How do I set up an IVR or phone tree in Zendesk Talk to allow customers to route themselves with number selections or key presses?
This article covers the following sections:
- Plan out your routing pathways
- Record the greetings
- Create the IVR menu(s) and pathways
- Set the routing option for the phone line to IVR and select the menu you've created
- Test the IVR pathways
- Additional resources
- Confirm that you have an administrator role in your account.
- Confirm you have a Talk Professional plan or higher. If you need to confirm your plan level, please contact the owner of your account and have them view the plan subscription.
Plan out your routing pathways
Before setting up your IVR in Admin Center, it's helpful to map out the pathways outside of Zendesk and make a list of each routing option you wish to offer. For example, you could set different IVR sub-menus for sales and support questions. If you use omnichannel routing, you can also add a tag from specific IVR key presses to each ticket.
Record the greetings
Once you have an idea of which pathways you wish to offer, create a separate greeting for each of the routing options. Choose IVR for the greeting type of each of these greetings.
For more information about how to record greetings, see these articles:
Create the IVR menus and pathways
Open Admin Center, then navigate to Channels > Talk and email > Talk and click the IVR tab. Add a new IVR menu and add each routing option to the IVR menu. Assign the appropriate IVR greeting that you have created to each pathway.
Set the routing option for the phone line to IVR and select the menu you've created
In Admin Center, navigate to Channels > Talk and email > Talk. Click Lines and click the phone line you wish to set up. Under the Routing tab, select the option for Enable IVR? and then choose the correct IVR menu. Click Save.
Verifications steps and video walkthrough
To test the IVR menu, have at least one agent set themself online in the destination group.
Once the agent is online, call the number and listen for the correct greeting to be played. Press the corresponding key press to route your call through the IVR to your chosen agent group.
For a walkthrough of the steps above in this guide, see the video:
If you're new to Talk setup and would like to learn more, see the articles: