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BirdEye   

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Online reputation management
Answer questions, schedule appointments, collect reviews, run promotions. All from one dashboard, on your computer or smartphone. All your messages come into one inbox where you can respond directly. It’s quicker and easier than checking your email: messaging is consumer’s 1st choice. Read more about BirdEye
Online reputation management
Answer questions, schedule appointments, collect reviews, run promotions. All from one dashboard, on your computer or smartphone. All your messages come into one inbox where you can respond directly. It’s quicker and easier than checking your email: messaging is consumer’s 1st choice. Read more about BirdEye

talkspirit  

53
Enterprise social networking & communication platform
Both an Enterprise Social Network and a chat, talkspirit simplify communication, strengthen cohesion, and boost collaboration within organizations. Read more about talkspirit
Enterprise social networking & communication platform
Both an Enterprise Social Network and a chat, talkspirit simplify communication, strengthen cohesion, and boost collaboration within organizations. Read more about talkspirit

Workplace by Facebook  

421
Secure enterprise social networking & communication platform
Workplace by Facebook is a secure enterprise social networking platform that allows co-workers to connect immediately via Work Chat instant messaging. Read more about Workplace by Facebook
Secure enterprise social networking & communication platform
Workplace by Facebook is a secure enterprise social networking platform that allows co-workers to connect immediately via Work Chat instant messaging. Read more about Workplace by Facebook

Azendoo  

60
Collaborative task management platform
Azendoo is a collaborative task management application which helps teams organize & track work, as well as simplify project management, document sharing, work tracking & more. Azendoo is integrated with Google Drive, Evernote, DropBox, Box & Onedrive, allowing users to share any type of document… Read more about Azendoo
Collaborative task management platform
Azendoo is a collaborative task management application which helps teams organize & track work, as well as simplify project management, document sharing, work tracking & more. Azendoo is integrated with Google Drive, Evernote, DropBox, Box & Onedrive, allowing users to share any type of document… Read more about Azendoo

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.

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!

Kyber  

3
Calendars, project management, collaboration for Slack & iOS
Messaging and productivity in a single app for iOS. Read more about Kyber

SnapComms  

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Internal Communications Tools that Get Employee Attention
SnapComms is an employee communications software solution that allows organizations to communicate more effectively with their employees. Read more about SnapComms
Internal Communications Tools that Get Employee Attention
SnapComms is an employee communications software solution that allows organizations to communicate more effectively with their employees. Read more about SnapComms

Bolste  

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Collaboration tool for small business teams
Bolste is an all-in-one digital work hub and collaboration tool for small business teams. With tools including business messaging, file sharing, workspaces, video, live documents, tasks, and much more, Bolste aims to help small teams enhance productivity and communications internally and externally… Read more about Bolste
Collaboration tool for small business teams
Bolste is an all-in-one digital work hub and collaboration tool for small business teams. With tools including business messaging, file sharing, workspaces, video, live documents, tasks, and much more, Bolste aims to help small teams enhance productivity and communications internally and externally… Read more about Bolste

Cotap  

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Secure mobile messaging app
Cotap is a secure mobile texting app for teams. With apps for iOS, Android, desktop and the Web, it helps you stay connected wherever you work. Read more about Cotap
Secure mobile messaging app
Cotap is a secure mobile texting app for teams. With apps for iOS, Android, desktop and the Web, it helps you stay connected wherever you work. Read more about Cotap

Smooch  

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Communications SDKs for Web, iOS, and Android
Lightweight and intuitive suite of SDKs for iOS, Android and Web-based application developers featuring backend integration. Read more about Smooch
Communications SDKs for Web, iOS, and Android
Lightweight and intuitive suite of SDKs for iOS, Android and Web-based application developers featuring backend integration. Read more about Smooch

Layer Customer Conversation Platform  

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Messaging platform for retail & service industries
Layer Customer Conversation Platform is a cloud-based messaging solution aimed at businesses across the retail and service industries, including eCommerce, hotels, airlines, and finance. Layer’s APIs, SDKs, and UI toolkits allow businesses to directly integrate rich messaging into their products. Read more about Layer Customer Conversation Platform
Messaging platform for retail & service industries
Layer Customer Conversation Platform is a cloud-based messaging solution aimed at businesses across the retail and service industries, including eCommerce, hotels, airlines, and finance. Layer’s APIs, SDKs, and UI toolkits allow businesses to directly integrate rich messaging into their products. Read more about Layer Customer Conversation Platform

Minsh  

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Branded instant messaging & communication app
Minsh helps organisations better communicate with their teams: our white label messaging apps make sure your message gets across to all your people. Read more about Minsh
Branded instant messaging & communication app
Minsh helps organisations better communicate with their teams: our white label messaging apps make sure your message gets across to all your people. Read more about Minsh
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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.

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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.