Help Scout

Who Uses Help Scout?

Companies, small and large, that insist on a delightful customer experience. We're trusted by 8,000 customers in 70+ countries, including Basecamp, Buffer, GrubHub, AngelList and Timbuk2.

What Is Help Scout?

Help Scout scales like any other help desk, but the customer experience feels personalized like email. Help Scout is ideal for companies of all sizes, and supports companies with 500+ users. Help Scout's clutter-free features keep teams of any size on the same page. With best in-class-reporting, integrated knowledge base, robust API and tons of integrations, and free iPhone app to support customers on the go, Help Scout lets your team focus on what really matters: your customers.

Help Scout Details

Help Scout

https://www.helpscout.com

Founded 2011

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Help Scout pricing overview

Help Scout does not have a free version but does offer a free trial. Help Scout paid version starts at US$10.00/month.


Starting Price

US$10.00/month

Free Version

No

Free Trial

Yes

Help Scout deployment and support

Support

  • 24/7 (Live Rep)
  • Business Hours
  • Online

Deployment

  • Cloud, SaaS, Web
  • Mobile - iOS Native
  • Mobile - Android Native

Training

  • Live Online
  • Webinars
  • Documentation

Help Scout Features

  • Batch Communications
  • Chat / Messaging
  • Content Management
  • Email Distribution
  • Interactive Content
  • Multi-Channel Communication
  • On-Demand Communications
  • Personalisation
  • Print Management
  • Template Management
  • Video Content

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  • Alerts / Escalation
  • Appointment Management
  • Call Centre Management
  • Email Management
  • Knowledge Base
  • Live Chat
  • Performance Metrics
  • Queue Management
  • Self Service Portal
  • Social Media Integration
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Virtual Assistant
  • Workflow Management

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  • Archiving & Retention
  • Canned Responses
  • Data Recovery
  • Email Monitoring
  • Queue Management
  • Response Management
  • Routing
  • Shared Inboxes
  • Signature Management
  • Spam Blocker
  • Whitelisting/Blacklisting

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  • Alerts / Escalation
  • Automated Routing
  • Call Centre Management
  • Customisable Branding
  • Document Storage
  • Email Integration
  • IT Asset Management
  • Interaction Tracking
  • Knowledge Base Management
  • Macros/Templated Responses
  • Multi-Channel Communication
  • Network Monitoring
  • Real-time Chat
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Self Service Portal
  • Service Level Agreement (SLA) Management
  • Social Media Integration
  • Ticket Management
  • Workflow Configuration

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  • Cataloguing/Categorisation
  • Collaboration
  • Content Management
  • Decision Tree
  • Discussion Boards
  • Full Text Search
  • Knowledge Base Management
  • Self Service Portal

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Help Scout Reviews for UK Users

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Overall rating

4.7/5

Average score

Ease of Use 4.7
Customer Service 4.8
Features 4.4
Value for Money 4.6

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Greg H.
Veterinary, 11-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
  • Overall Rating
    5 /5
  • Ease of Use
    5 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    5 /5
  • Customer Support
    5 /5
  • Value for Money
    5 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    10/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Source: GetApp
  • Reviewed on 17/11/2016

"Completely changed our business - for the better"

Comments: Most companies using Help Desk software are in software development, tech or online commerce of some kind. We're in the boring, traditional business of veterinary medicine practice, and deal with hundreds of emails a day from clients and the rest of the outside world. We're the only vet company I know of that uses a help desk, and we use Help Scout - and absolutely LOVE it. We did use Zendesk previously, but found that it's way too complicated and not very personal. Pet owners don't want to be given a ticket # and feel like they're speaking to a robot. Help Scout solved that immediately when we switched. We have a lot of complex conversations via email that require multiple people being involved, communicating internal messages to each other about certain threads, etc. etc. Help Scout is absolutely fantastic, because it's very elegant in it's simplicity - but tremendously powerful in it's capability. On top of that, we've found their support team to be kick ass, highly responsive and always eager to try and figure out a solution to any issue we bring them. We are very loyal Help Scout clients, and plan to be for a long time.

Pros: - extremely simple to use and understand as a user
- treats communications like human beings and provides a much more personal feel to communication (as opposed to making people feel like numbers)
- fantastic support team that's very responsive and solution focused
- solid API that allows you to bring in data from other apps so that you have a consolidated view of a client, beyond just their email history

Cons: - wish that the interface could be a little more customized for our specific needs
- really don't have any downsides to it - it's a great product

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Source: GetApp
  • Reviewed on 17/11/2016
Celeste O.
Customer Support Lead
Printing, 11-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    5 /5
  • Ease of Use
    4 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    4 /5
  • Customer Support
    5 /5
  • Value for Money
    5 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    9/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 12/08/2019

"Great customer focused company to work with!"

Comments: Excellent. While there is some admittedly cool functionality that other CRMs offer at higher prices, they don't make sense for our current business needs and you really can't beat Helpscout when it comes to their customer service and help resources. It's excellent working with a team who really care what their customers and their customers' customers think.

Pros: Their entire philosophy is centered around customer satisfaction and success. This mirrors our own approach and it's great seeing that in action. They are also great at handling questions and service requests, and I love all the support and information resources they offer.

Cons: I wish the reporting functions were better and more detailed. Sometimes when something wasn't functioning in a way that worked for it, their response was suggesting a work around that would require a service plan upgrade when I figured out a work around that could work at our current level, but that is a very minor gripe.

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  • Reviewed on 12/08/2019
Sara Y.
Donor Support Associate
Nonprofit Organization Management, 51-200 Employees
Used the Software for: 1-5 months
  • Overall Rating
    4 /5
  • Ease of Use
    4 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    4 /5
  • Customer Support
    4 /5
  • Value for Money
    4 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    8/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 25/11/2020

"Help Scout helps out"

Comments: 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.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 25/11/2020
Verified Reviewer
Monograph Cataloging Technician
Higher Education, 11-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
  • Overall Rating
    3 /5
  • Ease of Use
    5 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    4 /5
  • Customer Support
    Unrated
  • Value for Money
    4 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    8/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 28/07/2020

"Great for small teams!"

Comments: 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.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 28/07/2020
Stefanos E.
Cloud consultant
Computer Software, Self Employed
Used the Software for: Free Trial
  • Overall Rating
    5 /5
  • Ease of Use
    4 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    5 /5
  • Customer Support
    5 /5
  • Value for Money
    4 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    9/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 21/12/2020

"Help Scout review"

Comments: Help Scout is a very user intuitive and helpful tool to keep all your customer support interactions gathered and managed in a single place. Very responsive and easy to use Web app console which I am making use of on a daily basis.

Pros: I was impressed by the overall features and functionality of this product. In the basic pricing plan it allows you to create up to three support mailboxes and thus supporting three organizations with a single account. Each mailbox can be configured with an associated beacon, i.e. chat and customer support monitoring with customizable behavior depending on what end user experience you wish to offer to your customer support. Last but not least Help Scout features documentation pages which act as a knowledge base for supporting your users and thus eliminating support calls.

Cons: I would like to see more granular configurations made available in the aesthetic side of a knowledge base. I would also like to see the basic plan to support up to three knowledge bases out of the box without an extra charge beyond the first one.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 21/12/2020