A whopping 95 percent of consumers say that customer service is vital for brand loyalty.
Strongly tied to brand loyalty is stellar customer service, which can help you increase your revenue and build a more successful business in the long run. And hence, it becomes imperative that you choose the right tools to help your brand deliver delightful service to your customers.
To help you pick the right tool, we decided to compare the two leading ecommerce customer service software in the market, i.e., Reamaze & Intercom. Read through the article to understand their strengths and shortcomings and find the tool best suited for your needs.
Both Reamaze and Intercom rival in features, and both have thousands of customers worldwide using the tool to manage their customer service. If you’re choosing between them, you’re already on the right track.
We also understand that they are our competitors, and so we have taken the utmost care to provide our readers with an unbiased analysis while comparing the two tools.
Before we begin to break down the similarities and differences, let me share a brief overview of both the tools to set the context.
Reamaze is an awesome help desk software for ecommerce brands. It helps your team to resolve customer queries seamlessly. The live chat feature in Reamaze is well known in the market. It combines email, social media, mobile, and chat conversations seamlessly so your customers can reach you however they want.
Intercom on the other hand is a Conversational Relationship Platform (CRP). You can use it to build better customer relationships through personalized, messenger-based experiences across the customer journey. You can use Intercom to deliver conversational customer experiences through chat, bots, and personalized messaging.
Top Differences Between Reamaze and Intercom
Alright, let’s move on to specifics. I’ll walk you through the top areas where Reamaze & Intercom differ in capabilities and functionality.
If you run an ecommerce store, choosing a random customer support tool is counterintuitive. You need a tool that is designed with the needs of ecommerce businesses in mind.
Reamaze is built for ecommerce and integrates deeply with Shopify. This means that you can edit, cancel, return any order without having to leave the Reamaze dashboard. That’s not all – Reamaze comes with a host of integrations with other commonly-used ecommerce apps. This makes it all the more powerful.
Intercom, although a leading customer service software, isn’t specifically designed for ecommerce businesses. It syncs customer data and allows you to track users' actions in the store. However, you will not be able to modify orders directly from the app.
Ecommerce viability: Reamaze ✅ | Intercom ❌
Although Shopify is pretty much what everyone talks about when it comes to starting an ecommerce store, other platforms also cater to this market. The most popular ones are WooCommerce, BigCommerce, Squarespace & Magento.
As per the above table, Reamaze supports Shopify, WooCommerce, BigCommerce, and Squarespace but doesn’t support Magento.
On the other hand, Intercom supports Shopify, WooCommerce, and Squarespace. However, it doesn’t have integrations with Magento and BigCommerce.
Supporting Platforms: Reamaze ✅ | Intercom ❌
Suppose a customer asks to change the details of a particular order. In that case, you’d have to go to your Shopify (or whatever platform you’re using) dashboard, edit the order there, and then reply to the customer with the new order ID with a confirmation message. It’s hectic and inconvenient.
With Reamaze, you can view customer information on the right-hand side of the dashboard. Besides that, you can track an order (through integrations), modify it (cancel, refund, place a new order) and do all sorts of things with the deep Shopify integration.
Unfortunately, Intercom doesn’t work that well. Its integration with Shopify is very surface-level – you can view customer details and user actions but you can’t modify orders from the dashboard.
Shopify Integration: Reamaze ✅ | Intercom ❌
Reamaze does come with a number of pre-built bots, an embeddable FAQ center, and the ability to build custom bots based on your requirements.
On Intercom, you can share relevant answers and help center articles as customers are typing and also use bots designed to reduce repetitive questions. Additionally, you can create custom bots that collect up-front information, help prioritize urgent issues, and connect customers to the right people on your team.
While they both come with powerful self-serve features, Intercom has a more robust self-service support layer and gets our vote in this department.
Self-service support: Reamaze ❌ | Intercom ✅
With Intercom, you can set up one central place for your customers to reliably find answers, tips, and other important info when they need it. Moreover, you can use their editor to add images, videos, call-to-action buttons, and interactive guides to your articles. Plus you can do so in multiple languages.
While Reamaze also comes with a customizable and embeddable knowledge base, in order to add rich media you’ll need to do so by adding markdown syntax or HTML.
Intercom narrowly nudges Reamaze in this department.
