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Score 8.7 out of 100

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Score 8.2 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Freshdesk

It is well suited for organizations that are just looking for an easy to use helpdesk solution, without being too complicated to set up/manage. As it is a web-based cloud solution, there is also the benefit of the back-end of the program being managed by the vendor, so there is not a need for a Sys Admin to run this on a server and manage it. It is less suited for environments that are looking for a "complete" service desk system, which includes features such as asset tracking, inventorying, etc. Freshdesk is more of a basic service desk system, that contains most of what some organizations need for a basic helpdesk tracking solution.
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Zendesk

Zendesk is a really good ticketing platform, but if one of your primary goals with a support solution is to better understand and connect with our customers, Zendesk may not be the best solution. The difficulty with getting historical context about the tickets that are submitted, and the lack of a customer profile to really provide real-time insight into how customers feel about their support experience or just overall sentiment about the organization, are a few of the reasons you may want to consider a more robust solution.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Incident and problem management

Freshdesk
8.7
Zendesk
8.7
Organize and prioritize service tickets
Freshdesk
9.0
Zendesk
9.0
Expert directory
Freshdesk
8.4
Zendesk
8.0
Subscription-based notifications
Freshdesk
8.4
Zendesk
8.4
ITSM collaboration and documentation
Freshdesk
7.6
Zendesk
8.2
Ticket creation and submission
Freshdesk
9.3
Zendesk
9.3
Ticket response
Freshdesk
9.7
Zendesk
9.1

Self Help Community

Freshdesk
8.3
Zendesk
8.2
External knowledge base
Freshdesk
8.7
Zendesk
8.3
Internal knowledge base
Freshdesk
7.9
Zendesk
8.1

Multi-Channel Help

Freshdesk
7.4
Zendesk
8.6
Customer portal
Freshdesk
8.4
Zendesk
8.5
IVR
Freshdesk
3.0
Zendesk
8.2
Social integration
Freshdesk
7.6
Zendesk
8.2
Email support
Freshdesk
9.8
Zendesk
9.1
Help Desk CRM integration
Freshdesk
8.3
Zendesk
8.7

Pros

Freshdesk

  • The new interface is very clean and easy to navigate.
  • Awesome knowledgebase, free training and responsive support (even with a free plan) allow my team to spin up on the system without hours of internal training sessions.
  • Easily integrates with custom domains for seamless client experience.
  • Tagging and reassigning is easy.
  • Mobile apps work well and allow for easy use across multiple platforms (particularly useful when working remotely).
  • Lots of great features within the free plan.
  • The free plan allows for a fair amount of branding/customization of client portal.
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Zendesk

  • Customisable ticketing engine - you can specify what fields should be filled on each ticket, if they are mandatory and customise what type of data needs to be entered. This ensures the right data is captured to assist resolve the query. It also means reports can be run from these fields.
  • Reporting and analytics - you can run reports based on the ticket data. This helps you understand what product features need to be improved or added, what new help content needs to be created, if particular macros need to be setup, efficiency of support team and more.
  • Integrations - Zendesk integrates with billing, CRM and other platforms so customer data is available in-app. This information assists the support team give the right information to the customer.
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Cons

Freshdesk

  • We are a b2b provider, and we haven't found a good way of identifying the contacts with each of our customers. Tagging the contact seems to be a way, but you need to do couple of extra clics to go into the contact details and then introduce the client identification as a tag.
  • I didn't find a good way to identify tickets with a status representing that it's overdue because of the client.
  • The merging tool, although VERY useful, isn't for me completely intuitive. I have to pay a lot of attention at the icons and read the tooltip to make sure I'm keeping as main ticket the one that I want.
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Zendesk

  • They tend to move slowly to integrate new options to the API but overall are pretty responsive.. Understanding the API is a far less used part of their platform as a whole.
  • We were grandfathered into the unlimited light agents.. but I think that access has been limited as of today.
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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
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Zendesk

Zendesk 10.0
Based on 37 answers
It's the best day-to-day tool for customer care I have used in 16 years of working in the industry.Healthy happy teams get along well with the tool and I know that if I see it in use and being used well I can work with that team.
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Usability

Freshdesk

Freshdesk 10.0
Based on 2 answers
The only downside is flexibility in multi email traffic within a single ticket. Other than that everything else is easy to use to get the job done and keep the customer happy.
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Zendesk

