Starting agent-initiated conversations

Starting agent-initiated conversations with Zendesk Support and Zendesk Sunshine Conversations


This is an advanced use-case specific to Zendesk Support and Zendesk Sunshine Conversations when you want to start an in-app support conversation starting from the agent (ie. a “proactive” message).

Watch this Loom video see how this use-case works.

Ensure your Sunshine Conversation client authenticates using email address

Note lines 6 to 9 and line 18. This is a rough example for web client, but the same concept would apply to mobile SDK. This ensures that Sunshine Conversations has initialized this user on this device.

<html lang="en">
    <title>TEST BOT</title>
    <meta charset="utf-8"/>
        var integrationId = "xxx";
        var externalId = "[email protected]";
        var jwt = "generate this token server side";

            function o(){try{var e;if((e="string"==typeof this.response?JSON.parse(this.response):this.response).url){var t=n.getElementsByTagName("script")[0],r=n.createElement("script");r.async=!0,r.src=e.url,t.parentNode.insertBefore(r,t)}}catch(e){}}var s,p,a,i=[],c=[];e[t]={init:function(){s=arguments;var e={then:function(n){return c.push({type:"t",next:n}),e},catch:function(n){return c.push({type:"c",next:n}),e}};return e},on:function(){i.push(arguments)},render:function(){p=arguments},destroy:function(){a=arguments}},e.__onWebMessengerHostReady__=function(n){if(delete e.__onWebMessengerHostReady__,e[t]=n,s)for(var r=n.init.apply(n,s),o=0;o<c.length;o++){var u=c[o];r="t"===u.type?r.then(}p&&n.render.apply(n,p),a&&n.destroy.apply(n,a);for(o=0;o<i.length;o++)n.on.apply(n,i[o])};var u=new XMLHttpRequest;u.addEventListener("load",o),"GET","https://"+r+"",!0),u.responseType="json",u.send()
        Smooch.init({ integrationId: integrationId, userId: externalId, jwt: jwt });

Add a custom flow file to your bot


You do not need to modify the contents of this file, but it may be useful to understand the pattern for other use-cases. This flow will link the user: Sunshine Conversations <> Meya <> Zendesk Support.

Paste this BFML flow file exactly as written in your flow folder. See source code.

  - type:

  # Try to find the ZDS Meya user link
  - user_try_lookup: (@ | string )
  - flow_set: user_id
  - if: (@ flow.user_id )
    then: next
      jump: sunco_find_by_email

  # Try to find the SunCo Meya user link
  - type: user_try_reverse_lookup
    user_id: (@ flow.user_id )
    integration: integration.zendesk.sunshine_conversations
  - flow_set: sunco_app_user_id
  - if: (@ flow.sunco_app_user_id )
      jump: sunco_user_ready
    else: next

  # Try to find the SunCo user via ZDS email (require a result)
  - (sunco_find_by_email)
  - type: meya.zendesk.sunshine_conversations.component.app_user.get
    integration: integration.zendesk.sunshine_conversations
    external_id: (@ )
  - flow_set:
      sunco_app_user_id: (@ flow.result.user_id or flow.result._id )

  # Identify the SunCo Meya user
  - user_identify: (@ flow.sunco_app_user_id )
    integration: integration.zendesk.sunshine_conversations
  - flow_set: user_id

  # Link the Meya user to ZDS
  - user_link: (@ | string )
    user_id: (@ flow.user_id )

  # Try to find the SunCo Meya thread link
  - (sunco_user_ready)
  - thread_try_lookup: (@ flow.sunco_app_user_id )
    integration: integration.zendesk.sunshine_conversations
  - if: (@ flow.result )
    then: next
      jump: sunco_thread_link

  # Use the existing SunCo Meya thread
  - flow_set: thread_id
  - jump: sunco_thread_ready

  # Link the new Meya thread to SunCo
  - (sunco_thread_link)
  - flow_set:
      thread_id: (@ )
  - thread_link: (@ flow.sunco_app_user_id )
    thread_id: (@ flow.thread_id )
    integration: integration.zendesk.sunshine_conversations

  # Set the new thread primary user
  - thread_set:
      primary_user_id: (@ flow.user_id )
    thread_id: (@ flow.thread_id )

  # Link the Meya thread to ZDS
  - (sunco_thread_ready)
  - thread_link: (@ | string )
    thread_id: (@ flow.thread_id )

  # Redo ZDS RX
  - type:
    thread_id: (@ flow.thread_id )
    ticket: (@ flow.ticket )
    current_user: (@ flow.current_user )

Update your Zendesk Support integration settings

You need to enable the support for “unhandled” tickets. Those are Zendesk tickets that are not linked to any users in Meya (yet). See this example code.

You can specify alternate value for ticket.tags other than sunco_send in order to trigger the unhandled flow based on your agent workflow.



The “Subject” field is ignored by Sunshine Conversations.


When these changes are complete, do a meya push and verify that the functionality works as depicted in the demo video.