Close Window

Mystery Shopping

Not All Mystery Shopping Programs Are Created Equally

Inspect What You Expect

Have you ever looked at two companies in the same industry and wondered why one is wildly successful while the other struggles to maintain a loyal customer base? Successful organizations understand that what gets measured, gets done. Most business owners will tell you that to improve their business, they need more customers. They’re wrong.  Businesses need more return customers.  It is far easier, and cost effective, to turn you current customers into raving advocates for your brand than it is to attract new customers.

The key to turning your customers into brand advocates is to deliver a consistently outstanding experience each time the customer interacts with your brand.  The only way measure customer service execution against your standards is to establish an ongoing mystery shopping program. Mystery shopping is the most cost effective, and effective, way of measuring the interactions between your team and your customers.

Remember, employees are far more likely to do what you inspect rather than what you expect.

Not All Mystery Shopping Programs Are Created Equally

We know that there is no shortage of mystery shopping companies to choose from. Selecting the right provider may be the single biggest factor in determining the long-term success of your mystery shopping program.   At Sentry Marketing Group, our obsession is your success.     Our team is bound by a culture of being easy to work with while delivering top quality data and unmatched service.   You won’t find us taking short cuts that make a program easier to manage but reduce the quality of data collected or delivered to our clients.

Each project is designed to be a refection of the client’s operating standards, guidelines and philosophies.  We combine objective questions with detailed narrative descriptions to paint a a complete picture of the mystery shopper’s experience.  The objective questions include a scoring system which allows metrics to be derived from the reports while the narratives describe  the experience and include details like body language, tone of voice, eye contact,  level of business, or any extenuating circumstances that occur during the evaluation.

What Sets Us Apart

Rigorous shopper screening.
Prospective field evaluators complete a structured application process including a pre-application presentation, passing of a required quiz and submission of a writing sample.

Meticulous assignment preparation
Sentry Marketing Group mystery shoppers are prepared for each assignment using Sentry Marketing University, our state of art web-based learning center.   Here, each shopper must complete a mandatory orientation, pass the associated quiz, as well as complete project specific courses before beginning assignments.

Comprehensive Data Collection
Data collection is structured using a combination of scored questions with section specific narratives.   This combination provides the ability to measure and track key behaviors while providing a context for each. These findings are then used to understand body language, tone of voice, or other circumstances that impacted the shopper’s experience.

Robust Reporting and Analytics
Your project will be delivered on the Shop Metrics platform, one of the strongest set of data collection and reporting tools in the industry.  Every program includes a secure web portal for 24/7/365 access to completed trials, as well as statistical reports and graphs.  Click here to see the web portal in action. 

Customized Data Access and Distribution
Distribution of completed mystery shops as well as access to your web portal can be customized to match your organization’s hierarchy.   Custom email triggers can be used to speed crucial information though your organization and shorten response time.

“Sentry Marketing has had a tremendous impact on our restaurant business through their ability to provide us timely and accurate customer feedback that allows our operators to make the necessary improvements continuously effectively allowing us to stay out in front of our competitors.   Whether we are utilizing a secret shopper or guest survey Sentry Marketing continues to deliver our restaurants great value through the integration of industry experience, client customization, and a what ever it takes attitude.”


Bob Andersen

Cowboy Chicken Franchisee

We have used The Sentry Marketing Group for nearly two years now and they have been an invaluable resource for us as we look to expand the brand. Sentry gives us the ability to ensure the highest level of customer service and franchise compliance nationwide. Their ability to customize reports in a timely manner allows us to use the data collected in the most effective and efficient manner to assess and then improve our customers’ experience. We are very fortunate to be partnered with The Sentry Marketing Group as we see them not only our mystery shopping vendor but truly as an extension of our organization.

Spencer Curtiss

Operations Manager

Saxbys Coffee Worldwide

We use Sentry Marketing’s mystery shopping and competitive intelligence programs to assess the quality of our service as well as measure how we fare against our competitors.   The reports they provide are detailed and well written.     Requests are promptly addressed and overall the team is a pleasure to deal with.       Sentry delivers top quality data that is used in multiple areas of our organization to measure and improve performance.

Edgar Suarez



Sentry Marketing Group’s mystery shopping program is an invaluable resource for me and my team. Their services show us a clear picture of a guest’s experience and allow us to adjust our service model to provide the best customer experience possible. The shops are easy to read and the level of detail is is outstanding.

The Sentry team is very responsive to our requests and they are very easy to work with. Partnering with them has been a big win for Smashburger.

Greg Creighton


Making sure our guests receive the same great experience in all of our stores is of utmost importance to Fuzzy’s Taco Shop.   It is easy to find a mystery shop program, but it is much more challenging to find one that meets the needs of your company and provides total insight into what your guests see when they come into the store.

Sentry Marketing Group has provided the perfect tool to evaluate whether we deliver on our promise to the guest.   The mystery shop provides a wealth of information for our franchisees and for our franchise field support team.   At a quick glance, the dashboard reveals successes and failure within a specific store.   The report allows you to dig deeper into those areas of interest or issues that may need attention.   The voice of the guest is very strong throughout the mystery shop report and gives significant detail when evaluating the shop.   We have found the mystery shop to be a great tool to recognize consistent positive behavior and also pinpoint areas that need improvement.

Paul Rickels

Vice President of Franchise

Fuzzy's Taco Shop

I have used many secret shopper business’s over the last 15 years and I have had the best success for useful information returned from David and Sentry Marketing.   The ability to pinpoint specific areas and to change on the   fly is unmatched by other companies.   Sentry Marketing has allowed me to trust the reports coming back to me and to help get better as a company.


Rob Lanphier

Pour Kids Restaurant Group

Sentry Marketing Group with their Mystery Shopper program have added a tremendous tool to improve customer service and employee accountability. We are constantly striving for excellence in all aspects of our business and Sentry is a proven partner of our outsource team to accomplish this goal.




Tye C. Williams

Smashburger Franchisee