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Freshchat   

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Live Chat software for modern messaging
Freshchat is a modern messaging software built for sales and customer engagement teams to talk to prospects and customers on the website, mobile app, or social. Read more about Freshchat
Live Chat software for modern messaging
Freshchat is a modern messaging software built for sales and customer engagement teams to talk to prospects and customers on the website, mobile app, or social. Read more about Freshchat

Zoho Desk   

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Industry's first context-aware Helpdesk Software
Zoho Desk is a web-based customer service application that helps your company build stronger relationships with customers. Read more about Zoho Desk
Industry's first context-aware Helpdesk Software
Zoho Desk is a web-based customer service application that helps your company build stronger relationships with customers. Read more about Zoho Desk

LiveAgent   

681
Great customer service starts with better help desk software
Great customer service starts with better IM & Chat software! Read more about LiveAgent

Salesforce Service Cloud   

435
Customer service & support software
Support Every Customer. Anytime. Anywhere. Engage with your customers when and where they are. Deliver service across every channel, over any device. Empower your customers with communities. Track key contact center metrics in real-time. And enable every employee to deliver outstanding service at every point of interaction. Read more about Salesforce Service Cloud
Customer service & support software
Support Every Customer. Anytime. Anywhere. Engage with your customers when and where they are. Deliver service across every channel, over any device. Empower your customers with communities. Track key contact center metrics in real-time. And enable every employee to deliver outstanding service at every point of interaction. Read more about Salesforce Service Cloud

LiveChat   

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Premium Customer Service Software for Live Chat & Help Desk
LiveChat is an instant communication tool that allows you to live chat with your customers. Read more about LiveChat
Premium Customer Service Software for Live Chat & Help Desk
LiveChat is an instant communication tool that allows you to live chat with your customers. Read more about LiveChat

Zendesk Chat   

105
Live chat software for SMBs and Enterprises
Zendesk Chat, formerly Zopim, lets you chat with customers on your website and give them real-time support. Read more about Zendesk Chat
Live chat software for SMBs and Enterprises
Zendesk Chat, formerly Zopim, lets you chat with customers on your website and give them real-time support. Read more about Zendesk Chat

LivePerson   

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Live Chat, Messaging and Bots Solution Provider
LiveEngage enables businesses to manage chat and messaging conversations from their website, SMS, Facebook Messenger, Apple Business Chat and WhatsApp. Read more about LivePerson
Live Chat, Messaging and Bots Solution Provider
LiveEngage enables businesses to manage chat and messaging conversations from their website, SMS, Facebook Messenger, Apple Business Chat and WhatsApp. Read more about LivePerson

LiveHelpNow  

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Help desk and live chat solution for customer service
LiveHelpNow is a help desk software solution for customer service and live chat. LiveHelpNow's live chat tool engages with website visitors to garner customer feedback, send targeted messages & relevant recommendations. It also provides email & ticket management, knowledge base publishing & more. Read more about LiveHelpNow
Help desk and live chat solution for customer service
LiveHelpNow is a help desk software solution for customer service and live chat. LiveHelpNow's live chat tool engages with website visitors to garner customer feedback, send targeted messages & relevant recommendations. It also provides email & ticket management, knowledge base publishing & more. Read more about LiveHelpNow

Deskpro  

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Customer service software you can depend on
Deskpro is multi-channel helpdesk software that can be Cloud or self-hosted. The helpdesk app includes using filters, custom fields, macros, quick replies, labels, triggers and notes. You can also use Deskpro to generate self-help content for your clients. Read more about Deskpro Other features of the app include live chat, customer feedback and suggestion tools, custom branding, 3rd party integrations and advanced reporting.
Customer service software you can depend on
Deskpro is multi-channel helpdesk software that can be Cloud or self-hosted. The helpdesk app includes using filters, custom fields, macros, quick replies, labels, triggers and notes. You can also use Deskpro to generate self-help content for your clients. Read more about Deskpro Other features of the app include live chat, customer feedback and suggestion tools, custom branding, 3rd party integrations and advanced reporting.

