Help Scout

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About Help Scout

Help Scout is a dedicated customer support platform built for growing teams to deliver top-notch customer service. When you sign up, you get access to an entire suite of tools — including shared inbox, knowledge base, and live chat software — all built to help you create the best customer experience possible.

Help Scout's shared inbox includes features like private notes and @mentions to improve team collaboration, plus collision detection to prevent duplicate work by showing when an agent is actively working on a specific conversation. You’re also able to automate routine tasks with workflows and add additional context with customer profiles.

Help Scout's knowledge base builder, Docs, makes creating self-service content quick and easy. Built-in search functionality and organization features help customers find the answers they need quickly, and Docs-specific reports show which content is doing best and areas where you have room for improvement.

Help Scout's Beacon offers live chat capabilities and proactive support options through an embeddable widget. Customers can search your Docs site articles or submit a question to your support team right from the widget, helping them get answers when and where they need them most.

Help Scout also comes loaded with pre-built performance reporting dashboards. Create custom reports to zero in on the metrics that matter most to you and your team. And finally, you get access to Help Scout’s world-class support team, which is available by email 24/6 to answer any questions you may have.


Key benefits of Help Scout

- Value: Help Scout is the most complete platform you can buy for the money.

- Predictable, transparent pricing: No surprise add-ons or fees.

- Quick set up: Go from zero to power user in a day or less.

- Simplicity: Spend more time helping customers and less time configuring your software.

- Scalability: Add teammates, workflows, integrations, and new support channels quickly.


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Help Scout Software - Manage all your team email inboxes, like support@, sales@, and finance@, in one tool.
Help Scout Software - Whether you have a team of 5 or 500, Help Scout keeps everyone on the same page so nothing slips through the cracks.
Help Scout Software - With Help Scout's familiar interface, your team can start responding to emails in minutes. Plus, get access to organization, automation, and collaboration tools to make your job easier.
Help Scout Software - Reduce your support volume by at least 30% with a knowledge base that's designed for customer self-service.
Help Scout Software - Reports let you evaluate your team's volume by channel, busiest hours, and trending topics among your customers.
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Help Scout Software - Manage all your team email inboxes, like support@, sales@, and finance@, in one tool.
Help Scout Software - Whether you have a team of 5 or 500, Help Scout keeps everyone on the same page so nothing slips through the cracks.
Help Scout Software - With Help Scout's familiar interface, your team can start responding to emails in minutes. Plus, get access to organization, automation, and collaboration tools to make your job easier.
Help Scout Software - Reduce your support volume by at least 30% with a knowledge base that's designed for customer self-service.
Help Scout Software - Reports let you evaluate your team's volume by channel, busiest hours, and trending topics among your customers.

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4.6 /5
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Value for Money
4.4/5
Features
4.3/5
Ease of Use
4.7/5
Customer Support
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Andrea
Andrea
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Simply the best customer support system

Reviewed on 2020/04/12

The product is very well designed, easy and natural to use. On top of that, their support is...

The product is very well designed, easy and natural to use. On top of that, their support is excellent and they reply very quickly.

Pros

I like how transparent the experience is for the user and how easy it is to set up and use. I like the integration with the KB system to quickly insert a reference to the article.

Cons

Difficult to tell. I'm really enjoying everything on it, especially now that they added the live chat so I can stop using other software for that.
Maybe I'd love a more advanced system to manage the custom replies.
I'd appreciate if there's a better way to manage formatting inside the editor for the KB.

Shaun
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  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 51–200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Stellar Support Tool for SaaS companies

Reviewed on 2019/07/13

We support a B2B SaaS platform in the Marketing Automation space and provide email support. Help...

We support a B2B SaaS platform in the Marketing Automation space and provide email support. Help Scout executes very well against the challenges that we have.

Pros

Help Scout is purpose-built for Support teams which is fantastic. The features, UI, and reporting align closely with how we run our support team which makes things a lot easier.

We're big on automation and building on top of our tools and have been very impressed both with the workflow capabilities as well as the API endpoints and integrations that are possible.

The team behind Help Scout does a terrific job of supporting us, they have been extremely responsive, down to earth, and accurate in their replies.

Cons

To deliver a really good and consistent experience, the support channels of email, chat, and phone are very discrete and can't be blended as easily together as say a tool like Intercom (where we were coming from).

While a short-term pain for us, I think delivering better in each of the channels ultimately made us a more mature team in the end.

Dean
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 11–50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 5.0 /10

Pretty convenient and easy to use, but lacking in features…

Reviewed on 2023/02/02

It was ok day to day, but we had to rely on other tools too often to get the job done.

