The 17 Best Customer Service Tools for Every Support Team
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Customer support has become a multifaceted discipline.

Not only are support professionals tasked with interacting directly with customers, they’re also creating self-service content, sending out large-scale communications, and helping customers connect with one another to create peer-to-peer knowledge sharing communities.

Managing all those different responsibilities is made much easier and more efficient with access to the right tools and resources. But with all the possibilities, it can be hard to know where to start when searching for your support stack.

To help make things a little easier, we’ve put together a list of 19 customer service tools to help you create the best support experience possible. Whether you’re just starting out or are a seasoned pro, there’s something on this list that can help improve your performance.

What are the different types of customer service tools?

Before we dive into the list, let’s take a quick look at the types of tools that customer support teams tend to use on a regular basis.

Ticketing system/help desk software

Ticketing systems or help desks are software platforms used by support teams to communicate with customers and track incoming requests. They typically bring multiple channels into one shared inbox that can be accessed by the entire team.

The following channels are often managed through a single help desk, though standalone products for specific channels also exist:

  • Email — Good for non-urgent issues or for requests that may require follow-up.

  • Phone — Great for issues that need to be handled in real time or for requests that are delicate and can benefit from a more personalized interaction.

  • Live chat — Lends itself to issues that can be resolved quickly without a lot of back and forth.

  • Social media — Some help desk software supports the management of customer requests placed on platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and X. Stand-alone social media support platforms will also offer the ability to manage and schedule content.

Knowledge base

A knowledge base is a collection of useful information — documentation, how-tos, answers to FAQs, etc. — that make it easy for people to find answers to their problems without needing to ask for help.

Companies use knowledge bases both internally and externally, and knowledge base software is often included as part of a help desk, but dedicated tools exist as well.

Community forums

Great for companies with an avid online fan base, community forums give customers a place to chat. Beyond general discussion, forums offer the opportunity for customers to crowdsource answers to any issues they may be experiencing.

Incident management

When outages occur, it’s important to find a way to provide regular status updates to your customers. Incident management software provides features like an online portal where people can check the status of your services and get up-to-date info when an issue has occurred.

Video and image capture software

While most operating systems come with a native way to capture screenshots or create a screen recording, dedicated software comes with features that make your images and videos easier to share, store, and track.

Video hosting

Though text-based help articles are great, adding video to your knowledge base can make your content more accessible. Since videos can take up a lot of storage space, you will need to pick a hosting platform. This can be something free, like YouTube, or teams may choose a paid platform that comes with extra features like analytics and editing capabilities.

Bug reporting

When customers write in with an issue that turns out to be a software bug, you’ll need to have a way to escalate them to the correct team for review and resolution. Most development teams will have their own tracking system in place, so you’ll just need to make sure that members of your support team have access to the software. You may also want to investigate whether your development team’s tool can integrate with your help desk.

Presentation tools

To make sure that the customer voice is never lost in the shuffle, it’s important for support teams to give regular cross-company updates. This process is made easier with good presentation software that will allow you to create well-designed decks quickly.

Video conferencing

Whether you’re walking a customer through your product’s onboarding process or hopping on a call with teammates to troubleshoot a bug, video conferencing software is a must for customer service teams. Look for software that provides the ability to screen share, and record meetings for those who can’t attend.

The 19 best customer service tools for every support team

Ready to get started? Here are 19 tools that are guaranteed to help your team deliver amazing customer support.

  1. Help Scout

  2. LiveAgent

  3. HubSpot Service Hub

  4. Zendesk

  5. Salesforce Service Cloud

  6. Sprout Social

  7. KnowledgeOwl

  8. Bettermode (formerly Tribe)

  9. Forumbee

  10. Statuspage

  11. Zight (formerly CloudApp)

  12. Loom

  13. Wistia

  14. Slack

  15. Slab

  16. Zoom

  17. Pitch

  18. Jira

  19. Google Workspace

1. Help Scout

Best customer service tool for growing businesses.

Since customer support is a multifaceted discipline, it’s helpful to have a multifaceted tool. Help Scout gives you access to a shared inbox, knowledge base software, live chat, and more. It’s a complete customer service platform designed to create delight and increase customer satisfaction.

