Tech specs

What Zendesk is made of

Description

Built For

Getting Started

Customer Support
Communication Channels
Email

Your Zendesk Support has its own email domain and supports any number of email addresses. All emails sent to Zendesk Support become tickets. You can set your reply (“from”) address for outgoing email. Also, you can customize the HTML and text email templates.

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Essential
Twitter

Convert tweets, DMs, and faves into Zendesk Support tickets. Zendesk Support can monitor one or more Twitter accounts and convert tweets to tickets as needed. All tweet activity between agents and Twitter users is added as ticket comments.

  • Customers
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Essential
Facebook

Convert Facebook wall posts and private messages into Zendesk Support tickets. On the Essential Plan, you can link one Facebook Page to Zendesk Support. On Team, Professional, and Enterprise Plans, you can add up to two Facebook Pages.

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Essential
Chat

Provide real-time support to your customers and proactively initiate chats with visitors on your website. With tools like shortcuts and agent-to-agent chat, collaborating on multiple chat conversations is a breeze for your support agents.

  • Customers
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Add-on
Web Widget

Embed support wherever your customers are on your website. Allow them to search the knowledge base, send a message, or start a live chat.

  • Customers
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Essential
Customer Support
Talk
Embedded phone support

Phone support software that allows agents to make or receive concurrent customer calls right from Zendesk Support. Calls and voicemails automatically create tickets for easy tracking and resolution. Agents may take calls in the Zendesk Support browser or forward calls to external phone numbers.

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Add-on
Local & toll-free numbers

Support a global business: select a local or toll-free phone number from over 40 different countries or port existing phone numbers. In some countries, port in an existing number (porting currently available in North America).

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Add-on
Multiple greetings

Offer branded or localized experiences with multiple customized greetings. Record new messages via phone or upload existing audio files for voicemail greetings, available agents, wait, hold and IVR messages. Both WAV and MP3 files are supported with a maximum file size of 10 MB.

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Add-on
Full call control

Mute, hold and transfer are available to agents in the call console. With warm transfer, deliver smooth agent hand-offs and reduce customer effort with warm transfer. Place a caller on hold to consult with another agent before transferring or returning to the customer.

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Add-on
Queue management

Set queue size to determine how many incoming callers will be kept waiting for an available agent. New calls that exceed this limit are directed to voicemail. Set maximum queue wait time to determine how long customers may wait before leaving a voicemail.

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Add-on
Inbound caller ID

Know who is calling with user information in the call console for incoming calls. Calls received from new, unknown users generate new user accounts. Contact details and full multi-channel support history are at agents’ fingertips during a call for easy reference.

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Add-on
Group routing

Route calls to specific groups or to a set of groups in Zendesk Support, so callers reach the right agents for help. If more than one group is selected, the call will route to agents in the primary group first, then to agents in the secondary groups via round-robin.

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Add-on
IVR (interactive voice response) systems

With multi-level interactive voice response (IVR), or phone trees, route customers to the right agent or department and provide recorded responses for frequently asked questions. Create a menu with options callers can choose through keypresses. Build a simple phone tree with one level or layer multiple menu levels together.

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Add-on
Call & voicemail recording

Record inbound and outbound calls and voicemails to reference past conversations and ensure compliance with quality standards. Set expiration dates for call and voicemail recordings, ranging from 1 week to 2 years. Enable voicemail transcription per phone number for easy reference and fast resolution. Currently available in English only.

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Real-time dashboards

Stay informed of call activity with granular real-time data on call volumes, wait times, hold times and wrap-up time. Maintain visibility into agent activity, including talk, hold, and wrap-up time and calls accepted, transferred and missed. Make an agent available or unavailable.

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Add-on
Call history

View and analyze historical call data by agent, call status, wait time, hold time, and more, to support operational decision making.

  • Customers
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Add-on
Call data in Explore

Track and measure the performance of your phone support and understand how it fits into your overall support operations with the powerful analytics power of Insights.

