Tell the story of your church. What kind of welcoming church are you? What are the unique ministries for which you are known in your community? You can easily update this information in a dynamic fashion through our control blog.
RSS News Feed
If your existing website news page has an “RSS” feed, we can pull your news into the app. If you do not already have a news blog, OCV can set you up with your own easy to update news blog on our system. Updates to a blog are automatically displayed within your app.
An up-to-date calendar of events provides helpful information to your members and visitors. An app will easily integrate with an RSS feed from your website calendar or an online Google calendar. If you do not yet have one, we can help you get your own google calendar set up at no additional cost.
Youtube? Vimeo? Whatever online platform you already use for hosting your videos, we can integrate with your app. If you do not have a preferred host location, OCV can setup you up with one. In addition, OCV builds custom media libraries for on-demand videos and audio files without the unwanted advertising of some free services. Please contact us for more information.
Many churches and pastors already utilize one or more blogs to update their users on topics of interest. If your existing blog has an “RSS” feed, we pull this feed into the app. If you do not have an existing blog or are not tied to one specific blog location, OCV will set you up with your own blog on our system. Updates to a blog are automatically pushed out to your app.
Social Media Integration
Facebook, twitter, youtube, linkedin, etc.: OCV can work with you to pull all your social media into your app. This allows your users to interact with all of your social media information, directly from your app.
This feature allows you to host audio files on your app. For churches this could be podcasting of your weekly sermon, so members and visitors can listen at any time to your messages.
Notes (meetings, sermons, etc.)
Whether your church has a meeting of 5 or 5,000, the ability to have note-taking ability from your app can be a great benefit to any meeting. Worshippers can take notes on a sermon or at a leadership meeting. This feature will put a notepad in your hands with the ability to save notes directly in the app.
Integrating your photos into your app is easy to do. Flickr, Picasa or many of the other online photo sharing platforms integrate nicely with the use of their independent “RSS” feeds. If you do not yet use one, we can help you setup a photo hosting site.
Have a change of worship time? Want members to have a reminder of the next Bible study? The message notification system simply “flags” your users that a new message is available within the app, so they will open it up to receive your important new message.
If you would like to make a lasting impression on your app visitors, have a "welcome" video or an instructional video. This video can be set to play every time someone opens the app or just the first time. Either way it is a great way to start the app experience.
If you are already streaming live video content, we can integrate with most platforms. Typically the live stream is simply a “web view” link that takes the user out of the app and into the web browser. Please contact us for information on Techshop for discount pricing.
What better way to help visitors find your church than to give them directions? This feature allows anyone with your app to find your location on the map and even get their phone’s GPS to navigate them to your location.
Give members and visitors alike a look into the life of your church through a dynamic photo slideshow right within the app. By using Picasa or Flickr, OCV can create a slideshow for you that you can update every day with new pictures if you like.
Keep all your communications connected by providing web links on your app. This could be anything from a link directly to your website, to a “Donate” link, to a FAQ page from your website. The possibilities of connecting between your web presence and your app presence are endless.
In App Advertising
Do you have an electrician, a realtor, an attorney, or other business owner interested in being a sponsor of advertising messages? Through in-app advertising, you can raise additional funds for your church. Ads appear as images, and are pulled from a Picasa or Flickr slideshow.
We can build access to your online giving/donations page on your existing website. The app would send users to your existing service.
Our team of developers and graphic designers will work with you to make your app look just the way you would like. Most organizations prefer that their app graphics look similar to their website to preserve their "brand." Every app that we build is designed to match the look and feel of your website, or any other look that you want.
Have an idea of a feature for your app and you don't see it in this list of features? Just ask about creating a new feature specific for your app. If the feature falls within app regulations for the app stores, we will do our best to include it into your app.
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