Front

Front

Email management software and shared inbox for teams

4.4/5 (145 reviews)

Front Overview

What is Front?

Front is the shared inbox for teams that brings all of your business communications into a single collaborative platform. Teams in customer support, sales, operations, IT, and marketing can manage [email protected], [email protected], and other group email addresses, Facebook, Twitter, chat, and SMS messages, in one place, and respond without switching between multiple tools.

Designed for team collaboration: Emails and messages in your shared inbox can be assigned to teammates to makes it clear who is responsible for responding, and collision detection prevents multiple replies to the same message. You can directly mention teammates to share and discuss messages and drafts before sending a response to a customer. Email templates let you quickly reply consistently to common questions.

Enhances team productivity: Front works like an email client, but it’s more powerful than Gmail or Outlook. With features like internal comments, follow-up reminders, read receipts, mail merge, email sequences, and canned answers, you’re able to respond 2-3x faster to customers. Mobile apps on iOS and Android are available for responding and triaging on the go. Front’s comprehensive analytics shows your response time, message volume, and many more to measure your productivity.

Integrates with all your apps: Front works with many of the other software you already use — Salesforce, Slack, Trello, GitHub, Intercom, Asana, and more, so you can access and sync this information in Front. Custom integrations for your specific business need can be developed using the API.

Try Front for free with a 14-day trial.

Front Overview

Pricing

Starting from
US$9.00/month

Pricing options

Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Starter plan: $9/user/month (billed monthly), $9/user/month (billed annually)

Plus plan: $29/user/month (billed monthly), $24/user/month (billed annually)

Prime plan: $65/user/month (billed monthly), $49/user/month (billed annually)

Enterprise plan: $79/user/month (only available on annual plan)


Front Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China and 5 others, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America
Supported Languages
English

Screenshots

Front screenshot: Manage email, chat, social media, SMS in one place
Front screenshot: Manage email, chat, social media, SMS in one place Front screenshot: Assign messages to your teammate for clear accountability and ownership Front screenshot: Direct mention teammates to internally discuss messages and leave comments Front screenshot: Connect to other apps, like Salesforce, to access and sync information in Front Front screenshot: Track and analyze your message volume and response times to improve performance over time Front screenshot: Android mobile app to respond on the go Front screenshot: iOS mobile app to respond on the go

Front Reviews

Front Reviews

Overall rating
4.4
/
5
Excellent
93

Very good
36

Average
7

Poor
6

Terrible
3

Value for Money
4.2
Features
4.3
Ease of Use
4.5
Customer Support
4.4
89% recommended this app
Marjolaine L.

Best email software ever

We have a shared inbox and we had trouble to avoid double answers and we had to forward the emails to each other or CC them on our replies so they could get informed of a conversation


Ari P.

Shared Email Tracking without the need for tickets

We had extremely too much email for an Outlook mailbox to handle, no SMS integration nor chat functionality. We solved all of that with Front. Now all of our communications are in one place for ease of use and management.


Adam G.

Great software, hard to be without


Verified Reviewer

One of the worst email applications I've ever used


John L.

The best email software I've used

It's revolutionised the way we run things.
For a company that interacted with 90% of it's customers on Etsy, it was always a bit of a chore when someone wanted to email. Now with front, I would say we're 80% emails and we encourage even our Etsy customers to email us directly.


Marjolaine L.
Industry: Transportation/Trucking/Railroad
Company size: 13-50 Employees

Best email software ever

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 12/3/2020
Review Source: Capterra

We have a shared inbox and we had trouble to avoid double answers and we had to forward the emails to each other or CC them on our replies so they could get informed of a conversation

Pros

Sharing emails without having to forward them, being able to have internal conversations within an email, plenty of integrations

Cons

When I need to speak to all the team, I have to create a discussion and add them all, one by one.
I'd rather have the possibility to @team within an email or a discussion to make sure they are all included.
I also whish we could find a slack inbox where we could find all the channels we have and avoid having to switch between the two softwares.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Ari P.
Industry: Legal Services
Company size: 51-200 Employees

Shared Email Tracking without the need for tickets

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 19/12/2019
Review Source: Capterra

We had extremely too much email for an Outlook mailbox to handle, no SMS integration nor chat functionality. We solved all of that with Front. Now all of our communications are in one place for ease of use and management.

Pros

Front allows multiple teams within my company to manage massive amounts of email in shared mailboxes, meet or exceed customer SLAs and seamlessly integrate our communications with our management systems. We also like that we get all of the same functionality of email ticket tracking, but without the need for communicating the standard ticket responses and ids to our customers. It allows for a more personal engagement with our clients.