REVE Chat  

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Multi Channel Live Chat Software for Website Engagement
REVE Chat is an omni-channel customer support software that offers live chat, video chat, voice call, and queuing to engage with website visitors. Read more about REVE Chat
Multi Channel Live Chat Software for Website Engagement
REVE Chat is an omni-channel customer support software that offers live chat, video chat, voice call, and queuing to engage with website visitors. Read more about REVE Chat

Engati  

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Chatbot builder & manager for customer engagement
Engati is a cloud-based platform for building chatbots without the need for programming knowledge. Bots built within Engati can be published across Facebook Messenger, Skype, Viber, Slack, Kik, Telegram, and embedded in websites, and can be used for eCommerce, banking, media, health care, and more. Read more about Engati
Chatbot builder & manager for customer engagement
Engati is a cloud-based platform for building chatbots without the need for programming knowledge. Bots built within Engati can be published across Facebook Messenger, Skype, Viber, Slack, Kik, Telegram, and embedded in websites, and can be used for eCommerce, banking, media, health care, and more. Read more about Engati

PHP Live!  

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PHP and MySQL powered live chat software
Live chat software powered by PHP and MySQL. Chat with your website visitors and provide real-time customer service. Self-hosted live chat or choose the On Demand live chat option. Live chat software that is simple to setup and easy to use. Read more about PHP Live!
PHP and MySQL powered live chat software
Live chat software powered by PHP and MySQL. Chat with your website visitors and provide real-time customer service. Self-hosted live chat or choose the On Demand live chat option. Live chat software that is simple to setup and easy to use. Read more about PHP Live!

Bold360  

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Live chat & support service for customer engagement
Bold360 provides a live chat, email, SMS and mobile app support service for business of all sizes, enabling them to engage more closely with their customers. Read more about Bold360
Live chat & support service for customer engagement
Bold360 provides a live chat, email, SMS and mobile app support service for business of all sizes, enabling them to engage more closely with their customers. Read more about Bold360

Brand Embassy  

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Social Customer Service Software
Brand Embassy is the top-rated cloud customer service platform providing integrated 30+ social media channels, instant messaging, live chat, email and AI-powered chatbot service at scale. We are implementation partner for popular channels like WhatsApp or Apple Business Chat. Read more about Brand Embassy
Social Customer Service Software
Brand Embassy is the top-rated cloud customer service platform providing integrated 30+ social media channels, instant messaging, live chat, email and AI-powered chatbot service at scale. We are implementation partner for popular channels like WhatsApp or Apple Business Chat. Read more about Brand Embassy
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Instant Messaging & Chat Category Leaders Q1 2019

GetApp's quarterly ranking showcases the leading 10-15 Instant Messaging & Chat apps based in the cloud. Each app is scored using five factors, worth 20 points each, for a total possible score out of 100. These factors include user reviews, integrations, mobile app availability, functionality, and security. Each app's score is independent of commercial interests and existing relationships that GetApp has with app vendors.

Scroll down for more details about inclusion criteria and scoring.

