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Mystery Shopping Is A Big Business

In this decade, mystery shopping is one of the hottest trends found in any store. In the United States alone, the industry is valued at over $600 million with no signs of slowing down. Although practically every industry enlists the services of mystery shopping, the top companies known to hire secret shoppers, including retail, banking/financial, fast food and gas station/convenience store outlets.

Mystery shopping allows for individuals to pose as regular customers while they are, in fact, actually evaluating a business, product or service. Secret shoppers, also known as mystery shoppers, work on their own schedule and enjoy all of the conveniences that go along with being self-employed. In addition, secret shoppers often get to enjoy a host of products and/or services free of charge.

Although being a secret shopper can certainly be fun, much like any other job, the work is very serious. The goal of mystery shopping is to provide an unbiased evaluation regarding a company's customer service, product quality and/or availability and overall shopping experience. Generally, businesses use mystery shopping reports as a way of improving their company.

If you are searching for a mystery shopping job, it's a good idea to work with more than one company. This is especially true if you hope to receive a steady workflow. When you sign up with a mystery shopping company, you may be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement and/or permit the company to perform a background check.

When you receive an assignment as a secret shopper, you will be given a set of guidelines to follow during your evaluation. In most cases, you will also be given a questionnaire to complete that will serve as your evaluation. Most questions require standard, one word answers. Others, however, may require that you elaborate on a certain experience or explain your take on one or more business policies.

If you plan to make mystery shopping either a part or full-time career, you will need to act professionally, uphold every aspect of any/all contracts, remain motivated to work hard and take pride in each evaluation. Every secret shopper needs to possess an eye for detail, which means you will notice even the smallest of points that others may overlook. Because your evaluation will be in written form, you must also have the ability to write clearly and effectively.

Mystery shopping is one of the best and most effective ways for companies to learn what works and what does not. If you have ever walked into a store and noticed a comment box, then you have already experienced a company who values opinions and is looking for ways to improve the overall experience of their customers. A secret shopper is the live version of a comment box and, in exchange for financial compensation, will produce a well-written evaluation that can be used to improve every aspect of a business. Although they work in secret, there really is no mystery as to why every industry values the work of a secret shopper and the valuable information that only they can provide.

AG Alert: Mystery Shopper scam can steal money

LITTLE ROCK - During the holiday season, scammers are targeting Arkansans who may be looking to make some extra money. These con artists often use the so-called mystery shopper scam to take Arkansans' ...

Published:  Thu, 13 Dec 2018 19:22:00 GMT



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And now, just in time to majorly motivate your last-minute gift shopping, the brand is launching a special ... However, you get something extra when you buy them as the Rihanna's Mystery Surprise set. ...

Published:  Fri, 14 Dec 2018 09:06:00 GMT



Your Fenty Beauty "śMystery Surprise' May Include a Palette Signed by Rihanna

Starting today, exclusively on FentyBeauty.com-which means no, you can't shop this deal at Sephora or Harvey Nichols-shoppers can ... you shop "Rihanna's Mystery Surprise" Bundles ...

Published:  Fri, 14 Dec 2018 13:01:00 GMT



Mystery Surrounds Female Pilot Who Vanished Thanksgiving Day

The Thanksgiving Day disappearance of a mother and flight instructor from Colorado is shrouded in mystery. The last confirmed sighting of 29-year-old Kelsey Berreth was on Nov. 22. She was captured on ...

Published:  Tue, 11 Dec 2018 14:56:00 GMT



Improving the Quality of Training with a Mystery Shopper Program

The success of any retailer or restaurant depends in large part on its employees. As the face of the business and the primary touchpoint for customers, those employees have the greatest impact on how ...

Published:  Fri, 07 Dec 2018 07:14:00 GMT



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The consumer champion sent mystery shoppers to 11 retailers - Topshop, Clarks, Gap, New Look, Dorothy Perkins, Miss Selfridge, Outfit, Burton, Schuh, Mothercare, Halfords, Currys PC World and Nike. Ea...

Published:  Mon, 10 Dec 2018 22:01:00 GMT



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