Using Slack in side conversations (Collaboration add-on)

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  • Wendy Lok

    Installed and setup the Slack side convo Collaboration feature. Created a new side conversation but realized I needed to create a new channel. Go to Slack, create new public channel #Support. Go back to Zendesk, create side conversation > Slack > but the #Support channel does not appear. 

    I've logged out of slack, zendesk. Even 5min later, #support does not appear in the list of channels I can write to.

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  • Lisa Kelly
    Zendesk Documentation Team

    Hi Wendy,

    Since it's a new channel you added, make sure the Zendesk app is invited to the channel. Click here for more information and refer to "To add the app to another channel." 

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  • Wendy Lok

    Got it working. Thanks!

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  • Nicole S.
    Zendesk Community Team

    Glad to hear you got it sorted, Wendy. Thanks for letting us know!

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  • Judd Higgins

    Hi!  This feature is great! Is there a way to search in Zendesk (either in the Search field or creating a Query in Explore) to find tickets that have Slack Side Conversations?

     

    We want to be able to find all tickets that have Slack Side Conversations so we can write internal documentation about the issues brought up on these tickets.


    Thanks!

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  • Mindaugas Verkys

    is it possible to turn side conversations only for slack (without email option)?

     

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  • Lisa Kelly
    Zendesk Documentation Team

    Hi Mindaugas,

    You can chose which type of side conversations to enable (Email, Slack, or both) by navigating to Admin > Settings > Tickets > Side Conversations. 

     

    For details, see Enabling and disabling side conversations.

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  • Stefanie Steinbach

    Sounds like a great addition!

    If I understand correctly, at the moment, within Zendesk, we can work with Triggers to notify people in the conversation that there's an update. (As mentioned here: Using side conversations in Tickets add-on) But in Slack, there's only @channel or @here that would work? As this would halt my entire support team to go check out that slack:

    Are there any plans of adding the option for outgoing @mentions. In other words, will it in the future be possible to send a slack message from Zendesk mentioning @someonenotinzendesk? If so, when do you approximately expect this functionality?

    Thanks in advance!

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  • Brett Bowser
    Zendesk Community Team

    Hey Stefanie,

    I reached out to our Product Managers and they think this is a fantastic idea! However, the current integration does not support searching for Slack users at this time. I've passed this feedback and your use-case along to the appropriate team.

    Appreciate you sharing this with us :)

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  • Luz Marsen

    First of all many thanks for this very helpful new feature. One question: is it planned to make tagging of people in the slack integration possible? This would be extremely useful for the workflow in our company.

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  • Silviana Villarruel

    Is there a way to view the person who was part of the slack conversation?
    We want to be able to view and create reporting around the person who answered the slack conversation in the slack channel. I see at this time ZD shows it in two places 

    1. Internal comment: "Note added from a Slack message by Agent Name in  #channel.
    2.title comment: Agent ZD Name > Today xx:xx > with Zendesk, Slack Agent Name. 

     

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  • Jacob Booth

    Is there anyway to direct the message to a thread within the channel

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  • Toby Sterrett
    Zendesk Product Manager

    @Luz it's not currently possible to tag individual people in Slack conversations. Slack requires knowing the ID of an individual person, so tagging them from within a side conversation within a ticket would require being able to search all Slack users for autocompletion so we can include the ID, which we don't have access to with the integration. We're investigating what it would take to add this in the future, but we don't have any timeframe for it.

    @Silviana we've spoken, but at this time I think the best way to be able to report on participants in side conversations would probably be to use the incremental export endpoint available in the API EAP. You would be able to get the data about exported side conversations and who was involved, though it would likely be the Slack user IDs as mentioned above. Also, it seems like you may be referring to both notes created from the Slack integration using message actions as well as Side Conversations for Slack? Is that the case?

    @Jacob do you mean a Slack thread that already exists? If so, there's no way to direct a side conversation to use an existing Slack thread instead of creating a new one in the channel.

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  • Antonio Naddeo

    Hello,

    1) can you use macros to initiate a slack side conversation?

    2) if yes can you use placeholders in the slack side conversation?

     

    We have a bot built in our slack with a series of commands (sentences that we need to type every time), if we were able to use macros we could pre-build these commands into macros and so have to avoid to manually write the long sentences 

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  • Antonio Naddeo

    is there any plan to add the "send a message via slack" as a macro action?

