How texting and QR Codes can improve small group connection

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 8/30/22 2:45 PM

I recently found an article on Mobile Vs. Desktop Usage worldwide.  It confirmed my suspicion that in recent years mobile usage has surpassed desktop usage overall.

Think about how many people spend their working day on a computer.  Then compare that to time spent on the phone.  According to the article, the U.S. population spends 50% of their time online on their desktop / laptop, 46% on their phone, and 4% on tablets.  This trend toward mobile will surely only increase.

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Tags: Text-To-Church, Best Practices

Why should churches pay for texting? Built in budgeting features.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 6/28/22 2:00 PM

In this short series on texting for churches, we've looked at the history of business texting (A2P) and compared free texting to Text-to-Church (10DLC).  In this third post, let's look at the budgeting features built in to T2C to help staff manage their communication budgets.

To start with, texts associated with the following features do NOT count toward your 500 allotted monthly texts or 2 cent overages.

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Tags: Text-To-Church

Why should churches pay for texting?  Compare free texting to Text-to-Church.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 6/21/22 2:30 PM

In the last post we surveyed the history of business (A2P) texting. We learned that initially A2P texting was available either for thousands of dollars per month using short codes or free using email.  That left a wide gap for the innovation that rolled out in 2021 called 10 digit long code (10DLC) texting. 

Churchteams provides both free (through email) and paid (through 10DLC) texting that we branded Text-to-Church (T2C).  But, when should you use free texting and when should you use T2C?  Here are some things to consider. 

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Tags: Text-To-Church

Why should churches pay for texting?  A short history of business texting.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 6/14/22 2:00 PM

 As common as it is now, it wasn't until 2014 that texting surpassed calling as the go to method for Person to Person (P2P) tele-communication in the United States. 

But there is another type of texting called Application to Person (A2P) texting. This is commonly thought of as Business Texting.  There are companies that provide this service as a stand alone for businesses or churches.   As technology continues to aggregate, many relational databases like Churchteams have implemented the same A2P functionality in their product.  This is a big win for the end user.

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Tags: Text-To-Church

How texting can add new levels of warmth to church hospitality.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 5/17/22 2:43 PM

While shopping online I recently found a table that I thought might look nice in our breakfast nook.  It was well after office hours, but there was a number to text.  I sent the text and got an automated message saying they would get back with me the following morning.  They did, and apologized about not responding more quickly.  It was 51 minutes after they opened!  I was impressed.

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Tags: Text-To-Church

Short links, website integration, and how does Churchteams texting compare to these guys?

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 5/10/22 2:45 PM

Last week I introduced the process one of our raving fan churches is going through as their team seriously evaluates our texting capabilities.  I shared three of their key questions and my responses to each one. 

Here are their final three questions and my responses.  They may be your questions too.  

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Tags: Text-To-Church

3 customer questions as they consider and compare our texting capabilities.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 5/3/22 2:30 PM

I reached out to one of our top customers who had been on our beta version of Mass Texting (free) through Text-to-Church.  They know the potential of the service from the beta, and are currently doing a cost / benefit analysis of the service now that it is fully operational.

They sent me six insightful questions that everyone looking at the potential for texting in their church should ask.  Here are the first three.

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Tags: Text-To-Church

Four more creative ways Text-to-Chat helps with church communication.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 4/5/22 2:45 PM

Text-to-Chat is the new environment for exploring creative church communication possibilities.  Last time we we looked at the top three ways roundtable participants thought they would use it.

This week, we'll look at four other ideas we came up with.  These are not as tried and true, but they are a bit more creative and have pretty significant potential.

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Tags: Text-To-Church

The top three ways Text-to-Chat helps church communication.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 3/29/22 2:15 PM

Last week about 30 of us did a customer and staff Zoom Roundtable on the topic of ways to use Text-to-Chat.  Here is the problem in the words of one participant.

"I think there is potential, but we have a lot to learn. Good feature—just need to figure out how to best use it."
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Tags: Text-To-Church

Four new professional texting upgrades to empower your church communication.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 2/1/22 8:30 AM

Just this week I received texts from my dentist, doctor, city utilities, a political survey, Verizon, Chase Bank, Honda, and Eddie Bauer.  I can even text my dentist back if I have a question or need to change my appointment and they respond personally!  I bet you've had the same experience. 

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Tags: New Release, Text-To-Church

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