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15th March 2022
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 Mystery Shopping 


It’s fair to say that business owners of any size would welcome ways to improve their customer service delivery, right?

But with so many other things that need attention on a daily basis, it can be easy to let customer experience and service slip from your list of priorities.

The good news is that there is a way to make sure you are taking proactive steps to measure the customer buying experience, in an objective manner which will subsequently grow and achieve excellent customer satisfaction.

Mystery Shopping exercises allow business owners to get quick, reliable and quality feedback from the customer’s perspective – as that’s the perspective that matters most.

It is an invaluable tool in aiding the evaluation of teams’ customer care performance levels, training budgets and delivery of a company’s mission statement to their core customer sector.

Here’s the 5 biggest benefits Mystery Shopping can have for your business…

1. Analysis of competitors:

  • It allows you to get better knowledge of who your nearest competitors are, their pricing structure and their U.S.P.
  • You may identify market niches that are not occupied by any of your competitors.

2. Review of internal processes and procedures

  • Mystery shopper exercises can help to document step by step the process of the customer buying experience when purchasing your services /products or seeking customer support.
  • You can detect deficiencies and make alterations to your customer care charter to the benefit of your customers.

3. Evaluate Staff Performance

  • Mystery Shopping can be used as a training aid as it will highlight professionalism, product knowledge, integrity, appearance, and helpfulness of your team during the buying process and how they perform when the owner or management are not around.
  • Buyers not only buy your services/products, they also buy your team and their credibility.

4. Evaluating Point of Sale Material and The Retail Store

  • Mystery Shoppers will analyse the overall shopping experience including the cleanliness of the ‘retail store’, the tidiness of the products displayed, the space allocated to your products in the store, Point of Sale merchandise, even the ease of use of your website/online buying process.
  • It is important to know how your Point of Sale looks when management is not present.

5. Review customer brand perceptions

  • Brands want to be associated with specific values and qualities, and these feel good factors should be perceived by customers through your team, processes, products and establishments. For example, if you’re going to buy a watch for £1,000+, you would expect an elitist shop, with a dedicated team that provides you with a top-class buying experience. If one of the elements of the buying process is not there, you will probably not buy the watch.
  • Mystery Shopping exercises will indicate to you if your customers are perceiving the brand image that you want them to, or if you need to invest more in this field.

These 5 ways can be integrated into 1 mystery shopping exercise.

Mystery shopping can analyse and objectively measure staff interactions, the quality of your establishments and the customer experience across your entire company and there’s plenty of Mystery Shopper companies around for you to utilise.

About the Author

Penny W

Member since: 17th March 2014

Hello! I'm Penny from thebestof Sudbury, shouting about the best local businesses from Hadleigh through the Clare. When I'm not doing that, you'll find me knitting socks or tending to my 6 chickens

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