LivePerson sees record-breaking 530 million visits over Cyber Weekend, up 11% over last year
Dec 1, 2016
Mobile interactions were up 37 percent from 2015 and, for the first time, preferred by consumers over desktop interactions

NEW YORK, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- LivePerson, Inc. (Nasdaq: LPSN), the leading provider of cloud mobile and online business messaging solutions, handled a record-breaking number of visitors on its platform during Cyber Weekend, the five-day period including Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, with 530 million site visits to brands serviced by LivePerson messaging, 11% higher than last year.

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Notably, over a third of Cyber Weekend interactions occurred on tablets and smartphones, versus just 24.8% last year. This represents a 37.5% gain in the use of mobile devices rather than desktop computers for messaging with brands, compared to a year ago. Despite mobile chat being a newer and less widely deployed feature than desktop chat, and present on around 25% of sites analyzed over the extended weekend, mobile chats represented a disproportionately high 33% of all interactions.

This marks the first year that mobile interactions have been more popular than desktop on a per-visit basis. The shift to interactions on smartphones was even more significant, seeing an 83% increase over 2015.

As well as internal platform data, LivePerson also conducted a consumer survey of 1000 Americans on the Cyber Weekend period. It showed that almost 47% of Millennials completed a purchase over Cyber Weekend on a smartphone, versus 36% of those 35 and older. The reverse was true on tablets, where 30% of consumers over the age of 35 completed a purchase, versus 19% of Millennials.

The survey also uncovered that nearly three times as many women than men purchased 20+ items on Black Friday, and they were also more likely than men to make a purchase on a smartphone or tablet.

Increasingly, the choice to message with customer care representatives is becoming more and more natural for consumers. Counter to popular belief, more Millennials contacted customer service than those over the age of 35: 29.3% of younger people reached out to ask questions, versus 22.2% of older demographics in the survey data.

Overall, 6.5% of survey respondents said they shopped online while at the Thanksgiving table. 18-24 year olds were more likely than any other group to have hidden from family during Thanksgiving and shopped on their phones. Meanwhile, boomers 45-54 and young adults 25-34 were the most likely to eschew politeness and just do their shopping from the Thanksgiving table.

"As Cyber Weekend continues to play a hugely important role for businesses and consumers, we are excited to see record-breaking visits powered by LivePerson, and especially for the huge growth in mobile," said Robert LoCascio, founder and CEO of LivePerson. "Savvy consumers have multiple channels to not only get the best deals, but also get in touch with brands and have their questions answered. Holidays can be stressful on consumers, but our technology makes it possible for them to get answers immediately and directly from a trusted source."

As well as record-breaking overall visitors, the company's systems handled record-breaking concurrent visits with ease: 1.32 million visitors on Black Friday and 1.59 million visitors on Cyber Monday.

"This extended weekend period is critically important for companies doing business online, and enterprise-class software needs to work flawlessly," said Eran Vanounou, LivePerson CTO. "The LiveEngage platform maintained 100% uptime throughout these key shopping days, underscoring its position as the premier business-to-consumer messaging platform for major brands."

About LivePerson
LivePerson is a leading provider of mobile and online messaging business solutions, enabling a meaningful connection between brands and consumers. LiveEngage, the Company's enterprise-class, cloud-based platform, empowers consumers to stop wasting time on hold with 1-800 numbers, and instead message their favorite brands, just as they do with friends and family. More than 18,000 businesses, including Adobe, Citibank, EE, IBM, Orbitz, PNC, and The Home Depot rely on the unparalleled intelligence, security, and scalability of LiveEngage to reduce costs, increase lifetime value, and create stronger, more intuitive relationships with consumers.

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