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Executive Summary

TLC Wedding Consultants is a full service company that provides complete consulting services for weddings, holy unions and anniversaries. Our consultants are experienced and dedicated professionals with many years of event planning experience. TLC is unique in that we give our clients our undivided attention. We listen to their needs and work with them to create the event of their dreams. Our clients’ wishes become our commands. So whether our client wants a Western, Tropical, Las Vegas or more traditional wedding, we can help. Our services include weddings, honeymoons, receptions, anniversary consultations, budget planning, answers to etiquette questions, as well as full-service referrals to florists, hair stylists, entertainers, musicians, etc.

1.1 Mission

TLC Wedding Consultants is a full service company that provides complete consulting services for weddings, holy unions and anniversaries. Our consultants are experienced and dedicated professionals with many years of event planning experience. TLC is unique in that we give our clients our undivided attention. We listen to their needs and work with them to create the event of their dreams. Our clients’ wishes become our commands. So whether our client wants a Western, Tropical, Las Vegas or more traditional wedding or anniversary party, we can help. Our services include weddings, honeymoons, receptions, anniversary consultations, budget planning, answers to etiquette questions, as well as full-service referrals to florists, hair stylists, entertainers, musicians, etc.

1.2 Objectives

Whether this is our client’s first wedding, a renewal of their vows or their anniversary, we want every detail of their event to be both a pleasurable and a memorable experience. Therefore we offer a host of packages and services specifically tailored to the needs of each couple. We are confident that this business venture will be a success and we estimate that our net income will increase modestly by the second year.

1.3 Keys to Success

The keys to our success are as follows:

  • Service our clients’ needs promptly and efficiently.
  • Maintain an excellent working relationships with vendors such as florists, hair salons and bridal shops.
  • Maintain a professional image at all times.

Company Summary

TLC Wedding Consultants is a start-up company that provides wedding, holy union, and anniversary consulting services to brides, grooms and other family members. We are a full-service bridal consulting group and our goal is to put the “fun” back into planning a wedding, holy union or anniversary party. Too many people become overly stressed and frustrated when planning these wonderful events. We are experienced and professional consultants and will use our expertise to help create memorable and stress free events for our customers. By doing this, our clients can sit back and enjoy their event. The result? We create events suited to the couple’s unique style–a true expression of their relationship and individuality as a couple.

2.1 Company Ownership

This business will start out as a simple proprietorship, owned by its founders, Darla and Micah Johnson. As the operation grows, the owners will consider re-registering as a limited liability company or as a corporation, whichever will better suite the future business needs.

2.2 Start-up Summary

The company founders, Darla and Micah Johnson, will handle day-to-day operations of the plan and will work collaboratively to ensure that this business venture is a success.

2.3 Company Locations and Facilities

Initially this will be a home-based business; however, by Year 5, we intend to expand our facilities into a well-equipped and operational office.

Services

We are a full-service wedding consultant group and provide the following services: etiquette advice, event scheduling, discounted invitations and products, vendor confirmation, rehearsal attendance, supervision of both ceremony and reception setup and budget planning.

Market Analysis Summary

Nearly $35 billion are spent every year on weddings and receptions. Therefore, professional wedding consultants are a commodity, not a calamity. TLC Wedding Consultants are full-service wedding consultants that offer a variety of services to our clients. We pride ourselves on being professional and courteous at all times and we have packages to suit everyone’s needs.

As previously stated, marriage is a billion dollar industry, therefore, just about everyone we meet is a potential client. However, we mostly advertise to brides, grooms, and family members.

4.1 Market Segmentation

Although the flash and excitement of impending nuptials can be intoxicating, it can also be overwhelming. Therefore, we primarily market our services to the people who need them most–brides and grooms. In 1997, 2.4 million marriages took place in the United States. According to the Encarta Encyclopedia, the current US marriage rate of nine marriages per 1,000 people is still the highest rate among the industrialized countries. This marriage rate is expected to remain at the same level in the near future. In the Eugene, OR area where TLC Wedding Consultants plans to operate their business, over 1,500 marriages are registered each year, which creates a sizable market potential for this line of business.

