Help Scout

Deliver world-class support from one easy-to-use platform.

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.

Pricing starting from:

$20.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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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.

Typical Customers

  • Freelancers
  • Small Businesses (2-50)
  • Mid-size Companies (51-500)
  • Large enterprises (500 and more)

Deployment

  • Cloud-based
  • On-premise

Markets

Andorra, United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan, Antigua & Barbuda, Anguilla , Albania, Armenia, Angola, Argentina, American Samoa, Austria, Australia, Aruba, Åland Islands, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Barbados, Bangladesh, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Bulgaria, Bahrain, Burundi, Benin, Bermuda, Brunei, Bolivia, Brazil, Bahamas, Bhutan, Botswana, Belarus, Belize, Canada, Congo - Kinshasa, Central African Republic, Congo - Brazzaville, Switzerland, Cook Islands, Chile, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cape Verde, Cyprus, Czechia, Germany, Djibouti, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Algeria, Ecuador, Estonia, Egypt, Eritrea, Spain, Ethiopia, Finland, Fiji, Falkland Islands, Micronesia, Faroe Islands, France, Gabon, United Kingdom, Grenada, Georgia, French Guiana, Guernsey, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greenland, Gambia, Guinea, Guadeloupe, Equatorial Guinea, Greece, Guatemala, Guam, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Hong Kong SAR China, Honduras, Croatia, Haiti, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Isle of Man, India, Iraq, Iran, Iceland, Italy, Jersey, Jamaica, Jordan, Japan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Cambodia, Kiribati, Comoros, St. Kitts & Nevis, South Korea, Kuwait, Cayman Islands, Kazakhstan, Laos, Lebanon, St. Lucia, Liechtenstein, Sri Lanka, Liberia, Lesotho, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Libya, Morocco, Monaco, Moldova, Montenegro, St. Martin, Madagascar, Marshall Islands, North Macedonia, Mali, Myanmar (Burma), Mongolia, Macao SAR China, Northern Mariana Islands, Martinique, Mauritania, Montserrat, Malta, Mauritius, Maldives, Malawi, Mexico, Malaysia, Mozambique, Namibia, New Caledonia, Niger, Norfolk Island, Nigeria, Nicaragua, Netherlands, Norway, Nepal, Nauru, New Zealand, Oman, Panama, Peru, French Polynesia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Pakistan, Poland, St. Pierre & Miquelon, Puerto Rico, Palestinian Territories, Portugal, Palau, Paraguay, Qatar, Réunion, Romania, Serbia, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Seychelles, Sudan, Sweden, Singapore, St. Helena, Slovenia, Svalbard & Jan Mayen, Slovakia, Sierra Leone, San Marino, Senegal, Somalia, Suriname, São Tomé & Príncipe, El Salvador, Syria, Eswatini, Turks & Caicos Islands, Chad, Togo, Thailand, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tunisia, Tonga, Turkey, Trinidad & Tobago, Tuvalu, Taiwan, Tanzania, Ukraine, Uganda, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vatican City, St. Vincent & Grenadines, Venezuela, British Virgin Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, Vietnam, Vanuatu, Wallis & Futuna, Samoa, Yemen, Mayotte, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Supported Languages

English

Pricing starting from:

$20.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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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.

Features

Total features of Help Scout: 75

  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Auto-Responders
  • Automated Routing
  • Canned Responses
  • Cataloging/Categorization
  • Categorization/Grouping
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Communication Management
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Contact Database
  • Contact Management Software
  • Customer Database
  • Customer History
  • Customer Service Analytics
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Document Management Software
  • Document Storage
  • Email Management Software
  • Email Monitoring
  • Email Templates
  • Employee Management
  • Event Triggered Actions
  • Feedback Management
  • Full Text Search
  • Help Desk Management
  • Inbox Management
  • Interaction Tracking
  • Knowledge Base Management
  • Knowledge Management Software
  • Live Chat Software
  • Macros/Templated Responses
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile App
  • Multi-Channel Communication
  • Multi-Language
  • Multiple User Accounts
  • Performance Management
  • Performance Metrics
  • Prioritization
  • Process/Workflow Automation
  • Queue Management
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-Time Chat
  • Real-time Updates
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Response Management
  • Routing
  • Rules-Based Workflow
  • SSL Security
  • Search/Filter
  • Self Service Portal
  • Shared Inboxes
  • Signature Management
  • Single Sign On Software
  • Spam Blocker
  • Support Ticket Management
  • Support Ticket Tracking
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Tagging
  • Text Editing
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Ticket Management
  • Workflow Configuration
  • Workflow Management Software

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5
(186)
Value for Money
4.5/5
Features
4.3/5
Ease of Use
4.7/5
Customer Support Software
4.7/5

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Dave
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  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
  • Review Source

Overall rating

  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support Software

Keeps our customer support organized and on task

Reviewed on 11/06/2018

Pros

A clean UI that has obviously been well thought through. They iterate and add features routinely and are very proactive in communicating with their customers. For example, I had discovered a bug, which they confirmed and rolled out a fix within 48 hours.

