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SAS-Expedia alliance boosts customer loyalty

Dubai, January 26, 2012

SAS Middle East, a leading provider of business analytics software, said that its partnership with Expedia, a major online travel agency, has helped drive in new ways to boost customer satisfaction and loyalty.

With the use of SAS Analytics, Expedia was able to transform huge volumes of data into useful insights for decision making, thereby effectively optimizing online customer experiences and increasing customer lifetime value to fuel the company's growth, it said.

Over the last year, the partnership has given Expedia the advantage of utilising SAS Analytics as a strategic tool to relate key processes that range from customer lifeline value to acquisition-cost decisions.

The SAS Analytics team used a special clustering technique to help learn more about customer behavior and preferences. Based on their findings, the analytics team was able to build predictive models that revealed the factors that most influence transactions.

Customer lifetime value insights help Expedia determine what offers and promotions encourage repeat business. Since using SAS Analytics, the benefit to Expedia customers and Expedia's bottom line has been significant, a statement said.

“In the direct response business, we track and measure everything so we need powerful analytical products that can handle big data,” said Joe Megibow, VP and General Manager, Expedia US.

“We use SAS for our analytical heavy lifting. With nearly 200 terabytes of customer and clickstream data in our data warehouse, we count on SAS predictive analytics and data mining to analyze extremely large data volumes. Analytical insights about customer needs and preferences help us deliver the value and convenience that earns their loyalty.”

Megibow led Expedia's effort to consolidate the company's disparate data feeds into one and apply analytics to optimize marketing.

To establish its culture of analytics, Expedia hires creative thinkers who not only understand data and analytics, but also its business and customer needs. The depth and breadth of SAS Analytics inspires innovative problem solving.

“Expedia has capitalised on SAS' experience solving different problems in multiple industries. The domain expertise of SAS is an incredible asset that helps us creatively apply technologies to seize opportunities and solve problems,” said Megibow.

Tapan Patel, global product marketing manager, SAS, said: “With SAS predictive analytics, Expedia discovers important new ways to increase customer satisfaction. Expedia clearly understands how each marketing channel influences conversions on the site, allowing it to optimize marketing investments by channel.”

“The value of analytics became crystal clear as annual gross bookings and revenue increased. Expedia's smart use of analytics helps them continually innovate and distinguishes the company as a winner in the online travel industry,” he concluded. – TradeArabia News Service




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