Collaboratively respond to customer requests across popular channels like email, chat, and social media. You can use saved replies to save your team time when responding to common questions and automate busywork by creating custom workflows. Help Scout’s inbox also surfaces important customer information in the conversation sidebar, ensuring that the support you provide to customers is both personalized and contextual.


Since customer service shouldn’t just be reactive, take proactive action using Help Scout’s messaging features. You can send microsurveys to collect customer feedback or reach out to a segment of your customer base to announce a feature release. You can also use Docs, Help Scout’s knowledge base tool, to create a customized help center so that customers can help themselves before reaching out to your team.

Robust reporting gives insight into the areas where you’re excelling — and where you have room for improvement — all adding up to a better overall agent and customer experience.

Lastly, Help Scout’s AI tools improve the support experience for both customers and your team. Easily catch up on long email threads with AI summarize, and use AI assist to polish your text before sending customer replies or publishing knowledge base articles.


AI drafts can create a reply to incoming emails based on data like previous conversations or Docs articles. Just review, edit, and hit send.

Price: Free trial available. Plans start at $20/user per month.

2. LiveAgent

Best customer service tool for live chat.

screenshot of liveagent's customer service software

As their name suggests, LiveAgent started out with a focus on live support channels — primarily chat. Over the years they’ve developed more tools, creating a multi-channel customer support product.

They have an omnichannel inbox where you can see customer conversations from a plethora of channels. If you take a high volume of calls, you’re able to set up an IVR system. They also offer a number of reporting options to better understand team performance and some automations and integrations to improve productivity.

One thing to note is that many of the features mentioned above aren’t available on their more basic plans. For instance, the platform’s small business plan does not provide any reporting capabilities, which could be a deal breaker for some.

Price: Free trial and plan available. Paid plans start at $9/agent per month.

3. HubSpot Service Hub

Best free customer service tool.

Product Screenshot: HubSpot Service Hub

HubSpot is well known in marketing and sales circles for its customer relationship management (CRM) platform and marketing tools. In the last few years, they’ve expanded their offering to include customer service software called HubSpot Service Hub.

Service Hub includes a number of basic customer support tools like a shared inbox, a knowledge base builder, and live chat software. You also get access to some collaboration tools like internal notes and some basic automation capabilities.

It’s most powerful if you’re using other HubSpot products, as it integrates seamlessly with the rest of their software offerings.

Price: Free plan available. Paid plans start at $15/seat per month.

4. Zendesk

Best customer service tool for enterprise companies that provide phone support.


Zendesk’s support offering is split into two general plan types: foundational support and Zendesk suite. The foundational support plans only include a shared inbox and some basic collaboration tools, but the suite plans support additional channels like voice, live chat, and self-service.

While email and live chat support are pretty common amongst help desks, voice is often handled through a third-party tool. Zendesk Talk is built right into the agent workspace and allows a support agent to place calls directly from a ticket. The system is capable of recording calls and documenting the recordings and transcripts within the ticket for later review. Depending on the plan, teams can also utilize IVR features to route calls to specific agents or let customers request a callback.

In addition to voice support, Zendesk’s suite plans include features such as automation capabilities, productivity tools like internal notes, and even more advanced features like AI-powered chatbots. Zendesk’s functionality is quite impressive; however, given the complexity of implementation, it’s best suited for enterprise companies.

Price: Free trial available. Suite plans start at $55/agent per month.

5. Salesforce Service Cloud

Best customer service tool for teams that use Salesforce.

Salesforce Service Cloud Screenshot

Similar to HubSpot, Salesforce is best known for its CRM product. However, they have offered different iterations of customer support software for quite some time. Service Cloud is their current offering, and it’s an omnichannel support tool.

You’re able to handle email, phone, and chat requests all within the platform. You can also automate certain manual tasks like conversation routing via AI-powered workflows to save your team time. Lastly, if you’re using another Salesforce product, you’re able to see that information in Service Cloud and even update records directly.

Again, similar to HubSpot, the true value of Service Cloud is being able to connect with the rest of your Salesforce tools.

Price: Free trial available. Plans start at $25/user per month.

6. Sprout Social

Best dedicated social media customer service tool.

Product Screenshot: Sprout Social

Some companies have a decent amount of support requests coming through social media channels. If that’s you, then a dedicated social media tool might make sense.

