Bimonthly magazine features news and information for the call center industry, with topics covered in this publication including sales and marketing, customer relationship management (CRM), employee issues, equipment and technology, operations case studies, legal considerations, and hiring, training, and retaining employees. Articles from current and past issues of this publication are available online.
AnswerStat / TAS Trader
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Other resources available from this organization include AnswerStat, which is a bimonthly publication focused on healthcare contact centers and answering services, and TAS Trader, which is a monthly e-newsletter for the telephone answering services industry. Articles from current and prior issues of these publications are available online, with free e-subscriptions available with e-mail registration.
U.S. Contact Centers: The State of the Industry
Comprehensive report analyzes the size, shape, structure, and future of the U.S. call center industry, with topics covered in the report including market size and scope, geographic locations by state and division, employment by vertical market, inbound and outbound calling, virtual centers, multichannel customer contact, technology implementation, strategy and investment trends, and market forecasts.
U.S. Contact Center Decision-Makers Guide
Comprehensive annual study analyzes all aspects of the call center industry—including performance, operations, technology, and human resources—with relevant statistics segmented where possible by vertical market sector, center size based on number of agents, center type (e.g., inbound, outbound), and activities (e.g., sales, service, and mixed). Full report is available for download with registration.
Market research report provides in-depth analysis of the call center industry in the U.S. and selected other countries, with topics covered in the report including market trends and growth drivers, vertical end-use industries, strategic insights, and historical and forecast sales and select players profiled including Alliance Data Systems, Convergys Corp., Sykes Enterprises, Inc., and West Corporation.
Market analysis report provides industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.
Financial benchmarking section of this report provides an analysis of industry income and expenses as a percentage of revenue by major category (e.g., purchases, wages, depreciation, marketing, rent, utilities, other costs, and earnings before interest and taxes) for the most recent year and line graphs indicating trends for each category over the past five years. Sample report can be viewed free online.
Compensation section of this report provides information on average and median salaries for new and experienced agents, team leaders and supervisors, and contact center managers and typical bonuses for service and sales agents, with salary data segmented by contact center size based on number of seats, vertical market served, center type (e.g., inbound, outbound), and activity (e.g., sales, service).
Annual salary survey provides compensation information for contact center telesales and customer service management professionals, with information provided for each job position including a brief summary job description and high, low, and average salary data for the business-to-consumer and business-to-business sectors. A complete list of positions included in the survey is available online.
Free online service provides median salary and hourly wage rate data for job positions in this sector such as operations manager, team leader, supervisor, trainer, and customer service representative, with employers for which salary or hourly wage data is provided including Alorica, Inc., Xerox Corp., Convergys Corporation, Sitel Corporation, Teletech Holdings, Inc., and Teleperformance USA, Inc.
Magazine article archive covers various aspects of buying and selling a telephone answering service business, with transaction detail for sales transactions in which the author of these articles was the selling business broker available online at TAS Marketing Team in the historical sales data section.