Desk.com (discontinued) vs. Khoros Care

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Desk.com (discontinued)
Score 8.3 out of 10
N/A
Desk.com was a helpdesk, ticketing, and customer support product offered by Salesforce, and oriented towards the needs of small businesses. It is no longer sold and support has been discontinued. Salesforce recommends its modern Service Cloud as a replacement.N/A
Khoros Care
Score 8.1 out of 10
Enterprise companies (1,001+ employees)
Khoros Care enables brands to serve their customers on their preferred digital channels, reducing costs and increasing customer satisfaction and revenue. It Offers: Web chat & messaging gives customers convenient, efficient channels to engage brands, while giving brands a single consolidated platform to manage customer engagements at scale. Supporting the widest range of digital messaging channels, including; web chat, in-app, email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,…N/A
Pricing
Desk.com (discontinued)Khoros Care
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Desk.com (discontinued)Khoros Care
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
Additional DetailsPricing is variable based on the needs of the customer.
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Best Alternatives
Desk.com (discontinued)Khoros Care
Small Businesses
Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
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Score 9.0 out of 10
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Score 7.8 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
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Score 9.0 out of 10
Emplifi Social Marketing Cloud
Emplifi Social Marketing Cloud
Score 8.8 out of 10
Enterprises
SAP Service Cloud
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Score 8.7 out of 10
Emplifi Social Marketing Cloud
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Score 8.8 out of 10
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User Ratings
Desk.com (discontinued)Khoros Care
Likelihood to Recommend
8.2
(38 ratings)
7.9
(113 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.4
(14 ratings)
7.8
(80 ratings)
Usability
8.3
(19 ratings)
6.5
(8 ratings)
Availability
1.0
(2 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Performance
10.0
(1 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
8.2
(21 ratings)
8.1
(10 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
7.7
(73 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
6.4
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(78 ratings)
User Testimonials
Desk.com (discontinued)Khoros Care
Likelihood to Recommend
Discontinued Products
Once I had to search the logs to find cases and data on a particular keyword, but I was not able to do so as there was no search tool available, nor was there a sort or filter tool. I was totally frustrated as I had to skim through the data to complete my task manually.
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Khoros (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)
Less Appropriate Scenarios- A fintech company has highly specialized or industry-specific workflows that are not easily accommodated within the standard capabilities of Khoros Care. In such cases, the platform may be less appropriate for businesses with extremely unique processes that require a high degree of customization. Well suited- financial institutions face a high volume of customer inquiries related to account management, transactions, and security concerns. Khoros Care's security features, automation capabilities, and integration with banking systems make it suitable for managing customer interactions in the financial services sector.
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Pros
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  • Desk.com automatically tracks analytics on all cases coming in and going out.
  • Desk.com helps prevent multiple people from working on the same case. However, it does allow us to assign the case to someone else if we feel that person is more qualified to address the case.
  • Desk.com has very few bugs or server issues that we've seen. This helps prevent any delays in communicating with our customers.
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Khoros (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)
  • Tagging system - it's possible to add a wide variety of labels and categories
  • Search feature - being able to find users by conversation number, username, or keywords makes it easier to navigate old conversations
  • Easy system for assigning conversations to other users
  • When you claim a conversation, it gets removed from the queue. This is much more visually explicit than Khoros Marketing's queue, for example, where all content remains visible in the queue and a bookmark gets moved around to distinguish the point where other users left off
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Cons
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  • Internal knowledge tools are clunky and annoying to access, outside the regular workflow of everyday staff
  • Arbitrary and confusing limitations in business rules and custom fields
  • Arbitrary and confusing limitations in case handling - for example, if you begin a case as a phone call you CANNOT email the customer from the case. As though no one working at Desk has ever sent a follow-up email...?
  • Not very good for B2B, mid-to-large businesses. Difficult to set business rules based on company information (for example, service level/tier) and nearly impossible to track key stakeholders and get clear insight into the relationship at a high level
  • Reporting tools are clunky, slow, and just all-around pretty useless
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Khoros (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)
  • Although there aren't any significant issues with the platform, there might be need for improvement in a few specific areas of the mobile application to increase and facilitate use.
  • The basic monotony of social media, I suppose, but it doesn't really speak poorly of the app.
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Likelihood to Renew
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We will be very likely to renew our contract with Desk.com. It is easy to use, and provides us with everything we need to keep our customers and employees happy. They have also been very helpful in catering the application to our specific and unique needs, including working across brands and adding specific content for our products
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Khoros (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)
