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Score 7.1 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Help Scout

Help Scout gets major brownie points for "eating their own dog food." They are all about the Customer Experience, and they live up to this philosophy by delivering not only a very easy to use and modern product, but answering support inquiries right away (and thoroughly), and publishing an extremely helpful and insightful industry blog. So when you buy into Help Scout, you're not just getting a great software product, but also getting a great organization running behind it. Aside from that, I love how Help Scout delivers a great customer experience to our customers. It gets out of the way. Customers are not aware that we use it, in fact, they believe they are emailing directly with me. Transactions are fast and lightweight, there are not as many bells and whistles to complicate the process and slow down the support workflow.
Hammad Bin Idrees | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Incident and problem management

Help Scout
9.5
Kayako
7.0
Organize and prioritize service tickets
Help Scout
8.5
Kayako
8.1
Subscription-based notifications
Help Scout
9.8
Kayako
7.2
Ticket creation and submission
Help Scout
10.0
Kayako
7.9
Ticket response
Help Scout
9.9
Kayako
8.0
Expert directory
Help Scout
Kayako
3.1
ITSM collaboration and documentation
Help Scout
Kayako
7.8

Self Help Community

Help Scout
8.5
Kayako
7.2
External knowledge base
Help Scout
9.0
Kayako
6.7
Internal knowledge base
Help Scout
8.0
Kayako
7.8

Multi-Channel Help

Help Scout
8.2
Kayako
8.4
Email support
Help Scout
9.9
Kayako
8.2
Help Desk CRM integration
Help Scout
6.5
Kayako
9.3
Customer portal
Help Scout
Kayako
9.3
IVR
Help Scout
Kayako
8.0
Social integration
Help Scout
Kayako
7.0

Pros

Help Scout

  • The interface is extremely good. It's fast, it's smart and it's easy to use. In one week we dominated it completely, with every function. It's very intuitive, which helped us onboard the hole team very quickly.
  • Tagging and in general organizing tickets. It's easy and visible
  • Workflows (or automatic triggers) have MANY options and you can get very efficient by using them
  • Their support is very good and effective
  • Docs (FAQ manager) is easy to setup and maintain. It is well linked with the other parts of HS, like answering emails or chat
  • Chat is new to us (with Beacon) but so far is working fine. It's in beta and needs more features, but I'm sure they're on it
Santiago Valdés | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Help Scout

  • It is a bit slow sometimes, but not very often.
  • I've noticed more network errors with their server in the past year.
  • Small annoyance - they use a lot of lightbox popups and if you click outside the box all of your work is lost.
Padraic Ryan | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Joshua Tobiansky | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Help Scout

Help Scout 7.0
Based on 1 answer
We are receiving feedback from the organizational level that they may want us to transition to a different solution to provide consistency across the company.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Kayako

Kayako 7.8
Based on 11 answers
  • 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
Nathaniel Bannister | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Help Scout

Help Scout 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It is simple and intuitive. I haven't run into difficulty using any of the features that I have wanted to use. Additional help in the form of documentation or support is available as needed, and their response times are pretty good :)
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Kayako

Kayako 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I did not come from an IT background and I picked this program up quickly
Derrick Green | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Help Scout

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Kayako

Kayako 7.5
Based on 4 answers
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.
Marie McCourt | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Help Scout

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Kayako

Kayako 3.5
Based on 7 answers
  • 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.
Jon Shurtliff | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Help Scout

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Kayako

Kayako 9.0
Based on 4 answers
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.
Nathaniel Bannister | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Help Scout

Only have minimal experience with G-Suite for a much smaller company. This worked well for that organization but did not have similar specialization functions that suite our larger organization very well. Help Scout's pricing makes sense, and continues to service our needs well. Minimal usage of other programs, but have no need to explore alternatives at this time.
Amanda Elias | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Jericho Fulgencio | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Help Scout

  • We are able to retain our customer base due to the outstanding customer service our Customer Experience department provides. Without an organized tool like Help Scout, this would not be possible. We pride ourselves in quick response times to customers and are able to do so by effectively routing tickets to the right agents.
Leigh Malamphy | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
CJ Estel | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Help Scout

General

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

Starting Price

$0

Help Scout Editions & Modules

Edition
Standard$201
Plus$351
CompanyContact sales team
  1. per user/per month
  2. none
Additional Pricing Details

Kayako

General

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

Starting Price

$29 per month

Kayako Editions & Modules

Edition
Inbox$15.001
Growth$30.001
Scale$60.001
  1. Per User Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

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