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Zendesk

Cloud customer service software
47 reviews

Who is Zendesk For?

Zendesk is suitable for any company that wants to improve its customer services no matter the size or industry sector. However, the software is extensively used in IT, Education, Retail/e-Commerce and Professional Services. It can basically be employed by any company that uses net technology to interact with their customers.

Zendesk is generally very popular as it is used by many thousands of small, medium and large corporations around the globe. Some of the most characteristic examples include 20th Century Fox, Vodafone, Elance, Groupon, L'Oreal, Xerox, Sears and Sony Music.

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Key Features

  • Flexible ticket management with automated workflow
  • Multi-channel support: email, web, phone, chat, social media
  • Mobile support with native iPhone, iPad, and Android apps
  • Robust reporting and advanced analytics
  • Customer facing web interface that you can easily brand
  • Knowledge base portal and community forums included
  • Over 100 out-of-the-box integrations with 3rd party apps
  • Open API enabling seamless integration into your business
  • Multi-brand support with linked accounts
  • Unlimited, free "light agents" (Enterprise plan only)
  • Group rules and macros
  • Screencasting
  • Public and private forums
  • Full CSS rebranding
  • Multi locale (timezone and languages)
  • Export ticket views to CSV
  • SSO with Twitter, Facebook, Google and SAML
  • REST API
  • Pre-built: Salesforce, SugarCRM

Overview

Zendesk is the leading cloud-based customer service software solution trusted by over 40,000 organizations worldwide. Companies such as Groupon, Box, and Zappos are using Zendesk to lower costs, raise productivity, and increase customer satisfaction. Loved by both customer service teams and their customers for its beautifully simple interface, Zendesk is easy to try, buy, implement, and use. Zendesk seamlessly integrates all of your support channels including email, web, chat, and social media.

Deploy to as many customer service agents as you need whether it's 5, 50, or 500. Zendesk has been deployed by companies with thousands of agents and with tens of thousands of tickets each day.

Zendesk is the proven cloud-based customer service software solution that is the fastest way to enable great customer service in companies of all sizes and industries. Zendesk is so easy to use, it is loved by support teams and their customers worldwide. You can access Zendesk anywhere, from any device

Over 40,000 customers trust Zendesk including some of the world's leading brands such as Airbnb, Gilt Groupe, Groupon, Tumblr, Box, Sony and Sears.

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Specifications

Intended Users
Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profits, Public Administrations, Small Business
Devices Supported
Android, iPhone-iPad, Linux, Mac, Open-source, RIM-BlackBerry, Web-based, Windows, Windows Phone
Supported Countries
Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America, Middle-East and Africa, United Kingdom, United States
Supported Languages
Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Taiwanese, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian
Supported Platforms
Google Apps, Microsoft Dynamics, NetSuite, Open API, Salesforce
Support Options
FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials
Certifications
Safe Harbor, TRUSTe, Verisign

Pricing

Starting from: $1.00/month
Pricing model: Subscription
Free Trial: Available (No Credit Card required)

Starter Plan: $1 per agent/month with 3 agents
Regular Plan: $25 per agent/month
Plus Plan: $59 per agent/month
Enterprise Plan: $125 per agent/month
For a more information on Enterprise Elite, which is $195 per agent/month, visit http://www.zendesk.com/product/pricing

Benefits

The fastest way to great customer support. Rapid setup and deployment.
Increase and improve the quality of customers interactions.

Support your customers across any communication channel including web, email, chat, and social media.

Improve support team productivity and morale. Our customers love us!
Powerful reporting and advanced analytics including 20+ ready to use reports and dashboards.

Quick and easy adoption - no training required. Easy to onboard new agents.
Seamlessly integrate with existing business systems and software using our open API.
Over 100 out-of-the-box integrations with business software such as Salesforce, Google Apps, Atlassian, FreshBooks, and WordPress.