Cons

Our teams took sometime to get used to the new interface as it was difficult to pry Outlook out of their hands. However, once they got the hang of Front they loved the integration and tracking abilities that Outlook does not have.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

Adam G.
Industry: Furniture
Company size: 13-50 Employees

Great software, hard to be without

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 22/4/2020
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

The best part of Front is that it only adds a layer on top of already existing things, such as an e-mail inbox. Other helpdesk software systems tend to be built around their own database structures and add e-mail on top of that instead. The approach that Front uses also means that if one were to ever leave Front, every single correspondence with customers is still sitting in your e-mail account (s).

Cons

There's not really anything I've ever disliked about the software. My pet peeve is that they've raised the prices quite dramatically over the last years. I'm disappointed that software creators these days seem to lure customers in with low prices to build their base and then raise the prices once they have a big enough customer base. But all in all, the software in itself is great.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Verified Reviewer
Industry: Marketing & Advertising
Company size: 51-200 Employees

One of the worst email applications I've ever used

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2/4/2018
Review Source: GetApp

Pros

The overall look of Front is simple, which is nice.

The snooze function on emails.

The support staff were friendly and quick to answer.

Cons

My company switched my team over to Front after a couple people who shared an inbox had issues with managing it. I didn't have a shared inbox, but struggled with the lack of functionality for just personal inboxes.

There are so many missed functionalities to Front it made my job incredibly inefficient. I found myself spending more time doing my job which consists of heavy emailing because of Front problems.

1. No calendar. Cannot make appointments, set up meetings, etc.

2. Unable to edit messages in a previous thread. Say someone sends you a list of questions. You cannot just answer next to their list in the previous email and say "see below."

3. Archiving messages... when we first switched to Front, the management team used it for a few weeks to test it. When the team was instructed to switch within the next couple weeks, and BOOM thousands of emails that Front could not autoarchive. I had about 10 emails in Outlook during the switch. The front inbox had accumulated thousands over the course of the management test period. Front could only auto archive shared inboxes, not personal. I had to spend 20 minutes selecting 3000 emails to auto archive since it didn't sync correctly with Outlook.

4. Saving emails... you can't. You only have the option to send a link of the email which only works for those that also used front.

5. You cannot edit pasted tables in front, as far as formatting goes. No deletion of columns or making rows smaller.

6. No red flags or categorizing. Often I'd keep emails in Outlook and red flag them to remind myself to check on it before I leave. No flagging in Outlook. This is replaced by snoozing in Front to make it reappear later, but I do miss the flag option.

7. You archive something in someone else's inbox that they share with you... it archives in their inbox, too.

8. No options to make folders. You want to move emails to a folder to refer to later? You cannot.

I could go on and on and ended up emailing a list of 18 problems after using Front for the first 3 months to management who sent to Front support. The responses were basically they hope to rollout that feature one day. Which obviously doesn't help now.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 0.0/10

John L.
Industry: Graphic Design
Company size: 2-10 Employees

The best email software I've used

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 24/4/2020
Review Source: Capterra

It's revolutionised the way we run things.
For a company that interacted with 90% of it's customers on Etsy, it was always a bit of a chore when someone wanted to email. Now with front, I would say we're 80% emails and we encourage even our Etsy customers to email us directly.

Pros

It's simplifies complex processes, breaks down your work into digestible chunks. It's intuitive, straightforward and has lots of time saving tricks and tips.

Cons

There's a couple of features that would be really handy, that I've requested a couple of times .
For example, dragging and dropping a jpeg into an email, adds it as an inline image. I would like a preference to select to have all files - regardless of format, to be added as an attachment.
I'm also unable to change my Download Location in my preferences, it simply doesn't work when I try to change this. Granted, I haven't reported this yet and I'm sure they'd be very helpful in solving this.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 7.0/10

User recommendation
8.4/10
Based on 145 user ratings
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Front Pricing

Front Pricing

Starting from
US$9.00/month
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Starter plan: $9/user/month (billed monthly), $9/user/month (billed annually)

Plus plan: $29/user/month (billed monthly), $24/user/month (billed annually)

Prime plan: $65/user/month (billed monthly), $49/user/month (billed annually)

Enterprise plan: $79/user/month (only available on annual plan)

Starter plan: $9/user/month (billed monthly), $9/user/month (billed annually)

Plus plan: $29/user/month (billed monthly), $24/user/month (billed annually)

Prime plan: $65/user/month (billed monthly), $49/user/month (billed annually)