Simply, there isn't anything on the market that is quite as personable as Khoros Care. After using a few different client messaging systems, this program gave the closest feel to in-person interaction that we could get during the COVID-19 epidemic and is an important part of our agency still to this day in 2023.
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Usability
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Desk.com and Salesforce Service Cloud's usability is seamless to get up and running, administer, and scale across the organization. It allows us to get up and running in days rather than weeks and has transformed our customer support teams globally into efficient, world-class teams. The best practices that the Salesforce and Desk.com teams provide are also very valuable, as we have the right case studies and tips to implement right away in our organization.
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Khoros (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)
The ability to auto tag, manually tag, make notes, and "snooze" posts is extremely helpful. The efficiency of the work flow for agents is also a huge plus. It keeps agents moving quickly and prioritizing responses for the cases that need it most.
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Reliability and Availability
Discontinued Products
We've never had a problem with Desk.com's availability.
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Khoros (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)
No issues.
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Performance
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Fast, responsive, gorgeous, and fun. It's always run like a thoroughbred for me.
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Khoros (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)
No issues.
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Support Rating
Discontinued Products
Their support leaves much to be desired. They do not respond quickly and do not follow up with feature requests. There is also a lack of on-demand or live training available for the teams to use as they learn a new tool. Because there is so much customization, a lot of questions do come up regularly.
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Khoros (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)
Khoros Support has always very responsive and helpful when it comes to getting my issue/inquiry addressed. Their ticket portal is great for tracking any open tickets and they can be updated via the portal or by responding to the email thread. Support reps are always extremely knowledgeable and care about getting you taken care of
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In-Person Training
Discontinued Products
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Khoros (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)
The team received training (from the same executive team member who has been supporting us) over the web and this was of very high quality.
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Implementation Rating
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As I stated earlier, implementation of Desk.com went more smoothly than most. The resources in the "Support Center" are fantastic, and I never ran into anything that left me stumped, angry, or disappointed.
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Khoros (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)
Implementing the platform was not a big hassle for our client, it was seamless and easy we just had to follow a few steps and it was done. Just scaling was a bit of an issue but it got resolved with time and a bit of effort at both ends
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Alternatives Considered
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Overall, it performs a lot better than all three combined, with a lot fewer glitches and a lot more user-friendly and user experience efficiency. Any new link that needs to be done, takes a lot less time to execute on desk compared to the three others. Simply advanced when it comes to execution this platform is.
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Khoros (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)
Khoros is more than just a platform for social publishing. No other competitor provides the in-depth moderation and social listening services that they do. If you're looking for a one-stop-shop of a platform for all things social, this is the tool to be using. Others are better in usability and innovative functionality.
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Scalability
Discontinued Products
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Khoros (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)
Of course as the company grows owing to its growing customer base, they need to think of out-of-the-box solutions to offer its clients and customer satisfaction is one of them. Retention is very much needed in competitive environment like today and hence it becomes imperative for companies to find different ways to reach their client basis and fix their issues
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Return on Investment
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  • Better customer service and employee efficiency when dealing with cases
  • It's so universal, meaning that everyone can use it and it's easy to understand.
  • The only negative impact is that our IT department who is assigned tickets has responded to customers instead of to the local reps and we have to ensure they know to change the email if it's assigned to them.
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Khoros (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)
  • We have seen a positive shift of customers from reaching out to the Call Centre to the Social Care Team.
  • Monthly and Annual Reporting to keep track of performance and stats related to the team has been much easier to highlight areas for improvement (month2month and anually)
  • CSAT/NPS Survey results have increased via Khoros Care in comparison to the Call Centre.
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ScreenShots

Desk.com (discontinued) Screenshots

Screenshot of Desk.com ConsoleScreenshot of Desk.com Issue ScreenScreenshot of Desk.com Reporting and Analytics

Khoros Care Screenshots

Screenshot of Lithium ResponseScreenshot of Keep agents focused with a single, prioritized to-do listScreenshot of Unify multiple channels in a single engagement hubScreenshot of Increase efficiency with advanced workflows and operational insights