Low TCO and month-to-month payment options.
Secure, reliable, and scalable solution that will meet the demands of your growing business.
World class customer service from our team of highly-skilled customer advocates.

User Reviews

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We can't support our customers without Zendesk. Period.

Raghavender Rao Jitta, Founder & CEO at CrunchPrep19th of December, 2014 16:45

After using Zendesk, our average response time for support requests has reduced by 52% and overall customer happiness has improved by 12%. Also, since we are an existing Zopim customer, we felt right at home with the user interface and the Zopim + Zendesk integration is just pure genius. Our support team can create tickets on the fly during conversations with our customers by just clicking a single button. Now, that's convenient. In fact, after using Zendesk, we saw fewer premium cancellations and an increase in trial to paid conversion rate. We didn't do anything different earlier except that we started using Zendesk. Our awesome support team now have the right tool to support our super awesome customers. To sum it up, it's simple, easy and just works perfectly well.

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Bad pricing structure.

A verified reviewer4th of November, 2014 22:05

This is not business friendly. Pricing is way to high and they put this 1 dollar service that comes with nothing.

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Great idea, really bad....

Brad Sorock, Entrepreneur US/AU25th of June, 2014 18:34

I know the say 40,000 customers, but I question how many are happy. We're small, we manage under 10 websites that need unique customer service emails. We have a few agents, some need to see all sites, others just 1. We just wanted basic email tickets from inbound email, assign to the right person, reply, all syncs up... not too much to ask. We're about 4 months in, and its been a pretty horrible experience. While customer service does answer the phone at Zen, getting the same answer twice is rare. You basically need a PHD in Zen and very few, even at the company have it. I suppose a large company pays them to do it or has a dedicated IT Zen guy on it and gets his own PHD in Zendesk. But we're small (under $10M). I gave it 2 stars, as the staff is very nice, and eager to help. And they do claim they can do it. We're pretty savvy, and figure most things out. Zen got close, but really, they're not for the small company like us. I didn't like that they bait and switched us with free live chat, and 2 weeks after, they asked us to pay for it? odd. We were thinking of using the phone system, but I can't review that as we couldn't even get the email ticket system to work, so I just don't trust it. We lost thousands in sales with lost tickets. At one point, they had marked days of emails all as spam that were legitimate emails.

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friendly tool for our ticketing system

Rheadel Pamintuan, Technical Support II at Cloudstaff4th of June, 2014 00:46

Zendesk is a friendly tool for our ticketing system to support our clients and customers. I provided 5 stars for my rating because I don't have any issue using the application.

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Customer Support For The Modern Age:

David Guerrero, Director of Operations at Verso Networks27th of May, 2014 14:12

With the countless hours chasing tickets and maintenance's there is a new way to manage tickets. As a service provider and network engineer when it came time to determine what system to use for tracking customer support issues I knew there were a lot of choices. I looked into ticketing systems I have used in the past that require a lot of support and local maintenance and found a few light weight systems that I could install. I searched for ticketing systems and found a list that included Zendesk. Curious about the name I went to the website and in two clicks was signed up, set up, and ready to take tickets. Testing the system and running with “test” tickets, before I knew it I had set up my entire system for two ticketing systems and was ready for taking calls. My customers were going to be updated via emails directly and I received notices 24/7 of any tickets created. This fulfilled all of my current needs but I was looking for a robust option for the future when the business takes off and I have a few more agents working with me, or a hundred. This system has already proven that it can grow with my needs as I have just upgraded my services. We are more than satisfied with Zendesk and it support and training as well as its social media links, which helps us stay connected to our customers.

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Excellent Value for a Very Flexible and Extensible Platform

Kenny Schiff, Technologist, Entrepreneur and Founder of T2 Technical Services27th of May, 2014 12:43

Zendesk levels the playing field for smaller businesses who want to keep track of open issues through their lifecycle. Even at lesser subscription levels, one has access a very deep feature set that allows us to handle support like companies who are 100x our size. We had previously relied on Netsuite and before that Salesforce.com for our "ticketing" system and Zendesk has allowed us to shed significant cost, but retain a professional presence from a support perspective.

