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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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 12/04/2020

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.

Laurène
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  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 11–50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Help Scout is great for small teams looking for a simple and inexpensive shared inbox

Reviewed on 05/09/2022

Help Scout is a great option for small to medium teams who do not want and overly complicated and...

Help Scout is a great option for small to medium teams who do not want and overly complicated and pricy Help Desk software. It lacks some nice-to-have features but it will still help you provide great customer service.

Pros

Help Scout is great for our 4-person Customer Success Team. We have been using it for over a year and it helps us provide high-quality customer support. It is easy to use, our customers like it because our emails look just like normal emails. Their support team is great, we always get quick and relevant answers.

Cons

I think the reporting feature could really be improved, and we would appreciate a few more features to improve the daily management of support tickets.

Alternatives Considered

Intercom and Zendesk Suite

Reasons for Choosing Help Scout

Gmail doesn't work well as a shared inbox.

Switched From

Gmail

Reasons for Switching to Help Scout

Help Scout looks more like a regular inbox and not an overly automated ticketing system. It is very easy to setup and use. It is also cheaper.
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 02/02/2023

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 25/11/2020

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.

Aimee Rebekah
Aimee Rebekah
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  • Industry: Alternative Medicine
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 5.0 /10

Solid Platform, Intuitive User Experience, 'Clean' Look & Feel, and Easy to Perform Basic...

Reviewed on 09/01/2023

I have used Help Scout for over a decade now and I'm kind of loyal to it. I had multiple problems...

I have used Help Scout for over a decade now and I'm kind of loyal to it. I had multiple problems this year where I was almost going to stop using it but their customer service is so good and thorough in the way that they communicate that I decided to stay. Help Scout is really affordable and it's really simple and it does have limits but if you're just looking for a simple way to track your emails and to provide a chat option for your website and to create a knowledge base then it's a really great tool.

Pros

HelpScout is really simple to use & has a really clean interface and their customer service is A+++. I am someone who will stay with the company even if they don't have all the bells and whistles if they have excellent customer service, especially something like an email provider because it's hard to find really great customer service in email. I have been using it for over 10 years, & it also is like a database of all of my customer interactions. So I can type in the customers name at the top of the screen and it will pull up every email that they've ever sent in and every email that we've ever sent to them so it becomes this really powerful documentation tool.

Cons

It doesn't have a ticketing system. So it's not so it sometimes it can be easy to miss emails or to have customer service emails go unanswered if a lot of emails come in at once. And a ticketing system and a lot of other email platforms it will bump it up to the top for you if you haven't answered it in a set amount of days but help scout doesn't have a easy way to do that. Even though it does have a knowledge base it's just not as strong in terms of customer service portal as some of the other tools I've explored like fresh desk.

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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 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 Software, Chat

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