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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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Posted on March 10th, 2015

Choosing the right SMS marketing software

Just this morning, I went shopping to pick out some string lights for my back patio. I got to the outdoor aisle, saw the light section and though, "This’ll be a snap!" But I was sorely mistaken. I kid you not, there were at least 15 options. Different styles, different bulbs, solar or electric, green wires or white. Just as I was trying to get my two year old to make the final decision for me, another woman turned down the same aisle. She caught part of the conversation, shook her head a...

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Posted on February 17th, 2015

Pay As You Go!

A few months ago we began offering a new way to add SMS message credits for Clearstream customers. We call it “Pay As You Go” and it is exactly like it sounds. "Pay As You Go" gives our customers the ability to purchase bundles of SMS message credits that rollover each month. We always (like, always always) listen to our customers. In fact, our awesome listening skills and customer service (along with our seriously killer product) are what makes Clearstream so loved. When our customers...

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