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Step 5: Additional Dashboard Customization

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So far, we’ve covered how to set up your dashboard data, learned to design our dashboards for the people who use them, and dove deep into widget-building. In this lesson, we’ll cover some more ways you can customize your dashboards.A lot of the features we’ll discuss in this lesson are optional or subjective. However, these are popular features that many CX programs use, and that may benefit you, too.

Customizing the Dashboard’s Appearance and Branding

If you’re building a dashboard for your CX program, you probably want it to have on-brand theming. You can adjust your dashboard’s theme from the Theme section of your dashboard settings.

Dashboard theme settings

Here, you can change default widget palettes, the background and header color, fonts, and more! Learn more on the Dashboard Theme support page.

Custom Metrics

Every company has different metrics, or KPIs (key performance indicators), that it tracks in order to quantify its success. Sometimes these metrics are as simple as a CSAT or NPS, a measure we can ask customers to rate in a quick survey. Sometimes, though, these can get more complex, such as the creation of a percentage, custom scoring calculations, or composite metrics.

Example: In our Digital CX program, we’re always striving to improve the quality of the website we’ve created. On each page, we provide a survey asking how helpful visitors found the material. We want to report the percentage (represented as a ratio) of visitors who accomplished their goal on our website. We can easily create this ratio as a custom metric, which lets us add it to widgets the same way we would an average NPS or a CSAT.

Custom metrics configured as described. They look like formulas

Now that this custom metric is created, we can pull it into the metric field on any widget. We could map this ratio’s change over time, or even just pull it into a gauge chart to judge how it’s doing against the internal benchmarks we’ve set.

For step-by-steps on how to create a custom metric and then add it to a widget, see the Custom Metrics support page.

Ticket Data

Ticket follow up page

Many CX programs incorporate a “close the loop” program. Whether you’re running a call center support team or escalating customer feedback, “closing the loop” is essential to running a successful CX program. If your closed loop team uses ticketing in Qualtrics, you’ll probably want to build a dashboard devoted to this data. Here are some important things to keep in mind about ticket reporting.

Mapping Ticket Fields

Mapping ticketing fields is similar in principal to mapping regular dashboard data – you have fields that you map to a certain type, which is then compatible with different widgets. But fields for ticket reporting are mapped from the ticket tools on a page called Ticker Reporting Datasets.

Ticket reprting datasets highlighted in the tools dropdown

Restrictions and Data Access

Only someone who is a Brand Administrator and has editing access to a dashboard can map ticket data.

Once the data’s mapped, it’s accessible to all dashboards in your brand. Hence, it’s important to apply restrictions to it so only the right people can edit or access the right fields.

Ticket data restrictions

Be careful how you name, format, and remove fields from this page for the same reason.

Reporting on Tickets

Ticket Reporting is done on a special kind of dashboard page.

Ticket page option in upper-left of dashboard

On ticket reporting pages, you have access to all the widgets the rest of the dashboard has access to, so you can build whatever you want. (Although if you’re stuck on where to start, we have some example widgets you can use as a reference.)

For more information, see the Ticket Reporting support page, where we cover the process step by step.

Dashboard Time Zones

The time zone of every CX Dashboard is separate from your account time zone. Most CX Dashboards are set to GMT by default, but you can adjust this by doing the following:

  1. Click Edit Page.
    Selecting the edit page button
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the dashboard.
  3. Click the time zone.
    An image of the dashboard dropdown at the bottom of the page
  4. Select the time zone you want to use from the dropdown.

The settings will then be applied to your dashboard. Keep in mind that every dashboard’s time zone must be set separately.

Qtip: CX and BX Dashboards will observe Daylight Savings Time when you have selected a time zone from a region that observes DST. Note that this is not the case for EX Dashboards.