Zendesk Explore Reviews

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Julie Pinto profile photo
Score 8 out of 10
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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.
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Score 7 out of 10
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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.
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Score 10 out of 10
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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!
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Customizable dashboards (3)
9.0
Report Formatting Templates (1)
7
Drill-down analysis (3)
8.7
Formatting capabilities (3)
7.7
Integration with R or other statistical packages (1)
9
Report sharing and collaboration (3)
8.3
Publish to Web (2)
7.5
Publish to PDF (2)
7.5
Report Versioning (1)
4
Report Delivery Scheduling (2)
7.0
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.) (1)
9
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization (1)
10
Multi-User Support (named login) (2)
10.0
Role-Based Security Model (3)
9.3
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete) (2)
9.0
Single Sign-On (SSO) (3)
9.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile (1)
8

About 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 Application:No