Kayako

Overview

Reviews

A solid, stable, feature-loaded help desk

5
We currently use Kayako as a company-wide ticketing system. We have multiple departments set up, and the whole experience is quite …
Read full review

Manage support tickets with Kayako

7
Kayako is used as a ticketing system for our clients to submit tickets for support questions or issues. We use this software to keep a …
Read full review

Highly Priced Support/Upgrades

1
The download version is excellent software and has many great features for supporting customers via email, telephone, and live chat.

Kayako Supports

4
At StyleEase Software, LLC, we use Kayako as our Support Ticket system. This is mainly used in the support department, but it can also be …

Kayako is BETTER than you think!

8
Our entire organization uses Kayako to conduct business. It is used to transfer work from one person to another, escalate to another group …
Read full review

Kayako Review

10
We use Kayako as our online support interface for all issue affecting our software. In the support department this is the only outside …

Popular Features

View all 13 features

Organize and prioritize service tickets (10)

8.1
81%

Ticket response (10)

8.0
80%

Ticket creation and submission (10)

7.9
79%

Reviewer Pros & Cons

View all pros & cons

Pricing

View all pricing

Inbox

$15.00

Cloud
Per User Per Month

Growth

$30.00

Cloud
Per User Per Month

Scale

$60.00

Cloud
Per User Per Month

Entry-level set up fee?

  • No setup fee

Offerings

  • Free Trial
  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting / Integration Services

Starting price (does not include set up fee)

  • $29 per month

Features Scorecard

Incident and problem management

7.0
70%

Self Help Community

7.2
72%

Multi-Channel Help

8.4
84%

Product Details

What is Kayako?

Kayako is a help desk / ticketing product and is available is both SaaS and on-premise configurations. Is is built in PHP and uses my SQL. The product competes with HelpSpot, ZohoSupport, Freshdesk and Zendesk.

The Kayako Engage edition may be deployed as a live chat system without ticketing at a reduced cost, featuring click-to-call and site visitor monitoring for customer targeting and engagement.

Kayako Video

Kayako Demo

Kayako Competitors

Kayako Technical Details

Deployment TypesSaaS
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationNo

Alternatives

View all alternatives

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Kayako?

Kayako is a help desk / ticketing product and is available is both SaaS and on-premise configurations. Is is built in PHP and uses my SQL. The product competes with HelpSpot, ZohoSupport, Freshdesk and Zendesk. The Kayako Engage edition may be deployed as a live chat system without ticketing at a reduced cost, featuring click-to-call and site visitor monitoring for customer targeting and engagement.

How much does Kayako cost?

Kayako starts at $29.

What is Kayako's best feature?

Reviewers rate Customer portal and Help Desk CRM integration highest, with a score of 9.3.

Who uses Kayako?

The most common users of Kayako are from Mid-size Companies and the Information Technology & Services industry.

Reviews

(1-21 of 21)
Companies can't remove reviews or game the system. Here's why
Score 5 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • Ticketing system.
  • Multiple departments/groups.
  • Ease of use for all users.
  • Insight and reporting.
  • SLA Management and visibility.
  • Price continues to increase.
  • There are some quirky errors, sometimes a response isn't recorded properly and an SLA is missed because of it. Sometimes an error message pops up that doesn't actually affect anything.
  • Could always use more reporting.
  • Macros could be a little more configurable.
  • The performance has been really bad lately. Minutes to load tickets, or the inability to log in.
Joshua Tobiansky | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • Kayako's chat system is very easy to use and set up. It integrates well with their control panel and organizes customer data.
  • Kayako makes it easy to communicate with your customers.
  • The built-in reports that Kayako provides are a good start to being able to monitor the work performed by staff.
  • 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.
Jericho Fulgencio | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • Automated workflows. The workflows and email parser rules in Kayako are versatile and easy to set up, and saves you the trouble of having to create reoccurring tickets and manually assigning technicians for each ticket.
  • Custom fields. Without custom fields there would be no way for us to effectively keep track of our 30+ different client companies. They can be added on the fly as well so you'll never feel 'trapped' within the set fields that come with the program.
  • Reporting. The report builder that uses 'KQL as a query language (based on SQL) is easy to learn and allows you to pull relevant information/statistics from your help desk using specifications that you set yourself -- and ties back into automation via scheduled generated email reports.
  • Custom fields. Although we love the custom fields in Kayako there is still some room for improvement regarding them. For instance, while browsing tickets, you cannot sort/search display columns via custom fields you have created. You can only sort/search by pre-programmed fields in Kayako.
  • Email parser rules. This ties back to some of the limitations with custom fields. At the time of this writing we cannot create email parser rules using custom fields we have created as a criteria.
  • The built-in chat feature. While the chat feature is great for interfacing with outside customers, it could do better in terms of being more convenient for internal staff. We wish we could have a 'technician group chat' that stays open on a continuous basis so that our technicians can communicate via Kayako more effectively. But at the moment, when you close a chat, it stays closed and you cannot 'reopen' it.
Score 1 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • Easy to use interface.
  • All support channels in one place (except that Facebook didn't work).
  • Mobile app for incoming notifications (that didn't work).
  • Their support team is worthless (no support at all).
  • Very aggressive sales team (but doesn't support their customers).
  • Core features do not work and they have no intention to fix them.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • Kayako handles email integration through pop very well
  • Kayako is very configurable
  • Kayako's API was well documented and easy to implement custom scripts against.
  • Kayako has a large number of queries to the database for each page load. This is fine for small installations, but I would think it could become a burden in large instances (this is for self hosted version only)
  • Kayako allows for so much information that it can take awhile to get it configured to just ask for what you need and not overwhelm you with options
  • Not necessarily a Kayako issue, but we ran into a problem where a ticket was "stuck in the queue" It turned out that there was an attachment larger than what the php was configured to support, so the ticket would be created, but because the attachment would fail to upload correctly, it would not remove the item from the pop mailbox and it would download it again and again and again until we figured out the issue. If they were to wrap the ticket creation into a transaction and not create the ticket prior to fully processing the message they could then check the error response code on file upload and maybe create a single message that indicated the real problem.
June 03, 2015

