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

Pricing Details

Basic: $15 user / month, or $10 user / month billed annually Standard: $25 user / month, or $20 user / month billed annually Plus: $40 user / month, or $35 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.

Free Version

No

Free Trial

Yes

Help Scout deployment and support

Support

  • Email/Help Desk
  • FAQs/Forum
  • Knowledge Base
  • Phone Support
  • 24/7 (Live rep)
  • Chat

Deployment

  • Cloud, SaaS, Web-based
  • Android (Mobile)
  • iPhone (Mobile)
  • iPad (Mobile)

Training

  • Live Online
  • Webinars
  • Documentation
  • Videos

Help Scout Features

  • API
  • Activity Tracking
  • Asset Tracking
  • Audit Management
  • Audit Trail
  • Barcode / Ticket Scanning
  • Barcode Printing
  • Barcode Recognition
  • Barcoding/RFID
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Cost Tracking
  • Customisable Branding
  • Customisable Reports
  • Customisable Templates
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customization
  • Data Import/Export
  • Historical Reporting
  • Inventory Management
  • Inventory Optimisation
  • Inventory Replenishment
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Invoice Management
  • Label Printing
  • Label Templates
  • Labeling
  • Location Tracking
  • Mobile Access
  • Multi-Channel Management
  • Multi-Location
  • Order Management
  • Order Processing
  • Order Tracking
  • Purchase Order Management
  • Purchasing & Receiving
  • Real Time Data
  • Receiving Labels
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Returns Management
  • Sales Orders
  • Serial Number Tracking
  • Shipping Labels
  • Shipping Management
  • Status Tracking
  • Stock Management
  • Summary Reports
  • Supplier Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Warehouse Management
  • Workflow Management

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  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts / Escalation
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Auto-Responders
  • Batch Communications
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • CRM
  • Call Recording
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Communication Management
  • Contact Database
  • Contact Management
  • Content Management
  • Customer Database
  • Customer History
  • Customisable Branding
  • Customisable Templates
  • Email Distribution
  • Email Management
  • Feedback Management
  • Historical Reporting
  • IVR / Voice Recognition
  • Inbox Management
  • Interaction Tracking
  • Interactive Content
  • Live Chat
  • Multi-Channel Communication
  • Multi-Channel Management
  • Multi-Language
  • On-Demand Communications
  • Personalisation
  • Print Management
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-time Updates
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • SMS Messaging
  • SSL Security
  • Social Media Integration
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Tagging
  • Template Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Video Support
  • Widgets
  • Workflow Management

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  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts / Escalation
  • Appointment Management
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  • Calendar Management
  • Call Centre Management
  • Call Routing
  • Communication Management
  • Contact Database
  • Contact Management
  • Customer Database
  • Customer History
  • Customer Segmentation
  • Customer Service Analytics
  • Customisable Forms
  • Customisable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Drag & Drop
  • Email Management
  • Employee Management
  • Engagement Analytics
  • Event Triggered Actions
  • Inbox Management
  • Knowledge Base Management
  • Live Chat
  • Multi-Channel Communication
  • Multiple User Accounts
  • Performance Management
  • Performance Metrics
  • Queue Management
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-time Updates
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Rules-Based Workflow
  • SMS Messaging
  • Self Service Portal
  • Single Sign On
  • Social Media Integration
  • Support Ticket Management
  • Support Ticket Tracking
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Template Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Virtual Assistant
  • Voice Mail
  • Workflow Management

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  • Activity Dashboard
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  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Archiving & Retention
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  • CRM
  • Campaign Analytics
  • Campaign Management
  • Campaign Segmentation
  • Canned Responses
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Click Tracking
  • Contact Database
  • Contact Management
  • Customer Segmentation
  • Customisable Branding
  • Customisable Forms
  • Customisable Templates
  • Customizable Fields
  • Data Recovery
  • Drag & Drop
  • Drip Campaigns
  • Email Distribution
  • Email Management
  • Email Marketing
  • Email Monitoring
  • Email Templates
  • Email Tracking
  • Inbox Management
  • Monitoring
  • Queue Management
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Response Management
  • Routing
  • Search/Filter
  • Shared Inboxes
  • Signature Management
  • Social Media Integration
  • Spam Blocker
  • Subscription Management
  • Template Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Whitelisting/Blacklisting
  • Workflow Management

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  • Access Controls/Permissions
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  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts / Escalation
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Automated Routing
  • CRM
  • Call Centre Management
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Client Portal
  • Customer Database
  • Customer History
  • Customisable Branding
  • Customisable Forms
  • Customisable Reports
  • Customisable Templates
  • Customizable Fields
  • Data Import/Export
  • Document Storage
  • Email Management
  • Email Templates
  • Feedback Management
  • Help Desk Management
  • IT Asset Management
  • Interaction Tracking
  • Interaction Tracking
  • Knowledge Base Management
  • Live Chat
  • Macros/Templated Responses
  • Monitoring
  • Multi-Channel Communication
  • Network Monitoring
  • Performance Metrics
  • Prioritisation
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real-Time Chat
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Self Service Portal
  • Service Level Agreement (SLA) Management
  • Social Media Integration
  • Support Ticket Management
  • Support Ticket Tracking
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Ticket Management
  • Workflow Configuration
  • Workflow Management

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  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Active Directory Integration
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • CRM
  • Calendar Management
  • Cataloguing/Categorisation
  • Categorisation/Grouping
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Communication Management
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Content Library
  • Content Management
  • Customisable Branding
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  • Customisable Reports
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  • Data Import/Export
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  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop
  • Email Management
  • File Management
  • Full Text Search
  • Gamification
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  • Multi-Language
  • Online Forums
  • Projections
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • SSL Security
  • Self Service Portal
  • Self-Learning
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  • Social Media Integration
  • Surveys & Feedback
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  • Text Editing
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Widgets
  • Workflow Management

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  • Customisable Branding
  • Customisable Forms
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  • Customisable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Discount Management
  • Electronic Payments
  • Email Invitations & Reminders
  • Email Marketing
  • Employee Management
  • Event Calendar
  • Event Management
  • Event Scheduling
  • Event Ticketing
  • Event Tracking
  • Kiosk Ticketing
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Ticketing
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  • Promotions Management
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Registration Management
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Reserved Seating
  • Sales Reports
  • Season Tickets
  • Seating Map
  • Social Media Integration
  • Social Promotion
  • Support Ticket Management
  • Surveys & Feedback
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  • Ticket Brokering
  • Ticket Reservations
  • Visitor Registration
  • Website Management

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Overall rating

4.7/5

Average score

Ease of Use 4.7
Customer Service 4.8
Features 4.3
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.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 12/08/2019
Robert K.
Director
Computer Software, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    5 /5
  • Ease of Use
    4 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    4 /5
  • Customer Support
    4 /5
  • Value for Money
    4 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    10/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 03/04/2021

"IntegrationKings review of HelpScout"

Pros: We love that it brings all the communication into one central place to help answer clients back.

Cons: We do not like how forwarding of emails work and they always drop the attachments.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 03/04/2021
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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
Shaun V.
Senior Manager, Success Engineer
Computer Software, 51-200 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
  • 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 
  • Reviewed on 13/07/2019

"Stellar Support Tool for SaaS companies"

Comments: 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.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 13/07/2019