There are small reminders and tips presented within the context of the app, which are very helpful (eg. helping the user in distinguishing between an internal comment and a customer reply - this is very useful).

Overall, there is great value for the money, I would strongly recommend Help Scout as a help desk/customer facing communication tool.

Cons

IMAP integration for outgoing e-mail archiving would be highly valued. Only Gmail is supported at this time.

Johann
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support Software
  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

The review

Reviewed on 22/08/2019

Really nice product for email support teams, but it doesn't do the work for others. I like the goal...

Really nice product for email support teams, but it doesn't do the work for others. I like the goal Help Scout has, but they need to fit to the market before they are dropping out.

Pros

It's your best solution on the market if you are looking to interact with your customers only via email. Really easy to implement and the CS is really helpful too.

Cons

It's really difficult to spice things up for the customer. Limitations are set rather quickly when trying to customize Reports or being proactive with customers.

Alternatives Considered

Freshdesk

Reasons for Choosing Help Scout

Zendesk was awful for email conversations

Switched From

Zendesk Suite
Verified Reviewer
Overall rating
  • Industry: Higher Education Software
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
  • Review Source

Overall rating

  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Great for small teams!

Reviewed on 28/07/2020

When looking for customer service platforms, a lot of people will want it to feel human. Oddly, I...

When looking for customer service platforms, a lot of people will want it to feel human. Oddly, I love that it can be used to send confidential documents securely, and I don't have to interact. It's a great timesaver that way, especially when the people on the other end are using it for the same reason. Yes, you can add more personality and humanity, but in my case, I like being able to work uninterrupted, and no one ever has to say "have a nice day" because all we're doing is sending documents. If you're looking for something a little more personal -- it can absolutely be used that way. The notes and chat functions are helpful, and Help Scout is pretty adaptable to whatever your customer service philosophy entails.

Pros

-Extremely easy to set up, add employees to, and use on a daily basis without hassle.
-Love the option to assign communications and update the status of them.
-Simple, straightforward design.
-Did I mention is was easy? Almost no training required.

Cons

-It would be nice to have more customization options. The simplicity is of appeal here, but the limitations are noticeable.

Brad
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  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support Software
  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Help Scout - The solution we were looking for!

Reviewed on 03/12/2018

Help Scout is easy to use, appealing, and very effective. There is always a feature to accommodate...

Help Scout is easy to use, appealing, and very effective. There is always a feature to accommodate our needs.

Pros

Help Scout is so user friendly! In the past, we tried several ticketing systems but they didn't seem to fit in with our flow and organization. We heard about Help Scout, tried it, and simply fell in love! Help Scout is so easy to use and work together as a team.

Cons

The one thing I would really like to see in Help Scout is a Round Robin auto-assignment feature. You can do quite a bit with workflows but I wish there was a simple way to Round Robin auto-assign our incoming tickets.

Matthew
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  • Industry: Internet
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support Software

Makes life SO much easier

Reviewed on 07/09/2015

HelpScout has become an essential, can't-do-without part of my workday with how savvy and helpful...

HelpScout has become an essential, can't-do-without part of my workday with how savvy and helpful it is in organizing contact with our customers and giving us a handy module for FAQs to boot.

Pros

- Keeping un-answered emails bolded even after you've read it once,
- "Traffic Cop" for keeping egg off your face in case you send an email before reading a follow-up email from the customer
- Intuitive inbox and Doc-editing interfaces
- Ability to tag email addresses and assign conversations to a particular team member
- "Show original" option to see the email in its original formatting, in case HelpScout's interface isn't able to accommodate
- Quick customer service response times, to fix problems in a pinch
- about 20 other things :-)

Cons

Pretty minor, really:
- Sometimes the inbox counts don't always update automatically (between 30 seconds and a few mins, depending on the day)
- I honestly can't think of any others (seriously, it's that good)

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Help Scout FAQs

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Help Scout offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: $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, 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 Essentials, 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 Software, Chat

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