Our mobile app was released this weekend. So far it has been well received. To date it has been downloaded to 2300 devices. Below is a quick overview of the features it contains with a short description on how each is integrated into our systems.
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Contains the main navigation with a single promotion. We’re moving to a “This Week’s One Thing” promotion strategy in our communications team. This will highlight that one thing each week. If you touch the ad you get more details. Currently, this ad is driven out of our Arena database. This will soon be moved to the Rock ChMS.
This page of the app shows the location of each of our campuses. It also has an invitation feature that allows an attendee to send a personalized email to their friends. This page is a bit of a ‘filler’ page in my mind and probably will be replaced with additional functionality in the future.
This page displays a sample of the current prayer requests in our Arena database. It only shows those that a person has OK’ed to be public. Each is approved (and possibly edited for privavcy) by our prayer team. From this page you can also add a prayer request. These requests are added directly into Arena. This will in time also be transitioned into Rock.
The notes functionality is by far the most popular. This allows attendees to take digital notes during the sermon. There are a ton of features to this part of the app (fill-in the blanks, free form entry, etc.). I’ll do a future post just on this feature soon.
The app lets you select and watch sermons directly on your mobile device with support for AirPlay. This again uses Arena’s podcast functionality to drive the content. We currently host our messages on Vimeo so it uses their HTML5 player. We’re currently looking for a better video network. If anyone has some good recommendations please post in the comments.
This portion of the app allows someone to use their current location, or enter in an address, to find the closest Neighborhood Group (aka small group). It also allows them to register for a selected group. The usage of this feature has surprised us. In the first two days over 25 families have registered for a group.
Due to the fact that Apple does not allow donations in a native app we redirect the giving button to our website. We have created a new highly responsive (thanks Titter Bootstrap) page that is very interactive. If someone wants a peak at what the giving UX in the Rock ChMS will look like this is it. I hope Apple allows for a more native experience in the future.
For the most part that is the app. I’ll be posting a couple of deeper dives into some of the features and code in the near future.