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To help you integrate Zendesk with Thankful, we’ve written step-by-step instructions.

Note: Due to limitations placed by Zendesk, you must have a Team, Professional, or Enterprise Zendesk account to perform this integration.

Part 1: Provisioning a Seat

Thankful needs its own seat to reply to your customers. Be sure that:

This is the seat Thankful will ultimately use to reply to your customers.

It’s easiest to create the seat with Admin permissions. If you are on a Zendesk Enterprise plan, you can alternatively create a new role for Thankful with limited permissions. See here for more details on creating a custom role and the trade-offs involved.

Note: If you have a single-sign-on (SSO) provider, you’ll need to manually trigger a password reset for the account before continuing.

Part 2: Integrating Thankful with Zendesk

  1. Go to Integrations and click “Add or Remove Integrations.”

  2. Click “+ Add Channel” and select Zendesk, then hit the blue “Add Channel” button. Take note of the generated Request URL, which we’ll need soon.

  3. In your Zendesk admin dashboard, navigate to API on the left-hand sidebar. Enable Token Access, then generate a new token. Copy and paste that generated token into Thankful on the Channels page in the appropriate field. Also fill in the Subdomain and Email fields with the appropriate values from your Zendesk admin account. This fields give Thankful API access to interact with customer tickets.

  4. Now that Thankful has API access into your Zendesk account, we’ll need to have Zendesk notify Thankful every time a ticket changes. To do that, we’ll navigate in the Zendesk admin dashboard to “Extensions” on the left sidebar, then click “Add Target.”

  5. Find and click “HTTP Target” from the options.

  6. In the form that appears, fill out the URL with the Request URL Thankful gave you on the Channels page earlier. Set the Method to POST, and ensure JSON is selected. Before submitting, ensure that “Create Target” is selected and you’ve named the trigger with a descriptive title, like “Thankful.” Basic Authentication should not be checked. Click submit.

  7. We’ve added Thankful as a target, but we still need to add triggers that tell Zendesk when to ping Thankful. Navigate to Triggers on the left sidebar of the Zendesk admin dashboard, then click “Add trigger.”

  8. Name the trigger anything you’d like, such as “Notify Thankful of Ticket Change,” then add the following conditions to the all conditions section:

Also add the following conditions to the any section:

In the “Perform these actions” section, select “Notifications: Notify target” and ensure your Thankful target from earlier is selected.

In the JSON body, ensure it has the following content written exactly as it appears here. Any stray characters will prevent this from working.

    "id": {{}},
    "comment": "{{ticket.latest_comment_formatted}}"

Please note that Zendesk will highlight a syntax error in the above JSON, but this is due to a bug in Zendesk’s syntax highlighting. The above JSON will work exactly as-is.

Then click “Create trigger.” Congratulations, you’ve integrated Zendesk!