Zendesk Explore

Zendesk Explore

Score 7.5 out of 10
Zendesk Explore

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What is Zendesk Explore?

Zendesk offers Explore, a business intelligence and customer analytics tool which integrates with the Zendesk suite featuring ticket analytics, custom fields, dashboards, and other features. Zendesk is migrating customers of the BIME analytics product, which is approaching end of support,...
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  • Customizable dashboards (5)
    10.0
    100%
  • Drill-down analysis (5)
    10.0
    100%
  • Formatting capabilities (5)
    10.0
    100%
  • Report sharing and collaboration (5)
    9.4
    94%

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Features

BI Standard Reporting

Standard reporting means pre-built or canned reports available to users without having to create them.

8.9Avg 8.1

Ad-hoc Reporting

Ad-Hoc Reports are reports built by the user to meet highly specific requirements.

9.8Avg 8.0

Report Output and Scheduling

Ability to schedule and manager report output.

6.8Avg 8.3

Data Discovery and Visualization

Data Discovery and Visualization is the analysis of multiple data sources in a search for pattern and outliers and the ability to represent the data visually.

9.4Avg 8.1

Access Control and Security

Access control means being able to determine who has access to which data.

8.9Avg 8.5

Mobile Capabilities

Support for mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.

5.7Avg 7.9

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

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10Avg 7.9
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Product Details

What is Zendesk Explore?

Zendesk offers Explore, a business intelligence and customer analytics tool which integrates with the Zendesk suite featuring ticket analytics, custom fields, dashboards, and other features. Zendesk is migrating customers of the BIME analytics product, which is approaching end of support, to Zendesk Explore in 2019.

Zendesk Explore Technical Details

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Mobile ApplicationNo

Frequently Asked Questions

Zendesk offers Explore, a business intelligence and customer analytics tool which integrates with the Zendesk suite featuring ticket analytics, custom fields, dashboards, and other features. Zendesk is migrating customers of the BIME analytics product, which is approaching end of support, to Zendesk Explore in 2019.

Reviewers rate Customizable dashboards and Drill-down analysis and Formatting capabilities highest, with a score of 10.

The most common users of Zendesk Explore are from Mid-sized Companies (51-1,000 employees).
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Score 5 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Zendesk Explore is used together with Zendesk Support and Zendesk Guide. In my company, we use Zendesk Explore to gather tickets and article data to create reports and dashboards. For example, pulling out the percent service level agreement breach and average customer satisfaction of all the tickets. We then analyze the following reports and dashboards and identify what and how underperformed areas can be improved.
  • Zendesk Explore is easy to use.
  • Zendesk Explore allows users to create custom metrics.
  • Zendesk Explore allows users to create custom attributes.
  • Zendesk Explore is easy to learn.
  • Compared to other analytics function of other Ticket Management System, Zendesk Explore is probably the best as of now.
  • Only one agent can create custom metric at a time.
  • Only one agent can create custom attribute at a time.
  • Data are shared across all group. If an agent knows how to pull the data, they can pull any group tickets data. For example, IT pulling HR tickets data even though they are restricted by Security in Zendesk Support. Even though the maximum that the agent will see is the subject, it is still confidential and the agent shouldn't be able to pull it.
  • Zendesk Explore has lag time of maximum 1 hour.
  • Zendesk Explore sometimes display incorrect data. After a refresh, it will correct itself.
Compared to other analytics functions of other Ticket Management System, Zendesk Explore is the easiest to learn. Moreover, the learning curve is high. Once you pick up the fundamentals, you will be able to create all types of analytic reports. In addition, if you know basic coding or SQL, you can create your own metrics and attributes to capture extremely specific elements such as the tickets that contain a certain word or etc.
BI Platform
N/A
N/A
Supported Data Sources
N/A
N/A
BI Standard Reporting (3)
100%
10.0
Pixel Perfect reports
100%
10.0
Customizable dashboards
100%
10.0
Report Formatting Templates
100%
10.0
Ad-hoc Reporting (3)
93.33333333333334%
9.3
Drill-down analysis
100%
10.0
Formatting capabilities
100%
10.0
Report sharing and collaboration
80%
8.0
Report Output and Scheduling (2)
70%
7.0
Publish to PDF
40%
4.0
Report Delivery Scheduling
100%
10.0
Data Discovery and Visualization (3)
80%
8.0
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
100%
10.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
70%
7.0
Predictive Analytics
70%
7.0
Access Control and Security (4)
77.5%
7.8
Multi-User Support (named login)
100%
10.0
Role-Based Security Model
40%
4.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
70%
7.0
Single Sign-On (SSO)
100%
10.0
Mobile Capabilities (2)
50%
5.0
Responsive Design for Web Access
70%
7.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
30%
3.0
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding
N/A
N/A
  • Identify surge ticket periods which help planning.
  • Identify CSAT Trend and use the data to improve customer satisfaction.
  • Identify SLA Trend and use the data to reduce turnaround time.
  • Identify 1-Touch % and use the data to improve response.
Zendesk Explore is better than Freshservice Analytics. In Freshservice, even though the interface is more attractive, the functions are not as good as Zendesk Explore. Reports and dashboards are hard to build, and the materials to learn are not as good as the materials on Zendesk Explore. Moreover, the function itself in Freshservice is within the Freshservice ticket management platform compared to Explore which is a standalone suite. There are many reports and dashboards that Freshservice Analytics couldn't build. Freshservice Analytics is like Zendesk Gooddata which is the previous version of Zendesk Explore.
As previously mentioned, Zendesk Explore is easy to use. There are lots of materials in Zendesk Community. In addition, the live support will also help a lot in learning Zendesk Explore, especially for beginners. Zendesk Explore might be difficult at first to learn, but anyone could learn it in just 7 days. Once the fundamentals are locked in, moving from that place to becoming an amateur at Zendesk Explore is extremely easy. Lastly, if you know basic coding and SQL, you can be a pro at it already.
Zendesk Community is extremely useful for Zendesk Explore beginners. The live support provided by Zendesk will also help a lot. If you don't know anything you can ask live support right away. However, one drawback of Zendesk Community and Support is the creation of complex reports on Zendesk Explore. Zendesk Community and Support cannot really help you much if you are trying to build a complex report as they are not a complete expert on it as well.
October 07, 2021

