Unbabel Offers a New Zendesk Messaging Integration, Providing Real-Time Translations on WhatsApp

July 19, 2022

The new Unbabel integration with Zendesk will offer a service that builds better customer experiences for brands by enabling customer service agents to instantly translate any conversation

SAN FRANCISCO. July 19, 2022Unbabel, the AI-powered language operations platform that helps businesses deliver multilingual customer experiences at scale, announces its new integration with the leading customer service software, Zendesk, Inc. Unbabel will connect to Zendesk’s messaging solution so that agents and customers can communicate with each other in multiple languages, across most modern messaging channels, via an omnichannel customer support system.

The integration will help customer support teams work smarter with Zendesk’s suite of support tools. Unbabel uses a hybrid translation approach that combines AI with human editors, who ensure quality and consistently work to update translation algorithms unique to a market’s or country’s language preferences, providing nuanced translations to all of its users at scale. With Zendesk agents communicating with customers on any channel, and Unbabel enabling multilingual translation, this combination gives support operations and businesses tremendous flexibility and agility. Unbabel’s integration to Zendesk’s consolidated view of all customer conversations — whether sent via social media, the web, email, or WhatsApp — will deliver a consistent, omnichannel service in any language, translating messages as they come in.  

With Zendesk messaging, you can capture the entire customer experience from when a person first engages with your business to their latest interaction via any available channel. With Unbabel, you can do all of this in the customer’s native language, automatically, from their first interaction. These elements, when working in concert, create super personalized customer experiences.

“Imagine walking into a store, being welcomed and supported by the seller, in your native language, and not needing to explain who you are, what you’re looking to purchase, solve, return, or anything else,” said Tim Marsden, Sr. Director of Technology Partner Ecosystem at Zendesk. “With Unbabel and Zendesk, you could replicate this unparalleled customer experience across your customer’s favorite digital channels. It’s hard to think of a more powerful way to build strong conversational relationships.”

Zendesk messaging can also be added to a business’s website, mobile applications like WhatsApp for business, or social media channels, and customers can reach the business whenever, wherever they like — whether in real-time or on a session-by-session basis. Unbabel translates the content of the interaction, laying the foundation to give support teams the flexibility to build teams regardless of language. With Unbabel and Zendesk, businesses can support customers across most modern messaging channels, in multiple languages.

“We believe language is the way to create universal understanding between cultures, companies, and customers around the world, and the newest integration with Zendesk messaging is another step toward this goal,” said Vasco Pedro, Co-Founder and CEO of Unbabel. “This integration results in a valuable business tool that’s easy for anyone to use and that allows agents to work across Zendesk channels to instantly translate any conversation without being restricted to the channel in which the customer initially made contact.”

To experience the new translation functionality for omnichannel messaging, businesses should have an account with Zendesk Suite, and have the Team plan tier subscription, or higher. They will also need the Agent Workspace enabled by the administrator of the system, and have at least one Chat-enabled agent. On release, four Unbabel translation integrations will be available to Zendesk users: through Chat, Support, Guide, and Agent Workspace. 

About Unbabel

Unbabel removes the language barrier by scaling customer service operations, reducing cost, and managing growth, to create world-class customer experiences. 

The company’s Language Operations platform blends advanced artificial intelligence with humans in the loop, for fast, efficient, high-quality translations that get smarter over time. Unbabel helps enterprises grow into new global markets and builds customer trust by creating more consistent, high-quality multilingual customer experiences across marketing and customer service.

Based in San Francisco, Calif., Unbabel works with leading brands such as Booking.com, Nestlé, Panasonic, Patagonia, and UPS, to communicate effortlessly with customers around the world, no matter what language they speak.

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