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Likelihood to Recommend

Freshdesk

Freshdesk does not meet expectations by requiring such a complicated installation for desktop computers, which makes it suitable mainly if you are going to work from the cloud. Based on that it is feasible that the information of each attendance performed is stored online instead of downloading it. The situation where Freshdesk can be most useful is when you need to constantly review lists of support tickets. As easy as it is to find your way around the platform and organize such lists, there is no problem in needing data quickly. It is recommended to improve the support operations of any type of startup, mainly because its model is much more adaptable to the type of small business that can pay more attention to a specific customer.
Maria Wiley | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce Service Cloud

Salesforce Service Cloud is excellent as a CRM, a case management system, multi-channel contact centre support application, service and ticketing application as well as helping automate back office processes. If you want to extend Service Cloud into Sales, Self-Service or Digital Marketing, you need to purchase additional services which can be relatively high cost.
Gordon Dalgleish | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Incident and problem management

Freshdesk
8.7
Salesforce Service Cloud
7.3
Organize and prioritize service tickets
Freshdesk
9.0
Salesforce Service Cloud
7.8
Expert directory
Freshdesk
8.4
Salesforce Service Cloud
6.8
Subscription-based notifications
Freshdesk
8.4
Salesforce Service Cloud
7.1
ITSM collaboration and documentation
Freshdesk
7.6
Salesforce Service Cloud
6.9
Ticket creation and submission
Freshdesk
9.3
Salesforce Service Cloud
7.6
Ticket response
Freshdesk
9.7
Salesforce Service Cloud
7.5

Self Help Community

Freshdesk
8.3
Salesforce Service Cloud
6.7
External knowledge base
Freshdesk
8.7
Salesforce Service Cloud
6.6
Internal knowledge base
Freshdesk
7.9
Salesforce Service Cloud
6.9

Multi-Channel Help

Freshdesk
7.4
Salesforce Service Cloud
7.2
Customer portal
Freshdesk
8.4
Salesforce Service Cloud
6.7
IVR
Freshdesk
3.0
Salesforce Service Cloud
6.7
Social integration
Freshdesk
7.6
Salesforce Service Cloud
7.4
Email support
Freshdesk
9.8
Salesforce Service Cloud
7.6
Help Desk CRM integration
Freshdesk
8.3
Salesforce Service Cloud
7.7

Pros

Freshdesk

  • A built-in phone system that clients use to reach our agents
  • Integration with Facebook and other social media apps that help us keep an eye to what is happening around the world.
  • The support portal is a one-stop destination where customers find answers and reach out for help.
  • The gamification mechanics turns the monotonous customer support job into an enjoyable and fun activity for agents.
Elizabeth Cassidy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce Service Cloud

  • Flexibility of data tracked, displayed, reported on, and customized.
  • Single source of truth for support, implementations, sales and management.
  • Ability to integrate through built-in app exchange and easy API.
  • Reporting and emailed reports with direct links to drill down into data.
  • Do virtually whatever you "need" to do.
Jonathan Tanis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Freshdesk

  • Reporting is a bit awkward sometimes, but you can level up for better reporting
  • The client onboarding to get them user accounts isn't always clearly defined
  • There are a lot of features many we didn't use, would have been nice to have more granular control over that to adjust our pricing
John Reitz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce Service Cloud

  • Incredibly complex to set up and configure.
  • Multiple points of potential failure.
  • Things Desk.com did out-of-the-box require customized code and components in Service Cloud.
  • Front-facing community is extremely difficult to configure and comes with many limitations.
  • No help is provided by Salesforce without expensive Premiere Support plans.
  • Expensive! Hidden costs and development costs are going to make Service Cloud far more expensive than almost any other Help Desk provider out there.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Freshdesk

Freshdesk 10.0
Based on 4 answers
Freshdesk is feature rich and easy to use. The setup is intuitive and can integrate with Google, so we do not need to create accounts for new employees. The first time an employee needs to create a ticket they login with their Google account and the Freshdesk account is automatically generated
Jeffery Albertson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce Service Cloud

Salesforce Service Cloud 9.6
Based on 4 answers
Professional edition works best for a small company with lower call volumes and is very useful but as you grow exponetially I think it has limited ability to do all the things we want to - SLA management, defect, release management to name a few. Reports and dashboards being available in real time.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Freshdesk

Freshdesk 8.8
Based on 18 answers
Freshdesk is by far the easiest to use Help Desk software that I have ever used. It is much simpler for day to day use. While it lacks some of the invoicing and CRM features of more cumbersome software, it more than makes up for this by being easy to use and quick for users to learn. The setup was fast as well.
Mikel Seidl | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce Service Cloud

