November 29, 2011
Are QR codes confusing to you? They were confusing to us at first, too. Mostly, we found them confusing because, at Confero, we use the term Quality Review (QR) to refer to our detailed process of quality assurance for each mystery shopping or audit report. We are now getting used to seeing “QR” (Quick Response) codes everywhere. If you have customers who have Smartphones, “QR Code” is a good term to understand.
QR codes are those odd looking square patterns that seem to be cropping up everywhere. If you have not noticed one, look at most any print magazine ad and you’ll find one easily.
Here’s how they work:
September 20, 2011
Steady customer traffic is what every retail company wants in its stores, but do companies perform as well during the unexpected busy times as they do for the expected high-volume periods?
Companies benefit from an increased number of customer visits only if associates meet customer demands during the rush. To do this, companies need to prepare an approach and strategy to adapt for larger crowds. Companies anticipate busy times, such as the holidays, by stocking up with the right items, carrying items within the appropriate price ranges and learning from past holiday trends about which items to carry and how many. As Inc.com points out, some companies prepare well for the fast-paced holiday selling time by instructing employees to be honest about possible wait times.
September 20, 2011
Companies can realize unanticipated rewards when they change their approach to how shoppers gather the information or add mystery shop sections.Â 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. Â The company consulted with other departments to gain ideas on areas that mystery shoppers should assess at their locations.Â In response, Confero added several safety-related questions to the survey.Â Â 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.Â The results:Â 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 CustomerÂ Experience Research Case StudiesÂ page.
September 16, 2011
Confero, Inc. would like to send a big thank you out to all of the mystery shoppers who helped us complete thousands of on-the-spot rewards shops this summer! Mystery shoppers conducted these shops at amusement parks, movie theaters, casual dining restaurants, fast-food restaurants, and airports.
We got a lot of great feedback from our mystery shoppers about conducting this type of mystery shop. If you have had reservations about trying a prize reveal shop, see what other mystery shoppers have said:
“It felt great to be able to award the successful cashier with the gift card. The cashier told me that he had been working for this company for sixteen years and it was nice to know he is appreciated.” – Kelly M., California
August 30, 2011
As 2012 budget time approaches, companies have one priority when choosing what items to include in their budgets: ROI. Now, more than ever, companies are assessing carefully how every service that they use contributes to ROI. Many service providers claim their offerings tie directly into ROI; however, they don’t clearly outline the numbers.
Managers need hard numbers to justify purchases, and mystery shopping services are no exception. Whether a company has been using a mystery shopping program for a long time, or is considering one for the first time, estimating ROI can help weigh the costs vs. the benefits of the program.