LivePerson Conversation Cloud (LiveEngage) vs. Smith.ai Live Website Chat

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
LivePerson Conversation Cloud (LiveEngage)
Score 8.7 out of 10
N/A
LivePerson headquartered in New York offers solutions for AI-guided live chat and conversational messaging, with the Conversation Cloud (formerly LiveEngage), supporting sales and service teams with answering questions across all popular messaging channels.N/A
Smith.ai Live Website Chat
Score 8.9 out of 10
N/A
Smith.ai Live Website Chat is presented by the vendor as a fast & friendly way to capture, screen & convert website leads. The Smith.ai live chat agents answer questions, screen leads & schedule appointments 24/7. Custom AI chatbots can assist with screening basic questions to maximize meaningful interactions. Users pay for relevant chats only, and the vendor promises easy setup on all website platforms. Instant chat transcripts are available sent to an email, and CRM.
$1,407
per chat after 20
Pricing
LivePerson Conversation Cloud (LiveEngage)Smith.ai Live Website Chat
Editions & Modules
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Starter
$140 + $7
per chat after 20
Basic
$300 + $6
per chat after 50
Pro
$600 + $5
per chat after 120
Custom
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
LivePerson Conversation Cloud (LiveEngage)Smith.ai Live Website Chat
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsAll Live Chat packages include: - Emailed chat transcripts - Custom branding - Mobile-optimized chat widget - Unlimited Smart Q&A - Unlimited Playbook: Program questions determined by previous answers to improve lead intake - Real-time Spanish-to-English translation - SMS/Text Answering - One-time chat custom programming (hours vary by package) - Web installation and set-up - Phone and e-mail support Additional features available: - Integration with CRM software (including Salesforce and Clio), Zapier, Slack and others - Appointment booking - Additional custom programming support
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LivePerson Conversation Cloud (LiveEngage)Smith.ai Live Website Chat
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Small Businesses
Simplify360
Simplify360
Score 7.8 out of 10
Gist
Gist
Score 9.6 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Conversica
Conversica
Score 9.2 out of 10
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Genesys DX (discontinued)
Score 10.0 out of 10
Enterprises
Conversica
Conversica
Score 9.2 out of 10
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Genesys DX (discontinued)
Score 10.0 out of 10
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User Ratings
LivePerson Conversation Cloud (LiveEngage)Smith.ai Live Website Chat
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(14 ratings)
9.1
(15 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(10 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(9 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(14 ratings)
User Testimonials
LivePerson Conversation Cloud (LiveEngage)Smith.ai Live Website Chat
Likelihood to Recommend
LivePerson
Liveperson LiveEngage is good for larger deployments with lots of agents, and where the rollout plan is broad with respect to the visitors who you will be targeting. It allows you to manipulate more of the data for reporting than many other platforms. The premium cost and some drawbacks with configuring smaller groups might make it lose some appeal for smaller companies or deployments.
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Smith.ai
Smith.ai Website Chat is an excellent solution for law firm owners that want a cost-effective strategy to capture lead information from website visitors. Our website generates hundreds of visitors each day and over 7,000 visitors per month. I strategically have placed the online chat feature on the contact page on our website to engage with only those potential clients that are serious about retaining our services and making a purchasing decision. I have priced this type of online chat service with several other providers (Ngage, Apex Chat). Some of these providers charge as much as $35 or hire per qualified lead. Smith.ai comes in at approximately $8-$15 per chat session with a potential lead and even offers some flat rate options. There can be further cost savings if only the chatbot feature is used without live agent support. In this option, a website visitor can engage with a chatbot using Automated questions and answers without the need for live agent support. My firm beta tested this product in of it itself and it generated several thousands of dollars in revenue. The customer support has also been exceptional. All the representatives at Smith.ai have been responsive to customer service questions and implementation of the product. Capturing leads with the chatbot feature and the live agent support has even been more profitable. Based on our CRM data, website chat leads generated over $127,500 of revenue for our firm and engaged with 230 potential clients in just the past 12 months.
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Pros
LivePerson
  • The login and interface are near flawless (for what I need). Each of our chat reps has learned how to use it within minutes. Procedure on how to answer certain questions etc., are the only trouble we have, but LiveEngage actually helps with that by storing easily accessible pre-made responses to help guide you or just to paste in directly.
  • Visibility into the context of a customer's question is very helpful. Before I open a chat window, I know exactly what a customer has been browsing prior to asking, and I can usually gather a context from the pre-chat question window. Functionally, it does everything I need it to. Though I don't spend much time in the platform.
  • There haven't been glitches that I remember or have heard of from other reps. The chats usually continue uninterrupted for the duration. Also, you can copy and paste the log pretty easily if necessary.
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Smith.ai
  • They set up and monitor your chat on your site, giving your prospects instant service.
  • I have spent so much time with their support team. I never felt more welcome to an SaaS.
  • Their phone monitoring system saves you time and will increase your profits by converting more leads into paying clients.
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Cons
LivePerson
  • Is my understanding that they have their majority of support between US and Israel, which is great however the timeframe to get a response depending on the issue may take longer than expected.
  • Their dev support can take some getting used to, some issues that are not supported by their regular tech support is within Dev and you will be redirected to their website.
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Smith.ai
  • Although you can close the chat message, the chat bubble can not be closed and it can cause issues being able to read website content.
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Likelihood to Renew
LivePerson
LivePerson has been a great tool for our company and everything is customized. We can customize everything from the canned responses, operator surveys, and customer surveys. We receive a lot of positive information from our customers; and to be able to provide technical support of the website as well as status information for already placed orders is awesome
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Smith.ai
No answers on this topic
Usability
LivePerson
No answers on this topic
Smith.ai
Smith.ai Live Website Chat allows you to provide a script for when they answer prospective clients. The script is customizable as your needs change. However, the script only goes so far, as they do not know your business personally. Once they do go through that script, they send you an email with the caller's contact information so you can reach out personally if they seem interested. They do so with efficiency.
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Support Rating
LivePerson
No answers on this topic
Smith.ai
Smith.ai pays for itself if we can help one site visitor move down our lead funnel to being a client. We have averaged over 50+ new leads each month since implementing the chat and with a close rate for becoming new clients that is double what our advertising PPC new client closing rate has been.
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Alternatives Considered
LivePerson
Desk.com allows us to bring all of our support tools together into one management system. It does not have all the features that LivePerson has for support but it has all the features we need. It also gives us an easier path to self-service and gives our user more direct access to all the channels they need
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Smith.ai
Came down to pricing. Smith.ai Live Website Chat did not have the same level of customization and support as other alternatives but there are enough customization and tools that it was clear it would solve the problems and at a good price.
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Return on Investment
LivePerson
  • Without giving away numbers, I know it has been a huge tool for our customer solutions department. Conversion isn't as high as compared to phones, but in terms of providing customers with quick information (shipping prices/times, trade restrictions, order status, etc.) it's huge.
  • Increased employee efficiency is a huge one. The capability of taking 3 chats at a time allows each Rep to be way more efficient than on phones alone.
  • Giving the customer the choice to call in, chat or email is huge. LP combines chat and email into one intuitive program so, again, it increases efficiencies for our team and allows them to provide better customer service.
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Smith.ai
  • Positive - Smith.ai has easily saved me $25k+ in receptionist costs. They probably helped me land another $50k in new business I would otherwise not have brought in the door because they immediately grabbed the client on our website so they didn't get away or have to wait 2 days for a call back. Great ROI (100 to 1 ROI is probably not an exaggeration for my law firm).
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