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Posted on June 12th, 2018

New Feature: Mailchimp Integration

Mailchimp has slowly become the world's leading email marketing platform, and also happens to have one of the most inspirational startup stories ever. More importantly, since most of our customers use Mailchimp as their email marketing/communication software, it made sense to directly integrate with them in a way that helps our customer's communication efforts beyond text messaging. Our Mailchimp integration enables you to sync Clearstream subscribers with one of your Mailchimp Lists, as...

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Posted on April 26th, 2018

New Feature: Subaccounts

Today we wanted to introduce a major new feature in Clearstream: Subaccounts. If you have a few ministries in your church that are large enough to need their own account, or if your church has multiple locations, Subaccounts is a great option. Now you can create separate accounts under your main (we'll call it master) account, but still have only one monthly plan and bill with Clearstream. New Subaccounts can be created within a few seconds right from your master account. Subaccounts let...

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Posted on March 30th, 2018

Clearstream Android App Now Available in the Google Play Store

Clearstream Android App

For many of you, this announcement has been long-awaited. Admittedly, too long. But for good reason, as we’ve been busy building direct integrations with apps like Planning Center and Zapier, and a handful of killer features we’ll be rolling out over the next few months. You can now download the Clearstream Android App in the Google Play store. As with our iOS app, it’s free to download and use if you have a Clearstream account. If you don’t yet have a Clearstream account, but are looking...

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Posted on January 22nd, 2018

Shortcodes vs. Longcodes

In the world of texting software, confusing jargon is used quite a bit. Two commonly used terms are 'shortcode' and 'longcode'. We use these terms as well out of neccesity and are often asked what they are, and how they're used. Clearstream is one of just a few texting providers in the U.S. that offers both shortcodes and longcodes (and for very good reason), so we thought it may be helpful to clarify the differences between the two. What are they? Shortcode - a carrier-approved, 5-digit...

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Posted on November 15th, 2017

New Feature: Automated Keyword Workflows

Automated Keyword Workflows

Skip to Video Walkthrough Below Keywords are an integral part of any text messaging program. If you're not yet familiar with Keywords, here's a quick example of how they're used... Let's say I'm the communnications director at my church, and want to give our first-time visitors a way to get connected, without filling out a long form. If we're using Clearstream for our church texting software, I could ask new guests to text a specific Keyword, maybe [ImNew] to 970-00, which is my shortcode....

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Posted on May 1st, 2017

Planning Center Integration for Churches

Today, we launched our integration with Planning Center, the go-to Church Management Software for churches in the U.S. It is comprised of 9 standalone apps that churches of all sizes can use to manage nearly every department of their church. Side note: if you’re not (yet) using Clearstream and aren’t sure what we provide, here’s our 5-second elevator pitch*: Clearstream is an online text messaging software for churches, non-profits, and businesses. Churches of all sizes across the U.S. use...

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Posted on April 23rd, 2016

Version 2 is here!

Clearstream V.2

This weekend, we launched V2 of the Clearstream SMS marketing platform. Finally. What started as a major feature update a year ago turned into a complete overhaul of our SMS platform from the ground up. It has a similar feel to V1, but that's where any similarities end. As we stated in an earlier post, we started dealing with an increasingly bloated software. Ugh. How does this happen one might ask? Good question. Our product roadmap is built on a few important criteria: customer feedback,...

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Posted on September 22nd, 2015

Increased Shortcode Delivery Throughput

This year, we’ve been terribly busy rebuilding the Clearstream platform from the ground up, complete with a new REST API, and other goodies. It looks incredible, it’s fast, and much more scalable. rabbit trail One of the primary values here at Clearstream is to listen to customer’s needs, and then build what they’re asking for (as long as it fits our product roadmap). It’s a great strategy for building a customer-centric company, but is comes at a cost. A big problem we were starting to face...

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Posted on May 12th, 2015

Creating a Simple and Effective SMS Marketing Campaign

SMS message marketing is an amazing way to contact your interested consumers. Text messages are about as personal as you can get now-a-days. And, almost everyone you know (unless you live in a cave) has a cell phone. In addition to it’s intimacy-factor and reach, SMS message marketing is extremely affordable and offers an amazing return on investments for businesses when used correctly. If you are ready to give it a go, it’s really important that you are setup for success! We’ve compiled a...

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Posted on March 18th, 2015

Making Sense of Mobile Marketing

I’d argue with almost anyone that the best sport in the history of ever is soccer. I actually grew up playing quite a few sports competitively. As you might guess, one of those sports was soccer. But, another was Track & Field (though I excelled mainly on the Track, doing sprints like I was high-tailing it from the devil himself). After years of cleat marks and hard lefts, I hear the word “vertical” and automatically think of my high school coach, clipboard in hand, pen posed, asking,...

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