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Help Scout Reviews

Help Scout

Web-based help desk designed for a great customer experience

4.85/5 (71 reviews)
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Help Scout integrates with the following third party applications:
Klaviyio
AgileCRM
Sourcing.io
Talkdesk
Tropical.io
WooCommerce
FullStory
Segment.io
Hively
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"Help Scout allows me to zip through email quickly by using shortcut keys, so responding to people is easy. And when my customers get an email response, it looks good, like something they'd get from a friend. (Unlike most other help desk software that spits out email that looks like a corporation produced it.) I feel like it's so clean and simple that it's almost as if Apple created their software. After I started using it, I was so excited that I personally emailed the founder and thanked him for making it." - Andrew Warner, Mixergy

"After trialling over 50 help desk and business email products, Help Scout came out on top. We love the user interface, the tone of the writing/labels/layout, the customer support, the pricing and the ease of use." - Rich Peterson, Paraplanner
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Help Scout Reviews (71)

Latest reviews

 Help Scout is fantastic

Been using Help Scout for years. The main reason I went with them over others was the still small business feel you can give your customers even with dozens of employees being involved in customer interaction. The tickets are silent to the customer, unlike many other products which a customer is ...

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Reviewed 5th of February by Dustin Danelius

 

 Terrific product. Great UI. Does lack on the integrations

We've used Help Scout for several years. It's been a great product, really served us well. One of their best features is actually their marketing and weekly (twice a week now?) blog posts on Support, Marketing, and other related fields.

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Reviewed 5th of February by Jeff Beaumont

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Help Scout Category Leaders

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Integrations
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Security

#13 in Customer Service

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#13 in Help Desk & Ticketing

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GetApp’s ranking highlights the top 25 apps in different categories on GetApp. If an app is listed in more than one category, it has the potential to be ranked in each of these categories. The ranking is independent of any commercial campaign an app vendor has with GetApp. The ranking is based on 5 data points, each scored out of 20: reviews, integrations, mobile apps, media presence, and security.

Help Scout Screenshots (9)

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Security and privacy

Encryption

Yes
Encryption of sensitive data at rest
Yes
HTTPS for all pages

Access control

No
Multi-factor authentication options

Data policy

Yes
Data backup in multiple locations/GEO regions
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Specifications

Intended Users
Freelancers, Mid Size Business, Non Profits, Public Administrations, Small Business
Devices Supported
iPhone-iPad, iPhone, iPad, Mac, Web-based, Mobile Web App
Supported Countries
Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, Germany, Latin America, Mexico, United Kingdom, United States
Supported Languages
English
Support Options
FAQs, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials

Help Scout Pricing

Pricing model: Freemium, Subscription
Free Trial: Available (No Credit Card required)

From early to enterprise, we've got you covered. Plans range from Free to keep everyone on the same page, to Standard for automation features and reporting, to Plus for advanced reporting & features designed for large teams.

All Plans include 24x5 support, Unlimited volume & storage, iPhone app, 40+ third party integrations, and Annual payment earns you one month free!

Competitors Pricing

Desk.com

Starting from: $20.00/month
Pricing model: Subscription
Free Trial: Available (No Credit Card required)

SysAid

Pricing model: Subscription
Free Trial: Available (No Credit Card required)

SupportBee

Starting from: $29.00
Pricing model: Subscription
Free Trial: Available (No Credit Card required)

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Key Features of Help Scout

  • Looks like a normal email
  • Easy to use, no training manual required
  • Customer satisfaction ratings
  • Outstanding support, no matter plan
  • Integrated knowledge base
  • 40+ integrations with 3rd party apps
  • Real-time, best in class reporting
  • True multi-brand support
  • Auto-populated, editable customer profiles
  • Automated actions
  • Saved replies/ canned responses
  • Private notes
  • Collision detection
  • Track and record phone calls
  • 75+ keyboard shortcuts
  • Email integration - update conversations from inbox
  • Help Desk, reports, and Docs API
  • Bulk actions
  • No ticket #'s, or robo-text
  • iPhone App
  • Android App

Benefits

1. Completely invisible to the customer, communications look like a normal email thread.
2. Intuitive interface that gets out of your way so you can focus on helping customers.
3. Extremely easy to set and implement as there is no need to re-brand/create templates.
4. Powerful features and integrations allowing your support team to get to inbox zero faster.
5. Help Scout costs a fraction of traditional help desks.

