Churches Get Custom App with Mobile Giving & Social Community

Posted by: on Dec 11, 2012 in Client News | No Comments
Churches Get Custom App with Mobile Giving & Social Community

With mobile phone use at an all-time high, it’s no wonder that churches and nonprofits are looking to harness this unparalleled communication device to keep people attuned to their unique organizations. Over the past two years, ROAR has developed a robust offering of app features and coupled it with inexpensive pricing to meet the needs of churches and nonprofits. Now, ROAR is adding to its features the ability to accept donations and credit cards using a mobile device and card swiper through its partnership with Merchant Focus, and social community functionality through its partnership with WeLink.

We want to provide church app solutions that fit the needs of small churches on up to mega churches. Online giving and social community are a big piece of the puzzle. That’s why we’ve added the ability to accept credit cards along with social community features,” comments Matt McKee, CEO of ROAR.

There are now three church app options with ROAR:

1)    Base app with information (Events, locations, QR scanner, RSS, video podcasts, prayer wall, and more)

2)    Base app with information plus social community (Detailed profiles, social discovery, social media streams)

3)    Base app with information, social community, plus giving (Forward facing giving app with swiper to take credit cards)

Charitable Giving and Mobile Credit Card Acceptance

The giving functionality of the church apps will include a forward facing card swiper so that church staff can accept donations on the spot through their smartphones. Givers will also be able to give via their app directly.

We love what ROAR is doing for churches and nonprofits and are excited to provide the giving functionality, which includes a card swiper and mobile credit card acceptance, so that these organizations can take donations and credit cards right from their mobile device at anytime,” says John Waldron, CEO of Merchant Focus.

Church App Social Community

Churches and nonprofits can now build a private social community within their mobile app; users can join said communities and instantly be connected to others.  App users can take advantage of WeLink’s user profiles that automatically process and display social profile data on users from LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and many more.  Included are search, discovery, and communication tools that allow app users to find, message, and connect with other members in the church app social community.

Engaging in a partnership with ROAR provides a powerful avenue for WeLink to positively affect the non-profit and church communities,” notes Karthik Manimaran, co-founder of WeLink. “I see WeLink’s social community module as being a perfect complement to what ROAR has created, and I am thrilled for the opportunity to work together.”

December ROAR Promotions

T-shirt Campaign – For every 100 t-shirts ROAR sells, they will give away an app to a nonprofit for LIFE. Shirts are $15 plus shipping. T-shirt buyers can “vote” for their nonprofits on Facebook with their t-shirt purchase.

Free Setup – New nonprofit customers can save $1,000 and get free setup on any new app development. For $75 per month for the first year, the organization will receive a fully-developed app for iphone/ipad/android plus a mobile website.

About Merchant Focus
Merchant Focus (http://www.merchantfocus.com) is a full service Merchant Account and payment gateway provider, providing the ability to accept credit card payments for Internet, mobile, mail/phone order, and retail businesses. Merchant Focus is dedicated to providing the highest level of service in the industry.

About WeLink

WeLink (http://welink.com) is a B2B company that offers software as a service to socially power mobile apps.

Our suite of SDKs instantly provides a social network that builds communities, which facilitates communication and social discovery amongst users. WeLink’s UI is absolutely gorgeous, its social community module is filled with powerful social features, and it can be integrated into any mobile app in minutes. WeLink provides an insane amount of support to make sure the apps using our technology are successful.

About ROAR

ROAR (http://ROAR.pro) is one of the top iPhone and Android app developers for churches and ministries. To better serve organizations with their overall social strategy, ROAR added social media strategy to its offerings in 2012. ROAR supports app development for every type of mobile device and offers customers custom branding, audio streaming, event calendars, blog/news readers, streaming video, and social media integration—all built on a custom WordPress platform that gives organizations the ability to update their apps and keep information current for users. ROAR is the official mobile app developer for Group Publishing, Simply Youth Ministry, Orange, and Digital Church by LifeWay, and is now official partners with Bishop TD Jakes.

ROAR’s Matt McKee to Present on Church Mobile App Technology and Church Social Strategy at InfoComm 2012

Posted by: on May 21, 2012 in Client News | No Comments
ROAR’s Matt McKee to Present on Church Mobile App Technology and Church Social Strategy at InfoComm 2012

Each year, over 33,000 consultants, Audio-Visual integrators, designers, manufacturer reps, technology managers and end users from over 90 countries attend the InfoComm convention in Las Vegas. This year’s show offers a church technology certification program led by Technologies for Worship Magazine (TFWM) that will feature Matt McKee, CEO of ROAR mobile apps and strategy for churches, as presenter on church social networking and church mobile apps.

