Notify agent if requester email is bounced or rejected


  • Kilian Eitzenberger

    @... Thank you for your hint to Read Receipts. It tested your tool and it works well. Unfortunately we can not use it since it is not compatible with GDPR. In Europe we can not collect these data (read receipt) without an agreement of the user. Getting such an agreement is practically unworkable and it is not realistic that a user would allow us to collect such data. 

    @... is there really no way to determine if an email-adress is wrong or an email is undeliverable? Microsoft Outlook for example informs when emails are not deliverable ... In my eyes you can not just ignore this very important topic! Best customer experience consists of sending and receiving information. I just remember > first comment was in October 2014.

  • Julian Kossak


    I totally agree with Kilian!

    Five years without any improvment... It's a huge time in the "online world"....





  • Jonathan van der Bruggen

    I recently took matters into my own hands and built a bounce notification system myself using Zapier. This was actually quite easy (no technical knowledge needed) since we relay incoming email over the Gmail servers and Zapier has both Zendesk and Gmail integrations. (If you forward your email from another email service, you have to check if they have an integration with Zapier as well, like Microsoft Outlook.) It works like a charm for me and I hope it will help others as well. This is what my 'Zap' looks like:

    When this happens...

    1. New Email Matching Search in Gmail (from:MAILER-DAEMON@*

    Do this...

    2. Text - Extract Email Address (from the email's body text from step 1).

    3. Find a Ticket in Zendesk (using the extracted email address from step 2 and order_by:created sort:desc).

    4. Update Ticket in Zendesk (using ticket id from step 3, setting status to 'open' and adding the email's body text from step 1 as comment).

  • Amber Barnes

    @Jonathan - This is all done through Zapier app integration with Zendesk? Also, Zapier is a monthly cost from what I see. Is that correct?

  • Jonathan van der Bruggen

    @Amber Yes, this was all done through the Zapier app integration with Zendesk AND Gmail.

    And yes, you'll need the monthly 20$ plan to get this to work. (But you might use Zapier for other automations as well - it's a nice service! #nospon)

  • Weber Vincent

    +1 for this. If you use basic email for support you have this functionnality, bu not with a tool like Zendesk !

  • Zahida BUCKSUN


    We need this functionality.

    Our agent are not informed when an answer is not delivererd. 

    Thank you. 


  • Антон Минцев

    Agents must be informed when e-mails are hard bounced. Building a workaround process is a good idea for app developers though. 

  • Arno (EMEA Partner)

    Any update on this? These notifications as well as out of office replies can be seen as essential infomation for customer services teams. Any plans in the near future on Zendesk side for this?

  • Krista Zaloudek

    Looks like this has been an ongoing issue for a while and one which will affect our company.

    We are using Side Conversation emails in Support and have no idea when messages our not being delivered. For our agents, they will show that an email was sent, but that is all.

    It sounds like there is functionality in the ZenDesk suite in the Sell product for this, but not Support?

  • Allen Hancock

    I was thinking about this the other day.. it seems to me maybe it's a spam risk to let us know?

    If that's related, getting notifications for verified emails at least, would be a great start.

  • David Andrews

    Uou may want to try Read Receipts for Zendesk as a workaround as it will track email opens and you can take action based on unopened emails. It takes less than 30 seconds to install and activate. You can also can generate metrics about email performance by agent, group, tags, macros or triggers along with a few other features. 

  • Johannes Ganter

    It's incredibly important to do something about this. We're literally losing out on bookings of customers who submitted their email address with a typo. Just let mailer daemons come through. We can deal with them via the triggers. But not being informed at all, not even in the suspended folder is extremely damaging.

  • Dave Dyson
    Zendesk Community Manager

    Thanks all, please check our Product Manager Benjamin Hirsch's response on the first page of this thread: Official comment

  • Sylvia Moon

    This would be an incredibly useful feature. Looking forward to learning more.

  • Kate Anderson

    This would be a useful feature, we had a scenario where someone received a call and another agent went into the phone call ticket and selected public reply and sent an email however there was no email address under the end user profile so the public reply went no where and the agent had no idea. The person followed up a couple weeks later as they never received a reply and that was when we identified the public reply went nowhere.

  • Kristin Arcurio

    Our business really depends on same-day ticket responses and we will require a solution to this issue as we have incurred losses due to agents not getting notified of bounced emails.

  • alexqasri

    We are just realizing that our agents are not being updated if a message bounces. The ticket system is so linked to e-mail - why is it that there is no common-sense solution to this?


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