With Sprout Social, you can manage customer requests from all your social channels — Facebook, X, Instagram, LinkedIn, and TikTok — in one place. In addition to its conversation management capabilities, Sprout also allows you to create a content calendar where you can schedule social media posts in advance and has reporting tools to help you track content performance.

Though content creation isn’t usually a job for customer service teams, having the ability to handle both publishing and customer engagement from one platform can be really helpful if your business splits social media duties between marketing and support.

Price: Free trial available. Plans start at $199/seat per month.

7. KnowledgeOwl

Best customer service tool for teams that need a standalone knowledge base.

Product Screenshot: KnowledgeOwl Help Center

If your company only needs a knowledge base, then a standalone tool like KnowledgeOwl could be a helpful addition to your tech stack. The platform lets teams create customizable knowledge bases with the help of a WYSIWYG editor.

The tool is equipped with user roles and permissions, making it appropriate for internal or external use. For those interested in proactive support, you can allow users access to articles throughout your website or application using the software’s contextual help widget. The widget also includes a contact form for moments when your customers require additional help.

A few other notable features of KnowledgeOwl are its versioning, export, and file hosting abilities. These features are often missing from knowledge base software included with help desks, or if they are available, they come at a premium cost.

Price: Free trial available. Plans start at $100 per month.

8. Bettermode (formerly Tribe)

Best customer service tool for building an online community.

Product Screenshot: Bettermode (formerly Tribe)

Bettermode is a tool that helps you empower peer-to-peer knowledge sharing by creating your very own online community. Basically, you’re creating a message board of sorts where customers can post and respond to each other’s inquiries.

As anyone working in support knows, there are certain customers who are almost as well-versed in your product as you are, making them an incredible resource. With a tool like Bettermode, customers get access to that resource, giving them another avenue to get assistance when they need it most.

Beyond its forum capabilities, Bettermode also supports private messaging and offers the ability to publish long-form content such as blog posts.

Price: Free plan available. Paid plans start at $19 per month.

9. Forumbee

Best customer service tool for teams focused on self-service.

Product Screenshot: Forumbee

If your company’s support strategy is centered around self-service, ForumBee is an interesting tool to look into. The platform offers both community forums and knowledge base capabilities, giving your customers the opportunity to quickly access important information on their own while still offering a space for direct communication with your company and other customers.

The software comes with event calendars, user profiles, private messaging, integrations, and reporting dashboards to help you monitor user engagement.

Given that Forumbee supports both public and private implementations of their product, the platform could also be an ideal choice for creating an internal knowledge base and community for employees.

Price: Free trial available. Plans start at $250 per month.

10. Statuspage

Best customer service tool for incident communication.

Sometimes there’s a large-scale issue that requires quick communication to a lot of customers. With StatusPage, you’re able to update your status easily and efficiently.

You can provide updates on your product as a whole or by individual feature. Customers can also see what your average uptime is, as well as see past incidents to further improve confidence in your team and product.

Price: Free plan available. Paid plans start at $29 per month.

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11. Zight (formerly CloudApp)

Best customer service tool for capturing screenshots and screencasts.

Including images in a response can bring an additional level of clarity that words alone often can’t. A tool like Zight allows you to take high-quality screenshots and screencasts to provide that additional context to your customers.

You’re also able to mark up screenshots with text and images to provide further clarity. Each image or video generates a link, meaning you no longer have to upload files to customer conversations, making the whole process that much faster.

They also have an easy-to-use GIF maker to create short loop videos for instances when you need more than a picture.

Price: Free trial and plan available. Paid team plans start at $8/user per month.

12. Loom

Best customer service tool for video walkthroughs.

With Loom, you can create videos that are embedded into other screens to provide crystal-clear support for complex issues. You can navigate around the screen during the video, which makes it easy to point out exactly where a customer may need to look to solve a problem.

A link is created for each video, which makes sharing quick and painless. You can also see when and how much of your video someone has viewed, both of which can be useful in a support interaction.

Price: Free trial and plan available. Paid plans start at $12.50/creator per month.

13. Wistia

Best customer service tool for adding video to your knowledge base.

You can think of Wistia as a supercharged YouTube but with some specific benefits for support. Many businesses — ourselves included — use Wistia to add video content to knowledge base articles. It’s great because, similar to Loom, you’re able to get analytics like total views and length of time someone watched a video.

