straight first before reaching any conclusion.
SurveyConnect´s main website: SurveySavvy
The company behind SurveyConnect is the well-established SurveySavvy, which has been running since 1999 and has a great number of users who claim the website is trustworthy and pays money you can hold in your hands.
As most paid survey websites claim, SurveySavvy´s objective is to allow you to create an account that will hold your demographic criteria to let you fill out surveys that will pay for your answers.
This is plain market research, and SurveySavvy is the platform that stands in the middle, right between you and the companies that pay for your habits and opinions as a consumer or user of their products and services.
Once you sign up for an account, which is completely free, and have loaded all your basic information, you will start receiving emails from SurveySavvy with links to certain surveys that value your judgement. If you happen to pass the in-depth screening portion and finish the whole survey, you will be credited the amount of money that the survey pays.
The number of surveys you can receive vary greatly according to how old you are, where you are from, and many other details. This means that there is no possible way to know how many surveys you will be invited to in a week, although the more information you provide in your member profile, the higher the chances of getting surveys that you can finish and get paid for.
Another way to make more money through SurveySavvy is by referring new members. This is part of their extensive referral program, which consists of providing you with a public link that you can post on your website or email to your closest friends and family to get paid, not only for their registration, but also for every survey they finish.
This referral program is also applied to SavvyConnect, so let´s see what this is exactly to determine if it is worth a shot or not.
New introduction to market research: SavvyConnect
SurveySavvy has been up and running for more than 15 years, but it was only in 2009 when they decided to introduce a new system that not only allows them to gather more information about consumers and users, but also helps you gain more money. This new launch is software called SavvyConnect.
SavvyConnect comes as an application (commonly known as apps) that you can download to any of your devices, computer, laptop, mobile phone, tablet, and even Kindle, and its main purpose is to understand and collect information about your online behavior while your browse the Internet. This compilation of data is later supplied to SurveySavvy´s clients.
Described in the website as having “added benefits” by downloading and installing SavvyConnect on your devices, you will be joining their behavioral research program. The advantages of using the software include receiving supplementary paid surveys while remaining active, and instant access to your online survey invitations directly on your desktop or mobile phone, and not through their website.
Basically, the app is an internet tracker that musters up what, where, when, and for how long you do the things you normally do in the web.
This means that if you are one of those people that have a Tracker Destroyer application or add-on to your internet browser, SavvyConnect is everything but what you are looking for so you should stay away from it.
The website does affirm that SavvyConnect recognizes private or incognito modes, and respects them by stopping communication of data while you are privately browsing, but I have no way to confirm this so it will depend on you if you trust the website or not.
Like SurveySavvy, SavvyConnect allows you to reclaim your money once you have accumulated at least $1. Payments with this website and its app are made by checks that are mailed via U.S. post to the residence you saved on your member account
What is good about SavvyConnect?
One of the main advantages about installing the software into every one of your devices is that you will get paid monthly for just using the internet like you normally do: shopping, searching, downloading.
Along with this, participants of the program will receive additional research opportunities. In other words, you will obtain more paid surveys that you would not get invited to if you did not have SurveyConnect installed on your devices.
The normal payment procedure for SurveySavvy´s members lasts a standard of 4 to 12 weeks, meaning that you will only get a check for the surveys you do a month later, at the very least. But once you install SavvyConnect on your devices, you become eligible for expedited payment requests, letting you access your money with only a one-week turnaround.
The payment for every device that has SavvyConnect installed is $5 per month, although it must be noted that this is a promotion valid only for United States residents.
If, by the end of the month, you have your mobile phone, tablet and computer connected to the behavioral research program through SavvyConnect, you will be making an extra minimum of $15. This is without counting the number of surveys you do and how much you get paid for those.
Another great thing about SavvyConnect and the whole SurveySavvy website is that it allows you to be a member of their online community, no matter which country you are from. You will still be mailed the checks in US dollars, which are accepted by almost every bank.
Lastly, if you happen to dislike the app or consider it obtrusive, you always have the chance to uninstall the software from your computer and forget about it without having to close your SurveySavvy account.
What is not go good about SavvyConnect?
The app has several issues in general, ranging from performance problems to not doing anything at all.
Firstly, there is no possible way of transferring your funds to a PayPal or direct deposit to your bank account; the only way to get paid with SavvyConnect, like SurveySavvy, is by mailed check, so if this is not your preferred payment system, this is neither the website nor the app for you.
Secondly, you are being tracked. SavvyConnect might have privacy agreements and will not sell your information so easily, but you are still being watched on everything you do. They are surely not interested in identifying who you are as an individual, but the webpages you visit, the time you spend there, and which ads you click adds up to information about you that is being used for other purposes.
Although the website assures that SavvyConnect is an app that was designed to make your devices run smoothly, a great number of users have experienced slower mobile phones, tablets and iPads once the software is installed and running. The reason for this is because the installation requires root certificates to be introduced into your device, which is, said as straightforward as possible, invasive.
Also, the app seems to have connectivity problems, preventing many people from being able to turn it on and start gathering data. The main issue with this is that if the application is not enabled and running, SurveySavvy does not pay you for the installation of SavvyConnect, meaning you will be tracked without any compensation.
If you happen to find a way to make the app work on your devices, there is still a high chance that you will not get any “additional” surveys to fill out, and, because the SavvyConnect has to be running in the background all the time to collect the information, your data usage goes up to the sky.
Lastly, although the website claims that you will get your check within one week after requesting payment, SavvyConnect needs to be running for at least 30 days before letting you accumulate any earnings, while many of the other contracts offered require having used the app for 60 or 90 days.
And, even if you manage to keep it running for as long as that, the check might still take up to 6 weeks to arrive at your home.
SavvyConnect is something not worth trying. Although SurveySavvy is a trustworthy site that pays for completed surveys, their behavioral research program is nothing more than an application that will slow down your devices, at the very least.
The issues are too many to make the installation worthy; it will accumulate cookies, demand certifications, use up a lot of data, and might not even work at all, making you end up with an useless application that won´t let you see a cent for all the problems it´s putting you through.
You can give SurveySavvy a try, as long as you stay away from SavvyConnect.