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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

Salesforce

We would highly recommend Salesforce.com to other organizations. They provide an excellent suite of services that help us accomplish a few key things within our company. The organization and ease of use is great in order to manage our client relationships -and it allows us to have everything we need to manage relationships in one easy to access location.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Incident and problem management

Help Scout
8.7
Salesforce
Organize and prioritize service tickets
Help Scout
6.9
Salesforce
Subscription-based notifications
Help Scout
9.0
Salesforce
Ticket creation and submission
Help Scout
9.9
Salesforce
Ticket response
Help Scout
9.2
Salesforce

Self Help Community

Help Scout
8.5
Salesforce
External knowledge base
Help Scout
9.0
Salesforce
Internal knowledge base
Help Scout
8.0
Salesforce

Multi-Channel Help

Help Scout
7.8
Salesforce
Email support
Help Scout
9.1
Salesforce
Help Desk CRM integration
Help Scout
6.6
Salesforce

Sales Force Automation

Help Scout
Salesforce
7.7
Customer data management / contact management
Help Scout
Salesforce
8.2
Workflow management
Help Scout
Salesforce
7.6
Territory management
Help Scout
Salesforce
7.4
Opportunity management
Help Scout
Salesforce
8.2
Integration with email client (e.g., Outlook or Gmail)
Help Scout
Salesforce
7.0
Contract management
Help Scout
Salesforce
7.5
Quote & order management
Help Scout
Salesforce
7.5
Interaction tracking
Help Scout
Salesforce
7.8
Channel / partner relationship management
Help Scout
Salesforce
7.6

Customer Service & Support

Help Scout
Salesforce
8.5
Case management
Help Scout
Salesforce
9.0
Call center management
Help Scout
Salesforce
8.4
Help desk management
Help Scout
Salesforce
8.3

Marketing Automation

Help Scout
Salesforce
7.6
Lead management
Help Scout
Salesforce
7.9
Email marketing
Help Scout
Salesforce
7.3

CRM Project Management

Help Scout
Salesforce
7.3
Task management
Help Scout
Salesforce
7.2
Billing and invoicing management
Help Scout
Salesforce
6.7
Reporting
Help Scout
Salesforce
8.0

CRM Reporting & Analytics

Help Scout
Salesforce
8.1
Forecasting
Help Scout
Salesforce
7.8
Pipeline visualization
Help Scout
Salesforce
8.1
Customizable reports
Help Scout
Salesforce
8.4

Customization

Help Scout
Salesforce
8.1
Custom fields
Help Scout
Salesforce
8.3
Custom objects
Help Scout
Salesforce
8.1
Scripting environment
Help Scout
Salesforce
7.8
API for custom integration
Help Scout
Salesforce
8.0

Security

Help Scout
Salesforce
8.4
Single sign-on capability
Help Scout
Salesforce
8.2
Role-based user permissions
Help Scout
Salesforce
8.5

Social CRM

Help Scout
Salesforce
7.3
Social data
Help Scout
Salesforce
7.1
Social engagement
Help Scout
Salesforce
7.4

Integrations with 3rd-party Software

Help Scout
Salesforce
7.4
Marketing automation
Help Scout
Salesforce
7.4
Compensation management
Help Scout
Salesforce
7.3

Platform

Help Scout
Salesforce
7.5
Mobile access
Help Scout
Salesforce
7.5

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

Salesforce

  • Salesforce is so user-friendly. The design is so intuitive, very little training is needed before you're off running and getting value out of it. It feels like a digital Rolodex with all the information you need to be successful.
  • The comprehensive reporting functions make it easy to manage teams and see where improvement can be implemented. Easily see how each representative is doing generating leads, following up, and meeting goals compared to the past.
  • Customization allows you to see what's important to you, not what Salesforce thinks is important. Easily manage goals, track progress, and manage business units to understand how your organization is performing.
Nichole Pelaez | 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

Salesforce

  • Costs vs. ROI: The initial cost to BUILD whatever instance your SF sales rep presents to you and sells; the COST associate to get to that build is NEVER explained or discussed.
  • The Salesforce sales rep's job is to sell you on an idea and hope, rather than practical application, implementation, and realistic expectations of the egregiously cantankerous and universally overpriced CRM.
  • They do not vet, manage or hold accountable their 'implementation partners'. Again, the sales rep for Salesforce; their job is to sell you the platform, not what you they showed you the platform can do. There is extreme neglect in discussing the actual cost to get their CRM platform to do WHAT they have showcased to you. Not to mention the time it takes to get there. Not to mention the partners they refer to you are random. These 3rd party companies do ALL the work and make ALL the money on behalf of Salesforce, for themselves. You get stuck in contracts with mediocre service or lackluster results and there is NO recourse for you as the consumer against these 'partners'.
  • If I want to sell GM cars, GM has standards and minimums they require in order for me to represent their brand. If I do shady dealings, rip customers off or am just a terrible business to be in business with, GM would strip me of my dealership title for their brand. SalesForce does no such thing. I could start a company to implement salesforce, have you sign a contract and deliver a garbage product. If you go to SF to complain about that; "Our hands our tied" as I have been told.
  • Salesforce does not care about your user experience, they just want you to buy more. It is a Sales organization, not a software company. Again, they do not care about your business, the negative impact of their CRM rollout, or how terrible their 3rd party support partners are. They. Dont. Care. They just want your money.
  • SF is aware they are the biggest player on the block. They have all the cards. You, the consumer, as an individual business, have no power or say.
Kurt Johansen | 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

Salesforce

Salesforce 10.0
Based on 48 answers
While it's not perfect and can be overly complicated at times, there is not another solution out there that can do what it does. To get the same functionality you would need numerous disparate tools to match the amount of functionality Salesforce has. Having it all aggregated on one platform makes the complicated parts far more bearable
John Cupoli | 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