Easy to Use Program!

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use it for reporting and analytics for our client experience team within all lines of business. It is designed to help us analyze and understand where our opportunities are for customer support. Explore provides powerful, built-in reports that we can create without any coding knowledge that help us view and analyze key information about our customers and and support resources.
  • Built-in reporting.
  • Helps us analyze data without coding knowledge.
  • Has prebuilt datasets and queries we can pull from.
  • Customizable reporting.
  • More detailed pieces of training on where to find datasets/queries.
  • Have demo reports to do live trainings; instead of watching videos.
  • Have a key as to what all of the datasets mean.
  • Have a pop-up that analyzes the data "looks like your csat dropped this week!" etc...
Zendesk Explore is amazing and so user-friendly! When we first added on Explore and created our own reports, we had no idea it would come with this much information. If you want to look at a dataset, Explore already has it in the system for you! The main things we use it for currently is our CSAT, Reopened Ticket %, One Touch Ticket %, and so much more!
BI Platform
N/A
N/A
Supported Data Sources
N/A
N/A
BI Standard Reporting (3)
83.33333333333334%
8.3
Pixel Perfect reports
80%
8.0
Customizable dashboards
100%
10.0
Report Formatting Templates
70%
7.0
Ad-hoc Reporting (4)
100%
10.0
Drill-down analysis
100%
10.0
Formatting capabilities
100%
10.0
Integration with R or other statistical packages
100%
10.0
Report sharing and collaboration
100%
10.0
Report Output and Scheduling (3)
80%
8.0
Publish to Web
70%
7.0
Publish to PDF
100%
10.0
Report Delivery Scheduling
70%
7.0
Data Discovery and Visualization (3)
100%
10.0
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
100%
10.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
100%
10.0
Predictive Analytics
100%
10.0
Access Control and Security (4)
95%
9.5
Multi-User Support (named login)
100%
10.0
Role-Based Security Model
100%
10.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
100%
10.0
Single Sign-On (SSO)
80%
8.0
Mobile Capabilities (1)
50%
5.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
50%
5.0
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding (1)
100%
10.0
REST API
100%
10.0
  • Consistently provide reporting to our Client Experience Team and help improve our NPS and CSAT scores.
  • Adding on new team members that we will be able to successfully provide solid #'s to their feedback and improvement within our team.
  • With how successful Explore has been we see how an expansion into a Contact Center setting can be with all the proper reporting.
We tried other reporting and Zendesk Explore was by far the best as it was already implemented into our support system we were already using; Zendesk. The main selling point for us, is that all of the reports are customizable and that no coding knowledge is needed to build out our reports. We use it for reporting and analytics for our client experience team within all lines of business.
Support for all of Zendesk has exceeding my expectations. This company will always get a 10 out of 10 in my book. Any question you have they make sure you have the answer plus a step-by-step guide on how to do each step so you are set up for success!

