Gmail connector — add failure notification
It has been recently noted here that there is no notification sent when the Gmail connector is disconnected, despite signs elsewhere that such a feature may have existed in the past.
My personal preference would be to have a notification sent to the default support address, but sending an email to the affected Gmail account is an acceptable second choice (we will just create a filter to forward this notification to our default address).
The reason I suggest sending the notification to the default support address is because chances are if users have connected a Gmail account, they are not checking it and instead rely on Zendesk to do so.
The 'pie in the sky' feature request would be to have a pop-up notification in Zendesk itself. Given the importance of connections to external support addresses, this seems pretty reasonable!
This is very important to have at least the "disconnected" notification (either email or popup in app). We have changed our gmail account's password and we were not aware that this would disconnect our integration, as it uses API, not our password, to authenticate. It was disconnected for a couple months!
The weird thing is that emails send as always from Zendesk using our integrated gmail account, and that is why we didn't notice any problems for such a long time. There was only an issue with forwarding emails from gmail to Zendesk so we missed hundreds of reply emails from our clients from the last couple months. We are very very disappointed, Zendesk should notify us that there is a problem right away! Now we have to deal with angry customers and apologize for delayed replies.
Zendesk Team, please add that notification asap, this is a must!
seconding everyone else on this thread - we manage multiple brands and multiple teams in zendesk, so we have a long list of unique gmail inboxes connected in zendesk that we rely on. it's definitely not feasible for us to log in to each individual gmail inbox and set up forwarding for a potential notification that might go to that inbox (though as noted, it seems like that doesn't even happen any longer).
as also other commenters have noted - how did yall build an admin notification for social integrations, but not for email integrations??? we need to see an admin email get sent any time there's an issue with an integrated email, as it is critical to any business that uses the email connectors. why do all of us have to advocate for such a simple, critical feature and to receive no support from ZD in seeing this feature get built soon?
yah i got disconnected too recently... shld be a bug... alr reported.
agreed there shld be a notif!
hope can resolve soon. missed quite some client's emails...
+1 for this!
An email alert would be best for this, at a minimum as it can be a major issue when it happens after hours or on weekends etc when the administrators are not actively using ZenDesk to know of an issue. An email alert could offer a quick remedy to help us provide better customer service vs unneccessary lag due to us not knowing there is an issue.
At a minimum an alert within ZenDesk is needed - not just a manual check of the status page.
+1 for the feature
We're also having this issue! In our case, the email was disconnected for just over a month and caused us to miss 500 emails from our members. As a small startup, that's 1/4 of the emails we receive each month and has an incredibly massive impact.
What I'd like to see is a notification sent out any time an email is disconnected so that we can quickly rectify the issue and respond to any client emails.
After speaking with a very kind rep, the only options that I'm left with is manually verifying that our email accounts are connected - and considering the impact of missing an email that likely will need to be a daily occurrence. We're already short on capacity, so adding this menial task that could be replaced by an automatic notification is a tough pill to swallow.
I've been told posting here and upvoting is the best way to get a feature added, so I'm crossing all my digits you'll see this one.
We have many Google accounts being checked directly by Zendesk, and periodically they each become disconnected. We have to then go through and reconnect each one. It's a major problem when this happens. I understand that the disconnection is often or usually on the Google side, but we really need a clear, immediate notification of the event. An email sent to each administrator would work quite well. Adding a red flag on the settings icon would help, too.
This urgently needs to be added as it is vital to have connected emails for processes to work.
Manually checking daily is another "to-do" that I'd like to avoid.
Following up to add to the votes to have this feature added. It's disheartening to see it impact so many fellow users, and that this issue was raised 4 years ago and has still not been addressed in any updates or roadmaps. We recently found that we had 8 emails disconnected, and when we reconnected them, it was discovered that about 1000 contacts had gone unanswered. Fingers crossed this feature gets added soon!
+1, stopped getting new tickets today...
Of further interest, since it was Zendesk themselves that de-authorized our Gmail connection (per https://support.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360037602614) and I was digging through my email to try to find any notification this was going to happen (I couldn't), I did find that this type of notification exists (or existed) for Twitter:
Hi, our gmail connector was disconnected for a period of time as well. However, emails received to our support team were not importing into Zendesk. I have about 130 emails in my customer care inbox that need to go into Zendesk. Is there a way that I can do this?
We sometimes receive the notification about connection failure to our email . Thus, we have missed some emails from customers (emails didn't become tickets as usual).And then, we have to reconnect manually whenever it happens. We would like to know the rootcause/reason of this issue in order to fix it completely. On the other hand, could we get failure connection notification via email/or other channels? So, we are able to perceive the connection failure immediately to avoid missing emails from customers.I am looking forward to hearing from your team soon. Thank you
The 'solution' I've been given in the past is to set up Gmail to forward emails to your Zendesk support address (or create a new Zendesk support address for this purpose--you can create unlimited support addresses for free). This basically moves the import function from the somewhat unreliable Gmail connector over to the (I guess?) more reliable Gmail forwarding function. YMMV ...
Upvoting as well. Given that external email addresses are required to support users and are ostensibly another in-road that needs to be up and running, and given that an alert message is generated within the "Email" channel page itself, it seems straightforward that this alert could be populated to the home screen of admins, or an email could be sent out to firstname.lastname@example.org when the alert on that email channel page is generated.
I agree with Brianna and company that email integrations should have built-in admin notifications.
The email channel is not otherwise scalable. If there is no current programmatic product-level solution, are there any DevOps / API level workarounds that could be developed for individual accounts?
This is a MUST!
We've been hit several times by this and it's not always a quick fix. We are manually checking the inboxes to verify they're connected and recently found another issue were a user added the same email address as one of our imported boxes as a customer which prevented that inbox from being synced at all.
We should always be notified when an inbox is set up to import all messages and is not being imported, regardless of the reason. We can't fix what we don't know is broken and this is sort of the core feature of the system.
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