Choosing a Mystery Shopping Provider can seem like a daunting task. There are many to choose from who all seem to offer more or less the same services. What are the best criteria to use when making your choice? Are there specific points to consider? Of course there are. Here are the top five mistakes many companies make when choosing a provider.
1. Conducting an RFP
In this case, the company turns over the job of choosing a provider to purchasing. Why not? They buy supplies, negotiate deals, handle vendors. But this is different. Purchasing does not have the necessary background and understanding of the mystery shopping process to take on this task. Your mystery shopping program, when done correctly, will literally touch every person in your organization AND your customers. This isn't the same as purchasing pens in bulk or negotiating a maintenance contract. Most programs with high turnover rates are ones in which RFP's are involved. Bottom line? Some things are just too important to leave to an RFP"¦your mystery shopping program is one of them.