Companies are always interested in real people's opinions and will pay you to answer a survey on new products, or products you currently use or may be interested in using in the future. Sometimes companies will give you a free sample to test in your home and report back.
These are group discussions that take place in an office building or similar location, where you'll exchange ideas and opinions with people similar to yourself. These groups typically last 2 hours and usually take place in the evening.
Often, market research studies take place at malls or in public locations such as parks. If you qualify for this type of study a professional interviewer will administer the survey to you one-on-one.
Before a new movie, television show, or commercial is released, studios conduct surveys to determine if people like you find them appealing. This type of research usually takes place in theaters or auditoriums, with hundreds of people providing their opinions.