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Likelihood to Recommend

Kustomer

Kustomer is great for small and large teams. It has the flexibility to create routing and queues for additional segmentation of workflow, which is great for splitting the workload among reps. If you have a lot of systems that your reps need to use, this is a great option since it pulls them all together in one place.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce Service Cloud

There are several components to Service Cloud which I will address: Cases, Knowledge, and Community. Each of these has various pros and cons, although the cons far outweigh the pros. It's become an albatross around our company's neck, and I'm requesting our company decision makers to move to a different platform ASAP.
  • Cases
Cases is the basis of Service Cloud, and once you get accustomed to the workflow and interface, it can be quite useful. You can search for knowledge articles, email responses, or use case comments. Out of the box, Service Cloud is terrible, and it will not do what you want. There is a large amount of configuration you will need to do, from setting up email templates, creating workflows to mimic what other platforms do out-of-the-box, and even then you will encounter issues that impede your ability to communicate effectively with your customer. Out-of-the-box email-2-case did not work because we had an Email Service class installed for something else, which rendered the default email-2-case completely useless. So we need to create a custom email handler for cases. This also meant some of the native functionality was no longer going to work. We would end up having to write a ton of customized code, Lightning components, workflows, etc.
  • Knowledge
Knowledge is rather nice at first, until you start using it and discover the limitations imposed by Salesforce. Articles are limited to 131,000 characters, and that includes the HTML markup hidden to the viewer. This means your articles will end up having to be abbreviated or broken up into smaller pieces. We tried to host these articles externally, but there is no option to embed these inside the Article object. You can embed videos hosted on YouTube, Vimeo or DailyMotion, but that's the extent. Anything else will require a fully customized solution for displaying knowledge articles. It's a very basic knowledge solution. Salesforce offers a really strong knowledge base of their own, but it's almost certainly not running using Articles, because Articles is terrible.
  • Community
Communities is where your customers can go to search knowledge articles, communicate with support, and even create records in your org. It is quite customizable, which is laudable and appreciated. The ability to update and manage the community is relatively easy and can be done without much code. Unfortunately, the issue comes up with Cases. There are components for displaying Cases, but unbelievably, there is no place for discussion of the case with the service agent. This is almost ludicrous. There are Case Comment related lists, but these are handicapped by artificial constraints. Customers can't view the entire case comment, because it is only a related list, and there's no ability to change this without creating your own Lightning component, which means additional development costs.Ultimately, the overall impression of Service Cloud is an extraordinarily half-baked product which is nowhere near enterprise-grade, despite carrying enterprise-level costs
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Incident and problem management

Kustomer
8.5
Salesforce Service Cloud
7.2
Organize and prioritize service tickets
Kustomer
8.6
Salesforce Service Cloud
7.3
Expert directory
Kustomer
8.3
Salesforce Service Cloud
6.5
Subscription-based notifications
Kustomer
8.5
Salesforce Service Cloud
7.1
ITSM collaboration and documentation
Kustomer
8.0
Salesforce Service Cloud
7.4
Ticket creation and submission
Kustomer
8.7
Salesforce Service Cloud
7.8
Ticket response
Kustomer
8.9
Salesforce Service Cloud
7.1

Self Help Community

Kustomer
7.7
Salesforce Service Cloud
7.4
External knowledge base
Kustomer
7.5
Salesforce Service Cloud
7.5
Internal knowledge base
Kustomer
7.8
Salesforce Service Cloud
7.3

Multi-Channel Help

Kustomer
8.4
Salesforce Service Cloud
7.8
Customer portal
Kustomer
8.6
Salesforce Service Cloud
6.7
IVR
Kustomer
8.3
Salesforce Service Cloud
8.5
Social integration
Kustomer
7.8
Salesforce Service Cloud
8.6
Email support
Kustomer
8.8
Salesforce Service Cloud
7.6
Help Desk CRM integration
Kustomer
8.7
Salesforce Service Cloud
7.7

Pros

Kustomer

  • All customer data (past orders, communication with customer service, rewards account data) is in one place. This helps agents avoid confusion and reduces the number of tabs they need to open.
  • The Knowledge Base (or K Base) is very helpful. Any time we roll out a new policy or have a limited-time promotion, we can add all the relevant information and worksheets there for the convenience of the agents. That way they can stay in a chat while looking up the answer to a question.
  • We can seamlessly move from chat into email if the customer leaves or the queue times are too long. All the interactions will stay on the customer profile page, so they are kept up to date.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce Service Cloud

  • Flexibility of data tracked, displayed, reported on, and customized.
  • Single source of truth for support, implementations, sales and management.
  • Ability to integrate through built-in app exchange and easy API.
  • Reporting and emailed reports with direct links to drill down into data.
  • Do virtually whatever you "need" to do.
Jonathan Tanis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Kustomer

  • Small chat window--maybe the ability to chat in real-time with the person who received your ticket would help.
  • Different teams could have differently colored notes.
  • The notification bell could be a bit bigger. It's hard to keep track sometimes, when a lot of notes pile on.
Hailey Miller | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce Service Cloud

  • Since Service Cloud is SO robust it can be a little overwhelming. I'd love to see 'tool tips' added directly into the platform to help guide users. I feel like there are probably a lot of features I am not taking advantage of because I don't know about them yet.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Kustomer

