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Introduction

Acentric is a pioneer in the online-panel space, having established a panel in 2010. South African owned and managed, Acentric’s panels have a unique advantage over foreign panels operating in SA. This, coupled with world-class Swedish technology, makes Acentric one of the leaders in the SA panel market in terms of responsiveness and quality.

Our alliance with CINT Sweden, extends Acentric’s reach globally, meaning seamless international surveys are possible, all managed via one system. Acentric signed a formal agreement of alliance with CINT Sweden for the South African territory in October 2011. Our system is fully interoperable with CINT systems. This means adherence to ISO 26362:2009, global best practice and direct access to CINT’s panel of over 6 million globally.

Profile

What: General SA population. Over 35,000 accessible through a seamless network. Over 6 million globally.

How: Panel members are recruited through online advertising. Double opt-in is required.

Incentives: Various incentives are used, with PayPal or cash available, depending on the panel.

Respondent wearout: No surveys longer than 30 minutes. Respondents have control over survey frequency (up to a maximum of 6 invites per month).

Validation Process: Personal details are collected. Duplicates removed based on email address and other variables we may utilise as necessary.

Panel Management: All members are required to update their personal profiles, and encouraged to do so through regular communications.

Fraudulent Respondent checks: Cell phone numbers are collected and are necessary to effect payment to panelists who receive cash payments. South African laws requiring ID and proof of residence for each number, along with expiration of unused numbers, make having multiple numbers cumbersome. Additionally we collect name and address information.

Routine survey checks: Checks vary from survey to survey and depend on the researcher. These may include lie checks, attention checks, speeding, and stereo-typed response patterns. Open-end spot checks to determine quality.

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