Another customer segment is represented by the numerous family members and guests attending weddings, anniversaries, and similar events. This segment requires event preparation services like gift ideas, etiquette tips, etc. Besides the wedding arrangements, which TLC Wedding Consultants believe to be their major client assignments, other events the company will provide services to include corporate retreats, etiquette training, etc. This customer segment is estimated to have the annual volume of 1,000 orders in the Eugene, OR area.

4.2 Target Market Segment Strategy

TLC Wedding Consultants will offer its services mostly to the brides and grooms, as well as to the family members. The company will position itself as an experienced provider of wedding planning services. Unlike most of its competitors, TLC will be offering a full range of services and thus provide the convenience of one-stop shopping for its clients. This will significantly reduce the customers’ time and efforts preparing for such an important event as a wedding. Moreover, by utilizing numerous supplier contacts that the company owners have established and economies of scale, TLC Wedding Consultants will be able to pass on to its customers sizable cost savings.

4.2.1 Market Needs

The market needs for wedding planning services are strongly shaped by the customers’ desire to have a perfectly planned and executed wedding ceremony. Although both major customer segments, brides and grooms and family members, plan and budget for the wedding ceremony as far as a year or more in advance, they often realize that they cannot make all the necessary preparations by themselves in a cost effective manner. Strongly affected by the established social values, such customers seek professional advice to ensure that all the important aspects of the wedding ceremony meet or exceed perceived expectations.

4.3 Service Business Analysis

The wedding services market is fragmented with the overwhelming majority of the incumbents offering only a limited line of services. There are numerous florists, hair stylists, and caterers to choose from. However, there are almost no companies that will provide the full range of services associated with the wedding planning and execution.

4.3.1 Competition and Buying Patterns

Competitive analysis conducted by the company owners has shown that there are 20 companies currently offering some sort of wedding planning services in the Eugene area. However, the majority of the incumbent competitors offer only a limited line of services like catering, flower arrangements or gifts. In fact, of these 25 competitors only three offered a range of services comparable with what TLC Wedding Consultants plan to offer to its customers. The following is the list of the major competitors with a brief description of their services:

Rent-An-Action offers ceremony preparation, rehearsing and execution services.
Cross & Reeves provide flower and catering arrangements and wedding consulting services.
Lafayette Wedding offers its clients entertaining, catering, floral design and hair styling services.

The market research has also shown that customers anticipate the complete wedding consulting services to be expensive and they budget accordingly. In fact, lower prices are very often associated with poor service quality. By aggregating a complete range of wedding services under one roof, TLC Wedding Consultants will offer its customers the ease of one-stop shopping.

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Office Consulting Sample Business Plan

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Executive Summary

Office Space Solutions improves businesses. Specializing in high-growth companies, it sets up, restructures and streamlines paper flow, communication and office systems.  This includes assessments of office space organization and office process flow. The result is a complete turnaround including increased efficiency, reduced costs, greater income, and happier people.

Office Space Solutions has two strong competitive advantages. The first is extensive experience in office space management and work flow efficiency. Bev Johnson, the owner, spent the previous 10 years working with three start-up companies that grew rapidly. With each company, it was her responsibility to manage the personnel growth while improving employee productivity. This experience was priceless. Additionally, the value of networking based on Bev’s previous industry relationships will give Office Space Solutions a leg up on the competition.

1.1 Mission

Office Space Solutions’s mission is to provide the highest quality support services for its clients. Bev focus is to attract and maintain customers. When we adhere to this maxim, everything else will fall into place. Her services will exceed the expectations of her customers.

1.2 Keys to Success

  • The objectives for the first three years of operation include:
  • To create a service-based company whose primary goal is to exceed customers’ expectations.
  • To increase the number of clients served by 20% per year through superior performance.
  • To develop a sustainable start-up business that is profitable.

Company Summary

Office Space Solutions offers management support services to start-up and growing firms and companies. Bev sets up, restructures, and streamlines office space, paper flow, communication and office systems.  Her work reduces office operation cost while increasing work efficiency and revenue for her clients.

2.1 Start-up Summary

Office Space Solutions has the following start-up expenses:

  • Computer system with a printer, CD-RW, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Access.
  • Copier, fax, and one phone line.
  • Website development.
  • Various office supplies.

