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Mystery Shoppers and Spam Blockers: Not a Good Mix December 30, 2009

Posted by Ann Michaels & Associates in Uncategorized.
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Spam and junk emails are never a good thing, and they seem to fill my inbox more and more. If I believed everything I received, I would be getting $5 Million from my long-lost relative in Mumbai, would have millions thanks to all of the international lotteries I keep winning, and life would be good.

There are some good programs out there to protect your inbox from this type of junk mail; however, when you are a mystery shopper, you may want to rethink this.

Why? Simply put, when an email goes out for a shop, the schedulers will get an email asking them to click on a link to verify they are a real person. It only takes a minute to do, but when you’re posting shops for a large project, you may receive 15-100 of these requests. What’s a scheduler to do?

In talking to other schedulers, I’ve found that the answer is simple: they delete those emails, and the shoppers never see the shop posting. Of course if it’s a slower time, they may reply to some. However, at busier times, and especially at the end of the month, you may be missing out on shops.

Protecting your inbox is important, and you want to make some money at the same time. How can you keep out spam and let the shops come in?

Outside of not using this email protection system, there are other things you can do:

1. If you have an email provider such as Comcast, you can create up to 6 different email addresses. Designate one just for mystery shopping correspondence. Sure, you will get spammy emails, but you will also receive mystery shop notifications without issue.

2. Set up a free email account dedicated to mystery shopping. Many email programs, such as Hotmail and Google, are free to use and have lots of storage space. They are user friendly, allowing you to create subfolders for the various companies you do shops for.

3. If you feel an email protection program is an absolute must, choose one that allows you to whitelist certain email addresses/domains. Be sure to add all of the mystery shopping companies you are registered with so you don’t miss out on any shops!

Hopefully this will alleviate the amount of time you spend deleting junk mail while still ensuring that you are receiving all of the mystery shopping notifications that you can.

Until next time…happy shopping!

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