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A collection of articles and videos highlighting new feature releases, how-to’s for church texting, and thought pieces.

  • New Feature: Polls

    Have you ever wanted an easy way to gather feedback from your church? Polls, just might be the answer! Now you can easily survey your members, let people submit a response, or share their feedback using Polls. Maybe you want to engage your congregation with an opener question, quiz your youth group with some Bible…

  • New Feature: Smart Keywords

    Hasn’t Clearstream always had Keywords? Yes, we have – but never like this. Last month, we released Branches, Transfer to Workflow, and Transfer to Subaccount. This month, the rest of the party has arrived – Send Menu and Branch based on Planning Center Campus. Collectively, we’re calling this suite of features Smart Keywords. Smart Keywords let all guests and…

  • July Product Update

    Welcome to the middle of July! Not sure the how the weather is where you’re at, but it’s hotter than fireworks here. We’ve made some small, but highly-requested updates that we’re excited to share—subscriber reports, improvements to the Subscribers page, export options for polls, additional workflow functionality, and some UI redesign. Let’s jump in. Product…

  • A Guide to Texting VBS Volunteers and Parents

    What does texting have to do with Vacation Bible School? It turns out, a lot! With texting, you’ll likely see the best response rates when collecting registrations, recruiting volunteers, and sending parent announcements. There are many things to think through when communicating with parents and volunteers, and that’s a place where we can help. If…

  • May Product Update

    How’s that saying go? April showers bring a May product update? Yep, I think that’s right… Anyway, we’re excited to share a few updates with you!  We built an integration with Simple Donation! This integration lets people donate by texting a dollar amount to your longcode or dedicated shortcode. We also launched a referral program,…

  • Connect with Students Through Texting, Even When They’re Busy!

    Youth ministry is not for the faint of heart (can I get an amen? 🙌)! Stewarding teenagers is so important, and yet, statistics show that church attendance has been declining for years. Busy schedules can create difficulties for youth leaders who are trying to connect and disciple the next generation of Jesus followers. Students WANT…

  • Texting at Easter

    What can we do to really make guests feel welcomed this year? Which song will make the strongest first impression? How can I write a sermon that will impact everyone who walks through the door? We won’t pretend to know the answers to all the questions facing pastors and church leaders in the weeks leading…

  • March Product Update

    Our team is excited for Spring and daylight saving time! We’re also excited to share a new feature and some updates! Not sure which is more exciting… we really love the sunshine. ☀️ We created a new Reports feature that lets you see specific account activity, we improved functionality for Spanish speaking churches, and added…

  • February Product Update

    We hope your year is off to a good start! It’s hard to believe we’re already leaping in to a new month! Get it? Leaping! February… Maybe we’ll try that one in 2024. On to the fun stuff! Here are a few helpful updates we’ve recently pushed – You can now create Keyword aliases when…

  • January Product Update

    Happy New Year and welcome to the first product update of the 2022! There was a lot worth celebrating in 2021 and we’re excited for what this new year will bring! To kick the year off we’ve created a custom link shortener, added new options for using Subscriber Data, and also made some big updates…

  • December Product Update

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year and we want to wish you a Merry Christmas… from the bottom of our heeeaarrts! 🎵 We haven’t exactly decked the halls with boughs of holly, but we have launched a brand new feature that we think is really cool. If you’ve tried it out, do you…

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