2.2 Company Ownership

Bev Johnson is the sole owner and consultant of Office Space Solutions. Office Space Solutions is a home-based business.  All business meetings will occur at the client’s business or at a location close to the client’s business.

Services

  • Planning, setting up, or improving office procedures, including simplifying paper flow, minimizing wasted time and maximizing access to needed materials.
  • Controlling costs and minimizing expenses with improved office efficiency and improved office methods.
  • Managing office relocations including vendor negotiations and problem solving.

Market Analysis Summary

Office Space Solutions will be focusing on a very specific part of the business market:

  • Start-up with more than five employees.
  • Small businesses that are rapidly expanding operations.

The city has several support service businesses but none as visible as Office Space Solutions and none with the success record Bev Johnson has.

4.1 Target Market Segment Strategy

Office Space Solutions is focusing on new and growing companies that are often located in small offices. The targeted start-up business will have four or more staff in its office in addition to a owner. This is a perfect atmosphere for a support service because the services Office Space Solutions provides are out of the business’s field of expertise but so critical to their success.

Another reason for focusing on a growing businesses is that it is easier to be competitive with the smaller businesses. Presently, this segment of businesses is not being marketed by the Office Space Solutions’s competitors. For these reasons, Office Space Solutions will concentrate on the new and growing companies to be able to quickly grab market share.

4.2 Service Business Analysis

The competition consists of a few support service firms that offer a wide range of service offerings to city’s large companies. Though these firms replicate the offerings of Office Space Solutions, they are not targeting the vital area of new and growing businesses. Office Space Solutions will focus only on these companies.  There is an advantage to hiring a service that is focused on your problems and is knowledgeable regarding your specific needs.

In addition, the target clients are prone to want a long-term relationship with critical services. If they are happy they will generally stay with the same service provider. It is more cost effective then jumping through the hoops each time it needs a space management, or work flow assessment.

4.3 Market Segmentation

The market for office space and work flow organizers can be broken down into two important segments:

Start-ups with five or more employees. These start-ups rarely have the in-house expertise to solve office space or work flow management problems.  As a general role, there is a tremendous amount of wasted effort and space in start-ups.  The focus is always on getting a product or service out to customers with very little thought about how the office organization is working against them. The city is growing at a rate of 10% annually and the numbers of start-ups increase each year in all the city’s major industries and service areas. Office Space Solutions believes that this is an underserved segment and with her successes and connections, Office Space Solutions would become an invaluable service to these target clients. As these companies move from the start-up phase to the growth phase, Office Space Solutions will receive this repeat business.

Small rapidly growing companies. These companies have already reached some margin of success and are planning to expand their operations; yet this doesn’t mean that they are efficient. The success of their product or service may be hiding problems in the operation that will emerge as greater pressure is placed on company performance.  Each stage of growth in a company, present challenges that can hurt its performance and success. Office Space Solutions can provide these companies a focused approach that is responsive to unique client demands, assisting them in achieving their future sales goals.

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Executive Summary

Introduction
Creative Concepts Computer Design will provide computer and technical consulting to local small businesses as well as home PC users. In doing so the company will focus on marketing, responsiveness, quality, and creating and retaining customer relations.

The Company
Creative Concepts will initially be a sole proprietorship with minimum outside financing. Creative Concepts will be a home office start-up, utilizing one studio room in the owner’s home and serving customers in the local Eugene, Oregon area. Creative Concepts will be initially owned by Bram Ekstrand. Depending on growth, the company will possibly add additional employees and expand operations.

The Market
Market research indicates an available market niche able to be occupied by additional businesses of this nature. The very nature of the computing industry, with its extraordinary rate of technological development, creates a constant need for businesses skilled in updating and advising customers on computer-related issues. Home PC users will provide the majority of our business revenue. These jobs will typically consist of minor upgrades services and advising. Business Week expects the computing industry to grow at a rate of 12% and the processor speeds to continue to expand for years to come, providing a rich resource for sales.

Creative Concepts has decided to focus mainly on the home PC market for many reasons. These home customers typically request jobs that are easier, faster, and less resource intensive then the opposing small business customer. In addition, this market tends to offer more flexibility for service times allowing a more productive workday.