Alternatives to Help Scout

GetApp Analysis

Help Scout is an invisible, email-based help desk for companies who value their customers. A great customer experience thrives on effortless communication, and Help Scout facilitates this by focusing on creating conversations. One key feature of Help Scout is that from a customer standpoint, communication is personal. From the support side, you can manage multiple inboxes and brands, track and organize your customer’s conversations, add notes, collaborate with team members, and a lot more.

Help Scout’s features are deliberately designed to support the front line, helping your customer service team to provide excellent support. Some of these features are integrated knowledge base, real-time reports, workflows that filter emails and automate actions, saved replies, and collision detection.

What is Help Scout?

Help Scout is a web-based help desk with an intuitive interface that keeps all of your support requests in one place. With a robust API, real-time reporting, an integrated knowledge base, and features that enhance team collaboration, the end result is tailored to focus on what matters: your customers.

Main Features

No Ticket Numbers

This design feature represents Help Scout’s core value: It’s about conversations, not ticket numbers. Customers don’t feel like they’re just a number or waiting in a long line. Instead of a corporate template, Help Scout’s email response layout is designed to be personal.

Integrated Knowledge Base

Help Scout offers Docs, a knowledge base that you can install in just a few clicks. Everyone on your support team can easily create step-by-step articles and tutorials to help customers 24/7 and keep support requests to a minimum.

Creating articles in Docs is simple. You can create them from scratch, or upload existing HTML, Markdown or text files. Links, images, videos, and file attachments are all supported. With a simple style guide, content can be formatted in many ways from top to bottom. Once installed, you can also upload your company’s logo and instantly get a website that looks good on any device.

Real-Time Reporting

Help Scout is equipped with real-time reporting, helping managers understand what’s happening on the support front, no matter the time of day. Viewed within the dashboard, Help Scout reports are categorized into four categories: Conversations, Productivity, Team, and Happiness.

Conversation metrics show the busiest time of day, conversations answered, number of customers, and more. Productivity focuses on the help desk’s efficiency metrics, such as time spent answering conversations, first response time, and resolution times. Team/User reports allow high-level insights into the metrics of each team member, such as the number of customers helped and the handle time. Happiness scores are derived from customer feedback to gauge the overall customer experience. Help Scout’s report filters (tag, folder, or conversation type) helps focus your reports on the data that you’re interested in.

Workflows, Auto-Reply, and Saved Replies

Help Scout’s workflows function like Gmail filters or other email client rules. Workflows can both be manual or automatic. Automatic workflows are IF/THEN statements, where actions take place automatically when conditions are met, i.e., if a conversation has “billing” in the subject line, then it’ll be assigned to the appropriate person. The user can apply manual workflows at any time to a single conversation, or in bulk. Manual workflows require user action.

The “auto-reply” is a mailbox-specific feature that sends when new messages are generated, i.e., “Hey, we got your message and we’ll be in touch soon!” Everyone on the team can use Saved Replies (often called “canned responses”) to quickly answer common questions.

Collision Detection (aka Traffic Cop)

Whenever you work on a conversation in Help Scout, you see visual indicators that tell you if a colleague is working on the same task and what actions they’re currently performing, e.g., viewing or replying — a feature referred to as the Traffic Cop, which prevents duplicate replies from being sent. If someone has replied ahead of you, Traffic Cop allows you to review the updates and then gives you the option to send your pending reply as is, edit it, or discard it altogether.

Each message flagged by Traffic Cop is flagged in a Needs Attention folder located on the sidebar. Once the threads are addressed, the folder automatically disappears. Traffic Cop is on by default but, although not recommended, can be disabled upon request.

