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April 2019 Features, Fixes and Forecast

Time once again to give you an update about what the PastorsLine team has been doing and a peek into what’s upcoming.

First and foremost—we thank our client partners for their patience and their excellent feedback. Many of the things on our ‘To Do’ list were inspired by your requests. We’re totally pleased because our goal is to shape PastorsLine to reflect what YOU need, not what we think you need.

Here’s an overview of the highlights since last time…

Current App (V1) Updates

While we revamp our app, we know it's important to solve any issues or complete any critical feature requests we promised in our current app version.

Groups: Easier setup

The Situation: You have an integration with PastorsLine. You create a new list or a few new…

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Duplicate numbers: Edit, delete, block, unsubscribe

Edit and delete: PastorsLine has made things simpler. Now, we will show you all the contacts which…

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PCO: Adjusted overnight syncing time

The PastorsLine-PCO overnight re-sync has a different run time from other integrations: 3am PST. This accommodates the…

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Removal of legacy ‘send immediately’ option

The PastorsLine ‘smart syncing’ feature for integrations makes ‘send immediately’ obsolete. Previously: As soon as new contacts…

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Detection of Answering Machines/Voicemail

When sending a voice message, sometimes a human answers and sometimes a machine. Our process for differentiating…

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Elvanto: Groups vs. People Categories

In PastorsLine, you can collect people into groups and give those groups names. So does Elvanto. Elvanto…

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Elvanto: Archived/inactive or deleted contacts

You have marked some Elvanto contacts as archived/inactive or deleted. PastorsLine does not import these contacts.

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Keywords: Release and reuse

There are some keywords which are ‘just right’. You want to use them each time you run…

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Admin plus

PastorsLine recognizes that there is often mobility in church staffs. People come and go. This can mean…

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Filters: Contacts without a mobile number

PastorsLine (PL) is basically a texting app. Thus, a contact’s mobile phone number is a critical piece…

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CCB selective resyncing

It happens on occasion that some groups do not sync successfully. PastorsLine used to notify you of…

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Redirect when logged out

You are logged out. You type in an address (URL) of a PastorsLine page you wish to…

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Disabled integration: preserve history

As you realize, when you disable an integration, PastorsLine removes the associated groups and contacts. This made…

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Group sent statistics

After you send a group message, PastorsLine sends you an email message with the statistics of that…

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Unsubscribe contacts with multiple failed messages

Next to the Undelivered Message icon (red triangle with an exclamation point inside) is an ‘X‘. This…

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Option: Not to be Charged for Incoming Messages

Now, you have the option to switch how PastorsLine charges you for incoming messages. Default option: Pay…

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Polls: New view which doesn’t use Groups

Before: PastorsLine stored the data from each poll under its own tag. There was one tag for…

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Tighter User-URL Authentication

PastorsLine wants to keep your account(s) and data as safe as possible. It is important to make…

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Easily Identify New Imports to a Group

Sometimes, it is useful to know which people you have just imported. So, when you import members…

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Groups: Delete with or without Contacts

Deleting a group has two parts. One part is the group itself. The other part is the…

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Contests: Separate view for each contest

Before As the above image shows, on the Groups and Keywords page, there was one running list…

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PCO: Setting primary number

Since PastorsLine is primarily a texting app, the contact’s primary number should be a mobile number. When…

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Project Revamp: Web App (V2) Updates

While we revamp our app, we know it's important to solve any issues or complete any critical feature requests we promised in our current app version. Here are some updates.

Cost reduction to number lookup/checking

Checking numbers is cheaper. Each check (or recheck) only costs 0.5 credits. Even more of a reason…

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Sending messages: Short code 77411 default

PastorsLine has made it easier for churches who wish to use our dedicated short code when sending…

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HUB: Add someone to a Group

Let’s say you are in the HUB. You want to send a group message, but before you…

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Short/Long code: additional messages and warnings

Due to increased carrier filtering, bulk text messages sent via a long code (10 digit, local number)…

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Move over to the new HUB!

Our HUB has been in beta for over 1 year! (How time flies!) We are beginning to…

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Reprocessing of Failed Messages

To increase deliverability of messages, we have improved our automatic reprocessing system. This notice is relevant for…

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Site feedback bot

On the PastorsLine website, you will see our online chat option (yellow arrow below). Besides asking us…

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Smart Syncing: Improvements

We want to clarify how smart syncing works. The first time smart syncing checks a contact it…

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Carrier Data for Canadian phone numbers

Previously Canadian carriers gave us free access to use our Look-up API. This is a feature which…

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Long/short code reprocessing: Who gets the replies?

Churches are using a short code (or toll-free number) to work around the cell phone provider restrictions….

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Sharing Templates

Make the workloads of everyone in your church lighter by sharing your templates. Creating a new template?…

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Group Message Statistics: easier viewing

PastorsLine has made it more convenient to see the message statistics of your group messages. After choosing…

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Voice Broadcasts: two important updates

Update #1 There is a new voice broadcast module. This article will show you how to access…

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Short code: Current Situation

MAJOR update—the mobile carriers have approved our short code: 77411. We have tested and implemented it in…

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HUB: Sending via the short code

Basically, this is the same process as in Inbox 1.0. It just looks a little different. Get…

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Birthdays: Easier editing

Previously, editing the date of birth (DOB) was only by means of clicking the dropdown calendar. This…

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Signature format: editing bug fixed

The “Reply STOP to Opt Out” option was disappearing when switching back and forth from short codes…

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Importing birthdays (DOB) from CSV file

If your .csv file has a birthday column, it needs to be in MM-DD-YYYY format to import…

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Importing addresses

PastorsLine now allows the importing of address via the CSV upload option, and this information will sync…

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Templates management: update

The situation Sometimes, as you clean something up, another issue is revealed. This is what happened with…

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Templates in the new HUB

Are you are a fan of the PastorsLine Templates feature? Then, you will be happy to hear…

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Major new feature: Voice broadcasts

Even though texting is still the top communication form, there are many situations in which a voice…

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VoiceBroadcast with new HUB

MAJOR Update—Coming soon: voice broadcasts with the New Hub. It’s an improved design with the following options:…

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Links and templates in the new HUB

The legacy app (Inbox 1.0) PastorsLine gave you the option of adding images, merge fields, templates, and/or…

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Organization Settings Page

This new page has not finished its development, but you can begin using it now. Its purpose…

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New Hub (and continuing Legacy App)

So often, duality is seen as something negative (think Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde or multiple personality…

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PastorsLine: New skin

New look We recently re-skinned our legacy PastorsLine app by applying basic UI and UX fixes. This…

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It’s here!

Thanks for checking out our new hub. It’s in early beta testing. We are still working on…

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7 More Days…

We require another week to completed all the modules before we can release it to you.

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Duplicate Handler

Option to handle your duplicate data within PastorsLine 2.0

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