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Nothing but great

Director of Customer Success, Partner (Computer Software company, 2-10 employees)27th of May, 2014 12:40

As a person who manages support at my company, I try modeling my support after Zendesk's. The service is great, the product is awesome, and they have an extensive help centre to help answer any questions. The ticketing service itself is intuitive and easy to use. Would definitely recommend Zendesk.

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Zendesk makes support fun

Pierre Clouthier, President, Progeny Genealogy Inc.16th of April, 2014 16:33

I am really happy since using Zendesk. I actually look forward to getting support tickets! I develop & sell software to consumers. I use support techs who work out of their home. It's not always easy bringing them up to speed on some of the more complex technical issues. We used to use straight email. I did not get to see what my employees were telling customers, so I couldn't monitor the quality of service, and give the employees training when required. Now I can see what they are saying, and I can jump in and assist in some of the more complex cases. When I answer support tickets, I am more motivated to give detailed answers, because I can refer my employees to my replies, and they can learn. Now that we all share access to the pool of support tickets, we can give more prompt replies, and customers get faster service. Customers are much more forgiving when they see answers in minutes instead of hours or days. When a customer is thinking of buying and sends us a question, he is more likely to buy if the answer comes back in minutes, and he is still in a buying frame of mind. I love being able to tell at a glance the status of all our outstanding support issues. The Markdown codes enable us to use typographic features to better lay out out replies, making them clearer and more easy to understand. I like the email format that Zendesk uses. It is the most natural and convenient way to communicate with customers. I like that customers don't have to sign into a ticket management app if they don't want to. We tried using a Support Forum so that customers could get access to all past support answers. That did not work out, as some disgruntled customers left nasty and overly negative comments for all to see, which would discourage prospective customers. I am going to tell all my software developer colleagues about Zendesk. Now if you could add Tables to the Markdown code, Zendesk would be beyond perfect.

Zendesk needs consistency

Arley S.18th of March, 2014 14:45

A problem I always encounter with Zendesk is that it doesn't pick up existing users and I go to create the user and it does not allow me to create their formal name to their email. It is a glitch in the system. This should be automated. Also, we need a way to automate macros with the information that we input into the left panels. We need to see more improvements Zendesk! You are lagging behind!

Rolling with the

Rob Reynolds - COO OSIA Medical5th of March, 2014 11:30

Thanks for making this product, not only great, but also available for start-ups like us! When you're just getting going, you find most "necessities" are simply out of reach. It's nice when someone like Zendesk puts you on equal footing with the "big guys" with something as critical as customer support. Much appreciated.

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GetApp Analysis


Zendesk is a cloud-based customer service solution that is loved for its ease of use, efficiency, flexibility and low cost of ownership. The software is suitable for every industry sector that provides some kind of customer service. It is fully scalable and can be easily and gradually be utilized by one department to a whole multi-national enterprise.

What Zendesk does is gather all customer feedback from a variety of sources such as email, chat, phone call, tweets, and bring it all under a well-designed and easy to use platform. Support agents can quickly seek the cases that need their immediate attention and deal with the customer issues right away. Zendesk even provides external information tools to help agents with their problem solving actions.

Customer feedback is not the only thing that is brought together under the same place though. Zendesk is also the solid collaboration platform that your agents or personnel from different departments can use in order to work collectively towards the solution of more complex problems. After all is done, reports and statistics are generated for you to evaluate how the software affects your efficiency.

Zendesk main dashboard

What is Zendesk?


Zendesk was created around the need to improve the quality of customer services and to bring customers and company communication closer by establishing a relationship between the two. As the software monitors all feedback sources, it allows agents to overseer all tickets and quickly act accordingly when needed. This greatly improves both the efficiency of your customer service departments, and the customer satisfaction.

