Financial Services Mystery Shopping News

What is Mystery Shopper Interview Bias?

Aug 26, 2009 by Elaine Buxton

Businesses considering mystery shopping services sometimes ask us about “interview bias,” or the concern that the mystery shopper will sway the employee to behave in a certain way or that the mystery shopper will bring opinions to the shop visit which might affect the outcome of the research.

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Case Studies Show Unexpected Mystery Shopping Benefits

Sep 20, 2011 by Confero Inc.

Companies can realize unanticipated rewards when they change their approach to how shoppers gather the information or add mystery shop sections.  As the examples below illustrate, the rewards may include improved safety measures and even the discovery of website pitfalls, to name two.

For an automotive client, adding non customer service questions to the mystery shopper survey resulted in valuable data and potential savings in safety-related areas for the company.  The company consulted with other departments to gain ideas on areas that mystery shoppers should assess at their locations.  In response, Confero added several safety-related questions to the survey.   Following the visits with the added survey questions, management was able to quickly view mystery shop results through a secure web-based reporting system, including the information about safety procedures.  The results:  fast data on safety deficiencies at certain locations as well as decreased number of accidents, due to the increased accountability that the mystery shop program created. You can view other stories on our Automotive Mystery Shopping and Customer Experience Research Case Studies page.

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