Subsplash Keynote 2018

What's been happening at Subsplash? What new features are available? What's coming next?

We're glad you asked, and we're excited to share with you! We're taking digital engagement to the next level, and we can't wait for you to experience what we've been working on. In our 2018 Keynote, Chris Sharpe (Vice President of Business Development) and Tim Turner (Founder and CEO) dive into some of the details behind what we've been up to here at Subsplash. We have lots of exciting news to share, including highlights from 2017, an inside look at how our company is growing, and a sneak peek at some upcoming features. 

We've been dreaming about creating innovative ways to help you expand your reach, engage on a deeper level, and spread the gospel to the ends of the earth. And now we're going to make it a reality! Check out our Keynote to learn more, and if you have questions about any of the features discussed in the video, feel free to drop us a line at hello@subsplash.com. 

 

Meet Your Church at Home with TV Apps

Okay, so maybe you have a church app. It’s sleek. It’s easy to use. The younger generation in your community loves it. Your online and mobile giving are growing, and your app is keeping your audience in the loop about events, conferences, and sermon series better than ever.

So then what’s the big deal with having a TV app? Is there any great reason for your church to have one? The answer is a resounding yes, and that’s why we are excited to announce that Roku is joining Apple TV as yet another way for your church to engage with your community. Here’s why TV Apps are so important:

 

Millions of homes now use a smart TV device

Between Apple TV and Roku (the two TV apps Subsplash currently offers), there are around 60 million viewers streaming content. On Roku alone, users stream 37 million hours of content a week. If those numbers are any indication, a considerable portion of your congregation uses either Roku or Apple TV. In fact, nearly 25% of your congregation likely uses smart TV devices, and that number is only growing. They have them right in their living rooms, their media rooms, and their bedrooms.

 

Take your content to the big screen

If your church already offers livestreaming or uploads your weekend services to your mobile app or web app, then you’re already on top of your game. However, if your members are not on the go, streaming over your church’s smartphone app or on a computer can limit the experience for those in your community. With a TV App, your community can access your weekend content more easily and on a bigger screen, that enhances their engagement and experience. 

 

More accessible group content

With a Roku and Apple TV app, small groups can supplement their study with the video content your church produces right in the comfort of their living rooms. Instead of using only third-party content, your church can tailor small group content to facilitate deeper study and greater engagement with current sermon topics or teaching series.

 

Streamlined content management

Publishing content through the Subsplash Dashboard has never been easier. With one-click publishing, you can send your content to all of your platforms (Mobile, Web and TV Apps). You can customize the display of content for each platform as you choose, and your TV apps can be customized to match your church branding. Keeping your routine simple and your options endless.

 

How do you get a TV app for your church?

So glad you asked! It’s actually pretty simple. If you’re a current Subsplash Client, reach out to your Client Success Manager to upgrade your account to include TV Apps.

Not a current Subsplash Client, but want to learn how to TV Apps can increase engagement within your ministry? Let's Chat!

To learn more about how TV apps can take community engagement to the next level, check out our TV platform page, here. 

It's time to put your content where your people are with TV Apps!

We’re Making Exciting Changes to Grow with You

This past year has been incredible. Our clients hit record breaking engagement with over 166 million app launches, 79 million media plays, hundreds of millions of dollars in donations, and billions of page views. We are seeing more and more people engage with their church at a level we have never experienced before. This is a testament to all of the effort, time and prayer you put into creating authentic Gospel-centered experiences for your community, and for that we thank you.  

With your growth, the demand for Subsplash services has continued to increase at an exponential rate, and we have exciting new plans in regards to leveling-up our infrastructure to ensure that you get the best technology and service.

We are honored to serve you along with our team of passionate, dedicated, and gifted innovators. Our team drives for excellence and have come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Salesforce, Rackspace, and Expedia. What truly makes our team best in class, is a heart to serve churches and advance the Kingdom.

All of us at Subsplash are focused on bringing you delight and committed to growing along with you as partners in ministry. To that end, we have created the Subsplash platform with:

  • Microservices infrastructure with service-oriented architecture
  • Load balancing
  • Geographically distributed data centers
  • Servers in data centers across multiple geographic regions
  • Global CDNs
  • Cloud computing infrastructure via Amazon Web Services, Rackspace, etc.

We are excited about enhancing these technologies and expanding upon them so that we can continue to help you serve your communities and share the Good News. We look forward to growing with you as you experience the direct impact of increased engagement in your communities. If you’re new to the Subsplash Platform and want to learn more about our platform and services contact us at hello@subsplash.com

Looking forward!

