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HubSpot Tickets to SalesForce Cases Integration

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I've looked hard at Service Hub as a great tool for us to allow Customers to initiate product repair requests for some of our hard goods.

 

However, my Sales Director and President are insisting that anything done on my end to automate this process has to seamlessly integrate into SalesForce.

 

Looking at  Tickets, it would seem to make a ton of sense to integrate the Service CRM object into the SFDC Cases CRM object, which is a standard SFDC module. Without that, it's unlikely I'm going to be able to convince them to to this route.

 

Is this a doable project on the HubSpot end?

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Hi, @Matt_Sciannella. The short answer is that no, the connector does not currently sync tickets to Salesforce cases, but if you're absolutely desperate, you could make this work with some configuration. 

 

I'm positive this is on the team's roadmap - while the connector speaks to a limited amount of Salesforce objects, that set of objects has expanded over time, to meet growing needs of the tool. However, I have no idea how that functionality would look, or when it would be released. 

 

It doesn't look like this is an action which is currently supported by Zapier, an integrations tool that is frequently used by HubSpot customers to connect other applications to and from HubSpot with drag-and-drop functionality instead of code. One of the limitations of this tool is that you can't define what you want to start and end your zaps; they're all presets defined by the app builders themselves. Currently, it doesn't look like you can trigger a zap based off of a Service Hub ticket in HubSpot.

 

Very crudely, you could set up a service hub ticket-based workflow, to send an email containing relevant addresses and ticket info to an email-to-case address in Salesforce. [Additional workflow/Process Builder/Cloud Flow Designer/Apex automation may be necessary, depending on your complexity and use case.]

That's not a terribly robust or flexible solution, but it would work. If your purchasing decision is contingent on whether a solution is available, the hack I described should work. [You should absolutely test this first, preferably with a trial portal pointing to a Salesforce sandbox.] 

If your purchasing decision is based on the connector's ability to do this right now, however, the answer is "not now, but at some indeterminate point in the future," and I'm sure that evaluates to a "no".


Brad Mampe, Salesforce Analyst, Fidelity
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As a Salesforce customer, it is critical that when a form gets filled out on our website, a case gets created in Saleforce as we do not use HubSpot as our ticketing system and will not ever given all the other data and processes we use with Salesforce cases outside of marketing. It is just not feasible to purchase licenses just for one function to use the Service Hub, while the rest of the company uses Salesforce. So, we went down the email to salesforce solution as most other HubSpot/Salesforce customers seem to have done, the probem with this approach is that at some point in time, Murphy's law takes over and someone is going to inveitably unsubscribe the email address used for the notification email that goes out from HubSpot to notify Salesforce to create the case via it's email to case process. So, in the end you'll end up with a broken Salesforce case management system with HubSpot. Not a reliable solution, and a workaroud at best. Consequently, we're now looking at leveraging the task auto-creation timeline activity action when a form is submitted along with a lot of other custom code and process in Saleforce just to meet a simple business requirement. HubSpot's customer support solution to this is not transactional emails, purchasing Service Hub licenses, or supporting a tighter integration with Salesforce cases, instead their solution is to just resubscribe the email. How does this prevent the problem from happening again? It doesn't.

 

The solution in this context seems to be to allow notification emails to be treated as transaction emails, so there is no footer in the email template allowing you to unsubscribe, the email send cap frequency is disabled automatically, and lastly, the unsubscribe status is not respected. If this sounds complex to HubSpot, well, then maybe they should just support the ticket object in HubSpot with Salesforce cases for Enterprise Level customers as this idea seems to be targetted for.

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