Our target market will focus on Eugene and the surrounding areas. Market research indicates there is an abundance of business for a small company such as Creative Concepts. If a need exists for increased business, such promotional mediums as radio or print ads will be explored. There are two main competitors for the computer upgrade business in the greater Eugene/Springfield area. These companies are VOS and Suntech Computers. Both of these companies charge rates in excess of Creative Concepts, therefore we expect to be able to attract the price-sensitive market without much work.

Financial Considerations
Total start-up expenses are modest. Since this is a service business and not product oriented, operational costs should remain low through the start-up process.

Fixed costs have been set at a reasonably accurate monthly level. This should allow for equipment maintenance and purchase or replacement of basic tools used in performing our services. Variable costs have been set per unit to allow for additional expenses such as gas or other travel costs specific to each job.

1.1 Objectives

  • To provide a service to the community that is in sufficient demand as to generate a profit.
  • Gain a strong repeat customer base to maximize growth.
  • Become a positive influence in the community in which we operate.

1.2 Mission

To become a contributing unit of society while delivering a product of exceptional quality, value, and in a timely fashion. We will treat every customer as if they were our only customer.

1.3 Keys to Success

  • Marketing and Networking (being known to the public).
  • Responsiveness (being an on-call computer paramedic with fast response time).
  • Quality (getting the job done right the first time, offering 100% guarantee).
  • Relationships (developing loyal repeat customers–retainers).

Company Summary

Creative Concepts will initially be a sole proprietorship.

The goal will be to start the venture as inexpensively as possible, with minimal outside financing. Creative Concepts will be a home office start-up, utilizing one studio room in the owner’s home.

2.1 Company Ownership

Creative Concepts will be initially owned by Bram Ekstrand as a sole proprietorship. Possibly later adding additional employees and expanding operations as well as clientele.

2.2 Start-up Summary

Total start-up expenses are modest. This is composed of mostly equipment costs along with a few dollars for research of consumer wants and desires and a few pads of stationary. Exact allocations are shown on the table. Since this is a service business and not product oriented, operational costs should remain low through the start-up process.

Services

Creative Concepts will offer computer support and upgrade service to clients of two major categories, home PC users and small office users. These categories will define 95% of our operations.

3.1 Service Description

Our services can be obtained through direct hourly compensation, or if preferred or more applicable, through a contract situation with pre-defined limits.

3.2 Competitive Comparison

Our services are more thorough and precise than any existing competition in the surrounding metro area. Since we have no extravagant overhead we can be focused on delivering exactly what the customer wants, something other computer support providers in this area have a hard time with.

3.3 Technology

Creative Concepts will operate in an environment with technology that is constantly evolving. Keeping up to date will be of vital importance to the profitability of this venture. Keeping this in mind, we will maintain working, as well as functional, knowledge of all the latest software available to the public. Our customers will receive the most current versions of all software and hardware upgrades requested.

Market Analysis Summary

Creative Concepts Computer Design will provide computer support in both a consulting and technical capacity to home PC users as well as small business owners. Since Creative Concepts is currently a one man operation it will be limited in growth to the capacity of work able to be completed. Personal market research indicates an available market niche able to be occupied by additional businesses of this nature. The very nature of the computing industry, with its extraordinary rate of technological development, creates a constant need for businesses skilled in updating and advising customers on computer-related issues.

4.1 Market Segmentation

The existing computer service market is so extensive categorizing it is a rather difficult task. For our revenue-oriented purposes we will define the market into home PC users and small business clients. Home PC users will provide the majority of our business revenue. These jobs will typically consist of minor upgrades services and advising. The small business market will be defined as customers with five or more computers or a network requiring service or repair.

4.2 Target Market Segment Strategy

Creative Concepts has decided to focus mainly on the home PC market for many reasons. These home customers typically requests jobs that are easier, faster, and less resource intensive then the opposing small business customer. In addition, this market tends to offer more flexibility for service times allowing a more productive workday.

4.2.1 Market Needs

As reported by ComputingNet magazine, there is a substantial need for individuals capable of performing computer upgrades and repairs in a timely and cost-effective manner in this region. Creative Concepts is directed specifically at that market niche.

4.2.2 Market Trends

Both the software and hardware side of the computer industry continue to turn out new and revised computer components at alarming rates. For Creative Concepts this means job security well into the future.

