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Zendesk Inc. is a customer service software company headquartered in San Francisco, California, USA. It is listed on the New York Stock Exchange with the symbol ZEN and is a constituent of the Russell 2000 Index. Founded in 2007, Zendesk had 2,000 employees and served 119,000 paying customers in 150 countries and territories as of 2017.
|Type of business||Public|
|Traded as||NYSE: ZEN|
Russell 1000 Index component
|Headquarters||San Francisco, California, United States|
|Revenue||US$ 598 million (2018)|
Zendesk was founded in 2007 by Mikkel Svane, Morten Primdahl, and Alexander Aghassipour, who had experience with customer service software. The company was started in a loft located in Copenhagen, Denmark. In June 2008, it received US$500,000 in seed funding from angel investor Christoph Janz. In 2009, following a $6 million series B funding from Charles River Ventures and Benchmark Capital, the firm moved to San Francisco. In April 2014, it acquired Zopim Technologies Pte Ltd, a Singapore-based provider of live chat software, which eventually became Zopim Premium Live Chat. In May 2014, the firm became a publicly-traded company, debuting with an IPO price of $9 per share. On October 13, 2015, the firm acquired for $45.0 million We Are Cloud SAS, the maker of BIME Analytics software, the technology that Zendesk now uses to power its platform.
Products and technologyEdit
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Zendesk's family of products represent the shift the company has made from a single customer service product to a unified suite of products focused on improving customer relationships. The family includes: Support, Guide, Connect, Explore, Help Center, Chat, Talk, and Message.
The software is written in Ruby on Rails, and can be integrated with many content management systems, customer relationship management tools, and web apps. The platform is available for mobile and tablet. In 2011 the firm founded the Networked Help Desk initiative to create an open standard for sharing information between separate customer support applications. In December 2013, the firm announced integration with SurveyMonkey and MailChimp to support surveys and email campaigns from within the program.
Zendesk Guide provides machine learning powered, self-service customer support, using a combination of the Zendesk API, Web Widget, and Mobile SDK as Zendesk Embeddables. The program features the Answer Bot (an AI assistant) and the Knowledge Capture App (an agent-focused content creation app).
Zendesk Connect is customer intelligence software built for targeted campaigns and proactive engagement. Connect allows businesses to get to know their customers by collecting customer data from across the Zendesk family of products and providing a complete timeline of events and conversations.
By creating segments of customers based on behavior or profile, identifying trends, or triggering targeted campaigns, it works to get the right message to the right customers. As a result, use of the software can build loyalty and trust. A proactive heads up about issues or a well-timed tip for newbies may deliver assistance before customers know they need it. Zendesk CEO Michael Svane stated, "it provides predictors of where a relationship might move."
Zendesk Explore, formerly BIME Analytics, provides analytics to measure and understand the entire customer experience.
Chat (Formerly Zopim)Edit
Zendesk Chat (formerly Zopim) is an online marketing, live chat support and web analytics product that is offered as a SaaS (Software-as-a-service) model. The product enables companies to chat with visitors in real-time on their websites. A website owner must embed the Zendesk Chat widget into their website's HTML code. Then they can chat with their visitors via the dashboard control panel.
Zopim was founded in 2008 by Royston Tay, Wenxiang Wu, Yang Bin Kwok and Lim Qing Ru. The idea for Zopim live chat emerged while the founders were studying together at Stanford on the NUS Overseas College Program in 2008. In 2010, it incorporated as a private company and launched its freemium pricing model. They also received seed funding and investment from Media Development Authority's (MDA) i.JAM program, SPRING Singapore and NUS. At that time it was listed in Asia's Top 10 Apps at Accelerate 2010. In 2014, it was acquired by Zendesk Inc.
In April 2015, Zopim introduced a Premium plan which offers support team leaders workforce management tools on top of the regular chat reports and metrics. Later it was named best Live Chat Software in the Cloudswave Awards 2015. On October 26, 2016, Zopim was renamed to Zendesk Chat, aligning with the Zendesk family of products.
Zendesk Talk is a cloud-based call center software that puts customers in touch with a company representative via any Internet-connected device. The program offers flexible IVR, group routing, and real-time queue monitoring to avoid bottlenecks. It allows businesses to create phone numbers and forward calls to customer representatives’ devices, forgoing the need for physical call centers.
Zendesk Message is a messaging software that connects to familiar messaging apps, like Facebook and Twitter.
Inbox allows Zendesk customers to collaborate on a marketing campaign or any other influx of emails, with the ability to add private notes and follow key conversations.
Embeddables allows companies to build customer support functions into mobile and web applications. This includes a mobile Software Development Kit, which lets companies offer self-service via Help Center. With embeddables users are able to create support tickets or chat real-time with a Help Center representative through their preferred mobile apps or online sites. This eliminates the need to leave the app for a third-party help center. The tech support process is part of the native experience on the site or application.
Relate is Zendesk's online publication, featuring editorial content dedicated to customer service and business relationships. Relate has also been adopted as the branding name for Zendesk conferences, which specialize in customer service case studies, brand relationships and engagement, and industry changes.
- 2017 – Zendesk was recognized by DestinationCRM as a 2017 CRM Service Leader
- 2016 – FastCompany ranked Zendesk 5th on its list of Most Innovative Companies in Enterprise Software
- 2016 – Svane included in the Inc. Founders 40 list
- 2015 – Winner of the Most Innovative Use of Big Data at the UK Cloud Awards
- 2015 – Svane, Primdahl, and Aghassipour were included in the Business Insider Silicon Valley 100
- 2015 – Svane was included in Inc. Magazine’s Top 40 CEOs to watch
- 2015 – Zendesk ranked first among Bay Area technology companies for highest percentage of women holding director roles and high-paying positions
- 2015 – Rachel Delacour, CEO of BIME Analytics, won the Silver Stevie Award for Female Entrepreneur of the Year for Business Products with 11 or more employees
Zendesk Neighbor FoundationEdit
Zendesk's headquarters is located in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco, CA and has made several philanthropic initiatives and charitable donations to the area. The Zendesk Neighbor Foundation, a nonprofit organization started by Zendesk, launched $1 million in funding for local charities working on social issues. In 2015, Zendesk Neighbor Foundation donated $100,000 to St. Anthony's Tenderloin Technology Lab. Since then, the Foundation has also expanded to the communities of Melbourne, Australia; London, England; and Madison, Wisconsin, where the company has made $100,000+ donations per community to Boys and Girls Clubs, public libraries, employment workshops, Autism organizations, and other local non-profits.
Link-SF, Copenhelp and Link-DaneEdit
Aside from monetary contributions, Zendesk has also used its technology to develop Link-SF. Link-SF is an app that helps homeless people find shelter, food, medical care, technology access, and hygiene services. Subsequent to Link SF, Zendesk launched two similar apps: Copenhelp (for Copenhagen) and Link-Dane (for Madison, Wisconsin).
Zendesk has filled oppositions at the United States Patent and Trademark Office to 49 trademarks including the word "zen". These include ZenPayroll, Zenware, Zenbilling, Zenscore, Zenplan, ZenCash and ZenCache. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has denounced this practice as trademark trolling.
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