Track Zendesk Support data in Geckoboard

In this article, we'll show how to display information from your Zendesk Support data on your Geckoboard dashboard.

The Zendesk Support integration has been designed for the Zendesk Support product. Adding this data to a dashboard allows you and your team to keep an eye on live ticket volume, spot issues quickly, stay on track to hit your goals and, above all, deliver better service to your customers.

Important note: This article is for our New Zendesk Support integration, not our Legacy Zendesk Support integration. All future changes will be applied to the Zendesk integration with the new marker . If you're using the integration with the legacy marker , we do recommend moving your widgets to the newer integration where possible.

Which metrics are available in this integration?

The following metrics are currently available in the Zendesk Support integration:

    • Number of created tickets.
    • Number of solved tickets.
    • Satisfaction rating (CSAT).
    • Average, Maximum, Minimum & Sum:
      • First resolution time (calendar).
      • First resolution time (business).
      • Full resolution time (calendar).
      • Full resolution time (business).
      • First reply time (calendar).
      • First reply time (business).
      • On-hold time (calendar).
      • On-hold time (business).
      • Agent waiting time (calendar).
      • Agent waiting time (business).
      • Requester waiting time (calendar). 

Tip: If you're not sure which metrics to track, you might be interested in our SaaS Metrics Generator, which can help you find the right metrics and learn more about them.

Create a new Zendesk Support widget

To create a Zendesk Support widget, follow these steps:

  1. Click Add widget, located in the top right of your dashboard.
  2. Search for Zendesk Support using the Search sources field.

    Alternatively, you can also scroll down the alphabetical list of integrations until you reach the Zendesk Support integration.
  3. Click on the Zendesk Support integration.

Is this is your first Zendesk Support widget? You'll need to connect your Zendesk Support account to Geckoboard.
If not, you can skip to configuring your Zendesk Support widget.

Create a connection with Zendesk

Note: If you're restricting access to your Zendesk account using IP restrictions, you'll need to whitelist these IPs to connect to Geckoboard.

When adding your first Zendesk Support widget, you'll be asked to create a connection and authenticate your Zendesk account so that we're able to collect your data and display it on the dashboard. You only need to create this connection once – we'll take care of the rest.

To connect your Zendesk account with Geckoboard, follow these steps:

  1. The authentication box will first ask you to enter the subdomain of your Zendesk account. This can be found from your login details. Zendesk_connection_subdomain.png
  2. Click on the Connect button.

    Our Zendesk Support integration uses oAuth to connect to Zendesk, so if you're already logged into Zendesk on your browser, you will jump straight to the widget configuration screen after a few seconds.

    If you're not logged in to Zendesk, a popup window will appear and allow you to log in for account authorization.
  3. You're now ready to configure your first Zendesk Support widget!

Creating multiple Zendesk connections

You may need to create Zendesk Support widgets using a different account to the one you used to create your first Zendesk Support widget.

In these cases, you can follow the instructions below to connect a different account or select it for the widget you're creating:

  1. Make sure that you are logged in to the correct Zendesk account elsewhere in the browser or logged out of Zendesk completely.
  2. Click Add widget, located in the top right of your dashboard.
  3. Search for Zendesk Support using the Search sources field.

    Alternatively, you can also scroll down the alphabetical list of integrations until you reach the Zendesk Support integration.
  4. Click on the Zendesk Support integration.
  5. From the top right hand corner of the widget configuration page, click on the name of the Zendesk subdomain being used to create the widget.
  6. Select the subdomain you need or click on the Add account option to make a new connection
  7. Enter the subdomain of your Zendesk account into the authentication box. This can be found from your login details. Zendesk_connection_subdomain.png
  8. Click on the Connect button.

    If you're already logged into Zendesk on your browser, you will jump straight to the widget configuration screen after a few seconds.

    If you're not logged in to Zendesk, a popup window will appear and allow you to log in for account authorization.