It was ok day to day, but we had to rely on other tools too often to get the job done.

Pros

Super easy to pick up and use and their support was great. They always responded promptly and did their best.

Cons

Compared to other products, it lacks a lot of features and some of what it does have is too simplified.

Sara
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  • Industry: Nonprofit Organization Management
  • Company size: 51–200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Help Scout helps out

Reviewed on 2020/11/25

Help Scout helps out in a pinch. I definitely recommend any company or business that has a customer...

Help Scout helps out in a pinch. I definitely recommend any company or business that has a customer support component to it to use their software and platform to start.

Pros

When I used to work at ActBlue as a support associate, I really liked Help Scout's ticketing system. It was straightforward and less confusing than Intercom. Escalating and de-escalating issues was pretty easy. Help Scout is a huge help for customer service, people oriented folks like me.

Cons

This is just a theory but I feel like Help Scout works better with certain email addresses than others. For people who have older emails such as hotmail, aol, or yahoo - their messages don't come across so clearly, which makes helping our customers and clients a real challenge.

Sam
Sam
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  • Industry: Logistics & Supply Chain
  • Company size: 11–50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 5.0 /10

Expensive, but good. There are alternatives if you're willing to sacrifice plug and play.

Reviewed on 2022/05/05

The alternatives to Help Scout are far and wide, but my recommendation for an option would be Free...

The alternatives to Help Scout are far and wide, but my recommendation for an option would be Free Scout. It is an open-source alternative to Help Scout that acts almost the same way.

You need to know how to deploy the self-hosted service, or you can find companies willing to manage it for you. The downside is the setup takes a while, but the positive is that the cost is a small fraction of the amount we were paying to Help Scout.

Pros

HelpScout was the first shared emailing system we implemented that worked flawlessly with our setup. It rivals all other methods that focus on a ticket number approach but makes the communication process simple for users to grasp and professional yet informal.

The best part of Help Scout for us was the shared inbox aspect and the ability to collaborate with others easily.

Cons

Help Scout is expensive. In my opinion, it is overpriced. They started at a great introductory rate and grandfathered those rates for early-stage users. I heard from many users when they increased their rates, all of whom got a personalized message from the [SENSITIVE CONTENT], promising our rates would stay the same.

Months later, they recanted on their promise and hiked our rates. It was not a great feeling being lied to, and my love for the company quickly disappeared.

Other shared email services can replace Help Scout, but this is your best bet if you're looking for a simple approach and are not worried about the price tag.

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Help Scout FAQs

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Help Scout offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$20.00/month
  • Pricing model: Subscription
  • Free Trial: Available

Free trial available. Standard pricing starts at $20 per user per month. Standard: $25 user / month, or $20 user / month billed annually Plus: $40 user / month, or $35 user / month billed annually Company: $60 user / month billed annually Help Scout serves businesses from small to enterprise. Plans range from Free to keep everyone on the same page, to Standard for automation features and reporting, to Plus for advanced reporting & features designed for large teams. All Plans include 24x7 support, unlimited volume & storage, and 40+ third party integrations.

Help Scout has the following typical customers:

11–50, 51–200, 201–500

Help Scout supports the following languages:

English

Help Scout supports the following devices:

Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

Help Scout integrates with the following applications:

ActiveCampaign, Aircall, AppFollow, Asana, BriteVerify, Bronto Marketing Platform, Campaign Monitor by Marigold, Campfire, Capsule, Census, ChannelReply, ChargeDesk, Chatra, Churn Buster, CircleLoop, Clockify, CloudTalk, Constant Contact, Cyfe, Databox, Fivetran, Fleep, FormKeep, FreshBooks, FullContact, FullStory, Geckoboard, Gmail, Google Apps for Work, Google Workspace, Gravity Forms, Help Desk Migration, Heymarket, Highrise, Hively, HubSpot CRM, Infusionsoft CRM Singapore, Intercom, Jira, JustCall, Kissmetrics, Klaus, Klaviyo, LemonStand, LiquidPlanner, Mailchimp, Mixpanel, MySQL, Nicereply, Olark, OnePageCRM, Paperform, Pipedrive, Plecto, Process Street, Pushover, Salesforce Starter, SalesforceIQ, Salesmachine, Savio, Segment, Shopify, Slack, Smooch, SnapEngage, SurveyMonkey, Talkdesk, Textline, Transifex, Trello, Userlike, Weglot, WooCommerce, WordPress, Wufoo, Zapier, Zengine, elevio, iorad

Help Scout offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, Knowledge Base, Chat

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