Score
ReviewsIntegrationsMobileFunctionalitySecurity
75
75
Reviews 20/20
Integrations 20/20
Mobile 15/20
Functionality 20/20
Security -/20
62
62
Reviews 9/20
Integrations 10/20
Mobile 15/20
Functionality 13/20
Security 15/20
60
60
Reviews 18/20
Integrations 8/20
Mobile 15/20
Functionality 19/20
Security -/20
59
59
Reviews 9/20
Integrations 8/20
Mobile 13/20
Functionality 13/20
Security 16/20
59
59
Reviews 18/20
Integrations 8/20
Mobile 16/20
Functionality 17/20
Security -/20
50
50
Reviews 11/20
Integrations 10/20
Mobile 14/20
Functionality 15/20
Security -/20
49
49
Reviews 11/20
Integrations 10/20
Mobile 13/20
Functionality 15/20
Security -/20
48
48
Reviews 13/20
Integrations 6/20
Mobile 16/20
Functionality 13/20
Security -/20
42
42
Reviews 12/20
Integrations 2/20
Mobile 14/20
Functionality 14/20
Security -/20
42
42
Reviews 10/20
Integrations 2/20
Mobile 18/20
Functionality 12/20
Security -/20
42
42
Reviews 10/20
Integrations 5/20
Mobile 14/20
Functionality 13/20
Security -/20
40
40
Reviews 9/20
Integrations 3/20
Mobile 14/20
Functionality 14/20
Security -/20
40
40
Reviews 9/20
Integrations 4/20
Mobile 13/20
Functionality 14/20
Security -/20
40
40
Reviews 8/20
Integrations 4/20
Mobile 15/20
Functionality 13/20
Security -/20
38
38
Reviews 11/20
Integrations 2/20
Mobile 13/20
Functionality 12/20
Security -/20

Who is the ranking for?

GetApp's Category Leader ranking is for business owners and decision makers looking for a comprehensive list of the leading cloud-based software products in the industry.

The ranking serves as a point of reference highlighting key factors that small businesses should look at when assessing a piece of software. These factors include user perception (reviews), compatibility (integrations and mobile compatibility), market presence (media presence), and security features (security).

How are the scores calculated?

An app's score is calculated using five unique data points, each scored out of 20, giving a total score out of 100. The ranking and scoring methodology ensure complete impartiality and independence from any relationships that GetApp has with app vendors.

User Reviews *

Review scores are calculated using reviews collected from GetApp and its sister sites, Software Advice and Capterra. Scores are calculated based on the total number, average rating, and recency of reviews.

The number of reviews and average user rating are scaled against the category average. A weighting is then applied to reward recency of user reviews: reviews written in the last 6 months score up to 10 points, those written between 6 and 12 months ago score up to 6 points, and those more than 12 months old score up to 4 points. These numbers are added together to give a total maximum score of 20.

Integrations

Integration scores factor in a number of variables. Up to 16 points are awarded based on the number of integrations an app has; the first 10 points are awarded based on the number of integrations relative to the category average, while 4 points are awarded based on the number of integrations relative to the leaders in the category. An additional 5 points is awarded for an integration with Zapier, a widely used software integration platform, while an extra point is given for having an open API. The total possible score for integrations is 20 points.

Mobile Platforms *

Mobile scores are calculated based on the availability of an iOS and Android app. 5 points are awarded for the presence of each app, with an additional 10 points being awarded for the number and average rating of reviews in both the App Store and Google Play. These review scores are calculated and scaled against the competition for a maximum of 5 points per platform and an overall maximum score of 20.

If there isn't a native iOS or Android app, the product's website is assessed using Google's PageSpeed Insights to measure mobile usability. The score is returned out of 100, then scaled to a score out of 5 for a maximum of 5 points.

Media Presence

Media presence is calculated using the number of Twitter followers and Facebook fans that an app has. The number of fans and followers are added together, and each app is scored based on this overall number, compared with others in the category. The first 15 points are awarded for the combined number of followers and fans scaled against the category average, while the final 5 points are awarded for the combined number of followers and fans scaled against the top leaders in the category. These two scores are added together for a total out of 20 points.

Security

Security scoring is calculated using answers from a vendor-completed survey. The questions in the survey are based on the Cloud Security Alliance self-assessment form as part of the Security, Trust & Assurance Registry. With 15 questions, each answer is assigned a point value based on vendor response, with additional points given for security certifications, for a maximum possible score of 20.

In the event of a tie, each data point is weighted for importance, with security taking precedent, followed by reviews, integrations, mobile apps, and media presence, respectively.

* All data points combining calculations for both ratings and reviews are calculated using a Bayesian estimate, which is a weighted average that includes the number of reviews and the rating of an app, benchmarked against others in the category.