Knowledge Base: Reamaze ❌ | Intercom ✅
Customers might reach out to you from any channel they prefer, and you need to reply within that channel.
With Reamaze, you can manage support on live chat, email, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.
Whereas on Intercom, you can manage support on live chat, email, Facebook & Twitter but not on Instagram.
Support Channels: Reamaze ✅ | Intercom ❌
Reamaze comes with five pricing plans; the lowest one starts at $29/agent/month. Their ‘Plus’ plan encompasses all the features and starts at $69/agent/month.
Intercom’s pricing is extremely confusing, to say the least. There are opportunities for demos across their plans. So we recommend identifying the plan with the features you need and requesting a demo to find out exactly how much it’ll cost you.
Their pricing starts at $59/month for a bare-bones version and goes up to over $499/mo for their most robust offerings. Intercom users pricing is also incorporated into the tiers, with the number of allowable users increasing as the price level does.
If you’re looking for support software where you can include your whole team at a flat fee, check out DelightChat’s pricing plans.
Top Similarities Between Reamaze and Intercom
Just knowing the differences isn’t enough to make an informed decision, is it? So, let’s look at some of the features that are common to both Reamaze & Intercom.
The main purpose of a support tool is to allow the entire support team to log in and respond to customer conversations across channels simultaneously. You can do that with both Reamaze and Intercom. Both the tools also work well to make internal communication possible with the help of Slack integration.
However, we've noticed that even though all the support channels were integrated into one, teams had to get back to their collaboration tools to ask for help or share ticket information.
DelightChat has built-in internal communication to solve this problem so your team can tag and talk to team members without ever having to leave the customer conversation screen!
More often than not, support reps end up answering the same questions every day. Questions like, “Where’s my order?” “What’s the delivery time?”etc. are surprisingly common. And macros can help answer these recurring questions.
Macros are premade responses you can create to resolve your customer queries faster.
Fortunately, both Reamaze & Intercom support macros to help your customers save time and increase productivity. You can also insert a macro to a rule (say, if they ask to cancel an order); that helps you save time even more.
Both Reamaze and Intercom let you automate your team’s workflows for optimum efficiency and to ensure your customers get the best experience possible.
You can do this by setting rules to do things like automatically assign, close & tag conversations, mark conversations as priority, etc.
Collaboration is an integral part of effective support. And features like ticket assignment, private notes, mentions, and tags help you do just that.
In addition to all of the above, you can create separate inboxes for different teams and set user roles & permissions on both Reamaze and Intercom.
You want to be able to seamlessly integrate the existing tools you use with the ecommerce helpdesk solution you choose. And that's possible on both Reamaze and Intercom.
Reamaze has around 45 integrations. While Intercom has more than 250. But numbers alone don't paint the whole story. Since Reamaze is more geared towards e-commerce, most of its integrations are likely to be relevant to your business.
It's also worth noting that since Intercom has an Open API you can easily integrate it with your own product, tech stack, or other tools.
You can find the entire list of integrations for Reamaze here. And for Intercom, the integrations can be found here.
If you run more than one ecommerce business, it’s quite challenging to manage support for all of them. On top of that, if you have to log in & log out multiple times just to respond to a support query, it’s a clear inconvenience.
Well, you don’t have to worry about it with either Reamaze or Intercom as they support multi-store connections. It means that no matter how many Shopify stores you have, you can manage support for all of them from a single place.
When it comes to Reporting, both Reamaze & Intercom excel at it. Both tools let you check response times, resolution times, customer satisfaction scores, reports on macros, and the lot. You can find more information here:
If you’re traveling or not in front of the laptop, you can’t respond to customer queries. And every question is a lost opportunity to make a sale or to delight an existing customer.
Thankfully, both Reamaze & Intercom come with mobile apps for Android & iOS. This will help you respond to your customers on the go.