4.2.3 Market Growth

As reported by the Wall Street Journal, there seems to be no end to the development of the computer market. Business Week expects the computing industry to grow at a rate of 12% and the processor speeds to continue to expand for years to come.

4.3 Service Business Analysis

Secondary market research shows computer service customers tend to be very loyal providers that do good work and satisfy their needs. An analysis of Creative Concepts’ main competitors shows no overwhelming strengths that would be significant barriers to possible success. Likewise, identifying competitor’s weaknesses has illuminated several areas that Creative Concepts can target as marketing strategies.

4.3.1 Main Competitors

There are two main competitors for the computer upgrade business in this area.

  • VOS. They are a well established provider of computer upgrades and services.
  • Suntech Computers. Smaller and less known then VOS, Suntech provides many services for residents living in East and South Eugene.

Both of these companies charge rates in excess of Creative Concepts, we will be able to attract the price-sensitive market without much work. Our second main advantage is the accessibility of our services. The time conscientious customer will appreciate our swift work.

4.3.2 Competition and Buying Patterns

As previously noted, there are other providers of similar services in the area. Our services will be second to no one and our prices will be rock bottom. By providing superior service word of mouth alone will bring in many new clients. The satisfaction our consumers find will keep them as our business.

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Telemarketing Consultants Sample Business Plan

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Executive Summary

Introduction
It is the mission of Roth & Calder Telemarketing Professionals, Inc. (R&C) to provide comprehensive telemarketing consultation and creation of telemarketing advertising campaigns for our clients in the Cawleweton region. It is our long-term goal to become THE preferred business-to-business telemarketing agency for the East Coast area. Our firm is not interested in simply producing a service for our clients. We believe in creating a long-term relationship with them so that the delivery of their message can reach the right people, at the right moment to insure effective communication with their market.

The Company

Roth & Calder will be a limited liability partnership registered in the state of Delaware for tax purposes. Its founder is Mr. Thomas Roth, a former marketing executive with General Foods. Mr. Roth has brought together a highly respected group of marketing, development, and telemarketing specialists who, combined, have a total of 25 years of experience in this industry.

The company has a limited number of private investors and does not plan to go public. The company has its main offices in Cawleweton. The facilities include conference rooms and office spaces. The company expects to begin offering its services in January of Year 1. The company’s potential clients will initially be all the companies in the Cawleweton area. We can service both small and large companies and provide virtually any consultation services in regards to telephone communications with clients.

The Services
In order to create the maximum effect for our clients, we provide a comprehensive program for them that may include some of the following services:

  • Identification of Program Objectives and Expectations
  • Creation of customized lists of leads
  • Market research
  • Consultation and training of telemarketing personnel
  • Script writing for programs
  • Creation of follow-up programs for successful calls.

This is only a partial list of our services as each project is customized to our client and its scope, length, depth, reach, and cost are unique.

The Market
The telemarketing industry is, at the moment, a growing industry with most companies having an annual growth between 6.5% and 8%. This is due to businesses that are becoming increasingly aware of the need for market information and the desire to reduce customer turnover rates in a hard hit economy. However, long-term analysis of growth rates in this industry shows a cyclical pattern and R&C does not expect this high growth rate to continue.

The telemarketing industry is quite fragmented with companies that vary greatly in size, scope, services offered, and market share. Many companies are general advertising agencies that offer telemarketing services along with a wide range of other consulting services. In addition, many companies, not realizing the potential advantages of outsourcing, choose to develop their own telemarketing services.

R&C believes that the greatest threat at the moment is in new entrants to the market who perceive an opportunity in a “high” growth industry. The most likely entrants will be existing advertising agencies wishing to horizontally integrate and enter new sub-markets. However, the one major disadvantage to new entrants is that all firms engaged in contracting to telemarketing agencies face significant switching costs when bringing on a new partner. Furthermore, R&C understands that in this industry there is a significant learning curve that creates declining “unit” costs as a firm gains more cumulative experience in the field itself and with long-term clients specifically.