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Add-on
Failover

Failover automatically forwards incoming calls to an alternate number in the unlikely event of an outage, ensuring important calls always come through.

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Add-on

Customer Support
Ticket Management
Default Views

Views are a collection of tickets based on ticket status, assignee, group, or any other ticket conditions. Use views to help manage ticket workflow and organize tickets. Zendesk Support comes with pre-configured views that we recommend as best practices.

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Essential
Macros

Macros allow agents to quickly respond to common requests with a standard reply. In addition, macros can generate an action, like changing the status of the ticket. Zendesk Support comes with pre-configured macros we recommend as best practices. You can add more, modify, or turn them off.

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Essential
Rich text formatting

Add rich text to your tickets responses such as headings, bullet lists, and other useful text formatting. Attach photos easily and in-line.

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Essential
Custom ticket fields

Custom ticket fields help gather all the information needed around a support request. These fields can be made visible to agents and/or your customers and can appear on tickets in Zendesk Support and the support request form.

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Team
View original email

For any ticket, view the original email sent by the customer—including source code and HTML. Access to the original email expires 30 days after the email is received in Zendesk Support.

  • Customers
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Essential
Attachments

Agents and customers can attach files to tickets. You can even drag and drop files into your Zendesk Support ticket response. There’s a 1MB limit for accounts on the Essential Plan, 7MB for Team Plan, 20MB for Professional and Enterprise Plans.

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Essential
On-hold ticket status

When a ticket requires input and resolution from a third party, set the ticket status as on-hold, so you can differentiate response times of your team versus the third party.

  • Customers
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Team
Dynamic Content

Dynamic content is essentially multi-language placeholders that dynamically insert ticket content based on the customer’s preferred language. Agents can use dynamic content to easily provide localized support interactions. Dynamic content is supported in automations, macros, triggers, and other system-generated messages.

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Professional
Ticket forms

With ticket forms, you can create multiple support request forms that show a unique set of ticket fields. Ticket forms help ask the right questions and gather all the important information needed up-front. It can be made visible to agents and/or your customers.

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Enterprise
Multibrand for 5 brands

Support up to 5 brands, products, service tiers, or regions with unique Help Centers, support channels, and business rules. Data and activity are centralized within a single account, making it easy to manage.

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Enterprise
Multibrand

Support up to 300 brands, products, service tiers, or regions with unique Help Centers, support channels, and business rules. Data and activity are centralized within a single account, making it easy to manage.

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Customer Support
Agent Productivity Tools
Agent interface in 28 languages

Zendesk Support can be set in your agent’s preferred language with a localized interface. Includes; German, French, Japanese, Portuguese, English, English (UK), Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Polish, and Korean.

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Essential
Tickets requiring your attention

This is a view on the agent dashboard that showcases the most relevant tickets when the agent first logs into Zendesk Support. The view consists of tickets that are new and open and assigned to you, unassigned tickets in your groups, and tickets not currently assigned to a group.

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Essential
Play button

Use the Play button to open the first ticket in a ticket view that is not currently being viewed by another agent. The Play button eliminates cherry-picking of tickets and speeds up agent productivity.

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Team
Guided mode

Guided Mode helps agents focus by preventing cherry-picking. Agents select from their assigned views, and are immediately guided to the next available ticket in the queue in the order set up by the admin. If an agent elects to skip a ticket, a reason can be entered for skipping, giving admins insight into training and development needs.

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Enterprise
Multi-tab interface

Zendesk Support is a multi-tab interface. Each tab can open a ticket, a customer profile, or knowledge base search results. Agents can open multiple tabs in one view and be able to multi-task by performing several actions.

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Essential
Instant search

Click the search icon in the navigation bar to perform an instant search across tickets, users, organizations, or Help Center in a new tab.

