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Score 7.8 out of 100
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Score 7.8 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

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

Really Simple Systems

[It's well suited for] connecting opportunities to multiple accounts/contacts. For example, I have opportunities that are related to customers and "influencers" alike. There is a cross-pollination that should easily occur. There are multiple parties to an opportunity that must be related.Also, easy porting of contact and phone information to tasks.
Carlos Lemos | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Sales Force Automation

Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite
Really Simple Systems
7.6
Customer data management / contact management
Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite
Really Simple Systems
8.1
Workflow management
Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite
Really Simple Systems
10.0
Opportunity management
Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite
Really Simple Systems
7.4
Integration with email client (e.g., Outlook or Gmail)
Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite
Really Simple Systems
5.1
Interaction tracking
Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite
Really Simple Systems
7.3

Customer Service & Support

Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite
Really Simple Systems
8.4
Case management
Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite
Really Simple Systems
8.3
Help desk management
Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite
Really Simple Systems
8.5

Marketing Automation

Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite
Really Simple Systems
6.7
Lead management
Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite
Really Simple Systems
6.8
Email marketing
Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite
Really Simple Systems
6.7

CRM Project Management

Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite
Really Simple Systems
7.6
Task management
Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite
Really Simple Systems
8.1
Reporting
Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite
Really Simple Systems
7.1

CRM Reporting & Analytics

Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite
Really Simple Systems
7.7
Forecasting
Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite
Really Simple Systems
7.3
Pipeline visualization
Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite
Really Simple Systems
8.0
Customizable reports
Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite
Really Simple Systems
7.9

Customization

Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite
Really Simple Systems
8.2
Custom fields
Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite
Really Simple Systems
8.3
Custom objects
Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite
Really Simple Systems
8.5
API for custom integration
Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite
Really Simple Systems
7.6

Platform

Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite
Really Simple Systems
7.6
Mobile access
Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite
Really Simple Systems
7.6

Security

Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite
Really Simple Systems
7.9
Role-based user permissions
Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite
Really Simple Systems
7.9

Pros

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

Really Simple Systems

  • Customer Service is EXCELLENT! Fast response time, professional, and helpful.
  • Platform is very intuitive and love the FREE WEBINARS they offer. Really Simple Systems gave us some ideas of how to use their product that we hadn't thought of ourselves.
  • Very reasonably priced even at the Enterprise level, which we have chosen for our company.
Niki Dealey | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

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

Really Simple Systems

  • Wish I could sort by tags a bit easier. I manage this by using their Reports feature. But I would like to assign the same task to a list of prospects with the same tag, and the only way I can do that is to either add the task one-by-one or export a report with all the accounts with that tag, add the task in excel, and then import it. Not ideal.
Alison Meredith | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

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

Really Simple Systems

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

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

Really Simple Systems

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

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

Really Simple Systems

RSS was just significantly cheaper, I was able to manage everything myself, and I didn't get bogged down with an implementation team. I spent probably 5% of what I would have spent on these larger systems. I also really like the fact that I am not "tied" to RSS, and can switch to a more expensive, tailored CRM when the time is right.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

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

Really Simple Systems

  • A very positive effect on our understanding of our customers and what kind of events are working well at the venue and which aren't. This will allow us to work more smartly when responsive to enquiries, improving our overall productivity.
  • Very positive impact on our current review of marketing and sales strategy.
Freya Vaughan  | TrustRadius Reviewer

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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)

Really Simple Systems

General

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

Really Simple Systems Editions & Modules

Edition
Starter$151
Professional$332
Enterprise$503
Free CRM$04
  1. per User, 1000 Company Records, Unlimited Contacts, 1 GB Document Storage, MailSync, Custom Settings, Custom Reports, API Integration, Online ‘self-service’ Support Hub, Email and Online Chat Support, Optional Marketing Module
  2. per User, 5000 Company Records, Unlimited Contacts, 5 GB Document Storage, MailSync, Custom Settings, Custom Reports, API Integration, Advanced User Permission Levels, Online ‘self-service’ Support Hub, Free Email, Chat and Phone Support, Priority Technical Support, Optional Marketing and Service Desk Modules
  3. per User, Unlimited Company Records, Unlimited Contacts, Unlimited Document Storage, MailSync, Advanced Reporting, Custom Settings, Advanced User Permission Levels, API Integration, Online ‘self-service’ Support Hub, Free Email, Chat and Phone Support , Top Priority Technical Support, Dedicated Account Manager, Free Online Team Training , Optional Marketing and Service Desk Modules
  4. 2 Users and 100 Company Records
Additional Pricing Details
All plans include free customer support and setup help.

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite
9.9
Really Simple Systems
8.0

Likelihood to Renew

Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite
8.7
Really Simple Systems

Support Rating

Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite
9.0
Really Simple Systems

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