Local Company ProfessionalChats Sells to Portland Company

Local ProfessionalChats Sells to Portland Company

Jan 08, 2019

Ruby® Receptionists, the personalized, live receptionist service serving thousands of small businesses across North America, is pleased to announce the acquisition of ProfessionalChats. Based in Kansas City, MO, ProfessionalChats is an industry leading, live online chat service, staffed with highly-trained experts focused on delivering exceptional experiences for its customers' online visitors, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

How consumers engage online with businesses has evolved, and these changes carry increased expectations around response time and convenience. Like larger organizations, small business owners today are expected to provide high-touch and responsive service delivered with fewer resources and staff. A managed online chat service is a cost-effective and streamlined way for small businesses to elevate their customer service experience, to connect with customers when and how they choose, and to increase leads and expand their customer base.

The acquisition of ProfessionalChats plays a strategic role in expanding Ruby's ability to deliver on the company's mission to build trust and win new business for its customers, no matter how their customers and potential new customers choose to engage. ProfessionalChats has built a reputation for providing a friendly, live chat service that offers the convenience and service online visitors have come to expect.

"For 15 years we've helped small businesses grow through millions of real, meaningful connections over the phone," said Jill Nelson, founder and CEO of Ruby Receptionists. "With the addition of ProfessionalChats, the technology platform that drives Ruby's service today will soon allow our customers to seamlessly add online chat to their website, Facebook, and Google listing, all powered by the same friendly and personal Ruby service customers have come to rely on. Our passion for helping small business owners succeed is as strong as ever as we provide more opportunities for their customers to connect and engage anytime, anywhere."

ProfessionalChats, founded in 2016, is one of the fastest growing companies in the Kansas City area, driven by the high demand for professionally managed chat services that meet the growing expectations of online consumers. Doing business as HomeServiceChats, OrthoChats, ChiroChats, DentistChats and HearingChats, the company's customer service and product features outperform others in the market, and include a unique specialty, live call connect, where a chat specialist provides a live warm phone transfer to the client's company. With this acquisition Ruby now has over 9,000 customers and welcomes more than 100 new team members from the growing Kansas City region, providing an opportunity to build and expand the company's footprint in North America.

About Ruby Receptionists

Ruby's innovative software and robust mobile app, paired with charming receptionists, provide a platform by which small businesses can create exceptional customer experiences to improve brand reputation, win new business, and build customer loyalty. Located in Portland, Ore., Ruby has been giving small businesses a competitive edge since 2003 and has gained national recognition for its success, being named a FORTUNE magazine Best Small Company to Work for in the U.S., an Inc. Best Workplaces 2017, a 2018 PEOPLE Magazine Companies that Care, and one of Oregon's fastest-growing companies for the past eleven years.