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Essential
Keyboard shortcuts

Zendesk Support comes pre-built with various keyboard shortcuts. Speed up productivity with the use of keyboard shortcuts to perform ticket actions and navigate through Zendesk Support.

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Essential
Single page app

Zendesk Support is a single page app built on Ember.js to allow for a more interactive, real-time experience for you and your support team.

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Essential
Agent collision detection

Agent collision detection displays any other agents who are viewing a ticket at the same time, and indicates if they are actively editing it. Zendesk Support updates the ticket fields in real-time to allow for collaboration between agents working on a ticket together.

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Essential
Agent alias

Agents can use an alias that will be publicly displayed on all communications with your customer. This allows agents to create a persona and keep their real name private.

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Professional
Light agents

Light agent is an unique role in Zendesk Support where the agent is only permitted to view tickets and add private comments. With this add-on you can have unlimited number of free light agents, so you can expand visibility and engagement throughout your entire company.

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Add-on
Pathfinder app

The Pathfinder app displays the customer’s path across any web page, as well as Help Center views and searches (including within the Web Widget) 30 minutes before and after a ticket is submitted.

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Enterprise
Knowledge Capture app (beta)

The Knowledge Capture app leverages your support team’s collective knowledge and enables agents to create new content, link to help center articles in tickets and flag content for improvements, directly from their Zendesk Support agent interface.

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Add-on
Agent-only knowledge base

In addition to restricting certain sections in Help Center to specific groups of customers, create an agent-only knowledge base for your agents for them to reference information, documentation, and processes.

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Add-on
Skills-based routing

Configure agent skills and assign them to specific ticket types to route ticket to groups of agents. This ensures that agents are served a ticket that they can solve efficiently, everytime.

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Enterprise
Customer Support
Support Workflows
Service Level Agreements (SLAs)

Monitor your team’s performance by setting service level targets for specific tickets, based on conditions you set, to measure response, reply and resolution times. An SLA column can be added to any view so your team can easily see status and time to breach.

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Professional
Business rules: Triggers

Triggers are time-saving tools that initiate a workflow based on specific changes or actions on a ticket. Your Zendesk comes with pre-configured triggers that we recommend as best practices. These are included in all plans. Starting at Team, you can modified, turn off, or add your own custom triggers using your own conditions and rules.

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Team
Business rules: Automations

Automations are time-saving tools that initiate a workflow based on time-based conditions. Your Zendesk comes with pre-configured automations that we recommend as best practices. These are included in all plans and can be modified or turned off. Starting at Team, you can add your own custom automations using your own conditions and rules.

  • Customers
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Team
Personal views

Create personal ticket views for your own use. Your Zendesk Support comes with pre-configured views that we recommend as best practices. You can add more, modify, or turn them off.

  • Customers
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Team
Personal macros

Create personal macros for your own use when responding to customers’ tickets. Your Zendesk Support comes with pre-configured macros that we recommend as best practices. You can add more, modify, or turn them off.

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Team
Group views

Create a shared view available to agents within a specific group(s). Your Zendesk Support comes with pre-configured views that we recommend as best practices. You can add more, modify, or turn them off.

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Team
Group macros

Create a shared macro available to agents within a specific group(s). Your Zendesk Support comes with pre-configured macros that we recommend as best practices. You can add more, modify, or turn them off.

  • Customers
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Team
Business hours

Set business hours in Zendesk Support and apply to ticket workflows, triggers, automations, and SLA targets. For example, if you don’t provide 24/7 support to your customers, you can acknowledge your availability and give customers a sense of when they can expect a response to their requests.

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Professional
Multiple Business hours

Create multiple sets of business hours, called Schedules, in Zendesk Support and apply to ticket workflows, triggers, automations, and SLA targets. Incoming tickets can be assigned to a Schedule according to the customers location, the agent responding, or through custom business rules defined by an administrator.

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Enterprise
Business rules filtering by usage

Filter and sort business rules to gain an understanding of how your automations, macros, triggers, and views are used. Business rules can be sorted by date created, date updated, group, and category.

