2 digital note-taking apps for secret shoppers

Here are 2 highly-regarded note-taking apps that can make secret shopping much more manageable.

There's little question the digital world influences nearly every aspect of your life, but this doesn't mean you'll soon be controlled by robotic overlords. In fact, most people have embraced some aspects of the digital revolution, especially with the technology they choose to carry around. According to research conducted by the Pew Research Center, nearly half - 49 percent - of adults between 50 and 64 own a smartphone. Furthermore, about 20 percent of those above 65 can claim the same. This figure pales in comparison with their millennial counterparts, 83 percent of whom own an iOS- or Android-enabled smartphone. However, this reflects a fairly strong predilection among all demographics toward using digital technology as part of their daily lives.

Among mystery shoppers, there's often an expansive range of people and personalities that make in-person research at retail, hospitality and banking locations a source of revenue and excitement. Based on Pew data, it's likely that many secret shoppers own a mobile device, meaning they're able to download apps that can make mystery shopping easier. One of the trickiest parts of a mystery shopping assignment is keeping track of all the details retailers generally ask for. For this, you often have to maintain meticulous notes, which can be burdensome using paper and pencil - not to mention these usually draw attention from the employees you're trying to covertly watch. Instead, why not use your mobile device to make this task easier? Here are 2 highly-regarded note-taking apps that can make secret shopping much more manageable:

1. Papyrus
A few of the features that make this note-taking app stand out are the fact that you can write free-form notes using your finger or a stylus pen, and then you can copy and paste them into other places explained Business News Daily. By assigning your notes to categories, you can organize your thoughts according to what makes most logical sense to you or as they correlate to the mystery shopping assignment. Also, this is available on iOS, Android and Windows devices for free, making it a cost-effective choice.

2. Notability
Although this iOS-only app isn't free ($2.99), it does afford you added benefits that some of the other note-taking apps don't. For instance, Christian Science Monitor wrote that users can open up PDFs through the app and write notes on top of them as you would with a paper copy. So, if you upload a copy of your secret shopping assignments onto Notability, you'd be able to access the materials that will help you complete your report directly.