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Score 6 out of 100
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Score 9 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

ChatBeacon

ChatBeacon is a decent choice for on-premises chat support, but the clunky agent UI sparks no joy. If your organization can use a cloud-based solution, there are plenty of other fish in the sea
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Helpshift

If you need a good way for players to send in support tickets that propagates in real-time, Helpshift would be a service I'd recommend.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Incident and problem management

ChatBeacon
Helpshift
9.6
Organize and prioritize service tickets
ChatBeacon
Helpshift
9.2
Expert directory
ChatBeacon
Helpshift
8.5
Subscription-based notifications
ChatBeacon
Helpshift
10.0
ITSM collaboration and documentation
ChatBeacon
Helpshift
10.0
Ticket creation and submission
ChatBeacon
Helpshift
10.0
Ticket response
ChatBeacon
Helpshift
10.0

Self Help Community

ChatBeacon
Helpshift
8.7
External knowledge base
ChatBeacon
Helpshift
8.5
Internal knowledge base
ChatBeacon
Helpshift
9.0

Multi-Channel Help

ChatBeacon
Helpshift
9.7
Customer portal
ChatBeacon
Helpshift
10.0
Email support
ChatBeacon
Helpshift
9.2
Help Desk CRM integration
ChatBeacon
Helpshift
10.0

Pros

ChatBeacon

  • Easy to install and configure.
  • Easy for customers to use.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Helpshift

  • Their customer support is very responsive. If they have any problems, they fix them quickly.
  • They are constantly trying to improve and expand their offering, which is beneficial to our growing company.
  • It is very user-friendly and easy to manage. The analytics are pretty good as well.
Angel Brockbank | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

ChatBeacon

  • ChatBeacon is just SightMax with a fresh coat of paint.
  • The entire agent UI is remarkably worse than SightMax.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Helpshift

  • While I am not an engineer; it is known that Helpshift can be a bit of a pain to get it implemented into our applications.
  • There are some issues with the badge when it comes to the notifications of messages that let the user know they have a reply from customer service.
  • The website dashboard that is used to respond to customers has trouble sometimes and is very slow.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

ChatBeacon

No score
No answers yet
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Helpshift

Helpshift 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Helpshift is really easy to use and set up. We enjoy the automation to automatically route certain issues to different smart folders. There's just a lot of flexibility in the functionality to make things work for our team in the best way. I didn't give it a 10/10 just because we need SMS/Apple Business Chat and Helpshift doesn't yet offer that. They also don't currently support social media channels but they are working on releasing that soon.
Angel Brockbank | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

ChatBeacon

ChatBeacon 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Support is a strong point for ChatBeacon - their support team is small, but you definitely get white-glove service. Zero complaints about ChatBeacon support!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Helpshift

Helpshift 9.1
Based on 3 answers
The few times we've had to contact them, they were courteous and gave us the information we needed swiftly.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

ChatBeacon

Before using SightMax (now ChatBeacon), we used AliveChat, which was an OK SaaS product, but the team operating the service would frequently restart the servers after maintenance and forget to start our instance back up. ChatBeacon(SightMax) as on-prem software eliminated this concern.We've been evaluating ChatBeacon vs. other products lately, and we really like how DeskPro stacks up vs. ChatBeacon - ChatBeacon is purely a chat product, and DeskPro does web chat/phone/email ticketing.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Helpshift

One of the previous systems we used was Zendesk and it really only housed emails like Microsoft Outlook would: not very organized, very clunky to use, with long loading times. The meta data that is recorded by Helpshift was another deciding factor for the stakeholders as that data is very useful when trying to fully diagnose a customer's problem.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

ChatBeacon

  • Using website chat (often with an agent:customer ratio of up to 1:3 or more ) vs. phone support (with an agent ratio of 1:1) has greatly reduced support costs in every business unit.
  • Providing realtime feedback and links (vs. phone calls) has greatly improved the turnaround on the sales and customer inquiry processes.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Helpshift

  • It's great to get a rough count of how players may feel about a specific event or release.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

ChatBeacon

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

ChatBeacon Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Helpshift

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Helpshift Editions & Modules

Edition
Starter$225.001
  1. Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

ChatBeacon
6.0
Helpshift
9.0

Usability

ChatBeacon
Helpshift
9.0

Support Rating

ChatBeacon
8.0
Helpshift
9.1

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