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Professional
Multiple Organizations

Add a single user to multiple organizations, up to as many as 300. Helpful for contractors, supervisors, or employees who may belong to multiple business units, departments, or locations.

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Professional
Business rules analysis

Analyze the usage and effectiveness of your business rules, like triggers, automations, macros, and views. Business rules analysis allows you to identify areas for optimization.

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Enterprise
Ticket sharing between Zendesk Support instances

Tickets from Zendesk Support can be shared with other Zendesk Support accounts, and vice versa. Establish sharing agreements with any of your company’s partners and vendors who also use Zendesk Support, so you and your partners/vendors can collaborate on tickets.

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Essential
Automated ticket sharing

Tickets from your Zendesk Support can be shared with other Zendesk Support accounts automatically, and vice versa. Establish automated sharing agreements with any of your company’s partners and vendors who also use Zendesk Support, so you and your partners/vendors can collaborate on tickets.

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Enterprise
Customer Self-Service with Guide
Knowledge Base and help center
Answer Bot

Answer Bot increases self-service efficiency by responding to customer’s questions with relevant knowledge base articles from Zendesk Guide.

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Knowledge base

In Guide, create a resource of helpful articles that answer customers’ most popular questions. Sections within the knowledge base can be restricted to certain groups of customers by specifying an organization or tag.

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Guide categories and sections

Guide is organized in the following tree structure: Home > Categories > Sections > Articles. Each article must be a child of a section, and each section must be child of a category. You cannot have orphan articles or sections.

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Promoted articles

Highlight articles that you want to be more prominent in help center. Promoting an article moves it to the first position of an article list. It also highlights the article in the list with a star to draw attention to it.

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Essential
Article overview

View all of your published and unpublished knowledge base articles in one central location. Use search to easily find content and apply filters to refine the results further.

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Essential
Article lists

Create your own lists of articles based on searches and filters that you apply. Refer back to these article lists to manage and keep your content up-to-date.

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Add-on
Internal knowledge base

In addition to restricting certain sections in Help Center to specific groups of customers, create an internal knowledge base for your agents for them to reference information, documentation, and processes.

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Add-on
Article labels

Add labels to your help center articles to help boost the article’s relevance when a specific keyword or phrase is searched. You can also use the API to retrieve articles by their label.

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Add-on
History view

See every article change made, giving you the ability to follow up with agents if any issues occurs. You can filter actions by specific users, review specific changes, such as when an article was deleted or published, and also drill down into specific changes.

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Instant search for help center

Instant Search for help center fills in the blanks as customers search for content, providing them with article suggestions and helping them search faster.

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Essential
Web Widget: Contextual content

Contextual Help displays suggested help center articles to customers in the Web Widget before they even search. Using keywords in the webpage’s URL, Contextual Help automatically infers what a customer might be looking for and offers the top three most likely self-service suggestion.

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Essential
Web Widget: Restricted help center content

With end-user authentication in the Web Widget, you can now embed content from a restricted Help Center (one that requires users to sign in for access)

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Essential
Customer Self-Service
Community
Community

Build brand loyalty, crowdsource support and gain feedback with a customizable customer community, built right into your Zendesk Guide. Create topics under which users can add posts and comment on posts.

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Add-on
Community customization

Easily customize your Zendesk Community to reflect your company’s brand. Change the look and feel of the Guide help center using simple design tools such as color pickers and font choosers or take full control with powerful customization tools (Curlybars, based on Handlebars, a popular template language).

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Similar post suggestion

As users create a new post, suggestions will reveal posts with similar titles to prevent duplicate posts.

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Add-on
Rich content editor for posts and comments

Add rich text to posts and comments, such as headings (posts only), bullet lists, and other useful text formatting, as well as attach photos easily and in-line.

