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Attribute Ratings

  • Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

10.0

Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite

100%
16 Ratings
9.0

SoDash

90%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Renew

8.7

Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite

87%
4 Ratings

SoDash

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

10.0

Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite

100%
1 Rating

SoDash

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

10.0

Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite

100%
5 Ratings

SoDash

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Hootsuite

Sparkcentral has an extremely dedicated customer service team The platform UX is brilliant Reports are very detailed & easy to export The system is stable more than 98% of the time Queue management is extremely easy They need to work on a mobile app / making the website mobile friendly The ability to add more social media channels is essential
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SoDash

SoDash is excellent for businesses that get a high volume of customer service inquiries via social media, whether it be from one platform or many. It takes in data from Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Google, Pinterest, Flickr, blogs around the web, and lots of others. It is equally suited for a startup with a small customer service department, or an older company with a large customer service department. The software allows customer service agents to attach comments/notes to each customer that other agents can see.
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Pros

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).
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SoDash

  • SoDash covers more social media sources than any other tool on the market.
  • SoDash's AI can interpret incoming messages and select and deliver the appropriate pre-written responses, allowing us to engage with large amounts of social traffic easily.
  • SoDash rates Twitter influence, allowing you to see who the most influential people to your brand are.
  • SoDash allows you to set-up email alerts for messages with particular keywords, high/low levels of activity, and even audio alerts should you want to run SoDash in the background.
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Cons

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.
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SoDash

  • The 14 day free trial was not fully functional, so I was not able to demo all its features.
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Pricing Details

Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite

Starting Price

$0 Unlimited amount of seats, Best for starters in Messaging

Editions & Modules

Sparkcentral, by Hootsuite editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Starter Package$1
Omnichannel Package$$2
Enterprise Package$$$3

Footnotes

  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

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

Optional

Additional 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)

SoDash

Starting Price

$28 per month

Editions & Modules

SoDash editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
SoDash$28.001

Footnotes

  1. per month

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

Likelihood to Renew

Hootsuite

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.
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SoDash

No answers on this topic

Usability

Hootsuite

The system meets all my expectations.
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SoDash

No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Hootsuite

Incredible customer service team that replies back very quickly, follows up on the reported issue till it's resolved in a very timely manner.
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SoDash

No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

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.
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SoDash

We selected SoDash for two main reasons: 1) It takes in data from more social media sources than any other software, and 2) Its price point made it a good value. Those things are what differentiate it from its competition.
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Return on Investment

Hootsuite

  • Customers appreciate fast responses to the things they post on social media. This tool allows that to happen.
  • The dashboard allows us to keep up with how many are waiting in our queue so we can keep up with how busy we are during the day and manage it.
  • Customer satisfaction has seemed to increase while using this tool.
  • Being able to add notes with the customers address and phone info is awesome as well.
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SoDash

  • It allows one customer service agent to do the work of two.
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