Zendesk, Inc. (NYSE: ZEN) today announced WhatsApp for Zendesk, a new WhatsApp Business API connector, that allows businesses to quickly and easily reach and respond to WhatsApp users. Zendesk offers the only trusted messaging solution that pulls in all customer conversations into a cohesive interface across the web, mobile and messaging.
Unveiled at Zendesk Showcase São Paulo, WhatsApp for Zendesk enables companies around the world to provide a better customer experience in a preferred channel. WhatsApp for Zendesk is built on technology from Zendesk’s recent acquisition of Smooch and marks an important next step in delivering the next wave of connected conversations on additional channels such as Facebook Messenger, LINE, WeChat, Telegram, Twitter DM and more.
Adds KT Prasad, Country Sales Director, Zendesk India, “WhatsApp is the world’s most popular messaging app, and India is one of its leading adopters and users, so it’s no surprise that business is fast seeing the benefits of embracing WhatsApp as a key part of their customer experience strategy. It allows them to be where their customers already are, and create a more seamless experience across multiple platforms, particularly when paired with Zendesk Suite for a true omnichannel experience. As the next evolution of our partnership with WhatsApp, WhatsApp for Zendesk will help Indian businesses embrace this new mode of customer communication faster than ever before, just like we have seen some of the earliest adopters in India do, including crowdfunding platform Milaap, and healthcare eCommerce platform 1MG.”
As customers increasingly expect to communicate with businesses in the same way they do with friends and family, the best experiences will be driven by the ability to create a seamless, continuous conversation between customers and organizations across multiple communication channels. More than 1.5 billion people in over 180 countries use WhatsApp, making it one of the most popular messaging apps in the world. With WhatsApp for Zendesk, businesses can:
- Get up and running on WhatsApp in less time without any new workflows or agent training required
- Engage with their customers over WhatsApp and manage messaging conversations in the same way as other support conversations in any other channel
- Take advantage of new WhatsApp features for agents to better manage real-time conversations such as a customizable auto-responder specifically for WhatsApp
- Stay on top of asynchronous WhatsApp conversations with a new, dedicated notification panel to alert agents to recent responses on WhatsApp
Zendesk customer PayJoy is helping to unlock access to finance globally through mobile technology.
Founder and COO Gib Lopez, who recently implemented Zendesk, said “Our customers were asking to reach us via WhatsApp, and with Zendesk, PayJoy reduced our WhatsApp response times from a full day to minutes or less. Before Zendesk, we had three to four WhatsApp numbers with phones sitting on the desk next to our agents trying to keep up. It wasn’t scalable. We’re now able to see and manage all our customer requests in one place, and use the WhatsApp Business API integration to respond quickly.”
For more complex needs beyond customer-initiated conversations, Zendesk offers access to a Conversation Solutions Team. From proactive business notifications and virtual assistant integrations to custom messaging experiences and system integrations, this group of expert advisors can help customers in Latin America and around the world get the most out of the WhatsApp Business API and messaging for businesses.
“WhatsApp for Zendesk marks the next phase of our integration with the WhatsApp Business API as a business solution provider and reinforces our commitment to bringing brands and their customer’s modern messaging experiences on the apps of their choice,” said Warren Levitan, Vice President, Conversational Business at Zendesk. “Ultimately, we’re making it easier for companies and customers to communicate in a way that is faster, more convenient and more natural.”
WhatsApp for Zendesk is available starting today to all new and existing Support and Suite customers for $5 per agent per month.
The best customer experiences are built with Zendesk. Our customer service and engagement products are powerful and flexible, and scale to meet the needs of any business. Zendesk serves businesses across hundreds of industries, with more than 145,000 paid customer accounts offering service and support in over 30 languages. Zendesk is headquartered in San Francisco and operates worldwide with 17 offices in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America.