The folks at TFWM have put together an incredible church tech certification program to better empower churches to integrate mobile and social technology into their overall A/V church technology planning. This combined with A/V seminars will further help churches improve their worship productions,” comments Matt McKee. “Having a strategy for using social media and mobile apps is more important than simply using the tools. I will shed light on how churches can connect the online world with the offline world to achieve their outreach goals.”

Since InfoComm offers seminars and exhibits on all aspects of A/V technology, church technology staff will have a great opportunity to learn from the secular industry while applying specific technologies to the Church through TFWM’s certification program.

We’re very excited to have Matt McKee and ROAR involved with the Technologies for Worship program at InfoComm this year,” says Kevin Rogers Cobus, executive editor for Technologies for Worship Magazine. “Social networking and mobile app strategy are two very important topics right now. We feel that ROAR has set a great example in this area, creating intuitive and innovative apps for facilities of all sizes. Today it’s as important to have a visible and valuable social media presence as it is to have good audio, video, and lighting within your house of worship.”

TFWM has brought its training program to InfoComm specifically for house of worship techs and volunteers. The topics range from basic to advanced, and fit any experience level. TFWM seminars count towards Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) renewal credits, a technical proficiency measure that is recognized industry-wide.

TFWM seminars includes the following topics:

  • The “Smoking Gun” of Audio: Sound Engineer Troubleshooting
  • Social Networking: Covering Your Bases
  • Mic’ing Live Instruments for Worship
  • Rigging in Worship: What You Need to Know
  • Strategic Streaming: A Purposeful Approach to Video Streaming

To find out more about TFWM’s certification program including full descriptions of each workshop, visit: http://www.tfwm.com/conferences-InfoComm-2012.

To register for InfoComm 2012 in Las Vegas, June 9-15, visit: http://www.infocommshow.org.

About Matt McKee

An entrepreneur with his head in both the technology and ministry worlds, Matt McKee founded ROAR in January 2010 and currently serves as CEO. He has served at several churches as both children’s pastor and curriculum developer. Matt is also a strategy consultant for the reThink Group and is a consultant and speaker at ministry events around the country. McKee blogs at http://www.mattmckee.me.

About ROAR

ROAR (http://ROAR.pro) is one of the top iPhone and Android app developers for churches and ministries. To better serve organizations with their overall social strategy, ROAR added social media strategy to its offerings in 2012. ROAR supports app development for every type of mobile device and offers customers custom branding, audio streaming, event calendars, blog/news readers, streaming video, and social media integration—all built on a custom WordPress platform that gives organizations the ability to update their apps and keep information current for users. ROAR is the official mobile app developer for Group Publishing, Simply Youth Ministry, Orange, and Digital Church by LifeWay, and is now official partners with Bishop TD Jakes.

About Technologies for Worship Magazine
Since 1992, Technologies for Worship Magazine (TFWM) has been an integral technical resource for the worship community. The mission of the publication is to educate readers as to the ways technology can be used as a tool to expand membership and outreach. The content is designed for house of worship tech staff, volunteers and leadership. Topics range from a basic to advanced tutorial-based articles, unbiased product reviews, technical tips, industry updates and company profiles.

ROAR Recommended by LifeWay Digital Church as Trusted Church App Developer

Posted by: on Aug 8, 2011 in LHPR News | One Comment
ROAR Recommended by LifeWay Digital Church as Trusted Church App Developer

ROAR, developer of mobile apps for churches, has been selected by LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention to become the recommended church app developer for churches and ministries seeking to develop their own custom church app. With nine in 10 smartphone owners using their phones to access the internet or email (Pew Research), many churches are looking to partner with a trusted church app developer to make use of this widely-used communication tool. LifeWay recommends ROAR as a reliable and trustworthy church technology partner.

“We’ve worked with hundreds churches across the nation on their mobile websites, mobile web app, custom church apps, and social media strategy,” comments Matt McKee, owner of ROAR. “We are excited that LifeWay has chosen to recommend our firm as their primary church app developer.”

In a recent report on smartphone adoption by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, the research firm finds that two in five cell owners own a smartphone. As smartphone adoption rates continue to increase, churches can’t deny that communicating via a church app provides many possibilities for connecting with people on-the-go.

“LifeWay carefully and deliberately recommends select solutions to the thousands of churches we serve, and are proud to now include ROAR on our list of providers for Digital Church solutions,” says Matt Morris, project manager for LifeWays Digital Church. “ROAR will help us expand into the church market even further by allowing churches the opportunity to have their own uniquely branded app that their congregations can utilize.”

