Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Freshdesk
Score 8.6 out of 10
N/A
Freshdesk is a cloud-based customer service software that helps businesses of all sizes to deliver customer support. Freshdesk converts requests coming in via email, web, phone, chat, and social into tickets, and unifies ticket resolution across channels. Additionally, Freshdesk lets the user automate workflows, provide self-service, manage SLAs, and measure metrics, to stay on top of customer support. Freshdesk also offers out-of-the-box features like an AI-powered support chatbot,…
$0
Up to 10 agents per user
LiveAgent
Score 8.5 out of 10
Small Businesses (1-50 employees)
LiveAgent is a help desk software designed to help users bring personalization to customer interactions. LiveAgent presents an omnichannel universal inbox, real-time live chat, built-in call center, and a customer service portal. It offers customer segmentation, automation, built-in CRM, and an analytics package, as well as gamification features, ultimately containing are over 180+ help desk features, and 200+ integrations. The solution boasts users among companies like BMW, Yamaha,…
$9
per month
Pricing
FreshdeskLiveAgent
Editions & Modules
Free
$0
Up to 10 agents
Growth
$15
per month per agent
Pro
$49
per month per agent
Enterprise
$69
per month per agent
Free
$0
per month
Small
$9
per month per seat
Medium
$29
per month per seat
Large
$49
per month per seat
Enterprise
$69
per month per seat
Downloadable licence
11,950
20 agents
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
FreshdeskLiveAgent
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
FreshdeskLiveAgent
Considered Both Products
Freshdesk
Chose Freshdesk
We have found Freshdesk to be the most comprehensive and capable product for our needs. The UI, support, and ease of implementation were the main reasons why we have signed up for a paid account within the trial period.
LiveAgent
Chose LiveAgent
  • Cheaper
  • Better knowledge base
  • Significantly better customer tickets
Chose LiveAgent
We selected LiveAgent over Freshdesk due to a pricing deal LiveAgent was running at the time. If it weren't for the pricing deal, we would have picked Freshdesk due to its far superior UI and UX.
Chose LiveAgent
I used Freshdesk for a few years, but LiveAgent has been better and more intuitive for me.
Chose LiveAgent
We have 5 brands and had to have different solutions for these. But with LiveAgent we could use 1 software to operate all brands!
Chose LiveAgent
We have used some other systems for a very brief period of time but they did not offer us the specific functions we needed.
Chose LiveAgent
The price that LiveAgent has is just outstanding even with the features and helps us save money rather than spending loads of cash on other systems. It has also helped us better support our customers.
Chose LiveAgent
LiveAgent proved to be the best solution among those tested for quality/price ratio. There are no hidden costs.
Chose LiveAgent
We had been using our own custom based software based on osTicket for a long time but it was getting difficult to maintain the systems. After researching for almost a month and grilling the LiveAgent team for almost a week, we managed to finalise LiveAgent. The system took some …
Chose LiveAgent
LiveAgent offers:
  • Better visualization (color-coding of tickets and tags).
  • The basic package includes all core functionalities.
Chose LiveAgent
LiveAgent had the most important features that we needed with a much better cost per user compared to their competitors.
Chose LiveAgent
LiveAgent has impressed us the most out of all solutions that we've tested out. The features and plans seemed crafted to our needs so the decision was to go with LiveAgent. I can now honestly say that it was a good decision. We've recommended LiveAgent to many of our business …
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
FreshdeskLiveAgent
Incident and problem management
Comparison of Incident and problem management features of Product A and Product B
Freshdesk
8.4
145 Ratings
6% above category average
LiveAgent
7.8
59 Ratings
1% below category average
Organize and prioritize service tickets8.7141 Ratings8.056 Ratings
Expert directory8.195 Ratings7.947 Ratings
Subscription-based notifications8.43 Ratings6.942 Ratings
ITSM collaboration and documentation7.64 Ratings6.838 Ratings
Ticket creation and submission8.8142 Ratings8.558 Ratings
Ticket response8.7142 Ratings8.659 Ratings
Self Help Community
Comparison of Self Help Community features of Product A and Product B
Freshdesk
8.3
130 Ratings
7% above category average
LiveAgent
9.7
52 Ratings
22% above category average
External knowledge base8.4116 Ratings9.749 Ratings
Internal knowledge base8.3120 Ratings9.747 Ratings
Multi-Channel Help
Comparison of Multi-Channel Help features of Product A and Product B
Freshdesk
8.3
138 Ratings
8% above category average
LiveAgent
8.3
58 Ratings
8% above category average
Customer portal8.1116 Ratings9.653 Ratings
IVR8.143 Ratings6.728 Ratings
Social integration8.572 Ratings8.050 Ratings
Email support8.7138 Ratings7.754 Ratings
Help Desk CRM integration8.284 Ratings9.546 Ratings
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Small Businesses
Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
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Score 9.0 out of 10
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Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
Score 9.0 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
Score 9.0 out of 10
Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
Score 9.0 out of 10
Enterprises
Salesforce Service Cloud