Julie Pinto | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use ZenDesk Explore within the support organization. We have set it up to answer such questions as:
  • How many support tickets/month are we getting year over year?
  • What organizations are support tickets coming from?
  • What are the most common types of support tickets - questions? Bugs?
  • How often is our support org escalating to development?
  • Which Knowledge Base articles are accessed frequently and do they help deflect tickets?
  • Which features generate the most support tickets?
We have used this information to provide supporting data to our dev team when prioritizing customer-driven product improvements and fixes. We have also compared this data with overall product usage data (different data source) to determine the relative percentage of support cases compared to overall usage. Otherwise, we may see increasing tickets as a bad thing when really, it's proportional to our increasing product usage. Having ZD Explore helps put support data in context over time.
  • Custom Reports - You can really tailor each query and dashboard with many custom aspects. As soon as you answer one question, you usually have another one! Explore gives the flexibility to refine and tailor your data.
  • Drilling Down - Once you create the big picture dashboards and reports, it's relatively easy to drill down and get the actual list of associated support cases. This is a good validity check to make sure our approach is working.
  • Pre-built dashboards - It helps to get started with what explore has already pulled for you. That way, you have a good baseline from which you can further customize.
  • Query builder - Very hard to use if you don't know your way around data tools. For an org like ours, we don't have a specialized data analyst. It would help if Explore could appeal a bit more to novice data analysts by providing more guidance and being more prescriptive while keeping the option for the advanced approaches.
  • Lack of clarity on applied filters - When you build queries, you apply one set of filters. Then when you pull those queries into a dashboard, you can apply another set of filters to the whole dashboard. It's easy to get lost between the two, and you could end up with a misleading dataset if you don't keep close track of both. It would help if Explore gave better indications of the applied filters on each query when they are pulled into the dashboard.
  • Report builder - When I do share the data from these reports, I typically export each report, then write up an explanation and analysis of what the reading is seeing. It would be amazing if Explore would build out a dynamic report builder for users outside of ZenDesk. I want to share this data in context with our leadership.
Explore is well suited for:
  • Organizations who have the people/time to dedicate to data analysis - it's valuable, but it is time consuming at first!
Explore is less well suited for:
  • Organizations where they do not have someone with the appropriate skills to build out the reports that will be valuable. It takes time to understand what questions you are actually trying to answer. From there, you need to understand how to generate the data such that you can then create the reports to answer the questions you want to answer. So that said, it's quite a process.
For support data, we have only used Explore because it came with our ZenDesk membership. So I can't speak to other solutions! That said, it's awesome to have Knowledge Base and support data in one place.
BI Platform
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N/A
Supported Data Sources
N/A
N/A
BI Standard Reporting (3)
26.666666666666664%
2.7
Pixel Perfect reports
N/A
N/A
Customizable dashboards
80%
8.0
Report Formatting Templates
N/A
N/A
Ad-hoc Reporting (4)
52.5%
5.3
Drill-down analysis
80%
8.0
Formatting capabilities
80%
8.0
Integration with R or other statistical packages
N/A
N/A
Report sharing and collaboration
50%
5.0
Report Output and Scheduling (5)
8%
0.8
Publish to Web
N/A
N/A
Publish to PDF
N/A
N/A
Report Versioning
N/A
N/A
Report Delivery Scheduling
40%
4.0
Delivery to Remote Servers
N/A
N/A
Data Discovery and Visualization (3)
N/A
N/A
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
N/A
N/A
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
N/A
N/A
Predictive Analytics
N/A
N/A
Access Control and Security (4)
60%
6.0
Multi-User Support (named login)
N/A
N/A
Role-Based Security Model
80%
8.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
80%
8.0
Single Sign-On (SSO)
80%
8.0
Mobile Capabilities (3)
N/A
N/A
Responsive Design for Web Access
N/A
N/A
Mobile Application
N/A
N/A
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
N/A
N/A
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding (4)
N/A
N/A
REST API
N/A
N/A
Javascript API
N/A
N/A
iFrames
N/A
N/A
Java API
N/A
N/A
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We mainly use Zendesk Explore as an easy way to crunch the numbers. Although our customer service team members are the primary users of Zendesk Explore, we definitely use the data that the system stores and analyzes as a way to inform the rest of our businesses practices and models. For example, even though we are a small business, we are growing rapidly and it is no longer feasible for us to get to know each customer, what drives them, and how we can mutually benefit from our relationship. Zendesk Explore has helped us stay on top of our goals (from the customer service perspective and from a business perspective) and we have used it to analyze interactions, metrics, and how we can continue to improve as a business.
  • As with most "suite" products, if you already use other Zendesk features (Chat, Talk, etc), then Zendesk Explore adds an extra facet to the customer experience. The more we know about our clientele, the better we can understand/anticipate their needs.
