When you run a call center using Talk, useful call information is recorded about your efficiency and productivity. Zendesk Explore helps you surface this important business information in easy to read queries and dashboards. In this article, you'll learn the basics of what makes up a Talk call, learn how to access your call information in Explore, and learn some of the most common Talk metrics you can measure.
If you're new to Explore and want more help, see Getting started with Explore.
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Understanding Talk calls
To produce effective Talk reports, it helps to understand the high-level flow of a call. A simple incoming call might look like this:
- If the agent declines or doesn't pick up the call, their call leg time ends.
- If the agent calls a second agent to consult, a new call leg starts for the second agent.
- Once the first agent transfers the call to another agent, then the first agent call leg ends.
- An agents call leg is not complete until they complete their wrap-up time (if configured).
Understanding call legs
A common term you'll hear when you work with Talk is the call leg. A call leg is defined as an interaction between a person and the Talk call.
Talk call legs fall into one of two types:
Agent: Begins when Talk finds an available agent and the agents phone (or browser) starts to ring. The call leg ends after one of the following events:
- The agent declines the call.
- The agent completes the call. The leg ends after any configured wrap-up time for the call.
- The agent transfers the call to a second agent. As soon as the first agent calls the second agent, then the second agents call leg begins. The first agents call leg ends after the call is transferred. When calls have more than one agent leg, it's because more than one agent was a participant.
- End user: Begins after Talk answers the call and the end-user hears the welcome message. The call leg ends when the call is disconnected because either the end-user or the agent hung up.
Understanding key Explore metrics for Talk
When you use Talk with Zendesk Explore, you gain access to a range of pre-built reports that display information about your calls, efficiency, and agent activity. If you need to customize these reports or create your own reports, Explore features a large number of metrics and attributes you can use.
In this section, you'll learn how to access the pre-built reports, and discover some of the key metrics and attributes you can use to create your own reports.
Pre-built reports for Talk
Explore features a range of useful reports for Talk right out of the box in pre-built dashboards. Before creating custom reports, check to see if the report you want is already available.
- In Zendesk Support, open the product tray.
- Click the Explore icon () .
- In the list of dashboards, select the Zendesk Talk dashboard.
For information about all of the reports on the dashboard, see Analyzing your Talk activity.
Key metrics and attributes for creating your own Talk reports
If you need a report that doesn't exist in the pre-built dashboard, you can often create your queries. In Explore, you create queries by adding metrics which a quantitative value like the number of tickets and attributes, a qualitative value like the ticket group.
For help learning how to create Explore queries, see Getting started creating queries.
In this topic, you'll learn about some of the most common metrics and attributes you can use to analyze your call center. The following tables detail some of the key metrics and attributes you can use, and where to find the details in Explore.
Key call metrics
The table below defines the key Explore metrics for Talk calls.
|Call wait time||The time a customer waited to talk to an agent after being routed to where they want. This time does not include any recorded greetings.|
|Call answer time||The time between the customer first connecting to the system and the first conference with an agent. Repetition, such as waiting after a transfer occurs, is not included. Voicemails are also excluded from this number.|
|Call IVR time||The time spent in an IVR.|
|Call consultation time||The total consultation time. Sums the value of any number of agent-to-agent consultations.|
|IVR transitions||The number of steps taken through the IVR menu.|
|Call billed time||The time that the call was billed for.|
|Call on-hold time||The time a call was on-hold from the customer’s perspective|
|Call talk time||The time spent talking from the customer’s perspective or the time spent in a conference with an agent. If the call was transferred this will include all agent conferences with the customer.|
Key call attributes
The table below defines the available call attributes.
|Call ID||The ID number associated with the call.|
|Call completion status||The completion status of the call. Shows whether a call was completed by an agent or to voicemail or whether it was abandoned before that could happen.|
|Call direction||Whether the call was inbound or outbound.|
|Call exceeded queue wait time||Indicates if the customer exceeded the set time limit waiting for the agent in the queue.|
|Call outside business hours||Indicates if call was outside of business hours (true/false). Business hours might vary depending on what schedule(s) have been set. For more information on setting up schedules, see Setting your business hours and holidays.|
|Call Talk number||The Zendesk Talk phone number the call came in through.|
|Call IVR destination group||The destination group for calls coming out of an IVR.|
|Caller routed to voicemail||Indicates whether the call ended in voicemail.|
|Caller requested voicemail||Indicates if the caller requested to be put through to voicemail.|
Key call leg metrics
The table below defines the available call leg facts.
|Call leg metric||Definition|
|Leg duration||The duration of the call from beginning to end of that call leg.|
|Leg wrap-up time||The total wrap-up time in seconds associated with the agent’s call leg. Customer legs will default to 0 seconds.|
|Leg talk time||The time spent talking, specific to call legs.|
Key call leg attributes
The table below defines the available call leg attributes.
|Call leg attribute||Definition|
|Leg agent name||The agent name associated with a specified call leg. If looking at an entire call, this attribute will include all agents that had legs associated with the call. An empty value indicates the call leg is a customer call leg.|
|Leg ID||The call leg ID.|
|Leg agent available via||Whether the agent answered via browser or phone.|
|Leg consultation initiated by||Indicates the agent ID who initiated a consultation with another agent. The value is applied to the first agent’s call leg.|
|Leg completion status||Displays whether an agent declined an incoming call, if an agent missed the prompt to accept the incoming call, or if the agent accepted it.|
|Leg agent forwarding number||The number a call was routed to if a call leg is associated with call forwarding.|
|Leg instance||The order the call leg began in reference to the overall call. Customer legs come first, so each call with a value of one. Each additional agent leg that occurs on the call increments this value by one.|
|Leg transferred from||Indicates the agent ID a transfer came from.|
|Leg transferred to||Indicates the agent ID a transfer was sent to.|
|Leg user type||The type of call leg, either agent or customer.|
To read about all of the metrics and attributes you can use to create Explore reports for Talk, see Metrics and attributes for Zendesk Talk.
Creating an Explore report
In this example, you'll use some of the metrics you learned above to create a basic report that, for each of your agents, shows the number of calls they made or received, the end-user name, and the completion status of the call. The report is filtered to show only calls from the current week.
To create the report
- In Zendesk Explore, click the query icon ( ).
- In the Queries library, click New query.
- On the Choose a dataset page, choose Talk > Calls > Talk: Calls [default], and then click New query. Query builder opens.
- In the Metrics panel, click Add.
- From the list of metrics, choose Calls, then click Apply. Explore displays the total number of calls made or received.
- In the Filters panel, click Add.
- From the list of attributes, choose Call - Date, and then click Apply.
- Click the Call - date filter you just added.
- On the Call - Date page, click Edit date ranges.
- On the Date range page, choose This week, and then click Apply. Explore displays the total number of calls made or received this week.
- In the Rows panel, click Add.
- From the list of attributes, choose the following:
- Call agent name
- Call direction
- End-user name
- When you are finished, click Apply. Explore displays the completed table.
In this article you've learned some of the basics to get you started reporting with Talk and Explore. To read about all of the metrics and attributes you can use to create Talk reports, see Metrics and attributes for Zendesk Talk.
For more help creating custom reports for Explore, see Getting started creating queries.