Zendesk Explore features a prebuilt Search dashboard that helps you understand how your customers interact with your help center, including what they’re searching for and how successfully they find answers. It helps you identify hot topics that interest customers most, and also helps you detect gaps in your knowledge base that need to be addressed.
In the following topics, you'll learn how to access the search analytics dashboard and see the available reports:
The information in Explore dashboards is updated on a schedule. The schedule depends on which Explore plan you are using. For details, see Data refresh intervals for Explore reporting.
Accessing the Search dashboard
Use the following procedure to access the Search dashboard.
To access the Search dashboard
- In the Zendesk product tray, click the Explore icon ().
- From the list of dashboards, select the Zendesk Guide dashboard.
- Click the Search tab.
Understanding the Search dashboard reports
The Search dashboard shows information about searches, click-through rate, tickets created, and more. You can filter the reports on the dashboard by Time, Brand, Search channel, User role, and Locale.
Using the dashboard, you can slice and filter the search metrics to get a detailed picture of your help center’s performance, including:
- The most common queries your customers search for: Track search queries by brands, user types, and locales.
- Where users perform their searches: Track whether searches are performed directly in the help center or via the Mobile SDK or Web Widget.
- Where you can improve your self-service performance: Track the number of results and click-through rate by searches to identify whether customers find what they’re looking for.
- How search volume affects ticket creation: Track the number of searches and the number of tickets created and detect possible correlations.
Search dashboard headline metrics
This tab displays the following headline metrics (KPIs) for the time range you specify:
- Total searches: The total number of searches that users performed in your knowledge base.
- Searches with no results: The total number of searches that users performed that returned no results.
- Avg click-through rate: The number of results clicked on divided by the number of searches performed.
- Tickets created: The total number of tickets created in the help center.
Search dashboard reports
This tab displays the following reports for the time range and data filters you specify:
Searches by results and clicks (last 7 days): Displays a pie chart with the total number of searches performed, broken down by searches with clicks, searches with no results, and searches with no clicks.
Searches by user role: Displays a pie chart with the total number of searches, broken down by the role of the user who performed the search.
Searches with no results (top 5): Displays a bar chart with the top 5 most searched-for strings that returned no results.
Search effectiveness: Displays a column chart with the total searches performed, broken down to searches with results and searches without results. On top of the bars, the line chart shows the average click-through rate over time.
Ticket to search ratio: Displays a column chart with the number of tickets created after search. The line chart shows the tickets created per search ratio over time.
Search queries overview (last 30 days): Displays a table with the strings that users searched for, including how many times a string was searched for, the average number of results it returned, the average click-through rate, and the number of tickets created after searching for that string.
- Search queries and top clicked articles: Displays a table with the articles that were clicked on most often, including the string that users searched for to find the article, and the number of times the article was clicked.