Salesforce Service Cloud
Score 8.7 out of 10
Salesforce Service Cloud
Salesforce Service Cloud
Score 8.7 out of 10
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User Ratings
FreshdeskLiveAgent
Likelihood to Recommend
8.7
(212 ratings)
8.2
(117 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.8
(14 ratings)
9.3
(4 ratings)
Usability
8.9
(35 ratings)
8.0
(4 ratings)
Availability
9.1
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
8.5
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.7
(33 ratings)
9.3
(24 ratings)
In-Person Training
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Online Training
7.9
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.4
(142 ratings)
9.1
(2 ratings)
Configurability
8.5
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
9.1
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
8.8
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.1
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
8.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
7.8
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
FreshdeskLiveAgent
Likelihood to Recommend
Freshworks Inc
Using a collection of Skill Based Ticket Assignment, Ticket Allocation, and alerts, we’ve been able to bring our average resolution time to under half our previous time. This is done by making sure the right tickets get to the right agents, and by ensuring agents are followed up on to ensure they do not forget deadlines on tickets in their queue. Furthermore, tickets which would be open for weeks due to lack of a client response are now closed automatically following a prompt email to the end-user
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QualityUnit, LLC
LiveAgent is great for companies that want to help customers with their issues. It is also great for getting sales for our company. During our chats, if a customer is interested, we like to ask for the sale. It is too easy for the customers to say no. So it is nice that with LiveAgent, they have an automatic process where the customer can enter their item and address information and it is easy for our agents to get the sale.
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Pros
Freshworks Inc
  • Follow up on all conversations that enter and are easy to use by the employee and save responses ready for use.
  • Find out the average rate of the number of conversations that occur in the company and conduct the analysis.
  • There is a feature it allows one to take a permit in the name of the employee who responds to the conversation and to know the problem faced by the customer and the solution.
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QualityUnit, LLC
  • Having the ability to transfer tickets or chats has proven useful when we are working with a customer who has a specific type of inquiry - perhaps a sales question or an employment request. We’ve found it helpful to have the ability to transfer the chat to the online agent best equipped to answer the inquiry so we are able to serve our customers to the highest standard and with an immediate response.
  • We find being able to add notes and labels to previous chats and tickets incredibly helpful in data collection and also in our ability to work as a dynamic team. By being able to sort our chats and tickets into an organized system that our company created, we can work cohesively to review old conversations for continuity, opportunities for growth, and with transparency between departments.
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Cons
Freshworks Inc
  • Ticket templates and canned responses should be able to be used interchangeably. We frequently have the same response in both fields.
  • The spam filter can be a little too aggressive. We have had issues with tickets being accidentally marked as spam then filtering incorrectly for weeks at a time.
  • Freshdesk doesn't quite have the right integrations with our other providers (Vonage, and Avochato, to name a few).
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QualityUnit, LLC
  • LA doesn't provide you SMS integration.
  • You cannot divert your phone call from your local carrier to LA agent directly. You need to get a third party number which is way much costly. Also, if you get a third party number to divert your calls from a local carrier to LA, then the callers have to wait more than the usual time in order to get them connected with the Customer Support Team.
  • WhatsApp Integration also unavailable.
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Likelihood to Renew
Freshworks Inc
We are extremely happy with Freshdesk and can foresee using it for the next year. We might only consider using a different platform if our average daily ticket volume reaches four digits and its AI isn’t enough to handle our needs by then. While we haven’t tested this yet, we have read reviews that it’s AI capabilities are lacking
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QualityUnit, LLC
I am giving this rating as Live Agent is a very good software that is essential to any small or big business that provides customer support services. It gives you the possibility to manage any of your clients issues, answer questions and keep a good relationship with them by providing quick solutions.
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Usability
Freshworks Inc
I gave it a rating of 9 out of 10 because they delivered on everything we asked them to do. Easy to setup, easy to deploy to end users, easy to customize, easy to enter tickets and so much more. Our experience with their support is top notch! After opening a ticket for support they call use back within 10 minutes every time!
