Been Verified is one of the fastest growing online background check companies in New York. Co-founders Joshua Levy and Ross Cohen founded the company in 2007. Their mission is to help people discover, understand and use public data in their everyday lives. They employ over thirty-seven employees and have grown rapidly with over one hundred thousand subscribers in all fifty states in America. Searching through public records used to be difficult when people had to spend their own time and energy on finding the records and paying the individual costs of each report. Companies now like Been Verified have made it easy with just a few clicks. They offer their customers consolidated data from multiple sources.
- Variety of payment plans
- Readily available customer support
- Multiple different screening services and search types
Been Verified uses the same format that many other background check companies use. A customer can log on to the website, search for an individual, decide whether or not the individual being searched is correct by a limited amount of free information given, then choose a subscription plan to purchase for the full report. As far as the subscription costs go they have three different options. The first is a one-month membership, which is $22.86 upfront. The second is a three-month membership that is $44.58 or $14.86 a month. Last, there is a six-month membership option that is $58.98 upfront or $9.83 monthly. These costs are fairly comparable to other background check sites. The only downside is that they do not offer a one-time report purchase. A customer must pay for an entire month membership to receive their first report. This can be inconvenient for customers who are only looking to purchase one background check.
A good benefit online background check companies can have for their customers is readily available customer support. They have done a good job of offering that to their customers by making sure there is several different ways a customer can contact the customer support staff with any questions or concerns they might have. They list a phone number as the primary way to contact the department, but the phone line is only open Monday through Friday from 8am to 9pm Eastern Time and on the weekends from 12pm to 8pm Eastern Time. If a customer needs to get in contact with the customer support staff at a time different than these, they can fill out an online form to send in a question or concern. There is also a mailing address listed on their website for customers who prefer that method of communication.
A benefit that is common among online background check companies is their use of public records for screening services. Public records gives these companies plenty of data to use in their reports and can contain most of the information customers are looking for in their reports. Been Verified is no exception to the use of public records for their screening services. Personal information, property records, criminal records, relatives and associates, as well as social media footprints are what make up the bulk of each report. As far as search types offered through Been Verified, the majority of searches are conducted with a name and a state location of the individual in question. If however, a customer purchases a subscription plan, they then have access to different types of search methods including reverse phone look-ups, emails, address, employment and more.
BeenVerified has plans for light users and heavy users, which lets customers pick the right subscription or report option for them. Another thing that is nice is that they have a LinkedIn page. Most other background sites have a limited social media presence. They also have an immense amount of knowledge base support for its clients. In addition to the other support types, the online knowledge base was a perfect resource for answering most questions regarding their people search engine.
Some great selling points that help drive their brand image include:
- People Search Done Right: Been Verified has a great people search algorithm that finds accurate records.
- A Focus on Data Quality: The record partnerships that Been Verified uses guarantees accurate search results every time.
- Respect for Privacy: We found one of the best opt-out policies in the industry, to maximize privacy.
- A Focus on Education: Been Verified works hard to educate its clients on the products they are purchasing.
- Affordable and Accessible: There isn't a hidden "monthly subscription" if you want to use Been Verified just once.
- One Clear Public Records Report: All the data a client needs is contained within the report that is purchased, the total one-stop-shop.
- No free trial offered
- Short amount of time in business
One thing that many customers look for when deciding which company to choose for their background check needs is whether or not that company offers a free trail period in order to test out their report system. Been Verified does not offer a free trial period, or a one-time report purchasing option. Instead, customers must select from either one-month, three-month, or six-month subscription options. This can leave customers unsure if they want to dive into a subscription cost without first knowing whether or not they like the way Been Verified background checks are written.
Been Verified was started in 2007 and has now only been in business for eight years. While eight years is by no means a short amount of time, it is for a background check company when its competitors have been in business for much longer time periods. The longer a company is in business the more credibility they have between other companies in the industry as well as from long time loyal customers.