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Discover the latest thought leadership from the worlds of mystery dining and reputation management.

Using AI in Mystery Shopping

Mystery shopping companies have always struggled with the editing of poorly written reports. Indeed, by way of trying to raise these standards, Silent Customer gives feedback and grades our mystery guests on writing style, objective feedback, grammar, and spelling. We check all submitted reports twice. So, what about using AI as a tool for mystery shoppers?

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Are your customers missing the blindingly obvious?

Silent Customers focus on delivering subjective narrative because it reflects a true and honest customer experience but as a consequence (and probably why many other mystery shopping companies don’t do it) it sometimes upsets owners, tenants, and managers, who find it hard to believe what the Silent Customers are saying.

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How to Give Feedback Kindly

One of our Silent Customers’ said they didn’t understand why we insist on giving feedback kindly when they have had a very bad experience on a dining visit. I thought this was a good opportunity to explain the difference between ‘kind, honest, feedback’ and ‘unkind, honest, feedback. 

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Why setting realistic guest expectations is important

Great service is about the perception of value but when I say ‘value’ I don’t mean in monetary terms. I mean how, as customers, are made to ‘feel’. Core values! The principles which are deeply ingrained in us , inherited from our parents, and moulded to us in our early years.

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Intercepting Complaints

Check-backs and complaint handling go hand in hand. Intercepting a problem before a customer tells you, or Google, not only prevents negative word-of-mouth but can increase revenue through loyalty and positive PR.

Use our fun PEP talk sheets to support your front-line teams in learning how to avoid complaints.

Engaging Conversations

Building a natural and genuine rapport with guests can be the most positive and memorable part of their dining experience. Whilst the food and the environment can be remarkable by itself, making a customer feel that they are more than just a table number, has a far wider reach in terms of spreading positive word-of-mouth.

Use our fun PEP talk sheet to support your front-line teams in learning how to have engaging conversations.

Positive Body Language

Being able to communicate positivity, and with enthusiasm, encourages customers to reciprocate in the same manner. However, most of us are unaware of how we are perceived by others and, whilst we may think we are coming across as welcoming and friendly, our body language could be telling a different story.

Use our fun PEP talk sheet to support your front-line teams in understand the importance of self-awareness.

Relevant Recommendations

Team members need good product knowledge to be able to describe and enthuse, but often don’t know what many of the dishes taste like. A lack of upselling is also often due to a lack of confidence in knowing where to start a conversation that leads to a recommendation.

Use our fun PEP talk sheet to support your front-line teams in learning how to upsell.