Need Agent dashboard for Community

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  • Shameel Abdulla
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    Hey do you mean to say that you are looking for an option where an agent can comment on a discussion and it directly gets reflected against a top publicly?

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  • Stefano
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    In other words: how can an agent monitor all the discussions of the community? 
    If this is not possible, I cannot know if a customer that added a topic, get an answer or not.

    I see that at the moment an agent can receive notification emails about the topics he is following (not the new ones). An agent (differently to a simple user) should follow quite all the topics, so he would get too many emails... he cannot monitor all the discussions in this way.

    If an agent could have a sort of Control Panel/dashboard (similar to the one used for tickets), he could simply view all the new topics or the topics the he is following. 

    If I'm sure to monitor all the activities of the community, I can ask all users to ask for support opening a topic and not a private ticket. In this way all the users of the community could help him 24hours a day. If the agent, that monitor all the topics, sees that no answer is given from the community, he can solve it directly or he can decide to change the topic to a private ticket.

    This is a very important feature. At the moment I'm only able to use Zendesk for private tickets, and having a community is useless, because I cannot monitor it. 

    I hope you can understand what I mean, thanks!

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  • Stefano
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    The question is more simple: I know you're using Zendesk too, so how did you see I opened a new topic? 

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  • Shameel Abdulla
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    I got it :) 

    What if there is an option to alert executives if a topic of their expertise is posted? And a dashboard to see those and choose to answer.

    The following is the thought process behind it:

    1) I find your idea of giving option to customer care executive to respond to topics great and feel will be productive.

    2) But there is nothing triggering an involvement from executive. He may choose to ignore as well.

    What do you think?

     

     

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  • Stefano
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    Yes, I think that the best solution would be a dashboard where any agents can see the new topics and the topics he is following and someone replied.

    If there's no a dashboard now in Zendesk, how can you check if there are some new topics added to one of the community forum present in this website?

    If I open a new topic in this forum, who will discover it and how?

    Moreover, supposing to have this case: User opens a new ticket and Agent A is following him. User also open a new topic in the community forum and Agent B is following him.
    The problem is that 2 agents (A and B) are busy with the same user for the same problem, isn't it?

     

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  • Kiryl Shafarenka
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    Hi Stefano,

    Take a look at this app in beta. Probably this is the one you've been looking for.

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  • Mike Davis
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    I have this same question, or at least a variant of it.

    Is there, or can I create, some sort of 'Manage posts' view, similar to the 'Manage articles' view for KB articles? Is the only way to manage incoming topics by viewing the homepage of the Community?

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  • Nicole - Community Manager
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    Hi Mike, 

    Yes, the only out of the box way to view community posts is by looking at the "All Posts" page in the community. However, several customers have built custom integrations similar to Kiryl's app above between Support and Communities that generates tickets out of community posts and comments. We have done this ourselves in Zendesk's instance, and find it works quite well. We leveraged the channel framework and API to make this work. 

    The other workaround that we used in the past and sometimes recommend to users is to create a Gmail address and subscribe it to all of your community topics. This email address will then receive notifications for every new post or comment, and you can leverage the filtering and labeling functions within Gmail to organize and file them. 

    I'll add that the Guide product team is aware that many users wish to have an administrative backend to the community platform, but they have not prioritized it on their roadmap. I encourage everyone using Zendesk Community to add your vote to the original post in this thread and add your detailed use case in the comments below if this is something you would like to see prioritized. 

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  • Mike Davis
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    Thanks for the response, Nicole.

    The link provided by Kiryl above doesn't work. Can you tell me more about what sorts of apps might work for this? In addition, how do you subscribe to all community activity?

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  • Nicole - Community Manager
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    You're welcome, Mike.

    Kiryl's post is a little old; I don't know if their app is still available. I don't know of any others - we don't have any currently in the Zendesk marketplace. Most customers either have internal development teams build an integration between their community and Support or hire Zendesk Professional Services to build it for them.

    To subscribe to all community activity, you'll want to be logged in to your help center with the email address you want the notifications to go to. Then go to each topic in your community and select the "follow" button on that topic. This will send an email notification of every new post or comment that occurs within that topic to the subscribed email address. 

    Note that if you add a new topic to your community, you will need to follow the same process to subscribe the email address to it. 

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  • Christine Knific
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    Nicole, is the idea with using the gmail address you would then use it as a channel coming into Zendesk and set up views, automations, triggers, etc? 

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  • Nicole - Community Manager
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    Hey Christine - 

    When we were using the Gmail inbox we did not set it up that way, we literally just worked out of the inbox, and leveraged the filter and label functionality to keep track of what was happening with a given post. 

    Now we have built an integration between the community and Support, so that we do get tickets for community posts and can use views and business rules and such. This requires some development resources to create, but is definitely a step up from the Gmail inbox method. 

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  • Csamuel
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    I am jumping on this bandwagon late, but it's becoming more apparent that without an agent dashboard, this product isn't really helping us be more efficient.    I'm shopping around...

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  • Nicole - Community Manager
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    Hi Csamuel - 

    Can you tell us more about what you would find useful in an agent dashboard/administrative backend to the platform? 

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