Rivalry among different telemarketing agencies as stated before is quite intense. The telemarketing industry as a whole is mature with long-term moderate growth. Most of the largest agencies are mutually dependent when it comes to jockeying for position and market share. The fact that there are so many diverse and seemingly “generic” or general telemarketing agencies makes this a cutthroat industry. The threat of clients backwardly integrating so as to have all their advertising done in-house is one of the major factors that buyers use to indirectly control price in this industry, and increase competition among firms. This must always be foremost in the minds of R&C’s management when offering services and setting prices.

1.1 Objectives

The Three-year goals for Roth & Calder Telemarketing Professionals, Inc. are as follows.

  • Achieve break-even by year two.
  • Establish a regional (East Coast) scope for operations within five years and a national presence within 10 years.
  • Establish minimum 95% customer satisfaction rate to establish long-term relationships with our clients and create a viable reputation.

1.2 Mission

It is the mission of Roth & Calder Telemarketing Professionals, Inc. (R&C) to provide comprehensive telemarketing consultation, and creation of telemarketing advertising campaigns for our clients in the Cawleweton region. It is our long-term goal to become THE preferred business-to-business telemarketing agency for the East Coast area. Our firm is not interested in simply producing a service for our clients. We believe in creating a long-term relationship with them so that the delivery of their message can reach the right people, at the right moment to insure effective communication with their market.

R&C is strictly a business-to-business company and seeks to provide answers to companies who desire to communicate with their customers via the phone. This can take the shape of advertising, surveys, seminar and conference invitations, etc. R&C has a combined 25 years of experience working with companies in delivering effective and professional telemarketing techniques.

1.3 Keys to Success

R&C’s keys to long-term survivability and profitability are as follows:

  • Differentiate our services so that our clients realize that we are able to better serve their needs rather than a more generic competitor or in-house telemarketing.
  • Keeping close contact with clients and establishing a well functioning long-term relationship with them to generate repeat business and a top notch reputation.
  • Establish a comprehensive service experience for our clients that includes consultation, analysis of telemarketing campaign goals and target markets, creation of streamlined and custom advertising campaigns based on needs, expectations, implementation, and follow-up analysis.

Company Summary

Roth & Calder will be a limited liability partnership registered in the state of Delaware for tax purposes. Its founder is Mr. Thomas Roth, formerly a marketing executive with General Foods. Mr. Roth has brought together a highly respected group of marketing, development, and telemarketing specialists who, combined, have a total of 25 years of experience in this industry.

The company has a limited number of private investors and does not plan to go public. The company has its main offices in Cawleweton. The facilities include conference rooms and office spaces. The company expects to begin offering its services in January.

The company’s potential clients will initially be all the companies in the Cawleweton area. We can service both small and large companies and provide virtually any consultation services in regards to telephone communications with clients.

2.1 Company Ownership

The company will have a number of outside private investors who will own 27% of the company’s shares. The rest will be owned by the senior management including Mr. Thomas Roth, (25%), Ms. Jane Calder (20%), Mrs. Susan Howell, (20%), and Mr. Leonard Gray (8%). All other financing will come from loans.

2.2 Start-up Summary

Start-up assets required include equipment, and additional expenses as well as cash to support operations until revenues reach an acceptable level. Most of the company’s liabilities will come from outside private investors and management investment, however, we have obtained current borrowing from Bank of America Commercial Investments, the principal to be paid off in three years. A long-term loan through VieilArgent Bank of Richburb will be paid off in ten years.

Services

Roth & Calder offers a complete, custom telemarketing campaign. The most common telemarketing campaigns are for the following purposes:

  • Generate sales leads
  • Set appointments
  • Market research
  • Surveys (including statistical analysis and political surveys)
  • Driving eyeballs to websites
  • Trial subscriptions
  • Database or mailing list information
  • Business development
  • Point-of-sale product promotion
  • Seminar and conference invitations.

In order to create the maximum effect for our clients, we provide a comprehensive program for them that may include some of the following services:

  • Identification of Program Objectives and Expectations.
  • Creation of customized lists of leads
  • Market research
  • Consultation and training of telemarketing personnel
  • Script writing for programs
  • Creation of follow-up programs for successful calls.

This is only a partial list of our services as each project is customized to our client and its scope, length, depth, reach, and cost are unique.

Market Analysis Summary

The telemarketing industry is, at the moment, a growing industry with most companies having an annual growth between 6.5% and 8%. This is due to businesses that are becoming increasingly aware of the need for market information and the desire to reduce customer turnover rates in a hard hit economy. However, long-term analysis of growth rates in this industry shows a cyclical pattern and R&C does not expect this high growth rate to continue.