Tim Turner, Founder + CEO

5 Ways to Maximize Engagement After Easter

Easter Sunday brings people to church in numbers that exceed any other day of the year, and there’s no better reason to celebrate than the resurrection of Jesus! Perhaps your church had record-breaking attendance or saw dozens of people meet Christ for the very first time. That’s amazing! But now that Easter is over, how do you maximize the engagement that you experienced last Sunday?

The answer: push notifications!

With so many opportunities to stay connected in a digital age, push notifications are one of the best ways to reach your community instantly. With push notifications, you don’t have to wait until next weekend to engage your audience. In fact, with one click you can send an invitation to weekend services, an event reminder, or your connect card straight to their mobile devices.

Let’s get started! Here are five ways to maximize engagement after Easter.

1. Share the Easter Message

Sending a push notification with the weekend message is a great way to engage your community with meaningful content. You can share an audio or video file via push notifications and give those who attended church an opportunity to revisit the message. It’s also possible that people were traveling over the weekend and may have missed the sermon entirely — not anymore! 

Try something like this: “Missed last weekend’s Easter message or want to listen again? Find it here!”

Pro tip: When building push notifications that include links or large amounts of text (such as scriptures, connect cards, event details, bulletins, etc.), add these elements to the “More Information” section of your new notification. In doing so, you can still serve up robust content without exceeding the notification text limit of 110 characters.

2. Remind Them to Give an Easter Gift

You may have seen a handful of first-time visitors on Easter Sunday, which resulted in more visits to your website or new downloads of your app. These users may not know that they can easily give within seconds via your app or on your website. Now is the perfect time to introduce this feature to them by sending a push notification. 

Here’s an example: “If you didn’t have a chance to give on Easter, you can give in our app. It takes less than 10 seconds!”

3. Send a Reminder About Service Times

It’s not uncommon for churches to deviate from their standard weekend service times on Easter to accommodate an influx of attendance. Push notifications are a great way to remind those within your community that it’s back to business as usual or help first-time guests know your regular services times and locations. 

Send an invitation like this: “We can’t wait to see you this weekend! Join us for our services at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.!”

Pro tip: Add your location details or any other additional information to the “More Information” section when building your new notification.

4. Stay Connected with First-time Visitors

With Easter being one of the primary events of the year for churches to see an increase in first-time guests, push notifications can help facilitate engagement with not only your current community but also with those who may have attended your church for the first time. Sending a simple reminder such as, “We hope you are having a blessed week, and we look forward to seeing you this weekend,” could be the extra touch those first-timers need to jump in and start engaging with your church.

5. Ongoing Encouragement

Push notifications are a great way to foster engagement all week long. Simply send words of encouragement, uplifting scripture references, or excerpts from the weekend message to make a quick connection with your community during the week. The good news doesn’t have to end on the weekend! 

You might simply say, “Be encouraged this week! Jesus loves you!”

These are just a few ideas for how you can use push notifications to maximize engagement after Easter. Our team would love to help you get the most out of tool. If you would like to have one of our Client Success Managers walk you through strategies for your ministry, give us a call at 206-965-8090 or send an email to hello@subsplash.com.

The Best Number for Your Church

How many people are attending Sunday services? How much money are people giving? How many people are serving? For many churches, these types of numbers are commonly used to measure success. But maybe the best number in your community is actually zero. Dave Gibbons shares that when Jesus shows up in our churches and neighborhoods, he doesn't just bring about inflation of crowds, but real, systemic transformation. 

About Dave Gibbons

Dave is the Lead Pastor and Chief Visionary at Newsong Church in Santa Ana, CA. He is also the Founder and Chief Vision Officer at Xealots, a human development group focusing on helping Creatives, Innovators, and Artists find their destiny. Subsplash has been blessed to partner with Dave and Newsong over the last handful of years, and we have been deeply impacted by his perspectives on training up leaders and engaging with culture. We hope his insight in the video above is encouraging to you as you seek the welfare of your cities (Jeremiah 29:7). To learn more about Newsong, download their app here. You can also check out Dave's books by following this link

About the video

We had the privilege of visiting with Dave during one of our trips to Southern California last year. We were so encouraged by our conversation with him that we asked midway through if we could record some of his thoughts, and he kindly agreed. So there we were, sitting in Dave's living room discussing church and culture, with Dave speaking into the mic. We couldn't keep the conversation to ourselves, though, so we decided to create a visual representation to go along with Dave's thoughts. The laundromat in the video represents the process of renewal and transformation, as clothes change from dirty to clean. 

 

Is there something God has placed on your heart that you'd like to share as an encouragement to fellow pastors and church leaders? We'd love to hear about it! Let us know at hello@subsplash.com.