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Score 7.8 out of 100
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Score 8.7 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

Microsoft Parature (Discontinued)

The single element of Parature I've not seen in any other system of this kind is the Download Module. You can post files in the open, or protect them by any number of entitlement methods. The solution is also appealing to those who don't want to manage the back-end/IT needs as it is a hosted solution and has proven to be very reliable.
Rusty Wilson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Incident and problem management

Help Scout
8.8
Microsoft Parature (Discontinued)
Organize and prioritize service tickets
Help Scout
6.9
Microsoft Parature (Discontinued)
Subscription-based notifications
Help Scout
9.0
Microsoft Parature (Discontinued)
Ticket creation and submission
Help Scout
9.9
Microsoft Parature (Discontinued)
Ticket response
Help Scout
9.3
Microsoft Parature (Discontinued)

Self Help Community

Help Scout
8.5
Microsoft Parature (Discontinued)
External knowledge base
Help Scout
9.0
Microsoft Parature (Discontinued)
Internal knowledge base
Help Scout
8.0
Microsoft Parature (Discontinued)

Multi-Channel Help

Help Scout
7.8
Microsoft Parature (Discontinued)
Email support
Help Scout
9.1
Microsoft Parature (Discontinued)
Help Desk CRM integration
Help Scout
6.6
Microsoft Parature (Discontinued)

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

Microsoft Parature (Discontinued)

  • Clean/Friendly UI. It was extremely easy to navigate around Parature's menus at a high level, and you could take advantage of the more robust features as you became more comfortable and familiar with how Parature operates!
  • Strong Knowledge Base. Writing KB articles or ticket summaries and making use of the search function within Parature allows for expedient recovery of past ticket information. Being able to search for a fix action, or at least a troubleshooting article that can guide you towards a resolution is extremely valuable.
  • Enhanced Notation Capability. Being able to send/post internal or external updates to a ticket is great! You can leave the wordy technical details for other employees while making sure to communicate the high-points and fix action to the end-user.
Brendon Newell | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Help Scout

  • There are only 2 levels of organization in the docs sites. We cannot group the content into any more subfolder layers.
  • Much of the fancy targeting in Beacon is based solely off of URLs which doesn't work for us as a single page application.
  • The paging in lists of tickets isn't the most efficient. An infinite scroll would be much easier to work when you have a bunch of active tickets.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Parature (Discontinued)

  • Reporting is barebones at best. If you need special reports, we had to go through Parature to have them built.
  • The use of frames on a website is very 1990s. It actually impacts usability of the product, especially when combined with how Parature handled sessions. An engineer could only work one ticket at a time which, honestly, isn't very realistic for a busy support team that is working on several issues at a time.
  • Support was often unresponsive when contacted for unplanned problems.
  • The knowledge base was not very friendly for clients and it provided no real encouragement for it to be used.
  • It took several clicks to do something as simple as edit and assign a ticket or to close a ticket.
Anonymous | 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

Microsoft Parature (Discontinued)

Microsoft Parature (Discontinued) 6.1
Based on 10 answers
Parature has been the best option for this campus in terms of what we use it for and there is no alternative
Carrie Canty | 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

Microsoft Parature (Discontinued)

Microsoft Parature (Discontinued) 2.0
Based on 2 answers
It was bulky, cumbersome, and didn't allow us to handle the volume of cases we received on a daily basis. Many of our issues were highly technical in nature and we would often need to work on 2 or 3 at once. The poor design choices prevented this, which was unfortunate.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Help Scout

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft Parature (Discontinued)

Microsoft Parature (Discontinued) 7.5
Based on 2 answers
They recently had one very extended outage. It was a data center issue - but they were not diversified enough so in the end the system was down for almost 8 hours. There are also periods of time where for no reason the system simply doesn't respond. This small outages are usually short (just a few minutes), and have in fact been occurring less often, so it appears some corrective actions have been taken.
Rusty Wilson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Help Scout

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft Parature (Discontinued)

Microsoft Parature (Discontinued) 1.0
Based on 1 answer
Nothing ever seemed to get resolved
Anonymous | 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

Microsoft Parature (Discontinued)

There are services that do bits and pieces of what Parature does. We liked the idea of having one service that meets our needs
Anonymous | 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

Microsoft Parature (Discontinued)

  • Parature allows for better Customer Service
  • Can follow up automatically for tickets
  • Will automatically close tickets that haven't been responded to.
  • Allows customers to reopen tickets easily and not allow them to be missed.
Jamaal Johnson | 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

Help Scout Editions & Modules

Edition
Standard$201
Plus$351
CompanyContact sales team
  1. per user/per month
Additional Pricing Details

Microsoft Parature (Discontinued)

General

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

Microsoft Parature (Discontinued) Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Help Scout
8.3
Microsoft Parature (Discontinued)
6.7

Likelihood to Renew

Help Scout
7.0
Microsoft Parature (Discontinued)
6.1

Usability

Help Scout
9.0
Microsoft Parature (Discontinued)
2.0

Reliability and Availability

Help Scout
Microsoft Parature (Discontinued)
7.5

Support Rating

Help Scout
Microsoft Parature (Discontinued)
1.0

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