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Posted on September 19th, 2018

New Feature: Sync to Planning Center

It just so happens that a lot of our customers use Planning Center as their church management software. That's probably because we make it almost laughably easy to send texts to your People Lists in PCO. Up until now, it's been a one-way integration: automatically syncing your PCO People Lists into your Clearstream account. Now not only can you integrate your PCO Lists into Clearstream, but you can also automatically push your Subscribers data from Clearstream into the PCO People app, and...

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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

A common challenge most churches face is struggling to get first -time visitors plugged in. A new family drops in one Sunday, never to be seen again. Sure, you may have gotten their info and uploaded it to your church management software. Often, this is as far as it gets. Maybe they were just window shopping, or maybe they were really looking for a church home, and considering your church. So, how can you make it easier for them to come back, while not adding yet another weekly 'to-do' to one...

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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 Throughputhave have

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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