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Example Chat Scenario: Search for and Pop a Zendesk User

Click the following link to download an annotated version of this Zendesk chat scenario example.
File:App Zendesk Search and Pop User (Chat).zip

For instructions on how to import this file into your contact center, see the Contact Center Administrator Guide, section Scenarios Overview > How to Export and Import Scenarios.

For more information about scenarios, refer to the Scenario Builder Reference Guide.

Chat Scenario Flow

What follows is the sequence of actions that could occur in a basic Zendesk chat scenario flow. Please note this is an example scenario only and not intended for production use. All conditional exits should be defined with actions for production use.

Because this scenario works with a chat widget, you will need to configure all chat related settings in order for this scenario to work (e.g., a chat service, a Messaging/Chat scenario entry, a contact tab, a pre-chat form, the HTML snippet, etc.). For more information, see the Contact Center Administrator Guide, section How to Configuration Web Chat.


The pre-chat form used in this scenario, as seen by the customer


The Complete Chat Scenario

The diagram shown illustrates what a complete scenario looks like when designed in the Scenario Builder application.


Example Zendesk chat scenario overview


Action 1 (Optional): A customer fills out a pre-chat form with their first name, last name, email address, and a brief message; the brief message should go to the agent.

If block

Set Variable block


Using an If block, the scenario searches the pre-chat form to see if the message field is empty or not. Then, if the field is not empty, the Set Variable block is told to treat what was entered in the field as a chat message; this is done by resetting the value to item.newMessage.

The variable item.newMessage adds a new message as it was received from the customer from chat interactions. This variable is used to populate a chat session with form field values. The new message is treated as it was received from the customer and is added to chat transcript.


If block configuration


While it is not necessary to include a message field on a pre-chat form, you may find it useful for your agents, as well as for reporting purposes. For more information, see the Scenario Builder Reference Guide, section Variables.


Set Variable block configuration containing item.newMessage


Action 2: The scenario searches for matching customer information in Zendesk.

Zendesk Search block


Next, using a Zendesk Search block, the scenario searches in your Zendesk account for customer information entered on the pre-chat form. In this instance, the block will search in Zendesk for a customer whose email address matches the one entered in the pre-chat form’s email field; the results are returned to the variable entered in the Recordset name field.


Zendesk Search block configuration


Action 3: The customer information from the Zendesk search is configured to pop to the agent.

Zendesk Screen Pop block


If the search for a matching customer email address is successful, you will want the search results to pop on the agent’s screen. This is done with the Zendesk Screen Pop block. In this example, the variable from the Recordset name field in the Zendesk Search block is used to pop the ID of the user (i.e., customer) to the agent. Note that if you want this information to pop, check the box Pop screen upon answer.


Zendesk Screen Pop block configuration


Action 4: The scenario finds an agent available to take the chat and pop the Zendesk search information to.

Find Agent (Chat) block


Next, the scenario searches for an available agent to receive the chat and the Zendesk Search; it does this by using the Find Agent block. You can use Find Agent to set wait times and send the customer messages about estimated waiting time (EWT).

In this example, there is a wait condition configured to send any agent with a minimum skill set the chat. Additionally, both the Initial message field and the Periodic message field are configured to send messages with the item.EWT variable; this variable will display the EWT in seconds it will be before the customer is connected with an agent.

When configuring your scenario, please consult the Scenario Builder Reference Guide for full detail about the Find Agent block. As a reminder, all conditional exits should have a defined action to ensure the integrity of your scenario.


Find Agent block configuration


Action 5: The agent is connected to the chat with the customer.

Connect Chat block


After finding an available agent, the scenario uses the Connect Chat block to connect the agent to the customer. It is at this time that the information from the Zendesk Search block is popped to the agent. Note that in this example no additional settings are configured.

As a general reminder, the Find Agent block and Connect Chat block (or Connect Call block, if in a voice scenario) are meant to work together. That is, these blocks should be arranged in a scenario with no other blocks between them.


Connect Chat block configuration


The following image is what the agent sees in Zendesk when the chat is connected and the screen pops with the customer's information.


The agent's view of Zendesk with the chat message from the pre-chat form and the popped search results


Action 6: The scenario ends.

Exit block


Finally, when either the agent or the customer ends the chat, the scenario will end; this is defined by using the Exit block. Bright Pattern generally recommends to always terminate a scenario or scenario branch that should not continue with an Exit and not rely on the customer to do so. That is, it is good practice to end scenarios and conditional exists because you always want to know what your scenario will do in any given situation. An Exit block will forcibly terminate the scenario wherever it is used.




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