Company Overview: If there was an equivalent of a Good Housekeeping Seal Of Approval in our industry, this mystery shopping company would be one of the first recipients. It was a pleasure to review a company that shoppers highly endorsed without reservation.
Marketing Endeavors has been operating out of Louisville, Kentucky since 2001. It is a division of The Magnetic Group, which describes itself as a customer research organization. This company is not BBB accredited, but it does hold an A+ rating.
This company has shoppers in all 50 states conducting evaluations for restaurants, apartments, financial institutions, public utilities, automotive services, tanning salons, fitness centers, and various retailers.
Shoppers are paid via PayPal. The payment policy as described on their website is to make payment within 30 to 60 days after the report has been submitted and approved.
To sign up with Marketing Endeavors, visit their website at http://meshoppers.com. Click on “Sign Up Now” on the left side of the page, then on the link “Click Here To Register”. This will take you to an application similar to most that are on the Sassie web platform.
Marketing Endeavors has both self-assign and awarded assignments. The company states that sometimes preference is given to shoppers with MSPA certification, or those that have proven themselves on prior projects.
The company also points out that there are rotation guidelines in place that sometimes prevent a shopper from being able to be involved with a specific project.
Report submission deadlines are generally within 24 hours.
Feedback from shoppers on www.mysteryshopforum.com was very positive. In fact, there were no negative comments at all about Marketing Endeavors. Instead, more than a few said that they love working with this company. Quite a few said that this MSC was one of their favorites. One forum member went so far as to say that they wished more MSCs were like Marketing Endeavors. Others have said that they highly recommend this company to other shoppers.
Pay was described as being fair and equitable for the amount of work required. Many felt that payments were made quickly, frequently in less than the 30 to 60 day terms of the company’s payment policy.
Discussions also included comments about how easy and enjoyable it was to work with the schedulers at Marketing Endeavors, and how much they appreciated the positive feedback received from editors.
One forum member seemed to sum it up best by stating that this company “under-promises and over-delivers”.
Many shoppers expressed that they wished this MSC had more clients and assignments. In the past, Marketing Endeavors has posted opportunities on the forum job board, but it hasn’t done so for about a half a year.
Personal Experience: Like others, I wish Marketing Endeavors had more assignments in my area. The few that I have completed for this company went smoothly, paid fairly and on time, and had clear guidelines. Editorial feedback is positive. Reports are reasonable.