Omni Hotels & Resorts Enhances Meetings & Event Business With LivePerson Enterprise Live Chat Solution

Leading Luxury Hotel Brand First In Industry to Deploy Chat as an Alternative Communication Channel for Meeting Planners

NEW YORK, June 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- LivePerson, Inc. (Nasdaq: LPSN), a provider of online engagement solutions that facilitate real-time assistance and expert advice, and Omni Hotels & Resorts, one of the leading luxury hotel brands in North America, today announced a first-ever implementation of LivePerson Enterprise live chat solution within the meetings and events section of the Omni website.  The goal of the new implementation is to provide an additional communications channel for meeting and event planners to engage with Omni sales managers, in real-time via the Internet, in order to facilitate communications, increase RFP conversions and improve the overall level of support offered.  Since deploying the solution in April 2010, Omni has been able to realize a 50 percent boost in chat-driven request-for-proposals (RFPs) with more than half converting to prospective business for the luxury hotel brand.  

"We have been using LivePerson throughout other sections of our website for some time, targeting business and leisure guests, achieving amazing results – 18 percent conversion rates, 87 percent customer satisfaction scores and an average order value increase of 15 percent," said Kerry Kennedy, Vice President of E-Commerce for Omni Hotels & Resorts.  "Based on these results, we knew chat would prove to be successful for our meetings and events business.  Since deploying the solution, we've been able to increase RFPs with the majority of them becoming potential business for the brand. "  

Forty-five to fifty percent of Omni Hotel & Resorts business is derived from their meetings segment.  During the site exploration process for a meeting or event planner, numerous questions often arise.  LivePerson enables Omni to readily engage with prospective clients in real-time, throughout the question and answer process.  This is translating into real value for Omni and helping the company deliver improved levels of customer satisfaction.

"Omni distinguishes itself by providing a superior customer experience," said Jim Dicso, Senior Vice President of Sales & Service for LivePerson.  "We are pleased to have helped them achieve their online goals, and look forward to enabling their online engagement with this segment of their audience.  Initial results of the meeting and events implementation have been very positive, with enhanced service and increased conversion rates for this important business segment." 

LivePerson Enterprise enables online businesses to assess who — of thousands of visitors on their site at any given time — will need personalized assistance in order to drive conversions, first contact resolution and ensure an optimal customer experience. What's more, incoming phone call and email volume is deflected, which means fewer cases opened, fewer resources needed to play email tag, and the cost per interaction is significantly reduced.  Customers typically see the following results after implementing LivePerson Enterprise:

  • 20% increase in online sales
  • 25% reduction in cost of handling target call or email queues
  • The highest (85% and above) customer satisfaction score measured

For more information on the Omni Hotel & Resorts LivePerson implementation and results, please download our case study at http://solutions.liveperson.com/forms/casestudy-omni-request.asp

About LivePerson

LivePerson (http://www.solutions.liveperson.com/ ) is a provider of online engagement solutions that facilitate real-time assistance and expert advice. Connecting businesses and experts with consumers seeking help on the Web, LivePerson's hosted software platform creates more relevant, compelling and personalized online experiences. Every month, LivePerson's intelligent platform helps millions of people succeed online. More than 8,000 companies, including EarthLink, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Qwest, and Verizon, rely on LivePerson to maximize the impact of the online channel. LivePerson is headquartered in New York City.

About Omni Hotels & Resorts

Omni Hotels & Resorts creates genuine, authentic guest experiences that take guests on "A Total Departure" to 45 distinct luxury hotels and resorts in leading business gateways and leisure destinations across North America.  From exceptional golf and spa retreats to dynamic business settings, each Omni showcases the local flavor of the destination while featuring four-diamond services, signature restaurants, Wi-Fi connectivity and unique wellness options.  Known for its award-winning, personalized service, Omni leaves a lasting impression with every customer interaction, with a heightened level of recognition and rewards delivered through its Select Guest loyalty program and the company's "Power of One" associate empowerment program.  To get additional information or book accommodations, visit omnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni.

SOURCE LivePerson, Inc.