Kayako Supports

Marie McCourt | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 4 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • It creates an easy interface for answering tickets from a regular computer screen.
  • It allows you to categorize well, so that you can create reports of common problems.
  • You can customize support ticket issues to get more detailed information.
  • Kayako needs to make it easier to use our ticketing system on the go. It is very difficult to use on an iPad or iPhone, for example.
  • They could make the system a little less clunky, and easier to manage from the Admin side.
  • I'd like to feel like the system is more up to date with other software out there.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • 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.
  • I personally find the reporting a bit difficult. We are on an older version of Kayako and I am told that reporting on the new version is much improved.
  • There are some things missing in the new version that we were used to in the older version. Not sure how they came about what to keep or get rid of. Some of them are quite missed.
  • Would like to see reporting done in a way that you pick what you want to report on and hit generate. No special "Language" skills needed.
Douglas Deitle | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • It is flexible to allow multiple departments to use Kayako for their own needs such as a Help Desk for our IT department and Workflow/Case Management for our Admin and Calculations Departments. It also allows permissions to be set to allow employees access to only their departments information or it can allow an employee access to multiple departments.
  • Kayako will allow our SQL program access to develop reports that KQL is unable to do.
  • Kayako is cost effective for our needs at this point and appears to be able to accommodate our future needs.
  • I have not tried to use the actual Workflow function for awhile so this issue may have been resolved. When we tried to use it, it was cumbersome and did not offer much flexibility as to meeting the needs of different departments.
  • This may no longer be an issue but if someone was knowledgeable about KQL and knew how another department was set up, they could write a report accessing their data even though they do not have permission to view/edit that departments data.
  • Perhaps adding the function of "Read Receipts" to end-users when opening a ticket.
  • When a ticket is closed, automatically include information from the initial creation of the ticket so the end user knows at a glance what issue has been resolved without looking up the Ticket ID.
Nathaniel Bannister | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • Over the years they've continued to enhance the product and user experience on all fronts. Changes have always felt well thought out and purposeful and the UI has only gotten easier to use over time.
  • Kayako's mail parser allows you to easily sort, prioritize, and present the information needed by your staff to easily tackle an onslaught of customer tickets.
  • The system has scaled very easily over the years. We use it for one of our Retail sites that has anywhere from 10k to 15k unique views a day and it has never felt sluggish or degraded even under a heavy load.
  • Adjusting the templates can be very tedious as each update includes a manual reversion process. While it isn't a big deal if you're using a mostly vanilla design I can imagine it would become tedious for a more involved UI change.
  • The update process is easy enough but could obviously take some pointers from Wordpress in terms of making them more streamlined.
  • The price has gone up substantially since we originally bought in, while I feel that we'd still have gotten our money out of it either way it is definitely much more of a hurdle than it used to be.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • Customer service while installing and troubleshooting the application was excellent.
  • Plenty of customization options while still retaining a simple to use and easily understandable UI for the end users.
  • Very fast and reliable response time from the application.
  • Customizing the UI is difficult to accomplish.
  • The transition from SupportSuite to Fusion was difficult for the users initially, even though Fusion is the upgrade for SupportSuite.
  • Learning curve was a bit steep for non-technical users.
March 18, 2016

Kayako knowledge base

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • Easy to use ticketing system for support requests.
  • Easy ticketing tracking system for our support techs to monitor and assign tickets as needed.
  • Nice knowledge base for self support documentation.
  • Easy to tag self support documents, however not clever enough to bring most used documentation to top of search list.
  • We have not found a way to get numbers on most searched tags.
  • Inexpensive compared to other knowledge base platforms.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • Great visibility as far as how old a ticket is and how urgent the issue is. This aids in prioritizing.
  • The search engine could use improvement, it's very difficult to find things using the search engine.
July 23, 2014

"Catchy Title"

Score 5 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • The ability to switch between the desktop app and the web-based app is nice.
  • The call and chat function of Kayako is pretty useful
  • The ability to define categories, and subcategories, and exclude them from general search criteria is a nice touch
  • The Desktop app constantly loses contact with the server, requiring multiple logon requests.
  • The search parameters are overly sensitive, and I was unable to see any defined wildcard characters.
  • The section for defining user permissions has some pitfalls that need to be addressed when setting up a new user.