When mobile apps became a “must have” just a few years ago, only the largest churches and nonprofits could afford the $30,000 plus price tag to hire a firm to build a custom mobile app. Because the majority of nonprofits can’t afford that kind of price tag, ROAR is now releasing their own app-building CMS to help nonprofits and churches afford their own iPhone and Android apps for a fraction of the cost.
“Our goal is to enable each nonprofit and church we work with to reach into the community and into the pocket of every person to encourage, connect, and retain them as a customer and participant,” comments Matt McKee, president of ROAR. “With our new software, building a custom-looking mobile app for any organization is an affordable reality.”
ROAR’s CMS is built on WordPress. “We customized the Admin, Plugins, and WordPress sections to meet our needs, so now, every customer we work with gets their own custom WordPress build that powers their own app.”
Through ROAR, customers have full control over the app building process through five simple steps:
- Sign up at ROARapp.com (choose iOS for iPad/iPhone or Android).
- Access your own CMS (ROAR builds customer WordPress site).
- Fill in the portions of the CMS that you’d like to see in your app (social media, web feeds, podcasts, etc.).
- Hit submit.
- ROAR builds app and delivers.
“A nonprofit mobile app can help organizations of all kinds communicate with their volunteers and increase donations. A church mobile app can connect members to their churches through sermon podcasts, event updates, and social media all in one place—their phones,” adds McKee. “We encourage churches and nonprofits to give away their apps for free as a way to establish loyalty and goodwill.”
As organizations update content, graphics, and audio files in their custom ROAR CMS, the app is automatically updated in real time. This ensures that the app always contains the most relevant information and media.
Additionally, ROAR will soon be releasing their own app that will allow customers to view the app building process live on their device throughout the creation process. This will help make sure the app meets their expectations.
Through January 31, ROAR is offering half off the set up fee of $250 for the iOS app (iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch) or $500 for both iOS and Android apps. This means that for just $125, churches and nonprofits can begin development of their own mobile app. Monthly hosting for one app is $30 or $50 for both apps. Visit RoarApp.com to get started.
Launched in January 2010, ROAR (http://roar.pro) 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, ORANGE, and Digital Church by LifeWay and recently purchased MobileSalt to increase its market share in the church app development market.
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.
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.