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2 CUSTOMER STORY Zendesk Reduces Lead Routing Time by 82% with LeanData Automating and scaling business As Zendesk's growth accelerated, the company built out a marketing operations division to support its marketing and sales teams with the goal of improving customer experience and time-to-revenue. Cabrero and Caballero and the marketing ops team knew what they wanted to accomplish and after evaluating several technology products, decided LeanData was the best choice. The team implemented LeanData in six weeks and hit the ground running. "We went from a wild west scenario with people doing their best with the limited resources they had, to the structure we've created now, where instead of trying to fight fires, we're looking at efficiencies," said JM Caballero, Senior Manager of Marketing Operations. For example, through Zendesk's "speed to lead" project, the company wanted to decrease the time it took to route leads so sales reps could serve the buyer faster. LeanData helped reduce routing time by 82%, from 45 minutes down to eight minutes. Zendesk is now able to ensure leads are categorized correctly, and create and easily modify complex routing rules. With LeanData's reporting tools, the company knows when to prompt sales reps to follow up with leads, and can automatically re-assign leads owned by inactive or non-responsive reps. As a result, lead response time decreased 90% on average — from between four and eight hours to 30 minutes. Zendesk has also maximized its resources with LeanData. Brian Cabreros, Director of Marketing Operations says, "As our company has grown, LeanData has helped us with efficiency and faster response times, so we've been able to scale our business without requiring additional headcount." With LeanData Zendesk decreased manual lead assignment by 45% and saved approximately 55 hours of work per week, automatically routing an average of 4,100 leads weekly. Caballero says LeanData has improved routing quality, and estimates Zendesk decreased time spent manually reviewing leads by 75%. Sales reps no longer spend up to 10 minutes per lead on research to qualify them or find their rightful owner—instead, they focus on selling. And that Slack channel has been deleted. Gaining visibility into operations and reaching new customers With LeanData, Zendesk now has greater insight into operations with reports and analytics that show how long it takes for a lead to get into the company's database, push through to their sales tool, and become enriched. "Our leaders want to understand the highlights, and that's what LeanData was able to provide—beyond its capabilities. LeanData helped us expose the story behind the numbers and provides a lot of insights to help answer our executives' questions," Caballero said. Zendesk has also expanded its customer base with LeanData. Before, limitations to routing rules made it difficult to support unique needs in different regions and market segments, but Zendesk can now create complex routing assignments to over 42,000 postal codes. LeanData even helps to identify leads from regions the company isn't currently covering. Cabreros says the team is evaluating how they can support these potential new markets. A solid partnership With LeanData, Zendesk's marketing operations team can complete routing changes anytime. Zendesk's team have become power users. They are vocal with LeanData's product team when they come across features or functionality that could help them improve their time to revenue. Over the past two years they've seen many of their requests added to the roadmap, and look forward to continuing to help shape the future of LeanData's product. "It's been a really good partnership. LeanData is delivering on the things Zendesk is trying to solve," Cabreros said. "A lot of the processes we're able to automate today had to be done manually before," Caballero added. Evolving in a complex business climate As LeanData adds integrations with other tools such as Outreach and ZoomInfo, Zendesk is automating operations further. "We can automate things within the flows and existing tools that we need them to occur," Caballero said. Looking forward, Zendesk plans to build on the momentum it has gained with LeanData, as it's business becomes even more complex. The company expects to evolve from inbound only to an account based model and plans to use LeanData's auto-convert functionality to move contacts to account executives, while also maintaining lead flow for regular sales reps. As Zendesk grows, the company remains committed to its startup roots. "Now we're running with the big guys, but we're trying to be there for everyone," Cabreros says. "We're also doing this globally, and startups in South Africa are a totally different beast than startups in U.S. cities." Automation and insight into operations will remain crucial to Zendesk's time-to-revenue, and LeanData will continue to be a valuable partner. About Zendesk Zendesk's customer service and engagement products and platform power better experiences for administrators, agents, and customers. Zendesk serves 150,000 clients in 160 countries and territories worldwide, and its flexible solution scales to meet the needs of any business.

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