Configure your Zendesk Support widget

The widget configuration screen enables you to select the visualization you'd like to use, as well as choosing the metrics you want to show and adding any filters to the data.

To configure your Zendesk Support widget, follow these steps:

  1. Select the visualization from the options at the top of the build menu. Visualisation_types.png
    You'll see a preview of the widget as you create it. This will use real data from your Zendesk account.

    Each time you make a change you'll see a message at the bottom left of the preview to indicate whether we're still collecting this data or whether it's complete.

    Tip: Using appropriate visualizations can make a world of difference while consuming your dashboards and can help inspire action. We’ve created this handy flowchart which makes it easy to identify the best visualization for the metric you're looking to display.

  2. Use the dropdown menu to select the Metric you'd like to display.

    Note: Business hours are only available to Professional and Enterprise level Zendesk accounts and must be set up within your Zendesk instance in order to be available from us. You can learn more about this and read the instructions for setting it up here

  3. For some metrics, we'll need additional information on how you would like the metric to be presented. In these cases, an additional dropdown will appear to the left of the metric name and you can select the value you're looking for.
  4. If you're creating a line or column chart, you may wish to compare more than one metric within the same chart. You can click on the Add metric button above the dropdown Metric menu to select extra metrics to visualize.

    Tip: It is possible to compare up to 9 different metrics with a line chart and up to 3 different metrics with a column chart. You can also delete any metrics that you do not wish to include by clicking on the X to the right of the metric name.

    Note: It is only possible for us to compare metrics which are measuring the same type of value. It is not possible to compare a percentage with a duration on the same chart, for example.

  5. If you're creating a line or column chart, and haven't chosen additional metrics to compare, you may want to split the data, for example to show performance for particular groups or agents within the same chart.

    Tip: It is only possible to use the Split by option when looking at a single metric.

    Warning: As with additional metrics, the maximum number of columns available is 3 and the maximum number of line chart series is 9. If more than this is available, you will not see all of the available data.

  6. You may also need to Group your data by a particular value in order to create a chart or leaderboard so that we know which values to use for rows or for the X-axis of the chart. For example, it's possible to see many of these metrics calculated for particular agents or tags.
  7. Select a Time value that you'd like to see data for.

    You can use the Past 7, 14, or 28 days option to track the previous 7, 14 or 28 full days, or the This week, month or year option to show the calendar week, month or year in progress.

    Note: We always count the week as beginning on a Monday.

  8. Add any optional Filters to refine this data and click on the Apply button.

    When adding filters, you'll be taken to a new menu and can choose a filter from the dropdown options and a value that you'd like this filter to match.You can filter to show only those values that the data is or to show only those values that the data is not.
  9. If necessary, enable the option to set a Goal and fill in your goal value. You can also specify whether it's a Less than or More than goal. If the metric is a duration, you'll need to complete the goal in days, hours and minutes in the separate boxes for each. 
  10. You can use the Fine-tune Menu to change the number of decimal places used or add additional information about the values being displayed. Instructions for this are available here.
  11. Click on the Add to dashboard button.

Zendesk Support widgets refresh rate

Visualizations powered by the Zendesk Support integration refresh every 10 minutes.

Features of the Legacy Zendesk Support integration

The Legacy Zendesk Support integration used a number of preset widgets. The table below shows which widgets are available in this integration, how frequently they refresh and whether it is possible to recreate the data in our New Zendesk Support integration:

  Refreshes every Available in New Zendesk integration? Comments
Priority RAG 5 minutes  
Recent Satisfaction Rating Comments 10 minutes  
Satisfaction Rating 10 minutes Time-based in new integration, rather than previous 100 tickets
Satisfaction Rating RAG 10 minutes  
Status Bar Chart 5 minutes  
Ticket Count 10 minutes  
Ticket View Count 10 minutes  
Ticket Stats 5 minutes  
Oldest Ticket 5 minutes Does not show ticket ID details in new integration
Top Ticket Solvers 5 minutes  
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