With advanced workflow automation tools like the Triggers system, Zendesk guarantees that employees will no longer waste time doing the same things over and over again, while the maintaining of rich knowledge bases will help customers deal with problem even faster and further release tied-up resources.

The tickets overview

Main Features


Email System

Email is only one of the eight places Zendesk gathers customer feedback from but it is usually the most prominent and widely used, so developers made sure to equip the corresponding system with all the tools you'll need. When an email is sent to the customer service department, it turns into a support ticket that includes all communication (replies, comments) from then on and until the ticket is solved.

Getting support request to your personal email is not uncommon and Zendesk offers such importing and forwarding capabilities to its users, so all such emails can be transformed to tickets. You can also add multiple support addresses or change the name that appears on the agent emails. Finally, from the "email template" settings, you can tweak the HTML code that defines the form of your emails.

Tweaking the email settings.

Triggers

Triggers is a smart system that users of Zendesk can deploy in order to streamline processes and automate common tasks. It basically works as a set of directions that are activated when a particular event happens. A set of triggers can be placed in a particular order, and multiple actions can then be executed as a result. An example would be to set all tickets coming from a VIP customer to be addressed by certain agent and be given high priority.

To create such triggers, you can click the admin icon on the sidebar and then select the "Triggers/Add Trigger" option. You may then add the name, conditions and actions for the new trigger and save it. You can re-arrange the order, edit, or delete any triggers later from the same settings menu.

Triggering conditions menu.

Self-Service

For a 24/7 service solution, Zendesk offers advanced self-service capabilities by using comprehensive knowledge bases that you can enrich, or update by correlating solved cases and assigning them with tags. This way customers can visit your company's website and search to find what they are looking for, without trussing your resources.

Besides the knowledge base, customers may also visit community portals with discussions that contain valuable information and advice regarding common problems. The satisfaction that the customers get when finding the solution to their problem by themselves, is higher compared to that gained when waiting for an agent to reply.

An example of a website hosted self-service system.

Customization

Companies strive hard to distinguish themselves in highly competitive environments through individualization and specialization. For a help center to be effective and coherent with a company's style and character, Zendesk must offer deep customization options and high tailoring abilities. Thankfully, it does exactly that.

You can use themes that are created with great tenacity for every promotional and functional detail and let your customers quickly find what they are looking for. Different layouts with different elements on the front page, assure that the special needs of each distinct service will be met by Zendesk.

A theme that provides great singularization.

Zendesk Reporting

Zendesk Reports form part of the standard feature set offered by Zendesk. Reports are available on all plans and provide metrics on KPIs such as daily ticket activity, service level agreement compliance, average resolution time, customer satisfaction, agent performance, ticket resolution time, and efficiency.

The reporting tool provides a snapshot overview of a collection of tickets for a specified time period. By defining ticket properties you can decide which tickets you want to monitor and for which time period.

Zendesk Reports

Zendesk Insights

Zendesk Insights is an advanced reporting feature offered on the Plus and Enterprise plans. This feature provides the ability to carry our more customized analysis of KPIs at a deeper level. These reports could be used to analyze a particular customer group, such as VIP clients, or certain demographic groups based on variables such as location, age or satisfaction rate.

Zendesk Insights is an essential feature for those looking to pinpoint issues and identify key performance areas. This in-depth analysis is enabled through the use of custom fields on tickets, users and organizations, along with the ability to create metrics, reports and dashboards based on contextual data most relevant to your business. The export function is also critical for executive reporting.

Zendesk Insights

Integrations


Zendesk is one of the most integrating pieces of software out there, with more than 200 integrations available free of price through the software's official Apps Marketplace. The apps found there concern agent productivity enhancers, deeper analytics tools, e-commerce helpers, issue trackers, IT management applications, social media conglomerators and telephony/sms and chat clients.