Salesforce

Salesforce 7.9
Based on 73 answers
[Salesforce.com] has allowed there to be smooth reporting to track sales and marketing outcomes. It's used across my company from the upper management team to operations. We all use it for different purposes and find each use to be successful. There is a bit of a learning curve but once that's mastered, Salesforce will give you excellent ROI.
Tory Robinson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Help Scout

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Salesforce

Salesforce 9.8
Based on 54 answers
Salesforce is always available securely from any internet-capable device anywhere in the world, UNLESS you choose to set security measures so that ONLY trusted IP ranges may access the system at certain times of the day. It's all about choice and flexibility with Salesforce products.
Kyle Dugger | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Help Scout

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Salesforce

Salesforce 9.0
Based on 36 answers
Salesforce performance in general is excellent. "The cloud infrastructure beneath Force.com has been fine-tuned over the past 10 years. It powers nearly 100,000+ businesses running more than 185,000 applications that 3 million users count on every day."
Points per Salesforce -
1) Multitenant kernel - With a multitenant platform, each business that uses the app doesn’t have its own copy. Instead, all businesses share a single copy and then customize it for their specific needs.
2) ISO 27001 certified security - You can’t compromise when it comes to enterprise-level security. Force.com is road-tested and trusted by nearly 100,000+ companies, including many of the world’s most security-conscious organizations, such as banks and health care providers.
3) Proven reliability - All Force.com apps run on world-class data centers with backup, failover, and disaster-recovery facilities. Force.com has had a proven 99.9 percent uptime record for years.
4) Proven, real-time scalability - Force.com is used by many of the world's largest enterprises, including Cisco, Japan Post Network, and Symantec. Applications can automatically scale from a few users to millions of page views, as needed.
5) Real-time query optimizer - You need fast access to your data. The Force.com query optimizer delivers under 300ms response time, at a massive scale.
6) Real-time transparent system status - You can always see real-time system performance, availability, and security information at trust.salesforce.com.
7) Real-time upgrades - Unlike traditional software platforms, our upgrades never break your customizations, code, or integrations. We upgrade the platform for you 3 to 4 times each year. As a result, you’re always on the latest version, with access to the latest features, performance, and security enhancements.
8) Real-time sandbox environments - With a single click, you can create copies of your applications, configuration, and data in separate environments for development, testing, and training.
9) Three global production data centers and disaster recovery - Force.com runs on three geographically dispersed, mirrored data centers with built-in replication, disaster recovery, a redundant network backbone, and no single points of failure
Rob Gottschalk | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Help Scout

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Salesforce

Salesforce 7.5
Based on 100 answers
It is difficult to get complex issues resolved with nearly any Support department if you can't get the level 1 person to understand what complex tasks are taking place. Not bad for the first level support. I would recommend a Salesforce consultant for complex issues.
Quentin Goin | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Help Scout

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Salesforce

Salesforce 7.9
Based on 11 answers
I attended two training sessions. I would rate them a 4 as an advanced user. It was very basic – great for someone new – would give 8+ for new person.

I had 3 years of experience at the time. I skipped basic and went onto advanced and still not helpful. A lot of it was best practices that didn’t feel relevant for our business
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Help Scout

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Salesforce

Salesforce 9.1
Based on 15 answers
I have gone through multiple. The content that’s delivered is quite basic – I wish they had more advanced training.

We are grandfathered into premium support plus training. We get unlimited access to instructor led and online training for free. We have taken advantage of this
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Help Scout

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Salesforce

Salesforce 9.4
Based on 32 answers
Just from an organizational standpoint - we standardized our data prior to moving to Salesforce. But we essentially standardized it wrong. That's created a big disgusting mess for us know that I'll have to deal with as the Admin. Be sure you think through use cases prior to doing something like that - seek outside opinions on how the data will work best, especially depending on what else you're going to integrate with Salesforce.
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

Salesforce

Salesforce is just better... It's so nice working for a company that uses Salesforce well. It doesn't come cheap, but it's well worth it. HubSpot and Microsoft Dynamics are pretty solid, but HubSpot is very basic and Dynamics just didn't work very well and requires a ton of work to manage and maintain.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Help Scout

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Salesforce

Salesforce 10.0
Based on 2 answers
I've worked with Salesforce since 2001 in companies ranging from 4 to hundreds of sales people and the system has been able to scale and perhaps more importantly expand (functionally) to the needs of larger organizations. In fact in my previous company, as a provider of a solution that integrated with Salesforce, we had customers that had thousands of sales people using Salesforce.
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

Salesforce

  • [Salesforce.com] is very much easy to customize and I am taking full benefit from its integrations and APIs, which allow me to connect any system irrespective of whether it’s cloud-based or not, or whether it’s an on-premises or a unified platform.
  • It has professional and responsive technical support.
Kelly Cokorudy | 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

Salesforce

General

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

Salesforce Editions & Modules

Edition
Essentials$25.001
Professional$75.001
Enterprise$150.001
Unlimited$300.002
  1. Per User/Per Month
  2. Per user/Per month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Help Scout
8.3
Salesforce
7.8

Likelihood to Renew

Help Scout
7.0
Salesforce
10.0

Usability

Help Scout
9.0
Salesforce
7.9

Reliability and Availability

Help Scout
Salesforce
9.8

Performance

Help Scout
Salesforce
9.0

Support Rating

Help Scout
Salesforce
7.5

In-Person Training

Help Scout
Salesforce
7.9

Online Training

Help Scout
Salesforce
9.1

Implementation Rating

Help Scout
Salesforce
9.4

Scalability

Help Scout
Salesforce
10.0

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