Is Tampa Floridian paradise? Well, you’d have to fight Miami for the title… but in my humble opinion, Tampa wins.
Between the great weather, sports scene, and touristy treasures such as The Longest Sidewalk in the World, the world is your oyster. And sure, taking an extra long walk is cool for a while, but wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy the Rays or Buccaneers… or Lightning (game – not the real thing) live an extra couple times?
This is absolutely in the realm of possibilities if you take on focus groups as a side-gig. They are a great way to stack up some extra cash for your many extracurricular excursions. And they’re fun, too!
If you are begging for more Cheese, Please (pun intended), we wrote this article especially for you! Read on to discover the top paid focus groups in Tampa.
Studies you can participate in
Tampa is uniquely perfect in its size and temperament. It’s small enough to build small, characterizable neighborhood flavors while still attracting businesses with national notoriety, including:
- Bloomin Brands
- WellCare Health Plans
- Raymond James Financial
Of course, housing national brands is a great sign of a thriving civic economy. But it’s also very helpful in scoping out focus group prospects. A city with large public companies provides more opportunities for consumers to contribute in the growth and development of their local market. That’s what focus groups are all about, after all.
Online focus groups that are worth checking out
Online groups are a great supplement to in-person focus groups. Even when things are slow, studies are always available online. They are ideal for flexibility and convenience. Keep your options open by signing up for a few (or all) on this list!
is one of the leaders in market research with over 3 million members, They have a consistent flow of well-paid surveys, product tests, and focus groups. Once you register, they will email you only the studies you qualify for, which is super convenient.
Qualification: Residents of the USA and be at least 14 to join.
though based in California, this company offers plenty of online interviews available through a mobile app! Talk about convenience.
Qualification: Residents of USA 16+ only.
is an online marketplace that connects big brands to consumers. Compensation ranges from $20 to $150 per online study. Some studies are fairly specific and difficult to qualify for, but might be worth the effort, especially if you have a professional background.
Qualification: Residents of USA, Canada, UK and Australia. Must be 18+.
4. Branded Surveys
offers video surveys, focus groups, and more study options. Get paid by PayPal, via e-gift cards, or choose a prepaid credit card.
Qualification: Residents of USA 14+
5. Toluna Influencers
is a popular option that offers a wide variety of studies, including video surveys. They also offer a wide variety of rewards (cash, gift cards, etc.). You can redeem your account balance at $10.
Qualification: Residents of USA must be 14+
Top 5 Market Research Companies in Tampa
Despite Tampa having a great job and business market, three were only a few quality focus group companies that we could rank. However, we have a lot of confidence in these 3 market research firms and you can definitely mine a lot of opportunities from this list. Read more about them below!
1. L&E Research:
We’ve ranked this firm highly quite a few times, and they are taking the top spot in Tampa.
They have over 50k likes on Facebook with a 4.5 star rating. It is a national page, so the ratings aren’t specific to the Tampa location. Their Google page is, though and holds up with 4.6 stars. Yelp comes in at 4 stars out of 2 reviews.
They also have been BBB accredited since 1999 with an A+ rating.
Currently, we saw 10 studies available. Some of them are fairly difficult to qualify for, but they list all of their available studies on their website without having to register so you can scope it out yourself!
L&E is located off of Eisenhower Blvd outside of Golfwood Estates.
2. Herron Associates:
Located near Westshore Mall, Herron Associates is conveniently housed in The Amscot Building.
They’ve earned rave reviews across all platforms: Google, Facebook and Yelp, with over 4.5 stars on all. They are also BBB accredited with an A+ rating.
Herron Associates offers a variety of study options including taste tests, focus groups, and mock trials. Participants range from general consumers and students to business professionals.
Compensation is due to prepaid debit cards, but we could not find a general amount to expect.
Once you sign up a staff member will contact you for studies you may qualify for.
3. Plaza Research:
This is a popular national firm located in Northwest Tampa near Veterans Expressway.
They compensate in cash, which is definitely a bonus. You can typically expect $50-200, which seems to depend primarily on the length of the study.
They offer a diverse range and interesting study options on subjects and activities such as dining, personal care, hobbies, and professional topics. Aside from their website, you can frequently find studies on their Facebook Page.
Fill out a demographic survey to sign up and qualify for future studies!
Below is a market research firm that lacked the essential information for us to be able to recommend them. We call companies like these black boxes. Feel free to explore this firm if you have time to spare.
AccuData Market Research, Inc. – 3815 W. Humphrey St. Suite 105, Tampa, FL 33614
I hope you enjoyed our list of the top focus groups in Tampa! With so many things to do and enjoy around town, focus groups are an amazing gig to help you enjoy life guilt-free.
Which firms are you excited to explore? Let us know in the comments below 🙂