Real Customer Reviews: Reamaze
The good ones
"This is an awesome app for small businesses. You can build custom chatbots, set workflows, and the FAQ site is clutch." - mysnoozepod
"Wow! Tightest integration with Shopify I've seen yet. Over the years we went from FreshDesk to Zendesk to HelpScout and now this app. Every function and detail is so thoroughly thought through and support is responsive. We're done looking for the perfect help desk software for our small business, found it." - Sound Sandbox
"We've been using ReAmaze for quite some time now. Whenever we've had any problems, the team was right there with a quick solution, even implementing suggestions made along the way. Their customer service is superb, and the app is intuitive and user-friendly." - Gritty Soul
The bad ones
“We've been working with Re:Amaze for a few weeks now and the onboarding experience has been quite frustrating. There are a lot of limitations that are not made known on their pitch which was basically a sped through, "everything is possible" pitch.” - Pepper + Vetiver
"Works well, but the cost is too expensive for a small business like ours!" - Fox and Wolf
"The backend interface for the live chat is awful. Ultimately we decided to leave because the chat function wasn't meeting our needs." - Matt M.
Real Customer Reviews: Intercom
The good ones
"In short, I love Intercom. Combined with my WordPress website, it has revolutionized my customer service. It's very easy to use for both the end user and me as an admin, yet so powerful. It's just fun to work with - even on the go!" - Leopold S
"Intercom is industry standard messaging and customer success tool offering variety of automation and easy to use tool for our agents." - Boris.B
"I used intercom daily so came to know it inside and out. I found the experience very easy to navigate and could utilise their inbuilt tools to reduce more time to reply. I also really liked their automation components." - Jack. O
The bad ones
"They lure companies in to integrating intercom into the workflows and take advantage of the difficulty of later migrating to another product, in order to jack up the prices to ridiculous levels." - Guy. Z
"Lacks basic/rudimentary functionality. Simple things like auto triggering a message at the company level when specific criteria is met is not possible. Tagging system is not easy to use and lacks basic features. Can't customize inboxes as needed." - Tasha.D
"Nothing - never worked right, confusing interface, balky software, poor support team" - Ryan.M
1. If I just started my ecommerce store, should I go with Reamaze or Intercom?
Both Reamaze & Intercom are equipped with most of the features to help you manage your store’s customer service. However, since Reamaze is more geared towards ecommerce you may find it to be better suited to your needs.
You could also consider taking advantage of DelightChat, an ecommerce helpdesk solution built for SME ecommerce & DTC brands.
2. I need a live chat for my site. Which one should I go for?
Both Reamaze & Intercom allow you to add a live chat. And they both come with powerful features like live activity event tracking, bots, sending articles etc.
It’s really a toss-up and there’s not a whole lot to choose from. So it might be worth going with the one which ticks more of your boxes in terms of overall feature set and price.
3. Can I set up Reamaze and Intercom by myself without any help?
Yes, both Reamaze & Intercom have got extensive documentation for the complicated stuff (if any). Some plans also come with a dedicated account manager who’ll help set it up for you. Plus, there are enough tutorials on YouTube that help you set up either of the software for your ecommerce store.
4.How much does Reamaze cost?
Reamaze starts at $29/agent/month up to $59/agent/month for their plan with all the features. You may want to check out a complete breakdown of all Reamaze pricing plans to help you choose the best one.
5.How much does Intercom cost?
Intercom’s pricing starts at $59/month for a bare-bones version and goes up to over $499/mo for their most robust offerings. Intercom users pricing is also incorporated into the tiers, with the number of allowable users increasing as the price level does.
Don’t like either of them?
Reamaze and Intercom aren’t the only great support tools for your ecommerce store.
While Reamaze is a great tool with a lot of powerful features, their per agent pricing model means it can get extremely expensive as your team grows.
On the other hand, Intercom is a great tool to build powerful chatbots and create self-serve articles. However, since it’s not built for ecommerce, the lack of deep Shopify integration could be a deal-breaker.
Lastly, they’re both not the easiest to figure out and have pricing plans that might be too expensive for some stores, especially ones smaller sized or earlier in their journey.
If those words resonate with you, perhaps you can take DelightChat for a spin.
Here are a few reasons why DelightChat stands out from the competition:
- It is super easy-to-use (like Gmail or Messenger, only more powerful).
- It comes equipped with all the powerful features an ecommerce brand can expect.
- It is fairly cheap so that it doesn’t burn a hole in your wallet.
Our mission is to empower SME ecommerce & DTC brands with powerful software without breaking the bank. If you are such a brand, DelightChat might be the right customer support software for you.
And in case you want to learn how DelightChat is different from Reamaze & Intercom, you can refer to the comparison pages here & here.