Kustomer 6.4
Based on 1 answer
I believe at this time, Kustomer is doing a good job. I really love its functionality at the moment.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce Service Cloud

Salesforce Service Cloud 9.6
Based on 4 answers
Professional edition works best for a small company with lower call volumes and is very useful but as you grow exponetially I think it has limited ability to do all the things we want to - SLA management, defect, release management to name a few. Reports and dashboards being available in real time.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Kustomer

Kustomer 7.3
Based on 1 answer
Because it is easy to use as well as it serves as a very important tool for communication. It merges with different applications and there are no issues like other platforms.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce Service Cloud

Salesforce Service Cloud 9.0
Based on 4 answers
Salesforce has evolved the Service Cloud solution from a rather basic tool for case management to a highly customizable, functional tool that scales from small to huge businesses. From working at a desktop to working a laptop in a hotel or even handling customer cases on a mobile device, Salesforce is not only available everywhere, but easy to use everywhere. Add in newer technologies like live video and screen sharing on mobile devices and you've got a great solution for support. The other addition to that which is vitally important is a great Knowledge Base. This helps reps solve issues faster in the future and leads to better customer satisfaction
Jeff Grosse | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Kustomer

Kustomer 9.1
Based on 1 answer
I gave it a 10 rating because it is very helpful and the availability is there when needed. I have never had issues with application errors or unplanned outages so far.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce Service Cloud

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Kustomer

Kustomer 2.7
Based on 1 answer
Kustomer Performances need improvement. The pages do load very slowly but that might be because of the information they carry. If Kustomer integrates with other software or systems it does slow the performance. They need to find a solution to this.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce Service Cloud

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Kustomer

Kustomer 9.0
Based on 5 answers
I think that it has been good. I am not the primary one in contact with Kustomer support. I know that we have experienced technical issues at different points, which has been frustrating, but in my experience, each problem has been quickly resolved. Working in a fast-paced environment, even fairly minor outages have a big impact, and this has happened to us a few times since using Kustomer.
Charlotte Reiter | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce Service Cloud

Salesforce Service Cloud 7.1
Based on 15 answers
I odten have to repeat myself and find it difficult to communicaye with the support team. My issues take several days to get resolution, but they do stay in contact daily which is good. I have to escalate to tier 3 to get a really good answer.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Kustomer

Kustomer 5.5
Based on 1 answer
No one has helped me or trained me in person.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce Service Cloud

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

Kustomer

Kustomer 7.3
Based on 1 answer
The best training I did was online. Videos teach as well as explain how everything works and what Kustomer's functions are.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce Service Cloud

Salesforce Service Cloud 9.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Implementation Rating

Kustomer

Kustomer 6.4
Based on 1 answer
I would say I am very satisfied with the use and the main keys regarding the implementation of Kustomer
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce Service Cloud

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Kustomer

The sales rep did a great job of making us feel heard and instilling trust. We felt that we would be valued as a client instead of just one of thousands, and a small company at that. When we signed they promised and delivered on an additional channel that they hadn't previously supported (toll-free MMS). The product just made sense and was innovative, which definitely gave them an edge.
Meagan McKinnon | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce Service Cloud

Salesforce Service cloud integrates with its own world-class CRM which enables our agents to work more effectively and efficiently. We already had Salesforce Sales Cloud so it was a really easy transition. It was easy to set up and all our information was already there. The capabilities far surpass the ones of Zendesk and the CRM functionality is worth paying for instead of just a Service platform like ServiceNow.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Kustomer

  • We’re getting so much positive feedback — which is not something you traditionally associate with a customer care team — because we’re making it effortless for customers to deliver both positive and negative feedback, and we can now resolve the bad feedback really really quickly.
  • Primarily from our increased efficiency with Kustomer, we’ve seen a significant reduction of $3 to $4 for every cost per contact.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce Service Cloud

  • We greatly reduced redundant work and streamlined cross-team workflows by using cases as a place to document and distribute tasks.
  • This led to faster delivery times and reduced errors as well as better knowledge retention.
  • We use documentation from past experiences with a client to inform us on how to treat them in future interactions. It also helps us resolve issues with other clients experiencing similar issues thus reducing the chance of making the same errors again.
  • Metrics from case entries tells us our weak points whether they're resource based, training or systems so we can reduce future incidents and deliver a higher quality level of service.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Kustomer

General

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

Kustomer Editions & Modules

Edition
Enterprise$891
Ultimate$1391
  1. per month, per user
Additional Pricing Details

Salesforce Service Cloud

General

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

Salesforce Service Cloud Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Kustomer
7.9
Salesforce Service Cloud
7.1

Likelihood to Renew

Kustomer
6.4
Salesforce Service Cloud
9.6

Usability

Kustomer
7.3
Salesforce Service Cloud
9.0

Reliability and Availability

Kustomer
9.1
Salesforce Service Cloud

Performance

Kustomer
2.7
Salesforce Service Cloud

Support Rating

Kustomer
9.0
Salesforce Service Cloud
7.1

In-Person Training

Kustomer
5.5
Salesforce Service Cloud

Online Training

Kustomer
7.3
Salesforce Service Cloud
9.0

Implementation Rating

Kustomer
6.4
Salesforce Service Cloud

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