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.
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.
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.
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.