  • I like that we can get as in-depth as we feel is necessary. For example, is just one customer having an issue? Or are many experiencing a similar problem? We can better rack this type of trend using Explore.
  • Our team can dive deep into the data based on exactly what we're looking for. If the marketing team wants a certain kind of segment, we can give them that info. If we want to sort by date or another set of parameters, we can do that as well.
  • Some aspects of Zendesk, in general, are not super intuitive. The same goes for Zendesk Explore. And, while you can google answers and hope you find something helpful, there isn't a great way to learn to get the full potential out of the product unless you want to pay for someone from your team to take a class (which costs several hundred dollars).
  • To piggyback off the last point, if you would prefer to get help from a Zendesk expert, you'll find that there is almost no customer support available to you. For a company that aims to help other companies help their customers, this has always struck me as odd. Again, Google is your friend and beyond that, you're mostly out of luck.
Zendesk Explore is great if you already use one or more other Zendesk products and/or if you have experience with using Zendesk in the past. It has a bit of a learning curve but has a ton of potential if you or someone on your team can dedicate enough time and energy to learning the product. Similarly to Adobe Suite, all of Zendesk's products flow pretty seamlessly together and the more products you use (and use well, obviously), the more data you can extract.
BI Platform
N/A
N/A
Supported Data Sources
N/A
N/A
BI Standard Reporting (3)
53.33333333333333%
5.3
Pixel Perfect reports
N/A
N/A
Customizable dashboards
90%
9.0
Report Formatting Templates
70%
7.0
Ad-hoc Reporting (4)
85%
8.5
Drill-down analysis
90%
9.0
Formatting capabilities
60%
6.0
Integration with R or other statistical packages
90%
9.0
Report sharing and collaboration
100%
10.0
Report Output and Scheduling (5)
52%
5.2
Publish to Web
60%
6.0
Publish to PDF
60%
6.0
Report Versioning
40%
4.0
Report Delivery Scheduling
100%
10.0
Delivery to Remote Servers
N/A
N/A
Data Discovery and Visualization (2)
95%
9.5
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
90%
9.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
100%
10.0
Access Control and Security (4)
100%
10.0
Multi-User Support (named login)
100%
10.0
Role-Based Security Model
100%
10.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
100%
10.0
Single Sign-On (SSO)
100%
10.0
Mobile Capabilities (3)
26.666666666666664%
2.7
Responsive Design for Web Access
N/A
N/A
Mobile Application
N/A
N/A
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
80%
8.0
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding (6)
N/A
N/A
REST API
N/A
N/A
Javascript API
N/A
N/A
iFrames
N/A
N/A
Java API
N/A
N/A
Themeable User Interface (UI)
N/A
N/A
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
N/A
N/A
Justine Matison | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I have been using Zendesk Explore, personally, since I started using it in Beta. Since the tool has gone live, we are using it across the team and the customer success organization. We are able to take our reporting, and elevate the impact with visuals that provide insights in an effective way, without losing the ability to go deeper into the data with a click or two, to be able to identify the sources of what the data is showing.
  • Visualization of the data is a key point with Zendesk Explore, making it easy to share insights across the company, even working with teams that aren't using Zendesk themselves.
  • Reporting to support/chat/talk all in one report, rather than needing to marry several reports, is a real time saver.
  • The biggest challenge for me is generally having a better understanding of what is included in each data set. There have been some frustrating moments when I realized the reason I wasn't getting what I needed out of a query was that there was a better data set to use.
Zendesk Explore is very well suited for real-time reporting, visualization, and ease of use! It would be great if there was a way to magically port all of the reports that I had in GoodData over, rather than building queries anew, but I think that's just an operational reality with any tool. After getting used to a new way of doing things (change is always hard!) my team and I are really happy with Zendesk Explore!
BI Platform
N/A
N/A
Supported Data Sources
N/A
N/A
BI Standard Reporting (3)
33.333333333333336%
3.3
Pixel Perfect reports
N/A
N/A
Customizable dashboards
100%
10.0
Report Formatting Templates
N/A
N/A
Ad-hoc Reporting (4)
70%
7.0
Drill-down analysis
90%
9.0
Formatting capabilities
90%
9.0
Integration with R or other statistical packages
N/A
N/A
Report sharing and collaboration
100%
10.0
Report Output and Scheduling (5)
36%
3.6
Publish to Web
90%
9.0
Publish to PDF
90%
9.0
Report Versioning
N/A
N/A
Report Delivery Scheduling
N/A
N/A
Delivery to Remote Servers
N/A
N/A
Data Discovery and Visualization (3)
N/A
N/A
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
N/A
N/A
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
N/A
N/A
Predictive Analytics
N/A
N/A
Access Control and Security (4)
72.5%
7.3
Multi-User Support (named login)
100%
10.0
Role-Based Security Model
100%
10.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
N/A
N/A
Single Sign-On (SSO)
90%
9.0
Mobile Capabilities (3)
N/A
N/A
Responsive Design for Web Access
N/A
N/A
Mobile Application
N/A
N/A
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
N/A
N/A
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding (6)
N/A
N/A
REST API
N/A
N/A
Javascript API
N/A
N/A
iFrames
N/A
N/A
Java API
N/A
N/A
Themeable User Interface (UI)
N/A
N/A
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
N/A
N/A
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