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Sort posts & comments

Sorting tools make it easy to navigate Community content. View posts by topic or view all posts. Sort posts by creation date, recent activity, number of votes or number of comments; filter posts by status (Planned, Not planned, Completed, Answered); and, sort comments by date or number of votes.

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Follow posts & comments

Follow new posts or new posts & comments to receive email notifications when updates are made, so you can stay engaged with a conversation.

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Add-on
Vote on posts and comments

Vote on posts or comments. Users can sort based on number of votes.

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Set status on a post

Set a status on a post (planned, not planned, completed or answered) to communicate clearly where a feature request or post is in a life cycle.

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Feature or pin a post

Feature posts in a section placed anywhere in your theme to highlight certain posts. Or, pin posts to the top of a section so it will remain at the top, regardless of sorting.

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Close comments on posts

Disable commenting on individual posts as needed.

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Add-on
Create tickets from posts or comments

Create tickets from posts or comments to continue conversations one-on-one with customers.

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Edit posts and comments

Edit posts and comments to ensure accuracy.

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Add-on
Spam filter

Mark posts or comments as spam and enable spam filter to prevent publication of end-user content suspected as spam.

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Moderate content

Enable content moderation to approve all end-user contributed content before it’s published.

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Restrict access to Community content

Prevent some users from viewing the content of certain topics in the community. For example, configure a topic so that only users who have signed in can view it.

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Customer Self-Service
Customer Portal
My activities

Your customers can log in to a dedicated customer portal to access their ticket history and activity, submit and track tickets, and view a list of subscribed community topics and questions.

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Add-on
Follow a question, article, or topic

Any logged-in user can follow community topics, questions, or knowledge base articles. They will receive alerts on any update made to that topic, question, or article, so they can stay up-to-date on conversations of interest.

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Add-on
Add and update CC’s

Signed in end-users can now add CC’s to requests they submit via the Guide ticket form as well as edit existing CC’d users on a current ticket submission.

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Add-on
Customer Self-Service
Content Management Tools
Rich text formatting

Format your articles. Bold, italicize, underline, or apply other styles to the text. Insert video, images, or tables to add visual elements.

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Essential
Drag and drop content arrangement

Move articles from section to section on the individual article pages, or re-arrange articles, sections, and categories with a simple drag and drop on the Arrange Content page.

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Essential
Integrated search

Search the knowledge base and community at once. One search surfaces both knowledge base articles and community questions.

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Essential
Draft articles

Add draft articles in Guide. The articles are saved but not published. Publish a draft article or unpublish a live article with a tick of a checkbox on the article page.

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Essential
Multilingual content management

Enable multiple languages in Guide and surface only articles in the customer’s preferred language. Add localized content and manage all your multilingual content in one place.

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Add-on
Dynamic Content

Dynamic Content is essentially multi-language placeholders that dynamically insert ticket content based on the customer’s preferred language. Dynamic Content is supported in Guide.

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Add-on
Customer Self-Service
Branding and Customizations
Localized interface

Guide’s admin interface can be set in your preferred language with a localized interface in German, French, Japanese, Portuguese, English, English (UK), Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Korean.

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Essential
Support for 40+ languages
Specify the languages you want to support in Guide, and set a different name for the Help Center for each of your supported languages. On Support Essential and Support Team plans, Guide supports one language. On Support Professional and Support Enterprise plans, Guide Professional is required in order to select multiple languages to support. Zendesk supports the following languages: English, English (Canada), English (GB), French, French (Canada), Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil), German, Latin American Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Trad. Chinese, Simpl. Chinese, Korean, Danish, Norwegian, Turkish, Swedish, Arabic, Hebrew, Polish, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Estonian, Finnish, Georgian, Greek, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Filipino, Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Serbian, Slovakian, Slovenian, Thai, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Czech, Persian.
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Add-on
Mobile optimized theme

The Copenhagen Responsive theme for help center is built on best practices and by default optimized for beautiful experiences across devices including mobile devices, tablets and desktops. You can further customize the theme with logo, favicon, and colors to match your company’s brand.