Integrations

Help Scout integrates with over 40 third-party applications that include AgileCRM, Capsule and Highrise for CRM, HipChat, Slack and Talkdesk for communication, Constant Contact, Infusionsoft and MailChimp for marketing, BigCommerce, Freshbooks and Magento for ecommerce and invoicing, and FullStory, KISSmetrics and Segment.io for analytics.

Pricing

Help Scout has one price with no surprises – $15 per user per month. They also offer a free plan that includes a maximum of three users and one mailbox. There are no email storage or processing limits on either plan.

Docs is offered at a flat rate, $25 per month, and not tied to any user accounts . Customer support is readily available for all customers, and there aren't any customization fees.

Bottom Line

  • Help desk solution where conversations with customers look like normal email threads
  • No more clunky ticketing portal and multiple logins for customers to get the support and information they need
  • Easy to set up and implement, no complex macros and training manual required
  • Clutter-free interface to keep users focused on delivering great service, as opposed to intricate software navigation
  • Straightforward pricing plan at a monthly $15 per user

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Dustin Danelius

Verified Reviewer

Help Scout is fantastic

05/02/2017

Been using Help Scout for years. The main reason I went with them over others was the still small business feel you can give your customers even with dozens of employees being involved in customer interaction. The tickets are silent to the customer, unlike many other products which a customer is nothing more than a ticket.

Pros

- Easy interface - Lower learning curve - Continually improving - Good customer support - All cloud based

Cons

- Per-user costs can add up

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10

Recommendations to others considering Help Scout

I recommend you try it, it's a great product.

Source: GetApp
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Jeff Beaumont

Terrific product. Great UI. Does lack on the integrations

05/02/2017

We've used Help Scout for several years. It's been a great product, really served us well. One of their best features is actually their marketing and weekly (twice a week now?) blog posts on Support, Marketing, and other related fields.

Pros

Super easy UI. I don't have to train newbies on using Help Scout for more than 10-15 minutes. It's that simple to use. VERY customer focused. It's not about a bunch of bells and whistles that are flashy fish hooks only intended to get bought by fishermen but not actually catch fish. Their product signs for the customer and the Support rep in it 8+ hours a day.

Cons

The lack of integrations. They just rolled out with a Salesforce integration, but lack integrations in other areas. Also, they're primarily focused on email so tracking chats and calls aren't that helpful...you would need to drop that data into Redshift, Gooddata, Domo, etc. to get much functionality in it. So unless you do that, you're stuck compiling a bunch in Google Sheets. Caveat: if all you do is email and maybe chat, then this product is everything you need and more.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10

Recommendations to others considering Help Scout

Definitely. Review Zendesk and a couple other offerings, but Help Scout is fantastic for small and medium teams. Where Zendesk shines with their management level controls and granular options, they fail in the actual UI and "using it every day" area. Help Scout is the inverse.

Source: Capterra
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Lucas Karpiuk

Easy to use, flexible, and great support

01/02/2017

We've been using Help Scout for ticket management for about three years. Prior to Help Scout we had used several others, most notably Zendesk. We found that Help Scout was the easiest for our team to use, while still providing a good set of features for customization. The support team at Help Scout has been fantastic as well; they've been very receptive to feature suggestions, quick to resolve what few issues we've encountered, and every contact with them has been a great experience. That last part is important; I personally deal with the support teams of a dozen or so vendors on a regular basis and sometimes the lack of attention to detail and reading comprehension in level 1 support is astounding. Very refreshing!

Pros

Easy to use.

Cons

No android app, but the web app is still quite functional on a small screen.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Omar AlEisa

Easy and Powerful

08/01/2017

Our work became much more efficient ever since we started using Help Scout for our customer support. I love their ticketing system and the ability to assign tickets to different employees and write internal notes. I also love their saved replies feature that could include variables such as the name of the customer.

Rating breakdown

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Features
Source: Capterra
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Cammy Ang

Move over Zendesk, I now love Help Scout!

14/12/2016

They make it simple to set up to run a small support team. Creating docs are as easy as creating a blog post too. Having one inbox for all the team to attend to is also helping us, and for sure others who are using this. And of course, the saved replies save us a lot of time. Move over Zendesk, I now love Help Scout!

