Help.com vs. Kayako

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Help.com
Score 10.0 out of 10
N/A
Help.com is a cloud-base live chat solution. The vendor says its in-depth reporting gives businesses an inside look at what is driving their customer experience. This solution includes custom on-boarding and training as well as a custom built chat box widget that is designed around the user’s brand.
$80
per simultaneous active user
Kayako
Score 1.4 out of 10
N/A
Kayako is a help desk / ticketing product and is available is both SaaS and on-premise configurations. Is is built in PHP and uses my SQL. The product competes with HelpSpot, ZohoSupport, Freshdesk and Zendesk. The Kayako Engage edition may be deployed as a live chat system without ticketing at a reduced cost, featuring click-to-call and site visitor monitoring for customer targeting and engagement.
$29
per month
Pricing
Help.comKayako
Editions & Modules
Help.com Chat
$80 per month
per simultaneous active user
Inbox
$15.00
Per User Per Month
Growth
$30.00
Per User Per Month
Scale
$60.00
Per User Per Month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Help.comKayako
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsHelp.com Chat comes with unlimited logins and scales with your business.
More Pricing Information
Features
Help.comKayako
Incident and problem management
Comparison of Incident and problem management features of Product A and Product B
Help.com
-
Ratings
Kayako
2.0
11 Ratings
119% below category average
Organize and prioritize service tickets00 Ratings1.011 Ratings
Expert directory00 Ratings1.05 Ratings
Subscription-based notifications00 Ratings1.08 Ratings
ITSM collaboration and documentation00 Ratings1.07 Ratings
Ticket creation and submission00 Ratings7.011 Ratings
Ticket response00 Ratings1.011 Ratings
Self Help Community
Comparison of Self Help Community features of Product A and Product B
Help.com
-
Ratings
Kayako
1.0
9 Ratings
153% below category average
External knowledge base00 Ratings1.09 Ratings
Internal knowledge base00 Ratings1.08 Ratings
Multi-Channel Help
Comparison of Multi-Channel Help features of Product A and Product B
Help.com
-
Ratings
Kayako
1.0
10 Ratings
153% below category average
Customer portal00 Ratings1.07 Ratings
IVR00 Ratings1.02 Ratings
Social integration00 Ratings1.04 Ratings
Email support00 Ratings1.010 Ratings
Help Desk CRM integration00 Ratings1.06 Ratings
Best Alternatives
Help.comKayako
Small Businesses
Gist
Gist
Score 9.6 out of 10
Agiloft Service Desk (discontinued)
Agiloft Service Desk (discontinued)
Score 9.0 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Genesys DX (discontinued)
Genesys DX (discontinued)
Score 10.0 out of 10
Agiloft Service Desk (discontinued)
Agiloft Service Desk (discontinued)
Score 9.0 out of 10
Enterprises
Genesys DX (discontinued)
Genesys DX (discontinued)
Score 10.0 out of 10
Salesforce Service Cloud
Salesforce Service Cloud
Score 8.8 out of 10
All AlternativesView all alternativesView all alternatives
User Ratings
Help.comKayako
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(1 ratings)
1.0
(22 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
7.8
(11 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
7.5
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
2.1
(4 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Help.comKayako
Likelihood to Recommend
Help.com
Help.com is well suited for companies with sales and support departments who have the employee size to manage and respond to visitors chatting. I think a less appropriate scenario would be a company that does not have the employee size to manage the inbound chats as it makes it less valuable if you cannot interact quickly.
Read full review
Kayako
When it works, It's without a doubt a great help desk solution. It is perfect for our usage, and have rolled it out company-wide. It's great if you have multiple departments. We have it set up so most items come through a single desk that then hands out tickets to their proper department. There may be cheaper options for smaller organizations but for one that is as service-driven as ours, we really think Kayako is a great fit.
Read full review
Pros
Help.com
  • User interface is clean and easy to navigate
  • Helpful support
  • Accurately captures information from the person you are chatting with
Read full review
Kayako
  • Gives a very good report on an individual level of what is being done for a customer or corporate issue.
  • Easy to understand who has what, what the tickets are about, how long they have been opened and how many times the customer/employee have gone back and forth with each other.
  • Nice dashboard view.
Read full review
Cons
Help.com
  • Download chat transcripts easier
  • More pre-set responses
  • Canned responses
Read full review
Kayako
  • Departments need a bit of work. Even though you can have multiple departments, the only changes that can be made are globally. If you want independent queues within the departments, you have to do a lot of work that can be very confusing.
  • Survey system is not up to speed. Kayako really needs to add Net Promoter Score into their system. Also, if a staff user removes their name from an incident ticket, it removes them from the survey so you really can't even get a good estimate of how well your staff is in the eyes of the customer.
  • Very difficult to implement when you already have a customer base. Setting them up in organizations is difficult. Also, the sign-up for new customers is quirky. If you send an email to Kayako, it will say you are not an authorized user, however, it will store your email address. If you try to send an email a second time, it will go through. This is one of many reasons why we decided to move from Kayako to Oracle Service Cloud.
Read full review
Likelihood to Renew
Help.com
No answers on this topic
Kayako
  • We are grandfathered in on their old Software-assurance pricing and our continued use costs us only a few hundred dollars a year (excluding hosting expenses)
  • Our team's processes are now heavily ingrained in the system
  • We have not been shown a more compelling option that is more cost-effective while still offering all the features we've come to expect
Read full review
Usability
Help.com
No answers on this topic
Kayako
I did not come from an IT background and I picked this program up quickly
Read full review
Reliability and Availability
Help.com
No answers on this topic
Kayako
They are really good, but it takes a while to get back, because of the large time difference to the Eastern US. However, they are very helpful.
Read full review
Support Rating
Help.com
Help.com is easy to use, easy to train new employees to use, very helpful to clients and prospects, helps us generate revenue, resolve customer issues, and maintain a happy customer base. Being available at the convenience of your clients and prospects is necessary and Help.com helps make this possible without a struggle.
Read full review
Kayako
  • We didn't have to use support too much, but when we did, they were able to assist us and help us make everything work.
  • Mostly we used their Online KB and step by step instructions to get all of our issues resolved.
Read full review
Implementation Rating
Help.com
No answers on this topic
Kayako
Three years in we are about as happy with Kayako as we could be. We've had several employee's leave and on-boarding new hires was easier than it has ever been as things are uniform and consistent across the entire application.
Read full review
Alternatives Considered
Help.com

Help.com stacks up against competitors with their pricing, interface, features and support. I have used similar products in the past but Help.com is by far the best solution. I highly encourage you to use Help.com for your business and see for yourself why they are the best option for you.

Read full review
Kayako
We were using Spiceworks for a few years before switching to Kayako but found that it wasn't as customizable or as user friendly for our customers. The SNMP scanning and inventory features with Spiceworks was nice but we needed more of a Help Desk that would allow us to scale our services to more companies.
Read full review
Return on Investment
Help.com
  • Positive with inbound sales prospects
  • Positive with current client sales
  • Positive with customer support SLA
Read full review
Kayako
  • Tickets were definitely responded to faster once we implemented the audible alarm that would go off when new tickets came into the queue. This was possible because of the API.
  • Since the system was email based we could set our monitoring software up to generate tickets automatically via email for customers when it found something out of the ordinary.
Read full review
ScreenShots

Help.com Screenshots

Screenshot of Agent InterfaceScreenshot of Reporting DashboardScreenshot of Real-Time Monitoring