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Essential
Customization panel

Built into Guide is a customization panel where you can change your colors, fonts, logo, and name.

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Essential
Real-time preview

See the customizations you make in real-time without affecting what your customers are seeing in your live help center. You can preview by role—: anonymous, logged in customer, agent, or manager.

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Essential
Built-in HTML editor

Guide comes with a built-in code editor so you can customize your help center with HTML, CSS, or JavaScript. Select a template to access the page code.

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Add-on
Templates

Work with the page code used to build the help center. The code is contained in editable templates that define the layout of each page type. help center templates include home page, category page, or article page, as well as the global header and footer.

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Add-on
Components

Components are a set of code that enables a functionality to occur. Insert components into the page code on any template to perform advanced customizations to Guide. No code experience needed.

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Add-on
Host mapping

Host mapping, also known as domain mapping, enables you to use your own subdomain, such as help.mycompany.com. This allows you to route users from a company page to your Zendesk automatically. To display your own domain such as help.mycompany.com on your Zendesk site, you will need SSL (Professional plan and up).

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Team
Multiple (up to 5) Branded help centers

Manage up to 5 separate Guide help centers–each with a unique destination, content, and branded design–from a single Zendesk account.

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Add-on
Multibranded help centers

Manage up to 300 Guide help centers–each with a unique destination, content, and branded design–as you need, from a single Zendesk account.

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Add-on
Customer Engagement
Customer Context
Customer profiles

View information about your customers, from basic contact info, language preferences, to any customer data captured in custom user fields.

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Essential
User Data app

The Zendesk User Data app gives you a view of customer information: —user and organization details like tags, ticket activity, and contact info— right next to a ticket.

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Team
Custom user fields

Custom user fields capture information about individual customers. In addition, custom user fields can be used in triggers and automations, so dedicated workflows can be set based on customer data.

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Team
Custom organization fields

Custom organization fields capture information about a group of customers. In addition, custom organization fields can be used in triggers and automations, so dedicated workflows can be set based on customer data.

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Team
Zendesk for Salesforce CRM

Bring together data, like customer information and support activity, between Salesforce and Zendesk. View Zendesk Support tickets in Salesforce, bring Salesforce account and contact info into Zendesk Support, and enable real-time data sync. Available to any Salesforce organization on Group, Professional, Enterprise, Unlimited, or Developer editions.

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Team
Customer lists

Customer lists are a group of customers filtered by the custom user/org fields and tags you set. Export a list to a CSV or send an email or survey with MailChimp or SurveyMonkey to a targeted customer list.

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Add-on
Customer satisfaction ratings

Your customers can rate how satisfied they are with the support they received. By default, your customers will receive an email 24 hours after the ticket has been set to solved that asks one question with two possible answers—: Good I’m satisfied or Bad I’m unsatisfied.

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Professional
Satisfaction prediction

Predict how likely your customers are going to be satisfied. Powered by a machine learning model, your team can enter conversations with more context. The prediction is shown on a support ticket and can be incorporated into your ticket views, workflows and reports.

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Enterprise
Net Promoter Score℠ survey
From Zendesk Support, send an NPS® survey to measure customer loyalty and gather customer feedback. Understand why some customers love your company and why others will not recommend your products and services to others. As customers’ responses flow in, their latest NPS rating and comment will be captured in their user profile.
Net Promoter, NPS, and the NPS-related emoticons are registered trademarks, and Net Promoter Score and Net Promoter System are service marks, of Bain & Company, Inc., Satmetrix Systems, Inc. and Fred Reichheld.
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Satisfaction reasons

Understand the reasons behind your negative CSAT ratings by providing your customers with the option to share why they were unsatisfied. This can help you distinguish between feedback about the customer experience vs. feedback about other things.

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Reporting and Analytics
Zendesk Benchmark

Compare yourself against your peers on key benchmark metrics like customer satisfaction, first response time, and ticket volume. For the latest report, visit www.zendesk.com/benchmark.

