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Score 7.8 out of 100
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Score 7.7 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

SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD)

[SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD)] works well in education, I'm responsible for over 500 classrooms, thousands of users and computers. Using WHD to keep track of who has what devices and which devices need to be retired has helped the user experience. I'd recommend this product to anyone managing an IT department.
Robert Pfau | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Incident and problem management

Help Scout
8.7
SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD)
8.9
Organize and prioritize service tickets
Help Scout
6.9
SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD)
9.0
Subscription-based notifications
Help Scout
9.0
SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD)
9.8
Ticket creation and submission
Help Scout
9.9
SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD)
8.7
Ticket response
Help Scout
9.2
SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD)
9.0
Expert directory
Help Scout
SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD)
7.6
ITSM collaboration and documentation
Help Scout
SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD)
5.9

Self Help Community

Help Scout
8.5
SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD)
5.5
External knowledge base
Help Scout
9.0
SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD)
4.1
Internal knowledge base
Help Scout
8.0
SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD)
6.9

Multi-Channel Help

Help Scout
7.8
SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD)
8.2
Email support
Help Scout
9.1
SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD)
8.9
Help Desk CRM integration
Help Scout
6.6
SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD)
8.9
Customer portal
Help Scout
SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD)
8.0
Social integration
Help Scout
SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD)
7.2

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

SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD)

  • Customized reporting allows us to track our service and support better, and find where we need improvements. This allows us to constantly upgrade our service levels and keep the customers happy.
  • Detailed tracking and response to the end users have led to quicker remediation of tickets. We are able to see where we need a better response or where to add additional resources for support.
  • Overall metrics allow us to staff properly for our tickets by location and remote users.
Eric Krueger | 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

SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD)

  • Support occasionally misses the mark (e.g. usually simple misunderstandings or mis-communications)
  • Intermittent UI bugs (e.g.: fields disappear until page refreshes)
  • AD/LDAP imports can be quirky (e.g.: user name changes, deactivates old user, makes new user instead of just renaming user)
  • Reports can be tricky to write
Michael Santangelo | 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

SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD)

SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD) 9.1
Based on 3 answers
We are definitely going to be sticking with Web Help Desk for the foreseeable future since the product is very inexpensive for the features that it provides, the integration that it has with our existing systems, and the ease for managing users, assets, locations, and tickets. Web Help Desk is a great product that is backed by even better support, which is well worth looking into if you are considering moving to a new ticketing system.
Michael Santangelo | 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

SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD)

SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD) 7.1
Based on 2 answers
The system has time and time again proven to be much easier to use and setup for both technicians and end users. It is simple enough to enter a ticket for end users, and even easier to communicate with logging back and forth because you can reply to the ticket emails to enter comments on the tickets. The technician side is a little clunky at first, but after looking at it for a few minutes it's very clear to see what you need to do to accomplish the goals. The mobile interface is snappy and responsive. It's a great product overall.
Michael Santangelo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Help Scout

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD)

SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD) 8.7
Based on 8 answers
SolarWinds is a great customizable and affordable ticketing system. We use SolarWinds Web Help Desk for IT and Software
Development trouble ticket tracking and resolution. The reporting that
SolarWinds provides is great since it helps us discover problem areas and fix
those areas so they don't keep reoccurring
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Help Scout

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD)

SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD) 8.0
Based on 3 answers
Take the time to roll out a test VM to configure and make changes to before doing a live deployment, this way you don't end up with a VM that has been tweaked and re-tweaked until it's perfect and instead end up with a final, polished product.I would also recommend taking the time to read through the support forums for figuring out minor issues that may pop up, chances are that you aren't going to be the first one to encounter them.When all is said and done, SolarWinds Support is VERY responsive and you shouldn't hesitate to contact them.
Michael Santangelo | 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

SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD)

Web Help Desk is definitely lacking in the UI/UX department compared to most other ticketing systems I have used int he past. It's very utilitarian; however, what it lacks in UI it makes up for in extensibility and customization. The main issue that the developers need to address is the use of a Web Objects back-end.
John Mahlman IV | 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

SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD)

  • By being fast and accurate, they help us meet all client needs quickly. This pleases our clients.
  • We have had a great ROI from SW ever since we started with them.
  • They help make us look great to clients!
  • Thanks to SolarWinds services and support our client attrition has consistently been under 0.05%.
  • Their client facing materials are clear and reasonably easy to understand.
Marc Shaffer | 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

SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD)

General

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

SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD) Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Help Scout
8.3
SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD)
8.6

Likelihood to Renew

Help Scout
7.0
SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD)
9.1

Usability

Help Scout
9.0
SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD)
7.1

Support Rating

Help Scout
SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD)
8.7

Implementation Rating

Help Scout
SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD)
8.0

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