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Create customizable email tickets using the Zendesk Ticketing app

Overview

The Zendesk Ticketing App lets your chatters create email support requests, then sends them to your Zendesk Support team. For those familiar with Ada's original Zendesk Email Ticketing block, the functionality is essentially the same; however, the new app gives you more control over the information that is shared with your Zendesk Support environment. It also adds the opportunity to further customize the ticket directly from the bot.

Here are some examples of ticket customizations supported by the Zendesk Ticketing App:

  • Set the ticket Subject

  • Set the Request Type

  • Update the Ticket Status

  • File Upload

How a Zendesk Ticketing Handoff Works in Ada

The primary goal of a ticketing handoff Answer is to collect information from the chatter to share with your support team. You need to capture the chatter's contact details and what their issue is. Once this is done, the Zendesk Ticketing App can complete the process by sharing that information with your Zendesk environment.

The Zendesk Ticketing App block is a passive block. This means that it does not capture any data from the chatter by itself. Any chatter information you wish to pass to your Zendesk environment using the Zendesk Ticketing App block must be collected separately as variables.

Let's look at the three blocks necessary to build a Zendesk ticketing handoff Answer.

Capture Blocks

Used to capture information directly from the chatter and save it as a variable.

You can capture anything you think is relevant for the support request ticket; however, there are three pieces of chatter information you must capture for a most effective ticketing experience:

  • Name

  • Email

  • Support issue

The Name and Email variables are critical requirements. Without them, the Ticketing App block is not considered complete and the Save button won't illuminate. Though Support Issue is not a block requirement, in most cases it is essential that you capture this information. Without it, the Zendesk agent assigned to the ticket may not know what the support request is about.

Important

  • The Name and Email variables must be titled exactly as listed above so that Zendesk recognizes them as chatter profile variables and maps them correctly.

  • Set the Capture block Validation to email when capturing the chatter's email address. This ensures the chatter enters a valid email address by allowing the block to reject an entry that is not formed in an email address format.

The Fetch Chat MetaData Block

The Fetch Chat MetaData block is necessary to capture conversation transcript and metadata, and save it as a local, global, or sensitive variable. Attaching the chatter info and the chat transcript to a handoff Answer is only possible by using the Fetch MetaData Block.

The Zendesk Ticketing App Block

The Zendesk Ticketing App Block is the main component of a Zendesk Support request Answer, also known as a ticketing Answer. Once triggered, a ticketing Answer gathers the support request information from a chatter. This information is then used to create a support ticket in your Zendesk environment. The Zendesk Ticketing App job is to connect with the Zendesk API, which in turn takes that information and creates the ticket. Check out this article for more information about handoffs.

Configure the Zendesk Ticketing App

To use the Zendesk Ticketing App, you must first connect Ada with your Zendesk Support account.

You'll need the following information from Zendesk:

If you have everything in order, then let's start:

  1. On the Ada dashboard, click Settings, then click Integrations.

  2. Under App Integrations, go to Zendesk Ticketing and click Connect. The configuration window appears.

  3. In the configuration window, enter your Zendesk Subdomain.

  4. Enter your team's Zendesk Login Email. This must be an admin level account.

    Important

    Use a general admin account that's not associated with a specific person. If, for any reason, you downgrade or remove this person's Zendesk account, then the integration will break and support tickets are no longer sent. On the other hand, a general admin account is not very likely to have its admin privileges revoked.

  5. Enter your Zendesk API Token.

    Important

    If you need to create a new token, be sure to use the same admin account you used to connect Ada with your Zendesk account.

  6. Click Save.

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Gathering the information required to create a ticket

The following chatter information is necessary to create a Zendesk ticket:

  • The chatter's name

  • The chatter's email

  • The chat transcript

You can gather the chatter's name and email address by using Capture blocks to ask them for it directly. Remember to place the Capture Blocks before the Zendesk Ticketing App Block.

The chat transcript, however, must be captured using the Fetch Chat MetaData block to save it as a variable. This variable can then be attached to the ticket, typically in the Comment field.

The Fetch Chat MetaData Block

  1. Click the Select Action drop-down menu, then click Fetch Chat MetaData.

  2. Under Select Variables for Inputs, add the chatter_token metavariable to the Chatter Token field.

  3. [Optional] Under Save Response as Variables, click the Select Optional Variable drop-down menu, and select the options you’d like to capture in variables.

    Note

    Unlike the original Zendesk Ticketing Block, this new block does not automatically capture the chat transcript or chatter info (i.e., the metadata that is immediately recorded from a chatters browser/device). You must select the optional variables in this step in order to pass them to the Zendesk ticket.

  4. Assign variables to the options you selected in step 3.

    Note

    It is best practice to give variables the same names as the field titles. Use chat_transcript and chatter_info, respectively.

  5. Under Fallback Answer, select an Answer to serve your chatters in case of a connection error with the Zendesk API.

  6. Click Save.

Use the Zendesk Ticketing App Block

  1. On the Ada Dashboard, drag and drop the Zendesk Ticketing App block into your handoff Answer.

  2. Click the Select Action drop-down menu, then click Create Ticket. The Select Variables for Inputs section appears.

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  3. Complete the mandatory input fields, and any optional input fields as needed. Use the following tables to understand the requirements for each field.

    Note

    You may see more inputs in your Optional Inputs drop-down menu than the three constant options listed in the table below. The menu populates with additional input options dynamically, based on what is available in your Zendesk Support environment.

    Mandatory Input

    Description

    Comment

    Add the chat transcript variable from the Fetch Chat Metadata block. You can also add plaintext notes.

    Tip

    You can use line breaks in your comment for tidier formatting. To do so, add \n wherever you want the line break to occur.

    Chatter's Name

    Add the Name variable. This could be a variable captured with the Capture block, or a metavariable passed from the chatter's account.

    Chatter's Email

    Add the email variable, captured either using a Capture block, or passed for your database as a metavariable.

    Optional Input

    Description

    Attach Comment To

    Add one of the following to indicate where to attach the comment:

    • internal note

    • public reply

    File Data Token

    Used to attach file upload data. Add the File Data Token variable generated by the File Upload App.

    Tags

    Use this field to add Tags to your tickets.

    • Use variables or plain text.

    • Separate each tag with a comma.

    • Use underscores instead of spaces in tags.

      Example: "accounts,forgot_password,sign_in_issues"

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  4. Under Save Response as Variables, click the Select Optional Variables drop-down menu, then select Ticket ID.

  5. Click Choose a Variable, and select an existing variable, or create a new variable, to capture the Zendesk ticket's Ticket ID.

  6. Under Fallback Answer, click the Choose an Answer drop-down menu, then select a variable to display if an error occurs during the block’s operation.

  7. Click Save.

You're done! The Zendesk Ticketing App block is now configured for creating support tickets.

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Have any questions? Contact your Ada team—or email us at help@ada.support.