“Apple has always had it out for Churches” a pastor told me the other day at a lunch meeting. I had just finished explaining the devastation that the new Apple guidelines caused church app companies over the summer.
The new guidelines specifically says apps built with “templated” or “commercialized” platforms would be denied… which includes the majority of church app companies, which thrive off rapidly produced and duplicatable apps, changing little but the logo and rss feeds.
Thousands of church apps were held up in the iTunes sphere waiting for months, only to get denied, forcing app companies to go…
We have a number of stories and references of churches reaching an 87% open rate on their Push notifications. And others only reaching 4% tops.
What are the churches reaching 80% doing differently? That’s what we hope to answer in this article.
1. Fundamentals of a Push Notification
A Push Notification is not a text, it’s not a tweet, and it’s not an email. It’s a notification. A unique opportunity to reach people in an instant, without them ever needing to open their messages, their email or twitter app.
This is important because every form of contact serves a different…
Church apps are becoming more and more relevant and imperative to the church’s ability to grow and stay relevant. New features are being created monthly, driving the church app industry into a competitive innovation race.
Most church app companies can offer the standard features, podcasts, videos, bible, notes, streaming, and giving. So what’s the real difference?
What’s the big differences in church apps?
The biggest difference is that most church app companies give you a dashboard to choose a few colors, and upload your content, then their system throws your content into a template. The same template as 1000’s of…
It’s no secret that churches need a mobile app, but what’s the secret behind growing church giving?
Aware3 reports an average church with a mobile app sees a 31.5% increase in their online giving. And an average gift of $185. But what if we said we could make that number go even higher? Would you listen?
Yeah we thought so, 31% is a lot. For some that means a new building, or finally hiring your youth pastor full time. Maybe a 31% increase in giving means a children’s campus or a 3rd service to reach more of your local community.
Apollo GeoPush, the biggest advancement in app development since the app itself, changes the way you interact with your congregation!
What is Apollo GeoPush?
Apollo GeoPush allows you to send automatic push notifications when your app user walks near your campus. Define a radius around the location (the GeoFence) and when users enter that radius they will receive your automatic push notification.
Link these notifications to a morning schedule on your app, your church bulletin, or any of your sections, including giving! …
Apollo just released a feature called Apollo GeoPush. What is it and what’s it matter to you?
Well firstly, let’s refresh on what Apollo Apps are: Apollo Apps are native mobile apps built with pre developed features, drastically reducing the cost and time of traditional development. These features are packaged into different Apollo Apps for different industries.
Now, what’s Apollo GeoPush?
Apollo GeoPush allows you to send automatic push notifications when your app user walks near a location. Define a radius around the location (the GeoFence) and when users enter that radius they will receive your automatic push notification.
A church app used to be a scary road to travel.
But as technology advances and companies like Apollo Apps continue to create more affordable and painless options, the idea becomes less and less cumbersome.
Yet, there are a lot of churches holding off. We’ve written the top 7 reasons a church needs to adopt the powerful benefits that having your own app offers.
Let’s face it, App Design is the new web design industry. It’s booming with hundreds of companies promising brand transcendence through a smartphone application.
But most of those companies like Subsplash, The Church App, and Como are DIY (do it yourself) companies. Meaning they give you access to a platform for anywhere from $700-$3,000 down and somewhere around $150 monthly and then leave you to build, edit, customize and publish your own app.
There’s a few basic questions you’ll need to ask yourself before you use a DIY company.
1. Do you have the time to do it yourself?
Apollo Apps builds powerful and efficient apps for less.