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Export ticket view to CSV

Ticket views can serve as a way to report on the types of support requests you’re receiving. Export a ticket view to a CSV file, containing an entry for each ticket and all its associated ticket information in the view. Because of the processing involved in generating a CSV file, we limit export requests to one view every ten minutes.

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Overview dashboards

Get a quick view summary of your key ticket metrics by channel, benchmark, and first reply; as well as your top articles, searches, and agents.

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Support performance dashboards

Measure your performance by having visibility into ticket volume, agent performance, and other key support metrics. The data in the reporting dashboard is updated on an hourly basis. It does not contain data about deleted tickets.

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Google Analytics for Guide

Drill into customer self-service behaviors with Google Analytics for help center. Google Analytics is a free Web analytics tool. Set up custom event tracking around specific customer activity, like the actions a visitor takes prior to submitting a ticket.

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Guide dashboards

Get an instant snapshot of your Guide activity with three pre-built dashboards that capture trends around knowledge base activity, community engagement, and search behaviors. Use these insights to optimize the customer self-service experience.

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Guide Professional
Talk dashboards

Keep a closer eye on key call center metrics with pre-built dashboards for Zendesk Talk that track metrics like agent performance and call volumes.

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Talk Professional
Chat dashboards

Learn more about your Chat support with pre-built dashboards for Zendesk chat. These dashboards can help you better understand agent activity, chat volumes, and how your agents are contributing to the bottom line.

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Chat Professional
Time tracking

Automatically track the time spent on each of your Zendesk Support tickets. The Time Tracking app captures the time your agents spend on every ticket, so managing your team’s performance and overall support operations is easier.

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Explore (Custom reports & dashboards)

Interact, filter, and drill into over 50 best practice reports to measure operational efficiency, agent performance, and customer experience. Build custom dashboards to slice and dice data in meaningful ways to better understand your customers and improve your team’s workflow.

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Explore Professional
Share Explore reports & dashboards

Share Insights reports with others ad hoc, or schedule reports to be sent regularly via email. Keep your entire organization in-tune with customer interactions, feedback, and support performance.

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Report on custom fields

Have the ability to report on custom fields created in Zendesk Support.

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Hourly data sync with Explore

Zendesk data synced with Explore hourly on Explore Professional and daily with Explore Lite.

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SLA Reporting

Gain actionable insights into the enforcement of your SLA policies through a best practice dashboard as well as 11 metrics and 6 attributes specific to SLA added in Zendesk Insights.

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Security and Access
SSO with JWT

Single sign-on (SSO) allows you to authenticate users in your systems. Once authenticated, users can access Zendesk without needing to enter separate login credentials. Zendesk only grants access to the users that have been authenticated by you. Zendesk SSO relies on a technology called JSON Web Token (JWT) for securing the exchange of user authentication data.

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SSO with Twitter, Facebook, and Google

Zendesk offers various SSO options. Provide single sign-on integration with your existing identity via Twitter, Facebook, or Google accounts.

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Essential
Configurable password policy

Zendesk provides the following levels of password security: low, medium, and high. Set one password security level for end-users, and a different one for admins and agents. Only admins can change the password security level. On the Professional and Enterprise Plan, you can specify your own custom password security level.

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Essential
Two-Factor Authentication

2-factor authentication provides another layer of security to your Zendesk account, making it more difficult for somebody else to sign in as you. Admins and agents who turn on this setting will need to provide a passcode, sent to their mobile device, in addition to a password when signing in.

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ISO27001:2013 Certified

Zendesk is ISO 27001:2013 certified. The ISO 27001 certification applies to the management of development, operations, maintenance, and delivery of the SaaS products provided to customers by Zendesk, including Zendesk Chat. Zendesk’s certification doesn’t extend to cover any third-party services.

