This is the fourteenth year [email protected] CENTER Solutions magazine brings you its "Top
50" Teleservices Agency Ranking. In this issue, we're presenting the "Top
50" inbound portion of the ranking. (The outbound portion of the
ranking was highlighted in the March 1999 issue.) Since its inception in 1986, our
"Top 50" ranking has been used as the benchmark for choosing
large-capacity/sized teleservices agencies.
Since the basis of our ranking is company size, [email protected] CENTER Solutions uses a measurable,
third-party-verifiable aspect of teleservices to arrive at our list of the "Top
50" agencies: the number of minutes each agency was billed by each of its phone
companies for telephone service for 12 months, encompassing November 1997 through October
1998. We have found this to be an accurate and reliable reflection of the amount of
teleservices each agency does, and therefore, provides a true reflection of its size.
To qualify for inclusion in this year's "Top 50," the agencies had to answer a
questionnaire detailing the nature of their business and listing their number of billable
minutes between November 1997 and October 1998. The questionnaire had to be verified with
the signature of each agency's president/CEO. In addition, each agency had to submit a
letter of verification from each of its telephone service providers certifying the number
of minutes for which it billed the agency during the designated period. (Our sincere
gratitude is extended to all the carriers for their thorough and expeditious provision of
Agencies that did not supply this third-party verification were disqualified, with the
exception of three circumstances: 1) a client of the service agency was billed directly
for its telephone service and would not provide a letter of verification for anonymity
reasons; 2) part of the billable minutes were with a foreign telecommunications carrier
that could not provide the data by the deadline; 3) legitimate business situations
prevented an agency from obtaining verification from certain of its carriers or a certain
carrier. For each of these circumstances, we required a letter of explanation and signed
verification of billable minutes pertaining to the explanation from the president/CEO of
the agency. You will find an asterisk next to the name of all "Top 50" agencies
that supplied a portion of their verification from their president/CEO due to one of the
three circumstances identified above.
In all cases, from the questionnaires to the letters of verification, the agencies were
warned that should falsification be detected, they would be disqualified from this and all
future "Top 50" rankings. And indeed, [email protected] CENTER Solutions magazine's editorial
staff carefully verified calculations, discrepancies and other aspects of the supplied
information to ensure that this ranking is of true value to you.
Understanding The Charts
As you read through the following list of "Top 50" agencies, you will notice
that we have provided a numerical ranking of 1 through 50 (1 being the largest), but have
not revealed the number of billable minutes used to arrive at this ordering. This was done
out of respect for the confidential nature of this information to the many agencies
included here that are privately held corporations.
In addition to the rankings, we have provided background information on the agencies,
such as number of call centers and last year's ranking in the "Top 50" (where
applicable) to give you a broader picture of each agency and help you narrow down your
selections. It is important to note that information provided under the category of
"Specialization" is reflective of both the agency's inbound and outbound work.
You will notice that the "Top 50" inbound has been divided into four
categories: A, B, C and D. Category A is composed of U.S.
service agencies whose primary business function is provision of telemarketing services
for outside firms. Category B was created seven years ago to
let readers know that companies ranked in this section do 50 percent or more of their
teleservices for a parent company or a company that owns an interest in their agency. As
always, we feel that companies in Category B deserve "Top 50" recognition for
the notable contributions they make to the teleservices industry. It is important to note
that companies in Category B have all indicated that they can accept new clients, so don't
hesitate to call on them as you would any of the companies listed in Category A. If you
are considering an international teleservices campaign, Category C
consists of international teleservices agencies. Again this year we have separated out all
international teleservices done by U.S. agencies and ranked those companies' international
minutes in the International category, Category C. Domestic companies that are also ranked
in the International category are marked with a dagger () in their domestic ranking.
Category D, which was introduced last year, is comprised of
companies that provide purely interactive inbound services (no live operators). We added
this category to reflect the growing demand for such interactive inbound services.
Companies that are in the Domestic and International categories that are also ranked in
the Interactive category are marked with a double dagger () in their Domestic and
International rankings. Please note that the majority of these companies also offer
We hope you will use this "Top 50" feature, both inbound and outbound
portions, for your outsourcing needs throughout the year, and be sure to tell the
companies you found them in [email protected] CENTER Solutions.