Some of the most popular apps that integrate well with Zendesk are SalesForce, ZenCart, Magento, JIRA, TeamViewer, Drupal, Joomla, Wordpress, PlanBox, MailChimp and 8X8. If you still can't find what you need though, you can always build your own integration using the development tools provided by Zendesk.

Pricing


Zendesk is available in five different flavors that incorporate different sets of features. This together with the "per agent" pricing provides very high efficiency in the factor of costs to actual needs, as companies are in a position to pay and cover precisely their needs, instead of getting useless features and/or excess user licences.

The packages are the Starter (1$ per agent per month), Regular (25$), Plus (49$), Enterprise (125$) and Enterprise Elite (195$). For more details about what features these include, visit Zendesk pricing webpage. The Plus package is also offered as a trial for 30 days and in the case that you buy a license, all data, customizations and actions remain intact.

Bottom Line


  • Unify Communications
  • Customer Self-Service
  • Increase Customer Engagement
  • Automate Workflows
  • Wide Integration scope

FAQs for Zendesk

Below are some frequently asked questions for Zendesk.

Q. What are the main features of Zendesk?

Zendesk offers the following features:

  • Flexible ticket management with automated workflow
  • Multi-channel support: email, web, phone, chat, social media
  • Mobile support with native iPhone, iPad, and Android apps
  • Robust reporting and advanced analytics
  • Customer facing web interface that you can easily brand
  • Knowledge base portal and community forums included
  • Over 100 out-of-the-box integrations with 3rd party apps
  • Open API enabling seamless integration into your business
  • Multi-brand support with linked accounts
  • Unlimited, free "light agents" (Enterprise plan only)
  • Group rules and macros
  • Screencasting
  • Public and private forums
  • Full CSS rebranding
  • Multi locale (timezone and languages)
  • Export ticket views to CSV
  • SSO with Twitter, Facebook, Google and SAML
  • REST API
  • Pre-built: Salesforce, SugarCRM
Q. How much does Zendesk cost?

We have the following pricing information for Zendesk:

Starting from: $1.00/month
Pricing model: Subscription
Free Trial: Available (No Credit Card required)

Starter Plan: $1 per agent/month with 3 agents
Regular Plan: $25 per agent/month
Plus Plan: $59 per agent/month
Enterprise Plan: $125 per agent/month
For a more information on Enterprise Elite, which is $195 per agent/month, visit http://www.zendesk.com/product/pricing

Q. Who are the typical users of Zendesk?

Zendesk has the following typical customers:

Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profits, Public Administrations, Small Business

Q. What languages does Zendesk support?

Zendesk supports the following languages:

Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Taiwanese, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian

Q. What type of pricing plans does Zendesk offer?

Zendesk has the following pricing plans:

Free Trial, Subscription

Q. Does Zendesk support mobile devices?

Zendesk supports the following devices:

Android, iPhone-iPad, RIM-BlackBerry, Windows Phone

Q. Does Zendesk offer an API?

Yes, Zendesk has an API available for use.

Q. What other apps does Zendesk integrate with?

Zendesk integrates with the following applications:

Atlassian Jira, FreshBooks, Google Analytics, Salesforce

Q. What level of support does Zendesk offer?

Zendesk offers the following support options:

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

Q. What are the main benefits of using Zendesk?

Zendesk offers the following benefits:

The fastest way to great customer support. Rapid setup and deployment. Increase and improve the quality of customers interactions. Support your customers across any communication channel including web, email, chat, and social media. Improve support team productivity and morale. Our customers love us! Powerful reporting and advanced analytics including 20+ ready to use reports and dashboards. Quick and easy adoption - no training required. Easy to onboard new agents. Seamlessly integrate with existing business systems and software using our open API. Over 100 out-of-the-box integrations with business software such as Salesforce, Google Apps, Atlassian, FreshBooks, and WordPress. Low TCO and month-to-month payment options. Secure, reliable, and scalable solution that will meet the demands of your growing business. World class customer service from our team of highly-skilled customer advocates.

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