LifeWay already has significant market share in the church app market and currently offers over 30 different apps.

About ROAR

Launched in January 2010, ROAR has quickly become one of the top app development firms for churches, schools, and ministries. ROAR supports app development for every type of mobile device and offers customers custom branding, audio streaming, event calendars, blog/news readers, streaming video and social media integration, at realistic prices. ROAR is the official mobile app developer for Group Publishing, Simple Youth Ministry, and ORANGE, and recently purchased MobileSalt to increase its market share in the church app development market.

About LifeWay Digital Church

LifeWay’s Digital Church is a collection of web-based resources and services that assists churches in efficiently and effectively managing growth within their church, congregation and community. By conducting the due-diligence for the church, Digital Church endorses select, top-tier solutions in the cloud that help both churches and ministries reach people for Christ. Services offered by Digital Church include church management software, eGiving, mobile app development, worship planning, website development, background checks, and more.

Icon Systems Launches First Church Software iPad Web App

Posted by: on Aug 3, 2011 in Client News | No Comments
Icon Systems Launches First Church Software iPad Web App

New technologies often enhance workability leading ministers and church staff to a higher level of productivity. With efficiency in mind, Icon Systems has released a fully-functional, real-time IconCMO church software iPad web app that simplifies church management in fresh ways. Icon Systems is first to market with this type of church app, that includes membership, contributions, payroll, and full fund accounting. Icon Systems is confident that the many advantages of iPad and iPhone devices make it a necessary technological advancement for churches.

“We desire to put valuable technology tools in the hand of churches, that’s why we’ve worked extremely hard to be first to market with our church software iPad web app,” remarks Bill Gifford, president of Icon Systems, Inc. “The iPad web app architecture used for IconCMO allows iPad users to interact directly with the servers, meaning that when users make changes, others will be able to access the updated information in real time. The church staff, volunteers, and members will always be on the same page.”

The company also recently released its church software iPhone Lite app (iTunes App Store) which provides pastors, staff, and even church members with the ability to view the church congregation’s demographic data on the go. It helps with church community communication, small groups management, and driving directions or maps straight from the membership database.

By using iPads and iPhones for productivity, churches can cut down on hardware maintenance costs, provide expanded mobility to leaders by giving access to church software data from any wireless or 3G connection, and offers less technically-savvy folks an easy way to oversee administration and get connected to their church. A recent Microsoft survey advised by 2014 Mobile Internet will exceed Desktop Internet usage. Icon Systems is ahead of all other companies by preparing IconCMO now, so churches can use this advantageous mobile technology.

iPad Church App Benefits

Church staff can use the IconCMO iPad web app to take attendance as well as update records on the go. The iPad is easy to carry to meetings to produce reports on the spot, and correcting data quickly like wrong expense accounts or funds in accounting, contributions entries, and member’s data is simple to do. iPad users can add in visitors when they meet them, take their pictures, and add conversation notes if needed or other membership data.

iPhone Lite Church App Benefits

While on the road doing visitation, pastors might want to pull the iPhone out to look at someone’s phone number and make a call or text message, see a picture, get driving directions, send the contact’s information to Apple contact list, or see what groups they are in. The iPhone native app has a very simple, easy to use interface.

Church members will benefit from the IconCMO Lite church app by having the ability to look up, call, and text friends within the congregation. Get driving directions to a small group or summer swim parties; always have friends’ most current contact information; send contact information to the iPhone’s Apple contact list easily for future use.

“Overall, we feel these two church apps really push IconCMO ahead of other church software companies and is why Icon Systems remains the innovator in church software and church accounting solutions” notes Jay Sandt, Sales Director for Icon Systems. “There are lots of choices in the market, but none offer iPad and iPhone apps that take church software use to the next level by offering a complete ChMS on mobile devices.”

About Icon Systems, Inc.

Icon Systems, Inc. (http://www.iconcmo.com) has been a leader in the church management system industry for nearly 20 years, developing high-quality software exclusively for religious organizations from church plants to denominational offices. The company continues to enhance its cloud-based church management software with new features to meet the ongoing administrative and communication needs of the churches it serves. Icon Systems has three prominent offerings: 1) IconCMO – a web-based church management solution that meets the needs of individual churches, 2) IconCMO+ – a web-based multisite church management solution for multisite churches and churches with denominational offices on the local, national, and international level, and 3) Revelations – a single user or network-based church management software package. IconCMO/IconCMO+ also offer iPad and iPhone web apps for expanded productivity. Icon Systems has a deep software engineering heritage that has enabled its products to achieve unprecedented performance, reliability, and customer satisfaction.