Use automations to send alerts when a ticket needs a reply Follow



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    Chris Hardie

    We have some cases where an agent inadvertently sets a ticket to "Open" without making an initial user-facing reply. The example given here only works for tickets that are "New." How can we detect tickets of any status that don't have an initial reply?

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    Kayla Schmidt

    Hi Chris, I believe you should be able to accomplish what you’re looking for with a trigger. I’ve created an example in my test account and you can tweak as needed and edit the email body to your liking, but basically this trigger would look for whenever Agent replies are zero and the ticket Status is Open. Then you can perform the action of emailing a specific user or a whole group notifying that there is an open ticket with zero agent replies. It seemed to do the trick with my testing, so I hope it helps with your workflow! 

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    Is there anyway of notifying all agents within Zendesk instead of sending them an email? We are trying to notify all agents when a ticket comes through from a specific channel. Thanks.

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    Jessie - Community Manager

    Hi Thomas! Welcome to the Community!

    There isn't any functionality that allows that built into the product, and I'm not able to find any apps that do this either. The closest thing I found was the Notification App, but it's not automated.

    Another option would be to use our API to create an app of your own that does this. You can find our API resources here.

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    Heather R


    We use Slack as a way to alert agents that prefer a non-emailed alert.  There is a desktop and phone app and they work great!

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    Evgeny Belyaev

    Good day ZenDesk community!
    I need to set an alert when ticket has been created and there was no agent reply for more than 10 minutes - how can I achieve that? All the metrics I have available in the automation condition dropdown are "Hours since..." and measuring first reply time in hours is unacceptable for our business.
    Can I get reply time measured in minutes somehow?
    I tried setting the value of 0.2 hours for example, but this is not accepted by ZD.


    Thanks in advance!


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    Heather R

    Hi @Evgeny,
    Good point. I believe hours is the only Automation option. I wonder if you could play around with Zapier? I believe there would be a way to copy Zapier on created ticket emails and have it send back somethingnin minutes if other conditions are not met, add a tag and have a trigger fire off the alert you're looking for.
    I haven't done this myself so I'm not sure how to walk you through it but I do know Zapier will allow so many "Zaps" per month for free. I mention this because depending on your volume, it may not be free.
    I hope others have better recommendations for you!

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    Ivan Bukata

    Hi, i set almost the same conditions as you

    status: open

    Hours since requester update: greater than 24

    and get an error: 

    Automation could not be updated as:

    • Automation must not run multiple times per ticket. It must have a time-based condition that is only true once (Hours since created is 24) or an action that nullified a condition ("Priority Is High" and an action setting it to "Priority Is Urgent").

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