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Score 7.8 out of 100

Salesforce Service Cloud

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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 Service Cloud

[Salesforce Service Cloud] is well suited for organizing and digitizing Sales and Operations management of the company. It aptly captures customer data, opportunities, projects in pipelines description and could also be embedded with CMS (Contract management System). It's really useful to the extent of managing Item customer level forecast to precisely assist capacity and rough cut capacity planning.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Incident and problem management

Help Scout
8.7
Salesforce Service Cloud
7.2
Organize and prioritize service tickets
Help Scout
6.9
Salesforce Service Cloud
7.7
Subscription-based notifications
Help Scout
9.0
Salesforce Service Cloud
7.0
Ticket creation and submission
Help Scout
9.9
Salesforce Service Cloud
7.6
Ticket response
Help Scout
9.2
Salesforce Service Cloud
7.4
Expert directory
Help Scout
Salesforce Service Cloud
6.7
ITSM collaboration and documentation
Help Scout
Salesforce Service Cloud
7.0

Self Help Community

Help Scout
8.5
Salesforce Service Cloud
6.8
External knowledge base
Help Scout
9.0
Salesforce Service Cloud
6.7
Internal knowledge base
Help Scout
8.0
Salesforce Service Cloud
6.8

Multi-Channel Help

Help Scout
7.8
Salesforce Service Cloud
7.3
Email support
Help Scout
9.1
Salesforce Service Cloud
7.5
Help Desk CRM integration
Help Scout
6.6
Salesforce Service Cloud
7.6
Customer portal
Help Scout
Salesforce Service Cloud
6.7
IVR
Help Scout
Salesforce Service Cloud
6.8
Social integration
Help Scout
Salesforce Service Cloud
7.7

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 Service Cloud

  • Super fast set-up of the service from design through to production.
  • Robust method of release management from sandbox, to test, to production.
  • User access controls can be fine grain, which is great for GDPR requirements, limiting access to only necessary data.
  • Simple api integrations with other third party systems
  • Broad range of features and functionality
  • Einstein search features provides faster information mining for our agents as they help to resolve customer requests.
Gordon Dalgleish | 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 Service Cloud

  • Incredibly complex to set up and configure.
  • Multiple points of potential failure.
  • Things Desk.com did out-of-the-box require customized code and components in Service Cloud.
  • Front-facing community is extremely difficult to configure and comes with many limitations.
  • No help is provided by Salesforce without expensive Premiere Support plans.
  • Expensive! Hidden costs and development costs are going to make Service Cloud far more expensive than almost any other Help Desk provider out there.
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

Salesforce Service Cloud

Salesforce Service Cloud 9.6
Based on 4 answers
Professional edition works best for a small company with lower call volumes and is very useful but as you grow exponetially I think it has limited ability to do all the things we want to - SLA management, defect, release management to name a few. Reports and dashboards being available in real time.
Anonymous | 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 Service Cloud

Salesforce Service Cloud 8.4
Based on 11 answers
I had Salesforce experience prior to using Service Cloud which made it a little easier to learn and navigate, but overall my team (some who had no Salesforce experience) caught on very quickly and found Service Cloud to be easy to use.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Help Scout

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Salesforce Service Cloud

Salesforce Service Cloud 8.7
Based on 7 answers
Salesforce has a more than 99% uptime rate and Salesforce Service Cloud is no exception. I have never had any issues experiencing outages or service degradation when it comes to using the Service Cloud product (that I can remember). Always reliable and easy to use, I would recommend this product as your go-to for helpdesk, service desk, incident management, call center, and other business process needs.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Help Scout

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Salesforce Service Cloud

Salesforce Service Cloud 8.6
Based on 7 answers
There are issues with page load performance and database performance for sure, but we are a very complex setup with a lot of automation and processing for 2000+ users so this is not surprising. We are also global, so the issue with distance from the regional servers is a problem.
Hans Hong | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Help Scout

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Salesforce Service Cloud

Salesforce Service Cloud 7.2
Based on 29 answers
It depends on what support package you buy from Salesforce. That can be good or bad. It's highly flexible to your needs pricing wise. If you have devs on staff then don't buy support. If you don't, then sfdc offers support for a cost.
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 Service Cloud

I have used Microsoft Dynamics in the past and I feel that Salesforce compares positively to it. While both software offers cloud based service and a mobile app, Microsoft Dynamics doesn't support integration with Gmail. One of the reasons we like Salesforce so much is that it can integrate with your email.
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 Service Cloud

  • Probably negative due to the cost of Salesforce. We haven't seen a return on the sales side yet to really justify the costs.
  • On the positive side, it's nice to manage opportunities from cases and cases from opportunities.
  • Our data has never been more organized and in better shape, though it's a constant battle!
Jonathan Tanis | 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 Service Cloud

General

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

Salesforce Service Cloud Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Help Scout
8.3
Salesforce Service Cloud
7.3

Likelihood to Renew

Help Scout
7.0
Salesforce Service Cloud
9.6

Usability

Help Scout
9.0
Salesforce Service Cloud
8.4

Reliability and Availability

Help Scout
Salesforce Service Cloud
8.7

Performance

Help Scout
Salesforce Service Cloud
8.6

Support Rating

Help Scout
Salesforce Service Cloud
7.2

Online Training

Help Scout
Salesforce Service Cloud
9.0

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