What Is Help Scout?

Answer 52% more emails with ease with Help Scout. Help Scout pulls in emails from your existing shared email account, giving you access to additional features that make your team more collaborative and productive. View all of the replies your team has sent, and see when someone is actively replying. Access detailed reports, build a library of saved replies, and take advantage of workflows to automate repetitive tasks. You'll have happier customers and fewer email requests — everyone wins.

Who Uses Help Scout?

Unlike enterprise tools that are hard to set up, create an impersonal experience, and require admins to manage, Help Scout lets you keep things simple, move fast, and focus on delighting customers.

Help Scout video 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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Reviews of Help Scout

Average score

Overall
4.7
Ease of Use
4.7
Customer Service
4.7
Features
4.3
Value for Money
4.5

Reviews by company size (employees)

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  • 201-1,000
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4
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Laurène
Head of Customer Success in France
Computer Software, 11-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

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

4.0 3 months ago

Comments: 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.

Abraham
Abraham
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

5.0 last year

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.

John
That Guy in US
Entertainment, 11-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Help Scout transformed our intra-office communication moments from chaos in motion to ballet.

5.0 5 years ago

Comments: to keep it simple..streamlined staff communications on everything from emails to phone call messages to intra-office project coordination and much more. Did I mention not having to get emails about emails that were about a forward of an email that was a forwarded email snippet...yep

Pros:

I no longer get an email about an email that is about a forward of an email which was originally about an email that was about an email that was forwarded regarding an email that was sent. Exactly..we have all had the pleasure of deciphering the shortened email snippet, forwards and the references to email threads that are broken but with Help Scout I now see it all..and see when..and where ..and who..Yep.. order to the choas of my many "conversations". And ohhhhh sooo much data hygine..i agree a terrible phrase but such a critical thing for any serious business. This includes a robust beyond belief search and filter feature. For those who appreciate effecient shortcuts and cross refereneced data points...yep tags..and filtering by tags as well. The bane of my existence is also the best feature which is the timeline transparancy that Help Scout brings. We all know who touched what when so we can not step on toes and if we try they put in the "traffic cop" feature to prevent unprofessional duplicate customer touches. Additionally, you can use Help Scout to assign voicemails to staff individual to deal with if your voicemail service offers emailed transcription forwards. Our staff also create conversation for intra office communications all the time to document timelines and details for reference later if needed. HS has helped us track everything from maintenance service logs to customer complaints and staff schedules.

Cons:

This is only a tough question and one I would suggest come first when reviewing since after listing all the things i love and enjoy it helps me block out the uglier bits and pieces.. Besides some of the android app glitches that are more annoying than crisis creating I am still hard pressed to find many cons about using HS this past 2 years. has had a "negative" impact on my work communications besides the timeline busting myself for something

Greg
Greg
Canada
Verified LinkedIn User
Veterinary Software, 11-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source
Source: GetApp

Completely changed our business - for the better

5.0 6 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
Customer Support Lead in Hungary
Printing, 11-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

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Great customer focused company to work with!

5.0 3 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.