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Likelihood to Recommend

Kayako

It's without a doubt a great help desk solution. It is perfect for our usage, and have rolled it out company-wide. It's great if you have multiple departments. We have it set up so most items come through a single desk that then hands out tickets to their proper department. There may be cheaper options for smaller organizations but for one that is as service-driven as ours, we really think Kayako is a great fit.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zendesk

Zendesk is a really good ticketing platform, but if one of your primary goals with a support solution is to better understand and connect with our customers, Zendesk may not be the best solution. The difficulty with getting historical context about the tickets that are submitted, and the lack of a customer profile to really provide real-time insight into how customers feel about their support experience or just overall sentiment about the organization, are a few of the reasons you may want to consider a more robust solution.
Carmen Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Incident and problem management

Kayako
6.9
Zendesk
8.2
Organize and prioritize service tickets
Kayako
8.2
Zendesk
8.7
Expert directory
Kayako
5.4
Zendesk
7.6
Subscription-based notifications
Kayako
6.3
Zendesk
7.6
ITSM collaboration and documentation
Kayako
7.0
Zendesk
8.0
Ticket creation and submission
Kayako
8.0
Zendesk
8.9
Ticket response
Kayako
6.7
Zendesk
8.7

Self Help Community

Kayako
5.9
Zendesk
7.7
External knowledge base
Kayako
5.3
Zendesk
7.8
Internal knowledge base
Kayako
6.6
Zendesk
7.5

Multi-Channel Help

Kayako
7.4
Zendesk
8.1
Customer portal
Kayako
7.8
Zendesk
7.6
IVR
Kayako
8.0
Zendesk
8.3
Social integration
Kayako
4.7
Zendesk
8.3
Email support
Kayako
8.7
Zendesk
8.3
Help Desk CRM integration
Kayako
7.8
Zendesk
8.2

Pros

Kayako

  • Gives a very good report on an individual level of what is being done for a customer or corporate issue.
  • Easy to understand who has what, what the tickets are about, how long they have been opened and how many times the customer/employee have gone back and forth with each other.
  • Nice dashboard view.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zendesk

  • Customisable ticketing engine - you can specify what fields should be filled on each ticket, if they are mandatory and customise what type of data needs to be entered. This ensures the right data is captured to assist resolve the query. It also means reports can be run from these fields.
  • Reporting and analytics - you can run reports based on the ticket data. This helps you understand what product features need to be improved or added, what new help content needs to be created, if particular macros need to be setup, efficiency of support team and more.
  • Integrations - Zendesk integrates with billing, CRM and other platforms so customer data is available in-app. This information assists the support team give the right information to the customer.
Nikhil George | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Kayako

  • Departments need a bit of work. Even though you can have multiple departments, the only changes that can be made are globally. If you want independent queues within the departments, you have to do a lot of work that can be very confusing.
  • Survey system is not up to speed. Kayako really needs to add Net Promoter Score into their system. Also, if a staff user removes their name from an incident ticket, it removes them from the survey so you really can't even get a good estimate of how well your staff is in the eyes of the customer.
  • Very difficult to implement when you already have a customer base. Setting them up in organizations is difficult. Also, the sign-up for new customers is quirky. If you send an email to Kayako, it will say you are not an authorized user, however, it will store your email address. If you try to send an email a second time, it will go through. This is one of many reasons why we decided to move from Kayako to Oracle Service Cloud.
Joshua Tobiansky | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zendesk

  • They tend to move slowly to integrate new options to the API but overall are pretty responsive.. Understanding the API is a far less used part of their platform as a whole.
  • We were grandfathered into the unlimited light agents.. but I think that access has been limited as of today.
Lou Gallo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Kayako

Kayako 7.8
Based on 11 answers
  • We are grandfathered in on their old Software-assurance pricing and our continued use costs us only a few hundred dollars a year (excluding hosting expenses)
  • Our team's processes are now heavily ingrained in the system
  • We have not been shown a more compelling option that is more cost-effective while still offering all the features we've come to expect
Nathaniel Bannister | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zendesk