The telemarketing industry is quite fragmented with companies that vary greatly in size, scope, services offered, and market share. Many companies are general advertising agencies that offer telemarketing services along with a wide range of other consulting services. In addition, many companies, not realizing the potential advantages of outsourcing, choose to develop their own telemarketing services.

Roth & Calder Telemarketing Professionals’ business strategy is to establish a focused approach to its services rather than being everything to its clients. Our company does not intend to be a call center, nor will it ever become so. We are a consulting firm that designs telemarketing campaigns for its clients and matches these clients with the appropriate call center who has the necessary capabilities. These services are where we can offer a higher standard of quality to our clients. This will allow us to charge a higher profit margin to our clients for these differentiated and more focused services. This will also require average project times to be somewhat longer, and therefore we expect initial profitability levels to be lower than average.

4.1 Market Segmentation

Virtually every company, whether large and small, requires some form of telemarketing at some point. Often it is a survey to determine customer satisfaction or awareness. Sometimes it is effectively communicating an upcoming event such as a conference. Other companies wish to know if telemarketing is a feasible method of sales generation. Because of this almost universal need for some form of telemarketing consultation that spans almost all industries, R&C has decided not to create any market segments it wishes to concentrate on nor focus on a target market. We have the capacity to service almost any company of whatever size. We think that at this point in the company’s history, any attempt to target specific markets would hinder our growth potential.

4.2 Service Business Analysis

The telemarketing industry is, at the moment, a growing industry with most companies having an annual growth between 6.5% and 8%. This is due to businesses that are becoming increasingly aware of the need for market information and the desire to reduce customer turnover rates in a hard hit economy. However, long-term analysis of growth rates in this industry shows a cyclical pattern and R&C does not expect this high growth rate to continue.

The telemarketing industry is quite fragmented with companies that vary greatly in size, scope, services offered, and market share. Many companies are general advertising agencies that offer telemarketing services along with a wide range of other consulting services. In addition, many companies, not realizing the potential advantages of outsourcing, choose to develop their own telemarketing services.

R&C believes that the greatest threat at the moment is in new entrants to the market who perceive an opportunity in a “high” growth industry. The most likely entrants will be existing advertising agencies wishing to horizontally integrate and enter new sub-markets. However, the one major disadvantage to new entrants is that all firms engaged in contracting to telemarketing agencies face significant switching costs when bringing on a new partner. Furthermore, R&C understands that in this industry there is a significant learning curve that creates declining “unit” costs as a firm gains more cumulative experience in the field itself and with long-term clients specifically.

Rivalry among different telemarketing agencies as stated before is quite intense. The telemarketing industry as a whole is mature with long-term moderate growth. Most of the largest agencies are mutually dependent when it comes to jockeying for position and market share. The fact that there are so many diverse and seemingly “generic” or general telemarketing agencies makes this a cutthroat industry.

The threat of clients backwardly integrating so as to have all their advertising done in-house is one of the major factors that buyers use to indirectly control price in this industry, and increase competition among firms. This must always be foremost in the minds of R&C’s management when offering services and setting prices.

4.2.1 Competition and Buying Patterns

Competition
Competition includes all potential advertising and telemarketing agencies plus call centers across the country. In addition we have indirect competition from organizations that handle all their telemarketing in-house. Practically speaking, this means we have the greatest threat from the largest telemarketing agencies such as Davis & Henke, Ludquist telemarketing, and other big, nationwide consulting companies that hold significant market share. The telemarketing consultation industry is highly fragmented, with a large number of small companies that mainly cater to small firms and a few large companies that seek the largest contracts from companies such as Sprint, GM, etc. This makes competition within the industry very intense. Through our focused strategy we intend to avoid such a debilitating environment and avoid its drawbacks such as price wars, etc.

Buying patterns and needs
Companies usually enter into contracts with telemarketing agencies based on their reputation of professionalism and effective campaigns in the past. This reputation is difficult to obtain by new firms unless its personnel bring it with them from previous companies such as ours. Price and scope are also important reasons for accepting contracts, especially if the company is small.

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