Zendesk Knowledge Base: How to Maximize Your Zendesk Knowledge Base with AI

Zendesk Knowledge Base

The Power of a Zendesk Knowledge Base and Customer Self-Service


Th
e modern customer wants self-service. That’s why, over the past few years, we’ve seen companies build out robust Knowledge Bases (or Help Centers) on Zendesk and other leading customer experience platforms. Knowledge Bases are libraries covering recurring topics and questions on products and services. Another way that companies provide self-serve support options is launching chatbots to resolve issues without customers having to engage a live customer service agent. 

In this post, we explore the benefits of using AI chatbots in parallel with powerful knowledge base platforms like Zendesk Guide, the Zendesk Knowledge Base solution. We’ll discuss how this powerful combination creates a more comprehensive self-serve experience that resolves even more tickets and increases customer satisfaction (CSAT).  

Why having a knowledge base is so critical for excellent customer service 


The cornerstone of good customer service is respecting customers’ time. Forrester reports that
two-thirds of customers say valuing their time is the most important thing a company can do to provide them with good service1. Knowledge bases are a great way that companies can provide information quickly, no matter when a person needs it.

Furthermore, people have a desire to help themselves. We’ve seen this in banking – with people now depositing checks on their phone instead of visiting a bank branch. Or at the airport, when travelers opt to check bags via a kiosk rather than engage with the gate agent. The same holds true for customer service: 81% of all customers attempt to take care of matters themselves before reaching out to a live representative2. This do-it-yourself attitude is even more prevalent with millennials: before sending an email or picking up the phone to call customer support, 89% use a search engine to find answers. So when there’s a knowledge base available, people will access it to find the information they need. In fact,  Zendesk found that 91% of people would use an online knowledge base if it was available3

What is Zendesk Knowledge Base?


So now that we know why knowledge bases are important, let’s look closely at one of the most popular tools. As one of the most popular agent desk platforms, Zendesk’s Knowledge Base,
Zendesk Guide, is the choice of over 150,000 companies due to its robust product features, including: 

  • Customizable themes 
  • Rich text editor for the easy creation of articles including media like images and video
  • Content history which shows a list of edits and changes
  • The ability to restore deleted content so if something is deleted by accident, it can be recovered

Zendesk Guide integrates seamlessly with Zendesk Support and offers an easy way for support teams to manage and update their knowledge base without needing IT support. Zendesk Guide has a Web Widget and a Mobile SDK, so customers can access self-help articles whether on a website or in an app. 

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Why every Zendesk Knowledge Base user needs to use an AI Chatbot in parallel 


As mentioned above, another way companies are helping customers help themselves is by deploying AI chatbots.
In fact, 1.4 billion people are using chatbots today. As more companies launch AI chatbots to meet customers’ demand for convenient resolutions, let’s consider how integrating an AI chatbot with Zendesk’s knowledge base provides an added safety net and improves the user experience. 

Unlike first-generation, simple bots that relied on buttons, keywords and rigid decision trees to pull up information, newer AI chatbots use Natural Language Understanding and semantics to understand the context of what a customer is saying. These bots can engage more naturally in conversation, and respond to more inputs without being explicitly trained on every single way a person might phrase their question. Even so, especially when an AI chatbot has just been launched and is still learning from real-world scenarios, there will be circumstances in which the AI chatbot cannot confidently understand what a person has said. There are also times when an AI chatbot has not ever been directly trained on a topic. In these scenarios, if an AI chatbot has been integrated with a knowledge base like Zendesk Guide, it can recommend relevant articles to customers. This can help customers resolve a wider number of tickets on their own without human agent intervention by directing people to the relevant article with the sought-after information. 

Unlock Netomi’s powerful AI with an integration with the Zendesk Knowledge Base 


Netomi’s powerful self-serve option
integrates Zendesk’s Knowledge Base with its most native AI chatbot. The result: an amazing customer experience and the highest resolution rate when it comes to customer service tickets

When you use Netomi’s low-cost, Knowledge Base service, you can launch an AI chatbot on Zendesk in minutes, harnessing the rich information in your Zendesk Guide and Netomi’s advanced AI platform to accurately provide your customers with information in the exact moment-of-need. How Freshly combines their Zendesk Knowledge Base with an AI chatbotThis results in higher deflection of everyday questions from live agents, therefore reducing costs as human agents focus solely on complex tickets. In one example, Freshly is deflecting over 2,200 tickets per week by leveraging Netomi and Zendesk together. 

Netomi’s Knowledge Base Service uses AI to search and identify the best answers to your customer questions right within your chat window. You’ll simply connect your knowledge base via a URL into Netomi’s Knowledge Base Service to enable your customers to access relevant articles from your knowledge base. Instantly, your knowledge base will be automated, enabling customers to find relevant information via a chat window.   

Every Zendesk Guide User Should Adopt an AI chatbot 


As consumers continue to seek out self-serve options for support, companies need to integrate AI chatbots with a knowledge base to cover more use cases and resolve more tickets without getting human agents involved. This helps to satisfy the desire to do-it-yourself, while also eliminating even more mundane tickets from human agents. 

Can we show you how you can immediately bring a powerful AI chatbot together with your Zendesk Knowledge Base to delight customers? Schedule a demo today

References 

  1. Forrester: https://go.forrester.com/blogs/your-customers-want-to-self-serve-its-good-for-them-and-good-for-you/
  2. HBR: https://hbr.org/2017/01/kick-ass-customer-service
  3. Zendesk: https://www.zendesk.com/blog/searching-for-self-service/ 

Emily Cummins

PR and Content Writer

Emily has worked in the AI industry for many years. She loves researching and writing about evolving trends in AI in customer service. She graduated from the College of Charleston.

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