Zendesk Expands Enterprise Reach with New Offerings for Large Organizations
September 17, 2014
Launches Enterprise Elite Plan, Dedicated Team and Fast Adoption Paths to Bring Modern Customer Service to the Enterprise
Nine West Group the Latest Enterprise to Choose Zendesk
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — September 17, 2014 — Zendesk, Inc. (NYSE: ZEN) today announced an expansion of its enterprise offering to address the growing need for a modern customer service platform at large organizations. It launched an upgraded Enterprise Elite pricing plan that provides dedicated support, service-level guarantees and enterprise-specific product features, as well as created its first dedicated enterprise team and four adoption paths that use best practices and the unique Zendesk Benchmark to guide rapid customer service improvement.
Zendesk also announced that Nine West Group, a portfolio of global fashion brands, is the latest enterprise customer to select its customer service platform, following a competitive process. Nine West chose Zendesk for the beautifully simple design of its platform that makes it easy to use, quick to deploy and widely adaptable to any industry.
“We’re helping the world’s largest organizations to be human at enterprise scale,” said Mikkel Svane, Zendesk founder and CEO. “Too often, being big means losing the personal touch that’s the backbone of a company’s relationship with its customers. We want to change that and make it possible for the most innovative enterprises to be personable, friendly and responsive in their customer interactions.”
The Enterprise Elite plan packages Zendesk’s most advanced features with premium support, service-level guarantees, and expert guidance to ensure large organizations adopt Zendesk fast and effectively. With the plan, organizations receive the highest level of support and guidance with a team devoted to them and direct, round-the-clock email, phone and chat access to Zendesk.
Zendesk’s new, dedicated enterprise team comprises more than 50 people across customer support, success and sales that have extensive enterprise experience and are chartered with giving honest feedback and support to large organizations. Marcus Bragg, Zendesk senior vice president of worldwide sales and customer success, is leading the team, whose members help customers set goals and their long-term objectives for customer service. They not only help get organizations started, but also help them continuously improve through regular check-ins, customized reporting and industry comparisons through the Zendesk Benchmark.
“Companies no longer have to choose between being a big business and servicing their customers in a personal and proactive way,” Bragg said. “We’ve already seen innovative enterprises using Zendesk on their own to upgrade their customer service at a fraction of the cost and time required by older enterprise software, and now we’ve created a talented global team that will help other large businesses do the same.”
The new enterprise team will guide organizations along proven customer service adoption paths for enterprises. These four paths were designed to make it simple for even the largest organization to get started with Zendesk in less than 30 days to solve the most common customer service needs and areas of focus:
- Scaleable Support: Improving the efficiency within a contact center and scaling to support customers in any channel.
- Effortless Self-Service: Embedding support directly into customer experiences so customers can discover content and communities to help themselves.
- Proactive Engagement: Creating a feedback loop to analyze customer insights and engage customers at the right time and in the right context in order to make service, sales and product improvements.
- Employee Service: Applying customer service best practices to the internal employee experience by helping departments such as IT, Finance, Facilities or HR collaborate and communicate with employees and one another.
Contact Center Ready
To make it easy for enterprises to use its customer service platform inside large contact centers, Zendesk previously launched a Computer Telephony Integration (CTI) toolkit that allows integration of contact center and telephony systems directly into the Zendesk agent experience. Zendesk partner, Avaya, announced their Zendesk integration with contact center solutions using their latest Avaya Aura Collaboration Environment release.
“By combining the power of Avaya’s global contact center solutions and Collaboration Environment with Zendesk’s customer service platform, businesses are able to provide the best possible service experience for their customers,” said Gary E. Barnett, Avaya Senior Vice President & General Manager, Collaboration.
A total of 25 contact center and telephony providers are integrated with Zendesk.
The Modern Alternative for Enterprise Customer Support
To meet the needs of today’s customers, large companies increasingly are moving away from the complicated, legacy systems of the past and toward Zendesk’s beautifully simple platform that allows them to work with customers more efficiently, more proactively and through the channels that modern customers prefer. Nine West Group chose Zendesk as the platform for its customer service team because it allowed them to focus on their relationships with consumers rather than technology.
“Customer service is how we differentiate ourselves from others in our industry because we’re a customer-centric company,” said Milton Pappas, President of eCommerce, Nine West Group. “With the Zendesk product and team, we’ve been able to spend less time worrying about our technology and more time supporting and building relationships with customers.”
Zendesk provides a customer service platform designed to bring organizations and their customers closer together. With more than 45,000 customer accounts, Zendesk is used by organizations in 140 countries to provide support in more than 40 languages. Founded in 2007 and headquartered in San Francisco, Zendesk has operations in the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia and South America.