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Score 9 out of 100
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Score 7.8 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Helpshift

If you need a good way for players to send in support tickets that propagates in real-time, Helpshift would be a service I'd recommend.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite

This is a great tool to use to manage social media accounts especially if you have several different pages you manage like we do. It is very user friendly, and easy to train new agents on. I have no complaints. We love this tool! Thank you again Sparkcentral! You rock
Melinda Cox | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Incident and problem management

Helpshift
9.6
Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite
Organize and prioritize service tickets
Helpshift
9.2
Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite
Expert directory
Helpshift
8.4
Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite
Subscription-based notifications
Helpshift
10.0
Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite
ITSM collaboration and documentation
Helpshift
10.0
Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite
Ticket creation and submission
Helpshift
10.0
Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite
Ticket response
Helpshift
10.0
Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite

Self Help Community

Helpshift
8.7
Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite
External knowledge base
Helpshift
8.4
Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite
Internal knowledge base
Helpshift
9.0
Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite

Multi-Channel Help

Helpshift
9.7
Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite
Customer portal
Helpshift
10.0
Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite
Email support
Helpshift
9.2
Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite
Help Desk CRM integration
Helpshift
10.0
Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite

Pros

Helpshift

  • Their customer support is very responsive. If they have any problems, they fix them quickly.
  • They are constantly trying to improve and expand their offering, which is beneficial to our growing company.
  • It is very user-friendly and easy to manage. The analytics are pretty good as well.
Angel Brockbank | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite

  • The biggest advantage of the Sparkcentral platform is its "inbox zero" philosophy. With this, our customer support requests are queued within the app, and agents need to work down the queue to keep it empty.
  • The app is designed from the ground up for customer care - instead of taking a generic social platform, and sprinkling in some customer care tools. Everything about Sparkcental is designed for helping our customers.
  • Sparkcentral allows us to do much better CRM. We can make customer notes, see recent interactions, determine who helped the customer (and when).
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Helpshift

  • While I am not an engineer; it is known that Helpshift can be a bit of a pain to get it implemented into our applications.
  • There are some issues with the badge when it comes to the notifications of messages that let the user know they have a reply from customer service.
  • The website dashboard that is used to respond to customers has trouble sometimes and is very slow.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite

  • In the beginning our team had the option to see what another user was typing as they responded to a post. With the latest update, this was taken away. That feature was key for us to shadow agents remotely who are still in training to provide real time feedback.
  • Our company has a number of different brands that we manage. Having a truly unified queue would be a great addition for us!
  • The bulk resolve should allow the option to select on the posts that you wish to resolve instead of selecting a time frame for bulk resolve. Often we find that marketing posts generate more volume in the evening. However, there are sometimes posts where the customer needs assistance during that time. So, if we were to bulk resolve for a certain number of evening hours we would potentially miss a customer's concern through that option as it is currently. But, if the option was to go through and select on all marketing posts and then bulk resolve you would ensure that you are not missing a post where a customer needs assistance.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Helpshift

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite

Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite 8.7
Based on 4 answers
Sparkcentral has never given us a good reason to consider any other option. Aside from all the positive points I mentioned in previous areas of this review, something else that has really impressed us is their customer service (makes sense, they're a customer service company after all!). Any time we have a question or concern, we send them an email and we get a response almost instantly.
Andrew (Drew) Johnston | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Helpshift

Helpshift 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Helpshift is really easy to use and set up. We enjoy the automation to automatically route certain issues to different smart folders. There's just a lot of flexibility in the functionality to make things work for our team in the best way. I didn't give it a 10/10 just because we need SMS/Apple Business Chat and Helpshift doesn't yet offer that. They also don't currently support social media channels but they are working on releasing that soon.
Angel Brockbank | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Helpshift

Helpshift 9.1
Based on 3 answers
The few times we've had to contact them, they were courteous and gave us the information we needed swiftly.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite

Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite 9.0
Based on 4 answers
Sparkcentral is very concerned about its customer satifsfaction, and will go to great lengths to get issue fixed rapidly
Kim Daenen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Helpshift

One of the previous systems we used was Zendesk and it really only housed emails like Microsoft Outlook would: not very organized, very clunky to use, with long loading times. The meta data that is recorded by Helpshift was another deciding factor for the stakeholders as that data is very useful when trying to fully diagnose a customer's problem.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite

Sparkcentral does what it has offered to do, where other software made empty promises, Sparkcentral delivers. They also inform us, anytime they are undergoing maintenance or when Twitter or Facebook has an API change, where in previous cases we would have to discover this ourselves.
Tukio Machini | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Helpshift

  • It's great to get a rough count of how players may feel about a specific event or release.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite

  • Positive: Clients really like the reporting features.
  • Positive: Being able to search users for our clients who may have reported a complaint [somewhere] other than on social media. Also being able to see if they've reached out to us but deleted a comment is helpful.
Renn Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

Pricing Details

Helpshift

General

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

Helpshift Editions & Modules

Edition
Starter$225.001
  1. Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite Editions & Modules

Edition
Starter Package$1
Omnichannel Package$$2
Enterprise Package$$$3
  1. Unlimited amount of seats, Best for starters in Messaging
  2. Unlimited amount of users, Best for growing Messaging Teams
  3. Unlimited amount of users, Best for advanced organizations
Additional Pricing Details
Starter Package $ Unlimited amount of seats Best for starters in Messaging Channels can include Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Twitter, Web Chat, App Chat, SMS, Webform Access to all platform features Basic chatbot and automation options No API integrations Up to 2000 closed conversations/month Self service onboarding 24/7 support Omnichannel Package $$ Unlimited amount of users Best for growing Messaging Teams Channels can include Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Twitter, Web Chat, App Chat, SMS, Webform, WeChat, Telegram, Line, ABC, RCS Access to all platform features AI based chatbot and automation options Standard API integrations Up to 5000 closed conversations/month Guided onboarding 24/7 support Enterprise Package $$$ Unlimited amount of users Best for advanced organizations Channels can include Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Twitter, Web Chat, App Chat, SMS, Webform, WeChat, Telegram, Line, ABC, RCS Access to all platform features Advanced AI based chatbot and automation options Advanced API integrations Custom amount of closed conversations/month Customer Success Manager 24/7 support We calculate our price on monthly conversations. There is no extra fee for extra agents. Price on demand. (Request a Demo only, No Pricing Page available yet)

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Helpshift
9.0
Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite
9.9

Likelihood to Renew

Helpshift
Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite
8.7

Usability

Helpshift
9.0
Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite

Support Rating

Helpshift
9.1
Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite
9.0

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