Zendesk 8.4
Based on 14 answers
The usability is great, but I do have to be honest and say that I still have a little trouble with the user interface sometimes. I have poor ability to differentiate between similar colors and sometimes if I am not directly in front of my screen I have trouble with the text inputs
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Reliability and Availability

Freshdesk

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Zendesk

Zendesk 8.6
Based on 13 answers
In all the time I have used it, I have only experienced "down-time" with it once, and guess what. It was during a scheduled downtime that i forgot about which was posted at least a month in advance.
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Performance

Freshdesk

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Zendesk

Zendesk 8.0
Based on 10 answers
There has been minor performance degradation on a very few days out of the two years I have been using the product.
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Support

Freshdesk

Freshdesk 10.0
Based on 3 answers
We have never had an incident where Freskdesk was out of service. Any issues we have had was resolved in a timely fashion without the need for multiple contacts. I do not have to worry about the service having problems, because of the quality of support they provide their customers.
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Zendesk

Zendesk 8.8
Based on 22 answers
Every time I contacted them they were not only very responsive and knowledgable, but always seemed to have a positive upbeat attitude. It probably helps that we did not have significant service outages or sev 1 level issues, but even my lower severity issues were quickly answered. And the positive and upbeat attitude really made things feel comfortable.
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Online Training

Freshdesk

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Zendesk

Zendesk 7.9
Based on 9 answers
Zendesk has tons of available material for training - videos, webinars, articles, etc. The only reason this is not a 10 is because it can be hard to figure out how to navigate to these things and find what you are looking for.
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Implementation

Freshdesk

Freshdesk 10.0
Based on 1 answer
No, it is easy to do
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Zendesk

Zendesk 9.0
Based on 17 answers
If you're looking for a system that can tie all your channels together, allow you to report on just about any metric in regards to customer service, use chat, and build a knowledge base/FAQ all in one, Zendesk is it
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Alternatives Considered

Freshdesk

The big competitors of Freshdesk are Zendesk and HappyFox. Freshdesk provides a free version for you to try the product and also is cheaper than other competitors. It is great for SMB segment. For Enterprises there are other options that are more popular like JIRA. Also highly recommended for its ease of use.
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Zendesk

We have used HelpSpot for several years prior to the transition to Zendesk. Our biggest gripe was the cost and limitations on what kind of communication channels could be integrated into HelpSpot. Zendesk allows us to have multiple communication channels even for the most basic users and to build on it. With a few changes to the overall system (like better social media support for attachments etc) and inbox enhancements, it can be great.
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Return on Investment

Freshdesk

  • Positive: Helps me and my team stay on top of our queue so we know when Contacts are engaging with us.
  • Positive: Freshdesk is very simple to use and easy to get started on.
  • Positive: Their API works well with the applications we use in between our app and theirs.
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Zendesk

  • Zendesk can help large and small companies improve their customer service capabilities. Customer service can drive repeat sales, deflect returns, and increase customer satisfaction in measurable ways.
  • Zendesk can be more expensive than alternatives, however it is a more complete product than many alternatives, so the additional features and integration should be weighed against lower cost.
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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
Sprout$01
Blossom$192
Garden$352
Estate$492
Forest$892
  1. Unlimited
  2. per Agent
Additional Pricing Details
Starts at $0 for unlimited agents with the Sprout plan . Higher plans at $19, $35, $49 and $89. The 21-day free trial covers all features at the Estate plan.

Zendesk

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
$5*

* per agent

Zendesk Editions & Modules

Edition
Support Essential$51
Zendesk Suite (Support, Guide, Chat, Talk)$891
Support Team$191
Support Professional$491
Support Enterprise$991
Support Elite$1991
Zendesk Duet (Support + Sell CRM - 40% off)$592
  1. per agent, per month
  2. per user, per month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Freshdesk
8.9
Zendesk
8.4

Likelihood to Renew

Freshdesk
10.0
Zendesk
10.0

Usability

Freshdesk
10.0
Zendesk
8.4

Reliability and Availability

Freshdesk
Zendesk
8.6

Performance

Freshdesk
Zendesk
8.0

Support

Freshdesk
10.0
Zendesk
8.8

In-Person Training

Freshdesk
Zendesk
10.0

Online Training

Freshdesk
Zendesk
7.9

Implementation

Freshdesk
10.0
Zendesk
9.0

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