Shopper News

Mystery Shopping, Hurricane Irene and other Inclement Weather

Sep 16, 2011 by Confero Inc.

Thanks to Hurricane Irene, everyone is probably aware that hurricane season is upon us.  This time of year the weather can be unpredictable.  In the world of mystery shopping everything runs on a tight schedule full of deadlines.  Our schedulers keep a close eye on the weather forecasts for various parts of the country, depending on where they have shops scheduled. 

All of us at Confero wanted to say a big "thank you!" to all of the mystery shoppers who helped us get last minute shops in after Hurricane Irene hit.  Many shoppers were unable to conduct their assigned mystery shops and other mystery shoppers stepped in and helped out!

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New Contest!  Enter to Win!

Sep 16, 2011 by Confero Inc.

So far Ann F. from Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia, Lynn C. from Greensboro, North Carolina and Diana K. from Battle Creek, Michigan have each won a MSPA Gold Certification DVDs. 

Follow the steps below to enter our new contest.  Confero will pay for the winner of this contest to take the MSPA’s online version of the workshop.    

To enter the contest, enter your comment at the end of this article.  Only comments left on this blog post will be considered official entries.  Answer the question:

Social media is sweeping the nation.  People post photos of their children and tell their friends where they ate lunch.  If a friend or family member makes a recommendation via social media about a business or product, does that recommendation factor into your decision to try the business or product?  Why or why not? 

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Be Aware of a New Email Scam!

Sep 16, 2011 by Confero Inc.

Confero, Inc. was recently notified about a new email scam.  The scammers have used Confero’s reputable name and the name of our company president, Elaine Buxton.  The scammers created an email address e.buxton@aol.com and have contacted consumers and offered them mystery shops paying up to $120 a piece.  This is a scam!  Elaine Buxton’s email address is not e.buxton@aol.com.  Confero staff members will only ever contact mystery shoppers via their conferoinc.com email addresses.  Also, Confero NEVER sends certified checks to mystery shoppers and Confero NEVER asks shoppers to wire transfer money.

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Changes to Confero’s Payment Policy

Sep 16, 2011 by Confero Inc.

As of September 2011, Confero will be restructuring our payment policy.  We are changing our payment timing to help alleviate some of the confusion around when mystery shops will be paid. We found that our once per month pay cycle was limiting and we have worked to make payment terms equally advantageous for shoppers who conduct shoppers early in the month and those who shop later in the month.

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Upcoming MSPA Gold Certification Seminar in Las Vegas, NV!

Sep 16, 2011 by Confero Inc.

The Mystery Shopping Providers Association (MSPA) recently announced that another Gold Certification Seminar will be held on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011 at the Tropicana Hotel. 

To learn more this seminar in Las Vegas, including how to register visit: http://www.mysteryshop.org/shoppers/gold.php#dates.

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Update Your Compass Shopper Profile

Sep 16, 2011 by Confero Inc.

When was the last time you updated your Confero Compass Shopper Profile?  Probably when you first registered with Confero, maybe several years ago.  Now is the perfect time to take a few minutes and update the information in your shopper profile!

Why is it important to keep your Shopper Profile up to date? 

  • We use your physical address to determine which mystery shops to send to you.  If you have relocated, you may not be getting relevant mystery shopping opportunities.

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New Mystery Shops Coming to the Job Board

Sep 16, 2011 by Confero Inc.

Be sure to keep an eye on the Compass Job Board the next few months.  In addition to our regular monthly mystery shops, we have lots of new and exciting mystery shops on the way!

  • Our college campus mystery shops are back!  We need mystery shoppers between the ages of 18 and 30 to conduct these mystery shops on college campuses, nation-wide!  These shops require mystery shoppers to visit dining facilities on campus.  What college student doesn’t love a free meal?  If you know any college students who may be interested, please refer them to us ASAP!

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MSPA Gold Certification DVD Winner Announced

Sep 16, 2011 by Confero Inc.

Congratulations to Diana K. from Battle Creek, Michigan.  She was randomly chosen as the winner of our recent MSPA Gold Certification DVD Contest.  In April we asked mystery shoppers, “What is the one thing an employee or business can do to turn a negative customer experience into a positive one.”   We got a lot of great feedback from mystery shoppers, including Diana’s winning entry:

“When a negative experience happens a supervisor or manager can personally apologize before it becomes a bigger issue. They can offer to correct the issue with an equal or better product or service.  For example, I purchased a laptop and the battery would not charge, so the only way I could use the laptop was when it was plugged in. I took the laptop back to the store and explained the problem.  I was given a replacement battery which we checked at the store to make sure that it was going to hold a charge and I received a coupon for a free computer tune up good for the next year. I also just received by email a $25 gift card to be used online or in the store. They made a loyal customer out of me by going the extra step without me having to make a major issue of this problem.”

Here are a few of our other favorite entries:

“Customers are the backbone of any company. The success and failure of any business depends on how happy and content the customers are with the products. It is the responsibility of all the employees to make the customers feel that they are the most important thing for its organization and that their business can make or break the organization. Customer satisfaction should be the ultimate goal of all the employees and all should strive for that.” – Shiv K., Ohio

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Advance Notice for Facebook Fans-Only! Like Us on Facebook Now!

May 24, 2011 by Confero Inc.

Amusement Park, Airport, Restaurant Summer Shops Launch Soon!

Confero is preparing for our busy summer and we are excited to start our upcoming mystery shopping projects!  We have created an exclusive fans-only section on Facebook (www.facebook.com/confero) to announce when new mystery shops are going to be posted on the Compass Job Board.  Confero will also have monthly fans-only contests and surveys for our fans to participate in and win prizes.  Our fans-only section will also allow for more direct communication between our mystery shoppers and our scheduling team!

Here are some of the types of mystery shopping projects we will have this summer; be sure to “Like Us” on Facebook to be the first to know when these mystery shops are posted! 

  • Movie theatre mystery shops
  • Casual dining mystery shops
  • Amusement park mystery shops

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Top Six Mistakes to Avoid When Completing a Mystery Shop Report

May 24, 2011 by Confero Inc.

Here at Confero, we get lots of questions from mystery shoppers asking how they can improve their shop ratings.  One easy way to improve your shop rating is to make sure you are providing a clean, concise mystery shop report every time.  Here is a list of the Top Six Mistakes to Avoid When Completing a Mystery Shop Report:

  1. Copying and pasting shop information.   Each mystery shop is unique, so each mystery shop report should be unique to each individual shop.  Our clients do not accept reports with copied or “canned”comments, as they expect each unique mystery shop/audit visit’s conversation to be reported individually. That’s what they are paying for. Copied or canned comments imply that the mystery shopper did not make the required observations or give them full attention.  For more details about this, see Cathy Stucker’s blog about all the “Dangers of Copy and Paste.”

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