Integrate Aha! Ideas with Zendesk

Integrating with Zendesk enables your customer support team to take requests via Zendesk and add those requests as new ideas or link them to existing ideas in your Aha! account.

With this integration, statuses of ideas linked to Zendesk support tickets are highlighted — making it easy to communicate how your team is handling each customer request.

When a Zendesk ticket is linked to an Aha! idea, the customer submitting the ticket can be added as the idea creator and set up as a subscriber. If these options are selected, the customer will automatically receive email notifications of status updates. Integrating with Zendesk often results in a reduction of tickets because customers do not need to actively inquire about the status of their request.

Zendesk agents do not need Aha! Ideas user permissions in order to link tickets to ideas in Aha! or to create new ideas.

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Prerequisites

Integration type

  • Two-way

Aha! level

  • Account level

Required user permissions:
Configuration

Required user permissions:
Use integration

Note: While you can create this integration even if you have not created an ideas portal, you will get an error saying that the idea could not be created until you have enabled an ideas portal for your workspace.

Associated records

Aha!

  • Ideas

Zendesk

  • Tickets

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Configuration

To install and configure the Aha! app in Zendesk, you need to be a Zendesk admin and follow the steps below:

  1. Find the Aha! app in the Zendesk marketplace. You can do this while in Zendesk by clicking on the Settings icon, then search for Aha! in Apps → Marketplace.

  2. Install the Aha! app in Zendesk.

  3. Configure the app by entering the subdomain for your Aha! account under the App Configuration tab. The subdomain is the part that comes before .aha.io in your Aha! account URL.

  4. Go to a ticket in Zendesk. Select the Apps button on the top-right to open the sidebar.

  5. From the Aha! app in the sidebar, select Authorize this app.

    Note: The user who initially authorizes the Aha! app must also be a Zendesk administrator so that the authentication information can be saved in Zendesk.

  6. You will be prompted to log in to Aha! Ideas and to authorize Zendesk to access your account.

  7. Once the Aha! app is authorized, it will be enabled for any Zendesk agent. Your Zendesk agents do not need to be users in your Aha! account.

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Idea visibility

You may want to review ideas created through the Zendesk integration before people can view them in your ideas portal, or you may want them to appear on the portal immediately so that they can start gathering votes and comments.

First, in the integration configuration page in Zendesk, decide how you want Aha! to interpret ideas created from the Zendesk integration.

  • If you enable Create ideas as ticket requester, then the person who submitted the Zendesk ticket will be the idea's creator in your ideas portal.

  • If you disable Create ideas as ticket requester, then the Zendesk agent will be the idea's creator in your ideas portal.

Next, review the default visibility settings for your ideas portal. You can set a different default visibility for each type of user who submits an idea. For example:

  • Portal users are end-users, not associated with your Aha! account. You may want ideas created by portal users (for example, created by the customer who first submitted the Zendesk ticket) to be Visible to all ideas portal users.

  • Employees might be actual employees at your company, or they might be partners, beta testers, or power users. You may want ideas created by employees to be Visible to (other) employees.

  • Aha! users are members of your Aha! account, and privy to internal information that Portal users and Employees might not be. You may want ideas created by Aha! users to be Not visible in portals by default.

You can change individual ideas' visibility settings to Visible to all ideas portal users where appropriate after reviewing them.

Note: Ideas with a visibility setting of Not visible in portal will not be visible to Zendesk agents when using the Link idea feature in Zendesk and performing a search for related ideas. This is by design, as a visibility setting of Not visible in portal denotes it is an idea that your team does not want people outside of your Aha! account to see.

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Additional configuration options

To enable the ability to mark the idea as created by and to add the ticket requester (customer) as a subscriber, Zendesk admins can select Settings → Apps → Manage → Aha! → App Configuration. These additional settings include the following options:

    • Create ideas as ticket requestor: Disabling this will create ideas as the Zendesk agent, not the customer.

    • Subscribe ticket requestor to updates: Disabling this will prevent the ticket requestor (the customer) from receiving idea notifications, including comments on the idea. This is a useful setting to disable if you intend to discuss the idea internally.

The linked idea requestor email is automatically added as an idea watcher in Aha! to receive status updates through email notifications. This can be disabled within the app configuration settings from Settings → Apps → Manage → Aha → App Configuration.

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Re-installing the Aha! app in Zendesk

This integration is tied to a specific user. But user permissions may need to be updated in Aha! based on your company's changing needs. For example, perhaps the user who originally authenticated the Aha! app from Zendesk leaves your company or no longer has contributor or workspace owner access.

If this is the case, the integration will stop working. Zendesk agents will be able to search for ideas but when they attempt to link the idea, the process will stall. If this happens, you need to re-authenticate the Zendesk app by following these steps:

  1. Uninstall the Aha! app and re-install it in Zendesk following the steps outlined in this article. You will not lose any existing data through this process.

  2. Authorize the Aha! app from a ticket with credentials that have the correct permissions.

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