Mass actions

What are help desk mass actions?

Mass actions, also commonly known as bulk actions or bulk editing, is help desk software feature that allows you to perform system actions at scale. Taking a mass action, such as deleting multiple tickets at once instead of manually deleting individual tickets, would illustrate this concept.

Mass actions

Mass actions are generally present in all service ticketing software, as they speed up agent workflow and can save companies a lot of time in the long term. Moreover, they also prevent agent burnout.

What can you do with mass actions?

Generally, mass actions are used to resolve, transfer, or delete multiple tickets at once. The LiveAgent feature, however, is not limited to these actions.

LiveAgent’s mass actions

  • Transfer ticket (Transfer the selected tickets to a specific agent and/or department)
  • Resolve ticket (Resolve the selected tickets)
  • Add note (Add a specific private note to the selected tickets)
  • Delete ticket (Move the selected tickets into the trash*)
  • Change ticket priority (Update the priority of the selected tickets)
  • Change SLA level (Update the SLA level of the selected tickets)
  • Mark as spam (Mark the selected tickets as spam)
  • Mark as not spam (Unmark the selected tickets as spam)
  • Purge ticket (Completely remove the selected tickets from the system**)
  • Send answer (Send a response to the selected tickets)
  • Change ticket subject (Update the subject of specific tickets)
  • Call URL (Call a callback URL or API)
  • Postpone ticket (Postpone the selected tickets)
  • Add tag (Add specific tags to selected tickets)
  • Remove tag (Remove specific tags from selected tickets)
  • Send e-mail to (Send e-mails to selected tickets)

*Deleted tickets can be restored

**Purged tickets cannot be restored

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How to execute mass actions

  1. Log in to LiveAgent.
  2. Click on Tickets.

Optional: Click on Custom filter and select the ticket status, source, tags, and any other additional filters to single out the tickets that you want to perform the mass actions to. Click Apply.

  1. Select all the filtered tickets by clicking the checkbox in your dashboard’s upper left-hand corner. Alternatively, select the tickets you want one by one.

4. Click on Mass action.

  1. Select the desired mass action from the list box. In this example, we’re marking all tickets as answered. 
  2. Click on Run now.

7. Confirm the action in the confirmation dialog by clicking on Yes.

How do I know if the system executed the mass action successfully?

Once the mass action is executed, the system will automatically alert you with a green pop-up notification at the bottom of your screen. Alternatively, if there is an error running the mass action, the system will only alert you with a red error message in your LiveAgent dashboard.

Successful mass action notification

How many tickets can you apply bulk actions to at once?

LiveAgent can process 50,000 rows of mass actions at once. However, please note that this can take some time. As changes happen, they’ll be displayed in your grid gradually.

If you need to process more than 50,000 tickets at once, please contact our support via email, live chat, or phone.


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Mass action use cases

Marking tickets as spam

Let’s say you received several spam emails. Instead of marking each ticket as spam separately, you can do it in bulk via mass actions.

Adding tags

Another excellent mass action example could be adding tags to tickets. Let’s say you weren’t so diligent about tagging your tickets’ sources but now want to go back and tag all tickets from specific channels so you can filter them better in the future. Manually adding tags to every ticket in your help desk would be highly time-consuming. Mass actions can take care of that in a matter of seconds (or minutes depending on the volume of tickets you’re processing).

Postponing tickets

Postponing tickets with mass actions is great when you need to reach out to a specific set of customers after a certain amount of time has elapsed. The reason for postponing the ticket could be that you need to send a follow-up email or remind them of an upcoming event, sale, deadline, or whatever else you can think of. It can be an excellent tool for both customer service departments and salespeople.

Resolving abandoned tickets

In our last example, we’ll discuss resolving tickets that your customers have stopped responding to. If the customer hasn’t responded to your messages after some time has elapsed, you can probably resolve the ticket. This quick monthly help desk maintenance can reduce the number of open tickets and the number of queries your agents have to think about on an ongoing basis. 

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How can you benefit from the mass actions feature?

Mass actions are all about helping you and your support team. The feature can help you improve your workflow tremendously. You can say goodbye to manual, repetitive tasks that take up a lot of time and require a lot of clicking. Instead, mass actions will automate the whole process and free up your agent’s time so they can focus on more important things, like building and nurturing customer relationships. As a result, you will spend more time resolving customer problems and less time on administrative tasks, which will lead to increasing customer satisfaction, loyalty, and value.

Freeing your agents from manual and repetitive tasks prevents burnout and inefficiency. Nobody likes to be a robot and do meaningless tasks. Instead, most support agents want to feel like they’re making a difference in someone’s day by helping them resolve problems. Mass actions can therefore help you keep your agents happy, engaged, and devoted to their jobs. Additionally, this will increase the profitability of your business. IES estimates that organizations can increase profits by $2,400 per employee by increasing employee engagement by just 10%.

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Frequently asked questions

What are help desk mass actions?

Mass actions, also commonly known as bulk actions or bulk editing, is a help desk feature that allows you to perform system actions at scale. Taking a mass action, such as deleting multiple tickets at once instead of manually deleting individual tickets, would illustrate this concept.

Do all help desks have mass actions?

Mass actions are generally present in all help desk systems, as they speed up agent workflow and can save companies a lot of time in the long term. Moreover, they also prevent agent burnout.

What can you do with mass actions?

Generally, mass actions are used to resolve, transfer, or delete multiple tickets at once. The LiveAgent feature, however, offers much more.

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