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QualityUnit, LLC
The initial setup, onboarding and training is easy. The system provides 2 graphic version of interfaces in black or white default colors. I would appreciate, if there were more. Some of the setup forms are not correctly resized. Overall, I'm always able to find what I am looking for in LiveAgent.
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Reliability and Availability
Freshworks Inc
I have encountered a lot of errors in the Freshdesk, however, they tend to resolve it on priority or at least they will share the timeline by when this can be resolved. Most of the time the issue has been from the other partner's end. They take time to resolve their vendor issues and they don't have any timelines in case of developed app errors.
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QualityUnit, LLC
No answers on this topic
Performance
Freshworks Inc
The reports take a lot of time to download if the time period is large. Also, the tickets take their sweet time to open and load. It is not fast as Zendesk. Only 30 tickets are visible in a single go and there isn't any option to select all. If we need to change the pages and dashboards it takes a lot of time to open.
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QualityUnit, LLC
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
Freshworks Inc
The main thing about Freshdesk user service is that once a request has been made for information about a feature of the platform, the support team responds to tickets quickly, within a day of writing and submitting them, with information that is concise enough so that there is no need to ask for help on the same topic again.
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QualityUnit, LLC
The one time that I contacted the customer support at LiveAgent, they were very quick to help me out and the customer support representative walked me through every thing that I needed to know to set up what I needed. Over all, the support staff at LiveAgent were perfect.
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In-Person Training
Freshworks Inc
In-person training is provided to all the agents and it is very easy to learn the basics of the Freshdesk interface. Solving tickets via dashboards, replying to the guest queries in bulk via Freshdesk. The training which is a bit hard is creating the logic according to the ticket flow and intergeration.
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QualityUnit, LLC
No answers on this topic
Online Training
Freshworks Inc
This tool is no doubt easy to learn but in-person training is a lot better than online training. It takes time to grasp things in the online training, however, in pandemic we have done all the training online. Apart from a bit more time we haven't faced any issues with online training.
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QualityUnit, LLC
No answers on this topic
Implementation Rating
Freshworks Inc
Not applicable. I have never used a support desk system before and FreshDesk had already been implemented at my company before I joined. I am not involved in financial decisions and I have no opinion on buzzwords like "time to productivity" and "time to value"
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QualityUnit, LLC
Implementation was quick and when not counting a bug on our website, it took a couple hours. It was mostly done on our end or with the assistance of LiveAgent's live chat support team. We recommend to check out LiveAgent's tutorial videos on their youtube channel or browsing their knowledge base - we've almost always found answers to our queries there.
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Alternatives Considered
Freshworks Inc
FreshDesk was the best combination of ease of use and price. While inexpensive, even the lowest tier offered more functionality than the other guys, and the learning curve is almost nonexistent so it's easy to add new agents and get them up to speed quickly instead of having them spend days getting use to the UI.
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QualityUnit, LLC
Before making the decision, we evaluated many tools, but none of them met all of our needs or the costs we could bear for them, until we found LiveAgent. The implementation process was super simple and supported by the LiveAgent support team, who are excellent!
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Contract Terms and Pricing Model
Freshworks Inc
The pricing we had taken is on yearly basis but the subscription and billing frequency that we have is on monthly basis. I would not want to make any changes to it, it is a seamless process with all the contract terms and we both agreed on it. It should be as per the customer's need.
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QualityUnit, LLC
No answers on this topic
Scalability
Freshworks Inc
The product they have developed is amazing. They have made different products for emails, tickets, chats & calls as well. It is flexible according to multiple departments. The finance team can use it, the Customer support team is using it, we can use it in call centres, emails etc. We can use these tickets internally as well to create child tickets and assign them to different departments for query resolution.
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QualityUnit, LLC
No answers on this topic
Return on Investment
Freshworks Inc
  • Freshdesk is certainly better than nothing, or a simple shared inbox
  • Freshdesk is frustrating to incorporate social media with
  • Freshdesk excels at ticket management
  • Freshdesk needs to do more to bring it into alignment with business, rather than 'just' service desk needs.
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QualityUnit, LLC
  • Less expensive than having multiple individual email accounts.
  • LiveAgent has helped decrease our errors since it's more straightforward than sharing a traditional inbox with multiple team members.
  • Sometimes the emails sent from LiveAgent end up in our customer's spam/junk folder because the auto-generated alpha-numeric ticket looks suspicious.
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