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.

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.

Help Scout Details

Help Scout

Founded in 2011

Help Scout Details

Help Scout

Founded in 2011

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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

Features of Help Scout

  • 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
  • Customizable 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
  • Personalization
  • 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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  • Contact Database
  • Contact Management
  • Customer Database
  • Customer History
  • Customer Segmentation
  • Customer Service Analytics
  • Customisable Forms
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Drag & Drop
  • Email Management
  • Employee Management
  • Engagement Tracking
  • 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
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  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Rules-Based Workflow
  • SMS Messaging
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  • Single Sign On
  • Social Media Integration
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  • Data Import/Export
  • Document Storage
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  • Feedback Management
  • Help Desk Management
  • IT Asset Management
  • Interaction Tracking
  • Knowledge Base Management
  • Live Chat
  • Macros/Templated Responses
  • Monitoring
  • Multi-Channel Communication
  • Network Monitoring
  • Performance Metrics
  • Prioritization
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real-Time Chat
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Self Service Portal
  • Service Level Agreement (SLA) Management
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Reviews of Help Scout

Read all 169 reviews

Average score

Overall
4.7
Ease of Use
4.7
Customer Service
4.8
Features
4.3
Value for Money
4.6

Reviews by score

5
118
4
47
3
4

Reviews by company size (employees)

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  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
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Greg H.
Greg H.
Canada
Verified LinkedIn User
Veterinary, 11-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source
Source: GetApp

Completely changed our business - for the better

5 5 years ago

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

Celeste O.
Customer Support Lead in Hungary
Printing, 11-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Great customer focused company to work with!

5 2 years ago

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.

Abraham C.
Abraham C.
Social Media Manager & Administrative Support in Philippines
Verified LinkedIn User
Mining & Metals, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Great for Basic Customer Support

5 4 weeks ago New

Comments: I have nothing to say about Help Scout's services, it does an excellent job, hands down. Though it's lacking some features and the pricing is a little bit high based on what features they offer. If you want just a basic customer service software for handling emails then Help Scout is a good choice.

Pros:

Help Scout does what it's supposed to do and it's very good at it. No doubt about that. It's the very main reason why many companies trust Help Scout for their customer support management. You can create automations, saved replies, a knowledgebase, and a chat widget (they call it Beacon). Everything works as it's supposed to and we never had any issues so far. It's really easy to set up automations and saved replies, no need to look into their help docs. You just need to use your common sense to navigate through the dashboard. I am using it daily for my client's e-commerce business for the past 6 years and I can say that it's a really solid product. I also like their mobile app because it works really well. This is very important so you can attend to your customers even when you're not at your desk. Most customers want very quick responses and so the mobile app will be very handy when you don't have access to a computer. There's no issue with deliverability as all our emails and replies went straight to customers' inboxes, which is very critical for this kind of app.

Cons:

I found another software that has more features than this app and the pricing is also good. I wish Help Scout will have a feature where you can snooze or schedule an email or reply, and the ability to create embeddable forms. Also, I wish you can connect your social media accounts so you will be able to easily monitor your social media audiences when they message you or when they comment on your posts. These are available on the other software I found and it is a great alternative to this software.

Verified Reviewer
Monograph Cataloging Technician in US
Verified LinkedIn User
Higher Education, 11-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Great for small teams!

3 last year

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.

Verified Reviewer
Sales in Mexico
Verified LinkedIn User
Design, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Easy to use and helpful features

5 last month New

Comments: Very helpful and friendly e-mail platform for customer service and customer service related analytics.

Pros:

I like that it is very easy at the eye, we use it mainly for customer service and e-mail threads are really easy to catch up on even if conversations are several or long. Also Love the preset answers feature, very helpful for general questions.

Cons:

The thing I like the least is that filters are not the friendliest sometimes besides the filter you need to look further yourself for specific info.