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Agent device management

Zendesk tracks the devices used to sign in to your account. Check the list on a regular basis for any suspicious devices. Admins will receive an email notification when a new device is added.

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Essential
SSL encryption

SSL (Secure Socket Layer) is an encryption protocol that ensures secure communications with your Zendesk web portal. SSL is enabled by default. The secure connection is indicated in the customer’s browser by https (for HTTP Secure) in the URL and by a padlock icon in the address bar.

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SSL certificate hosting

If you change the subdomain of your Zendesk from zendesk.com to your own subdomain, Zendesk’s SSL certificate no longer applies. Hosted SSL is an alternative solution. The general setup workflow consists of obtaining a SSL certificate from a certificate authority and then sending it to us to install on our servers.

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Digitally signed emails (DKIM/DMARC)

Supporting the DKIM and DMARC standards, digitally sign outbound emails from Zendesk to prove that an email actually came from somebody in your organization and not somebody pretending to be from your organization. Digitally signing outbound email is supported only if you have set up an external email domain for your Zendesk email.

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SSO with SAML support

Zendesk supports Secure Assertion Markup Language (SAML), which allows you to provide single sign-on (SSO) for your Zendesk using enterprise identity providers such as Active Directory and LDAP.

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Professional
Sandbox test environment

Perform tests on your Zendesk in a trial environment, separate from your production instance. Use the sandbox to test, learn, and make mistakes before making your changes public.

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Enterprise
Network access restriction

Only allow access to your Zendesk account from specified IP ranges. Choose to apply restriction to all users or only to the agent portal.

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Custom roles and permissions

Specify granular permissions for agents, and control what they have access to in Zendesk. This allows you to define agent roles that suit your own organizational structure and workflow.

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Audit logs

View a detailed list of critical changes that have been made to your Zendesk— account, user, app changes, business rules, tickets, and settings.

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Enterprise
Email compliance archive

Send all Zendesk email notifications privately to an address of your choice, keeping a complete archive of communication.

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Enterprise
PCI compliant field
Disaster recovery with quoted targets for RPO and RTO.
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Data Center Location

Specify a region or country where your account data must be stored. Select from US-only or EU-only. Some restrictions apply.

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Encryption-at-rest

Encryption of all your Zendesk data-at-rest.

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Enhanced disaster recovery

Disaster recovery with quoted targets for RPO and RTO.

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HIPAA Compliance

Zendesk has successfully completed a HIPAA/HITECH assessment and can make its Business Associate Agreement (BAA) available for execution by subscribers.

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API and Integrations
REST, Email, JavaScript API

Use the Zendesk API to automate and enhance their customer support with Zendesk. Essential allows for 10 requests per minute (RPM), Team 200 RPM, Professional 400 RPM and Enterprise 700 RPM. High Volume API users can purchase an add-on to increase their limit to 2500 RPM. Details at developer.zendesk.com.

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Public apps & integrations

Zendesk has over 500+ public apps and integrations available in our marketplace. App Categories include Productivity & Time-Tracking, IT & Project Management, E-Commerce & CRM, Telephony & SMS, Knowledge & Content, Zendesk Labs, Analytics & Reporting, Chat & Collaboration, Surveys & Feedback, Email & Social Media.

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Private custom apps & integrations

Build your own Zendesk App or Channel integration, for exclusive use within your account, using our App and Channel Frameworks. Display or update external data, hide or show a field on a user or even build a custom workflow on tickets.

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Professional
CTI Toolkit & telephony apps

Zendesk Talk – Partner Edition provides access to Zendesk’s telephony apps and CTI toolkit, allowing companies to integrate out-of-the-box or custom call center solutions with the Zendesk ticketing system for more productive agents, greater visibility into support operations and more consistent cross-channel support.

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Mobile SDK

Bring Zendesk functionalities, like ticket submission, knowledge base articles, live chat and more, into your iOS and Android apps. Visit https://support.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/204256073 for more details.

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