Those insights can tip you off to how effective your content is. You’re also able to add chapters to let viewers easily navigate to the parts of your video most relevant to them, saving them time and energy, all while delivering the information they need most.

Price: Free trial and plan available. Paid plans start at $19 per month.

14. Slack

Best internal customer service tool.

Product Screenshot: Slack

As remote work and distributed teams have become more common, so has the need for a tool that allows asynchronous communication. The tool of choice for many companies is Slack.

With Slack, you’re able to exchange messages one-on-one or in group channels that people choose to join. It’s a great way to cut down on the number of emails you send and receive. Outside of general communication, Slack is a great place for companies to manage IT and other internal support requests.

Beyond internal communication, many support platforms like Help Scout integrate with Slack. Slack channels can receive notifications when a conversation is created, updated, replied to, or closed. This can be especially helpful for smaller teams where folks outside of customer support may need visibility into customer queries.

Price: Free plan available. Paid plans start at $7.25/user per month.

15. Slab

Best customer service tool for creating an internal knowledge base.

Product Screenshot: Slab

We know how powerful a good knowledge base can be for customers, so why not create something similar for internal use? Slab is a tool designed to help companies centralize their knowledge.

It’s great for information like org charts, employee handbooks, and general contact information. Teams can also store notes from meetings, record operating procedures, and even use it as a project management tool. Slab lets you create checklists and assign tasks to project collaborators, and it allows teams to work on the same document simultaneously.

Slab’s pricing is quite reasonable compared to other internal knowledge base solutions. They offer a free plan for up to 10 users, which, despite being limited in features, still might be a good choice for smaller teams.

Price: Free plan available. Paid plans start at $6.67/user per month.

16. Zoom

Best customer service tool for video conferencing.

Though asynchronous communication has its upsides, some conversations need to happen in real time, and Zoom is a great tool for those occasions. You can do voice-only or video calls, and Zoom works equally well for one-on-one and group chats.

We like to use Zoom for one-on-ones and team meetings. We also use it for company meetings and webinars since lots of people can dial into a call without degrading the quality. Further, you can record meetings, so if someone can’t attend live, they’re able to get caught up on their own time.

Price: Free plan available. Paid plans start at $13.32/user per month.

17. Pitch

Best customer service tool for presentations.

You can think of Pitch as a super-charged, web-based version of PowerPoint. With Pitch you can create beautiful presentations or proposals to effectively communicate your ideas.

However, the real differentiators are their collaboration features like comments, reactions, and even the ability to do live meetings in the tool to edit together in real time. We tend to use Pitch to present project ideas or give performance updates.

Price: Free plan available. Paid plans start at $25 per month.

18. Jira

Best customer service tool for bug reporting.

Product Screenshot: Jira Bug Tracking

Though you could report bugs in any number of places, having a dedicated tool helps keep track of them to reduce duplicate work and keep everyone in the loop. Jira is the tool we — and many other teams — use to do that.

You’re able to group incidents, update the status of a bug, and even ping people directly if you need a response quickly. Jira has a lot of additional functionality beyond just bug reporting, but it’s the most common use for support teams.

Another good reason to use Jira for bug tracking is that it integrates with many other popular support tools, including Help Scout. When you integrate Jira with your help desk, you’re able to link customer conversations to any Jira issue. This makes it easier to keep customers informed as your team works to resolve their problems.

Price: Free trial and plan available. Paid plans start at $8.15/user per month.

19. Google Workspace

Best customer service tool for team collaboration.

A handful of the tools on this list — Zoom, Pitch, and Slack — are basically paid versions of Google tools. They do have additional functionality and are more robust in general, but if you’re a new team or more budget-conscious, Google’s suite of tools can work in place of some of the tools we mentioned.

You can create an internal knowledge base of sorts using Google Docs. If you need to chat in real time, Google Chat or Google Meet are options. Google Slides lets you create PowerPoint-style presentations, and Google Sheets is great for spreadsheets.

Price: Free trial available. Plans start at $7.20/user per month.

Choosing the best customer support tools for your business

Customer service is a tough job, but it’s made easier with access to the right tools and resources. Be sure to audit your needs regularly, and fill the gaps when necessary with some of the helpful tools above. When you do, everyone involved will be set up for success.

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