Zendesk 10.0
Based on 37 answers
It's the best day-to-day tool for customer care I have used in 16 years of working in the industry.Healthy happy teams get along well with the tool and I know that if I see it in use and being used well I can work with that team.
Forest Basford | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Kayako

Kayako 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I did not come from an IT background and I picked this program up quickly
Derrick Green | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zendesk

Zendesk 8.3
Based on 14 answers
The usability is great, but I do have to be honest and say that I still have a little trouble with the user interface sometimes. I have poor ability to differentiate between similar colors and sometimes if I am not directly in front of my screen I have trouble with the text inputs
Chase Sheaffer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Kayako

Kayako 7.5
Based on 2 answers
They are really good, but it takes a while to get back, because of the large time difference to the Eastern US. However, they are very helpful.
Marie McCourt | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zendesk

Zendesk 8.6
Based on 13 answers
In all the time I have used it, I have only experienced "down-time" with it once, and guess what. It was during a scheduled downtime that i forgot about which was posted at least a month in advance.
Colby Wood | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Kayako

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Zendesk

Zendesk 8.0
Based on 10 answers
There has been minor performance degradation on a very few days out of the two years I have been using the product.
Taylor Wielage | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Kayako

Kayako 7.0
Based on 4 answers
  • We didn't have to use support too much, but when we did, they were able to assist us and help us make everything work.
  • Mostly we used their Online KB and step by step instructions to get all of our issues resolved.
Jon Shurtliff | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zendesk

Zendesk 6.8
Based on 25 answers
Every time I contacted them they were not only very responsive and knowledgable, but always seemed to have a positive upbeat attitude. It probably helps that we did not have significant service outages or sev 1 level issues, but even my lower severity issues were quickly answered. And the positive and upbeat attitude really made things feel comfortable.
Kevin Pearce | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Kayako

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Zendesk

Zendesk 7.9
Based on 9 answers
Zendesk has tons of available material for training - videos, webinars, articles, etc. The only reason this is not a 10 is because it can be hard to figure out how to navigate to these things and find what you are looking for.
Chase Sheaffer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Kayako

Kayako 9.0
Based on 2 answers
Three years in we are about as happy with Kayako as we could be. We've had several employee's leave and on-boarding new hires was easier than it has ever been as things are uniform and consistent across the entire application.
Nathaniel Bannister | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zendesk

Zendesk 9.0
Based on 17 answers
If you're looking for a system that can tie all your channels together, allow you to report on just about any metric in regards to customer service, use chat, and build a knowledge base/FAQ all in one, Zendesk is it
Shane Swor | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Kayako

We were using Spiceworks for a few years before switching to Kayako but found that it wasn't as customizable or as user friendly for our customers. The SNMP scanning and inventory features with Spiceworks was nice but we needed more of a Help Desk that would allow us to scale our services to more companies.
Jericho Fulgencio | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zendesk

We have used HelpSpot for several years prior to the transition to Zendesk. Our biggest gripe was the cost and limitations on what kind of communication channels could be integrated into HelpSpot. Zendesk allows us to have multiple communication channels even for the most basic users and to build on it. With a few changes to the overall system (like better social media support for attachments etc) and inbox enhancements, it can be great.
Nathan Sichilongo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Kayako

  • Tickets were definitely responded to faster once we implemented the audible alarm that would go off when new tickets came into the queue. This was possible because of the API.
  • Since the system was email based we could set our monitoring software up to generate tickets automatically via email for customers when it found something out of the ordinary.
CJ Estel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zendesk

  • Zendesk can help large and small companies improve their customer service capabilities. Customer service can drive repeat sales, deflect returns, and increase customer satisfaction in measurable ways.
  • Zendesk can be more expensive than alternatives, however it is a more complete product than many alternatives, so the additional features and integration should be weighed against lower cost.
Brendan Farrar-Foley | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Kayako

General

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

Kayako Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Zendesk

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
$5*

* per agent

Zendesk Editions & Modules

Edition
Support Essential$51
Zendesk Suite (Support, Guide, Chat, Talk)$891
Support Team$191
Support Professional$491
Support Enterprise$991
Support Elite$1991
Zendesk Duet (Support + Sell CRM - 40% off)$592
  1. per agent, per month
  2. per user, per month
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