Tag: retail

  • Please Hang Up So I Can Serve You! Serving the Smartphone-Distracted Customer

    March 28, 2012

    When you think about mobile devices and their impact on the in-person customer experience, have you considered that nearly 2 billion people will have Smartphones by 2017? If not, you should!

    You should also consider how your employees serve these distracted customers.

    • Do your new accounts personnel approach waiting customers, only to find them with their heads down, texting away?
    • Do your servers wait for diners to look up from their cell phones?
    • Do your retail associates stand awkwardly while a distracted cell phone talker holds up the line?

    From restaurants to banks to retail stores and beyond, busy associates encounter the same challenge – customers who multi -task with cell phone conversations, texting or using an Ipad. In response to this growing phenomenon, we wanted to take a closer look at the ways that distracted customers impact customer experience in these industries.


    Mobile-crazed Diners

    Rather than embracing mobile trends, some restaurants simply ask customers not to use their cell phones inside their locations. For example,

  • Employee Incentive and Rewards Ideas

    July 28, 2011

    Our experience in employee recognition and on-the-spot rewards in different industries has opened our eyes to the creative ideas introduced by our clients and our client services team. 

    This idea is one of our favorites. The Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority (RDUAA), a long time client, honors associates who score 100% on the mystery shops Confero conducts at the RDU airport. The airport authority changes the gift over time and tracks which employee receives which item, so that the award item is always fresh and

  • Bank “Retail-like” Strategies Enhance Customer Experience

    March 3, 2011

    Once thought to be a declining delivery channel, the bank branch remains an integral part of the customer experience.  With troublesome financial institution performance in the limelight during the past years, customers use face to face branch visits as a means to develop trust with financial institution employees.

  • 25 Business Types for Mystery Shopping, Customer Experience Research and Compliance Audits

    March 3, 2011

    Confero’s 25 years in the customer experience research field has allowed us to interact with various industries over the years.  With our experience in so many diverse industries, we apply knowledge to new projects in unique ways.  Here’s a list of 25 types of businesses that Confero has worked with over the decades, by providing them with services including onsite, telephone-recorded and email mystery shops, competitive pricing studies, retail audits, brand representation at retail, and customer satisfaction surveys:

  • Customer Experience Goes Beyond Local or National

    February 2, 2011

    “Buy Local” campaigns communicate convincing reasons why residents should shop or dine at locally-owned stores, including support of the local economy and reduction of environmental footprint, since buyers don’t have to travel as far to make purchases or dine out.  The campaigns emphasize that local company employees usually know your name and make shopping or dining at their business a far more personal and satisfying experience.