Do you want to learn more about how SURVEY ON THE SPOT can help your business? Check out this article in QSR Magazine explaining how SURVEY ON THE SPOT is helping many restaurants improve their customer service in real-time. Not Your Average Joe’s is using iPod Touch devices to entice the customer to fill out their survey right after their meal. Au Bon Pain is using table tents to educate customers about the surveys along with coupon incentives. Your customer’s opinions deserve to be heard and using this system will help encourage them to come back for future visits!
December 21, 2010
By: Sam Oches
Customer service is of the utmost importance to most restaurant brands, and in the age of technology like smartphones and iPads, some are finding that customer service can be improved just minutes after a guest visit.
Mobile systems provider On the Spot Systems’ survey solution, Survey on the Spot, is one tool that takes advantage of such technology to survey consumer opinion and send to operators almost instantaneously.
Ken Kimmel, cofounder and president of Survey on the Spot, says the collection of customer opinion through his company’s app—available for iPhones, iPods, iPads, BlackBerrys, Androids, and other smartphones—helps restaurateurs have more control over how customers perceive their brand.
To read more, please check out the full article in QSR Magazine.
Filed under: News | Tags: Jenn Abelson, Ken Kimmel, Survey On The Spot, The Boston Globe
Check out this article from the Boston Globe, on how customer feedback can immediately enhance restaurant service.
November 21, 2010
By: Jenn Abelson
Nothing beats instant customer feedback, according to Survey on the Spot cofounder Ken Kimmel. Kimmel, 56, is helping restaurants capture these comments to improve their businesses with mobile technology designed by his Newton start-up. Kimmel, who previously was an executive at Dunkin’ Brands Inc., recently spoke with Globe reporter Jenn Abelson.
What is so special about your company?
With Survey on the Spot, customers can take the survey when they are in the shop. It doesn’t require you to recall as much because you’re still right there. Nobody is currently doing what we’re doing, which every day surprises me.
When did your business launch?
The company went live with its app in November 2009.
That doesn’t sound like a great time to start a company.
The challenge of a new business like ours is finding customers. Getting those first brave souls is key. Change is hard. Restaurants are used to having somebody take a receipt and go home to a website as opposed to doing it on an iPhone or smartphone.
So who are the brave souls?
99 Restaurants, British Beer Company, Finale, and Not your Average Joe’s.
How does the technology work?
The original model — the one that Finale uses — prompts customers to go to Survey on the Spot while in the restaurant with an insert with the check at the end of the meal. It says “Please go to Survey on the Spot, and we’ll reward you with a coupon for $4 off your next visit with us.’’ If customers have a BlackBerry or smartphone, they go to surveyonthespot.com, they go to Finale, and they can take the survey. And then immediately, results are compiled into a Web portal Finale can access, and they can see results instantaneously.
How have other restaurants used the technology?
Not Your Average Joe’s is starting to deliver an iPod to every guest with the check. It’s getting an enormous level of response. They’re seeing 1,000 surveys a month when typically the norm would be 100 surveys a month.
At 99 Restaurants, they like to use this for menu innovation. They have a research and development restaurant where they create menu items and an internal group of executives will try them all and then rate them. And now they use iPods and Survey on the Spot rather than putting it on paper and tabulating results. So as soon as the meeting is done, they can get the results immediately.
What changes have restaurants made based on the feedback from these surveys?
At British Beer Company, customers had a really poor experience with one of the menu items. It was a wrap. It may have been a little dried out. So they were able to go in there and fix it. At other restaurants, managers are able to see when servers have not been having the best day. If someone answers a question very negatively, it will send a text message or e-mail to the manager or chief executive. It does that within five or 10 seconds of completing the survey. The manager can then address the issue with the customer before they leave upset.
How is working at a start-up different from your time at a huge company like Dunkin’?
At Dunkin’ Brands, there was a real corporate infrastructure and templates for how do business. When you’re really small and trying to get things going, your customers almost become part of an advisory board to help you build your business. It’s much easier to adapt to the free form feedback because you don’t have the corporate bureaucracy.
Can you tell from these surveys how consumers have changed during the recession?
We see a lot of comments about value. That’s very indicative of the current economic environment. When they’re concerned, it’s, “Gee it seems kind of expensive,’’ or, “Something was more than I thought; the price is not right,’’ or “The portion size is too small.’’