For an online survey company, survey diaries are basically a collection of mini-surveys that are conducted after completing a specific task or at a certain time/interval. These mini-surveys are conducted on a regular or even multiple times a day over a period of time.
The key goal of survey diaries is for participants to report back to a market research firm immediately after completing an assignment or at a specific time/interval. Rather than challenging participants to remember what they ate or an experience that happened days or even weeks before, they report events as they happen and in their natural environment.
Survey diaries are considered to be more reliable than other forms of market research where time gaps in reporting are a concern. This is because the time gap between when a task is completed and when it is reported is reduced.
Due to the fact that survey diaries take longer to complete than conventional studies, the pay for completing them is higher. You may earn cash or gift cards (depending on the subject matter) for participating. You may also get a sweepstake entry in exchange for your participation.
Join an online survey panel to receive survey diary assignments. Once you've registered, keep an eye out for special, longer tasks that contain the word "diary." Invitations to join will normally be emailed to you, but for some panels, you might need to log into your account to check if any special assignments are available.