Enterprise plan: $79/user/month (only available on annual plan)

Value for Money
4.2/5
Based on 145 user ratings
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Front Features

Front Features

API
Access Control
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Automatic Notifications
Chat
Collaboration Tools
Collaborative Workspace
Commenting
Customisable Branding
Document Management
Document Storage
Drag & Drop Interface
File Management
Permission Management
Projections
Reporting & Statistics
Search Functionality
Third Party Integration
Workflow Management
Features
4.3/5
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Additional information for Front

Additional information for Front

Key features of Front

  • Absence management
  • Activity tracking
  • Alerts / escalation
  • Analytics & reports
  • Application integration
  • Assignment management
  • Audit trail
  • Authentication & security
  • Auto-responders
  • Automatic reminders
  • CRM integration
  • Canned responses
  • Channel management
  • Chat
  • Chat functionality
  • Client management
  • Collaboration tools
  • Collaborative workspace
  • Collision detection
  • Commenting
  • Communication management
  • Contact database
  • Contact management
  • Customer service analytics
  • Customer support tracking
  • Email integration
  • Email templates
  • Email tracking
  • Full text search
  • Macros
  • Mail merge
  • Mentioning
  • Mobile integration
  • Multi-channel communication
  • Multi-channel inbox
  • Multi-channel management
  • Multiple user accounts
  • Real time analytics
  • Real time notifications
  • Rules-based workflow
  • SAML single sign on
  • SMS integration
  • Salesforce integration
  • Scheduled emails
  • Search functionality
  • Social media integration
  • Tags & keywords
  • Two-factor authentication

Benefits

  • Centralized view: Incoming messages, from group email addresses ([email protected], [email protected], etc.), Facebook, Twitter, chat, SMS texts, and even voice messages can be managed in Front.

  • Better team collaboration: Teams can work together in the team inbox with message assignments, internal comment and message sharing, and collision detection to make sure they're not dropping the ball or duplicating work.

  • Enhanced team productivity: Teams can work 2-3x faster with keyboard shortcuts, canned answers, workflow automations, send later, follow-up reminders, and individual email management in Front.

  • Minimal learning curve: Front works like any other email client (Gmail, Outlook, etc.), and not like a clunky, complex help desk ticketing system.

  • Increased mobility: iOS and Android mobile apps for Front come with all the features of the desktop and web apps.

  • Front FAQs

    Front FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for Front.

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Front offer?

    Front offers the following pricing plans:

    Starting from: US$9.00/month

    Pricing model: Subscription

    Free Trial: Available

    Starter plan: $9/user/month (billed monthly), $9/user/month (billed annually) Plus plan: $29/user/month (billed monthly), $24/user/month (billed annually) Prime plan: $65/user/month (billed monthly), $49/user/month (billed annually) Enterprise plan: $79/user/month (only available on annual plan)

    Q. What are the main features of Front?

    Front offers the following features:

    • Absence management
    • Activity tracking
    • Alerts / escalation
    • Analytics & reports
    • Application integration
    • Assignment management
    • Audit trail
    • Authentication & security
    • Auto-responders
    • Automatic reminders
    • CRM integration
    • Canned responses
    • Channel management
    • Chat
    • Chat functionality
    • Client management
    • Collaboration tools
    • Collaborative workspace
    • Collision detection
    • Commenting
    • Communication management
    • Contact database
    • Contact management
    • Customer service analytics
    • Customer support tracking
    • Email integration
    • Email templates
    • Email tracking
    • Full text search
    • Macros
    • Mail merge
    • Mentioning
    • Mobile integration
    • Multi-channel communication
    • Multi-channel inbox
    • Multi-channel management
    • Multiple user accounts
    • Real time analytics
    • Real time notifications
    • Rules-based workflow
    • SAML single sign on
    • SMS integration
    • Salesforce integration
    • Scheduled emails
    • Search functionality
    • Social media integration
    • Tags & keywords
    • Two-factor authentication

    Q. Who are the typical users of Front?

    Front has the following typical customers:

    Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Public Administrations, Small Business

    Q. What languages does Front support?

    Front supports the following languages:

    English

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Front offer?

    Front has the following pricing plans:

    Subscription

    Q. Does Front support mobile devices?

    Front supports the following devices:

    Android, iPhone, iPad

    Q. What other apps does Front integrate with?

    Front integrates with the following applications:

    Aircall, Asana, Co:tunity, FCS CosmoPMS, Intercom, Nicereply, Pipedrive, Slack, Smooch, Truly

    Q. What level of support does Front offer?

    Front offers the following support options:

    FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials