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How An Entirely Fake Restaurant Became London’s Hottest Reservation

From fortune.com By Davis Z. Morris, December 10, 2017 A London-based writer has illustrated how easy it is to manipulate review sites like TripAdvisor, by pushing an entirely nonexistent restaurant to the top spot in all of London. Vice writer Oobah Butler – who also recently impersonated a designer for Paris Fashion Week – already had a bit of experience with gaming review sites, having previously been paid to write fake reviews by a shady PR service. That inspired him to create The Shed at Dulwich, which was, literally, the backyard cottage he calls home. Butler set up...

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How Technology Is Changing the Mystery Shopper World for SMBs

From business.com By Mona Buchnell, December 21, 2017 Online review websites and an increase in low-cost mystery shopping companies have led to more ways for busy entrepreneurs to understand shoppers' minds. Implementing best practice policies, employing experienced managers and being hands-on all go a long way toward managing quality assurance, but hiring professional mystery shoppers to see how things really run when you're not around is still a tried-and-true method for maintaining high standards. Like most industries, the mystery shopper business has been impacted by technology in both positive and negative ways. With the advent of online review websites and...

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How to shop undercover and get paid for it

From cnbc.com By Kayleigh Kulp, July 4, 2017 Lori Cheek has been secret shopping on and off for a decade, making up to $75 per "shop" to various stores and fitness centers while trying to bootstrap her dating app business, Cheekd. She often gets to keep whatever she buys during the shopping test as part of her compensation. And if a company has a hard time finding mystery shoppers for a particular assignment, they may also offer a bonus. "I've even negotiated travel costs when they seem desperate for a shopper," Cheek said. She is one of over a million mystery...

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Kiplinger.com outlines scam against IntelliShop and Consumers

From Kiplinger.com Don't Fall for This LinkedIn Mystery Shopper Job Scam Avoid getting conned on the networking site. Plus: Learn how to earn extra cash as a legitimate mystery shopper. By Cameron Huddleston, March 18, 2015   Mystery shopping is a great way to earn extra cash. And a message with an offer to work as a mystery shopper sent via the professional networking site LinkedIn might seem like a legitimate opportunity. But, unfortunately, it’s the latest approach scammers are using to target victims. Scammers have long used e-mail and traditional mail to promote bogus mystery shopping jobs,...

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IntelliShop Acquires Clients Of Shops, Training and Results, Inc.

PRESS RELEASE Perrysburg, OH, January 16, 2014 IntelliShop, a leading provider of customer experience research solutions to companies, and organizations across North America, announced today that it is expanding its business serving owners and management companies in the multi-family housing industry with the client acquisition of Shops, Training And Results, Inc. (“STAR”), a subsidiary of Multifamily Ancillary Group (“MAG”).    “We have served clients in this industry for more 14 years, and are thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to add value to owners and management companies in this space”, said Ron Welty, Chief Client...

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