Pros

It works much more like an inbox. Logical ticketing system. Set up one inbox that could be managed by multiple people (Even their FREE plan has this!)

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
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Carl Nasal

Best Customer Support Software with the Best Customer Support

07/12/2016

Having tried or reviewed every customer support solution we could find, we have found Help Scout to be the best solution because of it being as simple to use as regular email, yet powerful enough to handle all of our company's communication. Help Scout is the key tool we use in our web development and hosting business, handling all of our client communication and allowing us to easily discuss requests internally, pass around messages, and provide quicker response times to our clients while making our lives easier. Additionally, the customer support Help Scout provides is the best we've ever seen. They are super friendly, very quick to respond, and understand requests the first time. They are the model for customer support, and they even blog regularly about how to provide great customer support with very useful tips.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Mike Mackenzie

A great tool for organization!

06/12/2016

We use Help Scout on a daily basis to receive, track and send emails to countless customers. It's a great tool that helps us stay organized!

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Ease of use
Features
Customer support
Source: Capterra
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Roxane Ost

Great value for your money and ease of use!

06/12/2016

This is a great straightforward ticketing system, with awesome built-in reporting. There is no learning curve with this tool, which makes it easy to train new support hires as it is all very intuitive. I love the reporting functions which is also very easy to use. Prefer this over zendesk!

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Ease of use
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Customer support
Source: Capterra
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Greg Habstritt

Verified Reviewer

Completely changed our business - for the better

17/11/2016

Most companies using Help Desk software are in software development, tech or online commerce of some kind. We're in the boring, traditional business of veterinary medicine practice, and deal with hundreds of emails a day from clients and the rest of the outside world. We're the only vet company I know of that uses a help desk, and we use Help Scout - and absolutely LOVE it. We did use Zendesk previously, but found that it's way too complicated and not very personal. Pet owners don't want to be given a ticket # and feel like they're speaking to a robot. Help Scout solved that immediately when we switched. We have a lot of complex conversations via email that require multiple people being involved, communicating internal messages to each other about certain threads, etc. etc. Help Scout is absolutely fantastic, because it's very elegant in it's simplicity - but tremendously powerful in it's capability. On top of that, we've found their support team to be kick ass, highly responsive and always eager to try and figure out a solution to any issue we bring them. We are very loyal Help Scout clients, and plan to be for a long time.

Pros

- extremely simple to use and understand as a user - treats communications like human beings and provides a much more personal feel to communication (as opposed to making people feel like numbers) - fantastic support team that's very responsive and solution focused - solid API that allows you to bring in data from other apps so that you have a consolidated view of a client, beyond just their email history

Cons

- wish that the interface could be a little more customized for our specific needs - really don't have any downsides to it - it's a great product

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Help Scout

If you've looked at help desks and felt they were overpowering or too complicated to use, Help Scout is the antidote. Using it is like using an email client, and our clients feel like they're emailing individually to someone as opposed a big team. I love that they do away with the "ticket number" mentality which makes most help desks feel robotic and sterile. We've loved being with Help Scout as the product has gotten even better, and we're grateful for the massive amount of simplicity the product brings to our workflow.

Source: GetApp
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Laurel Grey

Verified Reviewer

My business would be totally lost without Help Scout

23/06/2016

We use Help Scout within our small team to manage ALL customer interactions. It's amazing, and we love the mobile app for ease of communication within the team. This way nothing falls through the cracks and customers get a fast response time.

Pros

- Super simple user interface - Built in canned responses make collaborating with the team really easy - Ability to add notes between team members - Merge feature between tickets to streamline operations

Cons

- Load time can be slow when forwarding in emails - No real-time notification when a new ticket comes in (you have to constantly refresh the page)

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Source: GetApp
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Who is Help Scout For?



Created for companies committed to providing a delightful customer experience, Help Scout is used by businesses of all sizes - freelancers, authors, nonprofits enterprises, e-commerce, and SaaS.

Help Scout is trusted by 5,000 customers in 70+ countries, including Basecamp, Buffer, GrubHub, AngelList and Timbuk2.

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