Take a Survey, Plant a Tree



    
    Environmentally-conscious marketing research company gets millions of
    consumers to help save the rainforest
    

    TORONTO, April 23 /CNW/ -- Hotspex, a marketing research consultancy that
empowers clients and creates new possibilities for brands, today announced a
new initiative aimed at supporting the effort to preserve our planet.
    This initiative, launched by Hotspex earlier this month, is in
partnership with the Rainforest Conservation Fund (RCF), and aims to plant a
tree for every survey taken by the Hotspex Panel of Innovators -- millions of
consumers who are interested in what's going on around them, prepared to share
their opinions and speak their mind, and are innovative, creative or just
plain curious.
    "With support from Hotspex, RCF is actively conserving natural resources
in the Amazon by planting palm trees that are a threatened species in the
rainforests of the Peruvian Amazon, said Jim Penn, Field Director at RCF.
"Thanks to the Hotspex support, we can continue to cultivate these magnificent
palm trees while working to protect them in the rainforest for years to come."
    Since 2000 Hotspex Innovators have taken over 2 Million surveys on
Hotspex.com to voice their opinions, learn about themselves and to collect
rewards. With a tree being planted for every survey completed going forward;
it is easy to see how quickly the company, with the help of its users, can
make a difference.
    Earth Day inspires awareness of, and appreciation for, the Earth's
environment and is one of the only annual events celebrated by the entire
spectrum of people across all ethnicities, religions and backgrounds
throughout the world. "Hotspex Global Panels have access to over 4 million
households in over 40 countries," said Shane Skillen, Hotspex President. "We
hope that this initiative will inspire environmental awareness among more
people, while giving them a great reason to join our panel."
    Hotspex has an impressive history of supporting and being involved in
environmental and social initiatives through its Charity Exchange where
Hotspex Innovators are given the opportunity to convert their BUX (earned each
time they complete a survey) into donations to a variety of charities. The
types of donations vary: Innovators can donate their BUX to purchase bowls of
rice for under-privileged people in developing countries, to stray pets that
need food and medical attention, or to many other worthy charities. Through
Hotspex.com, innovators can view cumulative donation totals and their own
personal contributions at the end of each month.
    Additionally, the company has been purchasing carbon credits through
www.cleanairpass.com as part of its policy to offset the carbon footprint in
an effort to control its employees' impact on the environment. This enthusiasm
for environmental consideration is driven by one of the company's core values
-- accountability.
    "We are very excited to be involved with the RCF" added Skillen. "The
tree-planting initiative is consistent with our mission of becoming the
research company that everyone will want to work with".
    For additional information on Take a Survey, Plant a Tree, contact Gera
Nevolovich at Hotspex, +1.416.487.5439 ext 227.

    
    About Rainforest Conservation Fund (RCF)
    
    RCF is a non-profit all-volunteer organization that supports ongoing
projects in rainforest protection, sustainable development and environmental
education. For more information, please visit: www.rainforestconservation.org

    
    About Hotspex Inc.
    
    Hotspex delivers provocative marketing research and innovation insights
that help our clients to confidently make informed and inspired decisions. Our
world class research solutions are distinguished through leading edge
technology, proprietary consumer understanding methodologies and above all
passionate employees that bring all this to life. For more information, please
visit: www.hotspex.biz





For further information:

For further information: Gera Nevolovich, Hotspex, Gera.n@hotspex.com 
+1-416-487-5439 ext 227 Web Site: http://www.hotspex.cbiz                 
http://www.rainforestconservation.org

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