Push messaging is a powerful tool for your ministry. Skip the lengthy newsletter sent via email. Instead, consider sending notifications to provide a more interactive, easy-to-read snapshot of what is happening in your church. Not only a simple way to streamline information to your congregation, push messages also provide an effective way to create engagement and build community.
We currently support two types of push messages:
Sent at scheduled times, broadcast messages can be sent out in as little as 15 minutes. Because broadcasted messages aren't location-dependent, they have a very high delivery rate and will reach the vast majority of your congregation that has subscribed to push notifications. Send out important updates, such as, “service cancelled due to snow” or specific scheduling changes.
Interested in reaching out to members and guests when they are in a particular location? Geo-targeted messages provide a way to reach out to them when in a certain proximity. Rather then selecting a time to send out push messages, you choose the radius around a location that you would the messages to be sent. Send out a reminder as soon as arriving in church like, "Check out today's bulletin."
Please be aware, geo-targeted messages may not be received all of the time. This is because our app depends upon a member or guest’s mobile device and GPS location, which can sometimes be set to only provide access to apps they approve, the GPS device can fail to update appropriately, or the device could provide the wrong location to our app. This is because the technology depends upon a guest’s mobile device and GPS location - which can sometimes be unavailable or inaccurate. While rates will vary, device performance is constantly improving and will continue to increase over time - so getting used to sending them is a great idea!
How User Experiences Compare
Push messages will work differently based on the type and the current status of the device. Below is a side-by-side comparison of the user experience on iOS verses Android.
Note: Whether an iOS or Android, if a device is Off or not receiving a signal, push messages will never be received.