How to Import Zendesk Tickets

Updated 4 days ago by Thomas Trinelle

You’ve made the decision to transform the way your organization executes support 🎉 Now it’s time to implement that change!

Here are the steps and resources required for successfully launching Gorgias with a Zendesk import. Please note that we can only import about 2,500 tickets per hour from Zendesk. Therefore, if there is a lot of Zendesk data, the import can take a few days.

Please follow the instructions outlined in the order below.

Instructions

Enable channels in Gorgias

Enable any channels you would like to use in Gorgias (email, live chat, social). Instructions for each channel are below:

Email

Go to Settings > Integrations > Email > Add email

Please do NOT import the last 2 years of history before doing the Zendesk import. See FAQ #3 for more info.
We don't recommend enabling email until you are ready to switch over from Zendesk to Gorgias, unless you can disable that email from Zendesk.
See FAQ #4 for more info.
Chat

Go to Settings > Integrations > Chat > Add chat. For more context, you can check this article!

Social

Go to Settings > Integrations > Facebook, Messenger & Instagram > Login Facebook. More info to be found here or check our video below!

Disable Channels in Zendesk

Disable any channels you have set up in Zendesk. The instructions for each channel are below.

Email

Open Settings > Channels > Email > Select "support@yourstore.zendesk.com" > Change this address to default email > Delete all other email connections.

  • Go to native email settings (Gmail, Outlook, etc.) and disable any forwarding to Zendesk that is toggled on (please ask your email admin for help on this)
Social Media

Settings > Channels > Deactivate any connected social media platforms

If you have open social tickets in Zendesk, please follow the steps below. You cannot respond to these tickets in Gorgias if you import them. This workaround ensures no tickets are lost.
  • Create a Zendesk trigger: "Auto-close social tickets with a new message from the customer"
  • Respond & close all social tickets in Zendesk
  • Deactivate Facebook in Zendesk
Contact Form / Chat / Help Center

Settings > Admin icon > Channels > Widget > Customization > Flip switch to toggle off

If flipping the switch doesn't disable the widgets on your website, you can also remove the Zendesk code. Search for the Zendesk code in the theme.liquid section of your website's code.

Deactivate all Zendesk triggers
  • If you have automation to send a Satisfaction survey, disable it too

Import Zendesk Data

Since channels are enabled in Gorgias and disabled in Zendesk, you can start working out of Gorgias right away! The previous 2 weeks of Zendesk ticket history are imported first to ensure the most important information is available within a few hours. The rest of the two years of ticket history can take anywhere from 1-2 days to import.

  • Go to Settings > Import Data > Add account > Start import
  • Please use this doc to find the Zendesk API
Pro tip: Get the inbox as small as possible in Zendesk before importing
Important: You need to have admin/owner account permission on Zendesk to successfully import your Zendesk data

How does the import work?

  • Gorgias imports Macros, Users, Tags, and Tickets from Zendesk. Macros are the first item to be imported.
Any macros that were imported from Zendesk cannot be edited in Gorgias while sync is enabled. The Zendesk original will override any edits in Gorgias. To solve this, pause the import.
  • The previous 2 weeks of ticket history are imported first. The rest is imported starting from 2 years in the past and ending when we reach the 2-week mark imported previously.
  • There are 2 ticket statuses in Gorgias: `Open` & `Closed`. `Open` means you need to treat the ticket, `Closed` means you're done with it. As a result `Pending` Zendesk tickets come into Gorgias as `Closed`, but they are tagged as pending automatically. Therefore, you can create a view to see those pending tickets (more info on views here: https://docs.gorgias.com/video-tutorials/organizing-and-creating-views)
  • `On-hold`, `Solved` & `Closed` Zendesk tickets will all be imported as `Closed` Gorgias tickets. Channels will be imported as well, (i.e. a closed Facebook Zendesk ticket will come in as a closed Facebook ticket in Gorgias as well)
  • Depending on the amount of data, it sometimes can take several days to import ticket history. We import about 2,500 tickets per hour.

After the initial import is finished

  • Continuous synchronization is enabled by default. You can disable it on the import page by clicking "pause" button.
  • Resolve and close any imported Zendesk tickets that are open in Gorgias.
  • Start working in Gorgias!

How does continuous synchronization work?

  • Gorgias looks for updates in Zendesk each 5 minutes. All new tickets and macros will be imported and the new comments in existing tickets as well.
  • If a ticket is already imported in Gorgias and then you close it in Zendesk - the status of ticket will not be synced.
  • To stop synchronization you can press "Pause" button.
  • To start it back just press "Resume".

Frequently asked questions

  1. Can I import more than once for the same Zendesk account?
    Once the initial import is finished, we do a continuous sync so you don't miss any tickets!
  2. Can I import multiple Zendesk accounts into one Gorgias account?
    Yes, you can!
  3. Can I import the last 2 years of my emails before importing Zendesk?
    You can, but we do not recommend it. If you import emails before Zendesk, there will be discrepancies between open/closed tickets and some messages will be not imported properly. Please do the Zendesk import and then import your emails to avoid any inconsistencies.
    WHY?
    Because of the way the Zendesk & email integration works. In your email 'sent' folder you can see that there are no replies sent from Zendesk. In other words, importing from email before importing Zendesk will import only incoming messages, not outbound messages. After importing some of the messages from email we will not be able to match them with tickets from Zendesk.
  4. Can I integrate my email in Gorgias and Zendesk at the same time?
    If you integrate email in Gorgias, Zendesk continuous import is enabled, and that email is integrated in Zendesk as well (or you're forwarding to Zendesk), it will create issues with syncing. This is because messages sync via the integrated email faster than through the Zendesk continuous sync (which runs every 5 minutes). This will result in similar issues as the answer above. It's best to integrate email in Gorgias:

    1) After you have already migrated from Zendesk and your team is ready to manage support in Gorgias directly.

    2) If you are going to disable that email specifically in Zendesk. You can keep other channels or emails enabled in Zendesk. The continuous import can be left enabled to pull new tickets/comments from other Zendesk channels or other emails, which are not integrated in Gorgias yet. Then you can do each email or channel one by one.
  5. Do my ongoing conversations with customers have to pause during the Zendesk import time?
    Yes, you will have to pause any conversations until those tickets are imported. Since the first 2 weeks are imported first, the pause on these tickets should not be too long (2-3 hours).
  6. Is it OK if I delete all my imported tickets in Gorgias and run another import to start fresh?
    No, you can only do one import per Zendesk domain.
  7. How can I make sure my open Zendesk tickets that are just imported don't get mixed up with other tickets in Gorgias so I can quickly address those?
    You can tag your open tickets with a unique name in Zendesk before you start importing. After the import is completed, you can easily create a view and find your tickets by the tag name.
  8. Will Aircall tickets port over, including the voicemails?
    Yes, they will all port over. The voicemail ticket will contain an external link that you will take you to Aircall.
  9. I've turned off all the channels in Zendesk and completed the import. Why do I still receive tickets in Zendesk?
    Most likely this is because you have not disabled forwarding to Zendesk in your email account. Please log into your email account and disable email forwarding to Zendesk.
  10. Why did some of our customers' accounts get duplicated upon importing?
    This can happen only in the event that the customer's email address was updated in Gorgias while the import from Zendesk was still running. If you change the email address of one of your customers in their Gorgias profile settings while the Zendesk import is still ongoing, that action will create a duplicate of that same customer with the new email address.
    However, updating details such as the customer's first or last name won't cause this issue. The account will be updated, but not duplicated.


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