I've been a member at Smiley360 since close to the time they launched. This is a company you can sign up with and potentially get in on lots of product tests from major brands. I can say from personal experience that, if you are into product testing, Smiley is a good company to be registered with.
How do you get started at Smiley360?
To get started, just sign up and fill out your information. You can also choose to connect your Twitter and/or Facebook accounts to Smiley if you like. This isn't a bad idea if you're comfortable doing it because in exchange for giving you free products to try, they will ask that you share your experience across the various social media networks you participate in.
What kinds of products do you get to test?
It will vary. They have different “missions” up all the time. In the past, I've tested out Green Mountain Coffee K-cups for them (they sent me a big box full!) and just recently I got in on their children's Advil mission. That one came just in time because both my sons came down with the flu. 🙁
What are “smiles”?
Smiles are things you get as thanks for spreading the word about the products you get to test for the brands. You get so many smiles for each action you do, and apparently if you get lots of smiles, this increases your chances of getting in on more product tests in the future. If you receive products to test and then never bother to share your experience, there's a good chance you'll get turned down for lots of missions.
Is Smiley worth it?
I would say absolutely it is, if you like testing products. This is one of my favorite product testing panels because it seems they always have something available. I haven't gotten in on everything that I've wanted to get in on, but I'll always keep trying when I notice new offers posted. Fortunately it does seem that they always have something new up.
Would you like to get registered at Smiley360?
Go here to sign up. Please share your experience with Smiley360 in the comments below.
Are you interested in even more product testing opportunities?
If you really enjoy product testing (and many people do), you are better off to sign up with more than one panel. It pretty much goes without saying — the more panels you are a part of, the more product testing opportunities there are for you to get in on.
Over the years, we've reviewed quite a few product testing panels on this blog. However, I've listed a few of our favorites below if you don't feel like taking the time to browse for all the reviews:
- PINCHme – Sends out a monthly box full of brand name samples. But you have to be quick — the boxes get claimed quickly, so getting one every month is no guarantee.
- Daily Goodie Box – This one is very similar to PINCHme. They send out boxes of samples. But, these are not available to you every month, and you don't really have control over whether you get picked. The word running through the grapevine is that the more active you are in the Daily Goodie Box Facebook community, the more likely you will be to receive a box to test.
- Pinecone Research – While this site is more focused on surveys, they do have occasional product testing opportunities. And the best thing is, you actually get to keep the product you're testing and get paid for testing it.
We hope this helps you! Good luck in whatever you do!