Salesforce Service Cloud 8.4
Based on 11 answers
I had Salesforce experience prior to using Service Cloud which made it a little easier to learn and navigate, but overall my team (some who had no Salesforce experience) caught on very quickly and found Service Cloud to be easy to use.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Freshdesk

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Salesforce Service Cloud

Salesforce Service Cloud 8.7
Based on 7 answers
Salesforce has a more than 99% uptime rate and Salesforce Service Cloud is no exception. I have never had any issues experiencing outages or service degradation when it comes to using the Service Cloud product (that I can remember). Always reliable and easy to use, I would recommend this product as your go-to for helpdesk, service desk, incident management, call center, and other business process needs.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Freshdesk

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Salesforce Service Cloud

Salesforce Service Cloud 8.6
Based on 7 answers
There are issues with page load performance and database performance for sure, but we are a very complex setup with a lot of automation and processing for 2000+ users so this is not surprising. We are also global, so the issue with distance from the regional servers is a problem.
Hans Hong | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Freshdesk

Freshdesk 9.1
Based on 19 answers
Support has been good the few times we have needed it, but most of our issues have been easily resolved by using the support documentation. We used guides starting out getting everything ready for the first use and it was smooth sailing. For contacting the support team, responses have been quick and accurate.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce Service Cloud

Salesforce Service Cloud 7.1
Based on 29 answers
It depends on what support package you buy from Salesforce. That can be good or bad. It's highly flexible to your needs pricing wise. If you have devs on staff then don't buy support. If you don't, then sfdc offers support for a cost.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Freshdesk

Freshdesk 10.0
Based on 2 answers
No, it is easy to do
Victor Vũ | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce Service Cloud

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Freshdesk

ManageEngine was our first customer support ticketing system we implemented (instead of using a massive Excel file) - it vastly improved our ability to engage with customers, but we quickly outgrew it's feature-set and needing a solution that would continue to grow with us. Salesforce was difficult at best during our time using it - felt like we were told of the amazing things it could do, and upon purchase were sent a bunch of building blocks that we were expected to build ourselves - between Salesforce costs and third-party programming to get it to do what we needed to, Salesforce was not around for long (the 7% year after year increases were also a deal breaker).We picked Freshdesk because it offered a modern solution for a price that we were very happy with. We did compare it to Zendesk, but at the time of purchase several years ago, we were hearing better reviews of a relative new system of Freshdesk, so went with them. So far it has been a good investment, minus the occasional hiccups and quality of life issues.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce Service Cloud

I have used Microsoft Dynamics in the past and I feel that Salesforce compares positively to it. While both software offers cloud based service and a mobile app, Microsoft Dynamics doesn't support integration with Gmail. One of the reasons we like Salesforce so much is that it can integrate with your email.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Freshdesk

  • The value provided by Freshdesk is better than the competitors we considered when looking at cost vs features
  • We migrated to Freshdesk from another similar platform and found that the UX/UI was easier to navigate and required less clicks to close out a support request, these clicks add up over time and allowed us to process more tickets in a given day without growing out team.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce Service Cloud

  • While I don’t have a dollar value because I’m not the manager of the support team, I have heard many accounts of how the use of Service Cloud has made us much more efficient at delivering customer support
  • Using Service Cloud has had a big impact on removing silos between departments because it’s much easier now for non-support users to interact with cases
  • We now have a lot of automation of other features that we didn’t have before Service Cloud, for example, integration with our customer survey tool
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Freshdesk

General

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

Freshdesk Editions & Modules

Edition
SproutFree
Blossom$15.002
Garden$35.002
Estate$49.002
Forest$99.002
Estate Omnichannel$79.002
Forest Omnichannel$139.002
  1. none
  2. Per Agent/Per Month (billed annually)
Additional Pricing Details
Starts at $0 for unlimited agents with the Sprout plan. Higher plans at $19.00, $45.00, $69.00 and $125.00 if billed monthly. The 21-day free trial covers all features at the Estate plan.

Salesforce Service Cloud

General

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

Salesforce Service Cloud Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Freshdesk
8.6
Salesforce Service Cloud
7.4

Likelihood to Renew

Freshdesk
10.0
Salesforce Service Cloud
9.6

Usability

Freshdesk
8.8
Salesforce Service Cloud
8.4

Reliability and Availability

Freshdesk
Salesforce Service Cloud
8.7

Performance

Freshdesk
Salesforce Service Cloud
8.6

Support Rating

Freshdesk
9.1
Salesforce Service Cloud
7.1

Online Training

Freshdesk
Salesforce Service Cloud
9.0

Implementation Rating

Freshdesk
10.0
Salesforce Service Cloud

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