Creating an out-of-office response for messaging

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  • Francis Morissette

    Does not seem to work for me on my end. The message never gets sent. I used "account status is not equal to online".

  • Yu-Hsuan Chao

    Hi Francis,

    Could you explain in detail what the configurations are for the problematic trigger? Some screenshots of your trigger settings will help greatly too. 

    Please Contact Zendesk Customer Support with the above information and our team will have a check for you, thanks!  

  • Tracey Brooks

    We don't even have these as options in trigger: 

    • Check conditions: Check all of the following conditions

      • Account status | equals | Offline
    • Perform the following actions
      • Send message to visitor | Responder | [message text, such as "Sorry, I’m offline"]

  • Michael Froeming
    Zendesk Customer Care

    Hi Tracey,

    Could you please make sure you're creating a trigger in the Chat dashboard instead of Support? Here's a related article as reference:


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  • Tiffany Chiu

    Hi Michael,


    I also couldn't get the trigger to fire on our test page:


    Thank you,


  • Prakruti Hindia
    Zendesk Product Manager

    Hi Tiffany, 

    The account status is considered offline when all your Chat / Messaging agents are offline. 


  • Jose Juan Avila

    Hi all,

    When setting a flow with the Flow Builder, after suggesting an article , the Bot ask you if the problem is solved or if you need to "talk to a human".

    When selecting "talk to a human", the user is expecting an agent to talk to him, but it does not make sense when the agent is offline or the agent is not in working hours.

    One possible solution is to create a trigger so that the client knows we are offline. Is it possible?

    We are able to create a triger using the following condition:

    Run trigger: A visitor sends a chat message

    But in this case, the user tipically is not going to send a chat because he is waiting for the agent to answer.

    I tried to create the trigger using:

    Run trigger: When visitor request a chat

    But it does not work. I imagine that when the user click "talk to human" it does not mean for zendesk to request a chat.

    Am I missing something? Is there any workaround to solve this situation?





  • Romona

    Hi Jose,

    Are you checking the "Channel" to ensure that its listed as Messaging :

    Perhaps give this a try, it should work. 

  • Jose Juan Avila

    Yes. This is not the problem. 

    Anyone can help? In my opinion, when the user click "talk to human", this action shoud be equivalent to "Request a chat". But it doen't work this way.

    Does anybody know if it is possible to run a trigger, when clients click "talk to human"?


  • Michael Jenkins

    @...  To add on to what @... mentioned. This is a huge hole in the support flow. We want to offer self help steps through the flow builder but we don't always have agents who can respond back.

    I spent half my day yesterday trying different techniques to send some kind of automated response but there does not seem to be any way of doing that.

    The other issue is that after an article is suggested you can't control the flow anymore. Would be helpful for us to control the option of starting over or sending to an agent after that. When you send to agent after article suggestion there is no option of entering their name or email which is critical since then we could respond easier.

    My next idea is that I am not even going to use the article suggestion option, just give them the direct link to the article so that I can control the flow after that and offer a direct link to our ticket form if the article did not help. 

    Flow Builder is great idea a highly needed but still in the infancy stage and has long way to go. 

  • Jose Juan Avila

    Hi all, 

    Regarding my problem: 

    Does anybody know if it is possible to run a trigger, when clients click "talk to human" in Flow Builder chat bot?

    I am not able to do it, but It seems it is possible. I have found an example here:

    After clicking "Talk to a human", the by default Flow Builder message appears: "No problem, .....". But then, they are able to fire a trigger explaining they are offline. 

    It would be nice to understand how they were able to do it.



  • Michael Jenkins


    I added this trigger back and magically it seems to be working now after I started a ticket with Zendesk about the issue. Fingers crossed it stays working!


  • Fredrik Tuvlind

    Hi. We're having some problems with the talk to agent flow. It seems like as soon as the person presses the transfer to agent part they are locked into that flow. No matter what they do the "ticket/messaging" keeps getting reopened thus causing the customer to be stuck in a loop where they can't use the flow builder that we have set up. The only workaround that I found was deleting the conversation from the agent side. Is there any other way to do this properly?

  • Prakruti Hindia
    Zendesk Product Manager

    Hi Fredrik,

    The messaging ticket status should be set to Solved, once the issue is resolved. The ticket status will change to Closed based on your Trigger / Automation setup. You can also setup Triggers to quickly set the Ticket status to Closed after the issue is solved. More information on handover and hand back can be found here

    When the ticket status is Closed, the control of conversation is handed over to the bot. Customer's next interaction will be with bot built using Flow Builder. 


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