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  • Toby Sterrett
    Zendesk Product Manager

    Hey Antonio, give it a try again, we actually just rolled this out. When you add a macro action you should now have the option for "Side conversation via Slack" if you have Slack enabled. And yes, you should be able to use placeholders for the recipients/channel field as well as the body field.

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  • Antonio Naddeo

    Hi Toby,

    This is great news but I have a problem or probably what I want to achieve  is not possible

    I use a macro to send a predefined message to a slack channel.

    In this channel I have a custom bot app, and if you ask him something, it gives you a response. Looks like the response from this bot is not included in zendesk side conversation.

    From what I can see messages are sent as threaded conversation. So that when the bot responds to the command, the response does not go into the threaded conversation and therefore it does not go into side conversation

    Steps I follow

    1) I initiate a side conversation with a macro that sends a "command" to the slack channel where I have the bot:

    2) The response I get from the bot does not go into side conversation, as the response is not included in the threaded conversation. The response from the bot is a new non-threatened message:

     

    3) Side conversation does not have the response from the bot app: "event sent, please query again the order info".

     

     

     

     

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  • Toby Sterrett
    Zendesk Product Manager

    @Antoniounfortunately the integration will only bring messages in the threads back into the side conversation. Otherwise there's no way for the bot to know the message is intended to be a response to the original side conversation message. Could the custom bot be updated to reply to these messages in the thread? I believe it's a matter of including the message it is responding to in the API call to Slack (at a high level).

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  • Dave Tonks

    Heya, Any plans on showing Microsoft Teams some love with this integration? We chose this over Slack.

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  • Brett Bowser
    Zendesk Community Team

    Hey Dave,

    I'm not aware of anything on the roadmap currently, but I was able to track down a feedback post related to this need: Side Conversations - Microsoft Teams Integration

    I recommend adding your feedback to that post and I'll be sure to pass this along to the appropriate team so they're aware.

    Thanks!

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  • Armen Saghatelian

    Toby Sterrett Hey Toby, 

    I have tried mentions in side conversation with @here and @channel based on the info below but it seems that both do not work.

    Slack @mentions are not supported, but you can include @here to notify everyone currently logged in or @channel to alert every member of a channel.

    Can you please tell us what we are missing?

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  • Toby Sterrett
    Zendesk Product Manager

    Hi Armen Saghatelian thanks for the report! We're going to be rolling out a fix to return this functionality very soon. It will hopefully be out later today but should be in place by the end of the day tomorrow at the latest.

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  • Armen Saghatelian

    Toby Sterrett Hey Toby, 

     

    Thank you so much. It worked. I have two more questions:

    1. Would it ever be possible to change the ticket status based on a reply in Slack thread?

    2. If not, can you please make the side conversations new reply notifications more visible? Maybe you can add the new notification circle on the tickets view?

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  • Toby Sterrett
    Zendesk Product Manager

    Hey Armen Saghatelian glad it worked!

    1. It's possible to set up triggers with conditions based on side conversations being updated. You can easily set up a trigger to ensure a ticket's status is e.g. Open if a side conversation within it is updated. You can read up on the side conversation trigger conditions here.
    2. We are investigating these types of things. Updating the views page with an indicator that there are unread side conversations within tickets would definitely not be a trivial task to do, but w have some ideas for things we can try out.
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  • Armen Saghatelian

    Hi Toby Sterrett,

    We are facing performance issues with integration. Can anyone have a look? Our Zendesk subdomain is tenweb.

    The side conversations started in Zendesk don't appear in Slack threads right now.

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  • Devan - Community Manager
    Zendesk Community Team

    Hello Armen Saghatelian,

    Due to the nature of the issue impacting you, I'm going to open a ticket on your behalf. You should receive an email shortly followed by a response from our Advocate team. 

    Best regards. 

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  • Armen Saghatelian

    Hi Devan - Community Manager,

     

    Thank you. All fixed now :) 

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  • Nicole S.
    Zendesk Community Team

    Glad to hear you got things working, Armen! 

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  • Sophie Gibson

    Hiya - is slack for Zendesk free? 

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  • Nicole S.
    Zendesk Community Team

    Hi Sophie, 

    Yes, it is a free app. Here's the listing for it in our marketplace: https://www.zendesk.com/apps/support/slack/

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