The retail landscape is in a state of constant change and reinvention. Online retailers have set the stage for thinking about retail in a way that is based on a more convenient and efficient shopping experience.
As many brick and mortar retailers close underperforming stores or shut their doors altogether, there remains a desire for human, face-to-face, buying interactions; however, there also grows expectations for a heightened customer experience. The most innovative and perceptive of retailers know that the way to survive is through the experience they provide.
One of the most useful tools used to measure the customer experience is collecting customer feedback, and it comes in many forms and degrees of usefulness.
Surveys are helpful for collecting large quantities of data points but lack the detailed information that mystery shops provide
Online reviews are biased toward a particularly negative or positive experience whereas mystery shops are unbiased
Internal audits lack the customer’s viewpoint, but mystery shops capture the operation in its natural state
How Our Strategic Feedback Programs Drive Value
Drive Operational Change
- Our clients use mystery shops to evaluate their training processes.
- Our clients use mystery shopping to set an operational benchmark and then increase that figure incrementally.
- Our clients use mystery shopping to stay on top of the operation and ensure that their customers have an exceptional experience.
- Our clients build mystery shop programs to reflect their company culture.
Constructive Criticism and Coaching
- We work with our clients, upfront, to ensure the mystery shop program reflects their culture, goals and outlook.
- Our clients use mystery shopping in a constructive way, not punitively.
- Mystery shops are used to improve a company’s operations and employees, not belittle them.
- Our clients view mystery shop feedback as positive and encouraging, and it helps them to set goals and work to improve.
Preferred Method of Collecting Feedback
- Mystery shops are our clients’ preferred tool for collecting customer feedback because of the accuracy and depth of feedback.
- Many of our clients use surveys in excess, but the number of questions asked and data that can be collected is limited. Mystery shopping is a much more detailed and thorough tool.
Don’t Just Take Our Word For It
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We Know Restaurants
Mystery Shops for Fine Dining, Premium and Casual Dining, Fast Casual and Bars and Nightclubs
Reports and Analytics
We boast over 50 different reports to help our clients drill down to the data they need to help their business thrive.
Dine Out. Write. Get Paid.
Enjoy a meal by providing detailed feedback at one of the many partner restaurants we work with
What Our Clients Are Saying
“A Closer Look’s services helped us formulate a qualitative scorecard specific to our hospitality operations and has helped us tremendously in monitoring and improving the experience for our guests. The team at A Closer Look is extremely responsive and helpful whenever needed.”
Sr. Manager, Training & Hospitality Operations
“A Closer Look has consistently and thoroughly followed through with everything we have asked of them since the inception of our program. It’s one thing for a company to make promises on what they can do, but it’s quite another for them to actually follow through with such success!”
Chief Operating Officer
“A Closer Look is a great partner! The resulting data is easy to digest and make actionable. Most importantly, however, they’ve always been helpful and responsive with us when we have issues or urgent requests.”
Founder and Chief Experience Officer
The Little Beet
“The attentive service and lightning fast timeliness when anything requires attention are what sets A Closer Look apart from any other service provider we have worked with. Additionally, the reporting provided is best in class!”
Vice President of Operations
“The old adage ‘Inspect What You Expect’ is so true. Thank you… A Closer Look, you help keep us on our toes and our guests, owners and associates benefit. You are the best!”
—Lizz A. Chambers
Vice President of Sales and Orgizational Development
“Our company has worked with A Closer Look for the past 5 years. The level of partnership is foundational to our growth and we look forward to expanding our business with A Closer Look as our long term partner.”
Director of Ops Excellence
Main Event, Inc.
“After over 20 years of being associated with A Closer Look, I wanted to take a few minutes to express my appreciation for the outstanding service you have continued to deliver to our properties and Area VP’s throughout these years. The flexibility your company offers in reports, trending and analysis is unmatched by other like sources.”
Senior Vice President
Hilton Management Services Focused Service Division
“Utilizing A Closer Look has brought our service to the next level! We constantly engage in discussions & enhancements with the team to ensure we stay at the top of our game. Floor & Decor would recommend them to any business looking to gauge service levels and get some real insights into their operations.”
Senior Manager Customer & Associate Experience
Floor & Decor
“The Regency Senior Living communities have partnered with A Closer Look for over a decade, and we continue to be extremely satisfied with the professionalism of the team and the ability to modify the program to our priorities. The reporting metrics are exceptional and help pinpoint areas of growth opportunities. I would not hesitate to recommend this company to my colleagues in our industry.”
Chief Operating Officer
Regency Senior Living