Knowing the details of how to stream a live service and/or do a rebroadcast service can be confusing. This is where Stream Monkey comes in to help. I don’t work for Stream Monkey, but love their passion for helping churches. Here are four questions only a streaming live service expert can answer (responses by Nicholas from Stream Monkey):
How can Stream Monkey help a church setup a church online experience?
Through the years, Stream Monkey has been able to capture the needs and desires of our clients. If we listen, we hear. If we hear, we can create something that our clients want. Stream Monkey’s platform provides a back end client dashboard that enables them to manage their streaming assets, live or on-demand. We provide a super easy way to then embed and monitor the streams. Our various analytical report packs help the client to adapt and develop their own content to better the experience for the user (viewer). Over time, Stream Monkey continues to research and develop tools and features that can be utilized to engage and enhance both management and experience with reliability. Beyond that, we can help integrate the content into a third party online campus, abounding with numerous other ways to engage with the user. Stream Monkey doesn’t want to stop at a product or technology; we want to culminate an experience for the user by delivering a solution, not just content.
How much should a church expect to pay for streaming their services online monthly?
There is a range depending on the need. Obviously if you build a personal budget for utilities and necessities, those numbers are based on the amount of what you need. You will need more gas for your car if you drive more every month. We are structured like a utility. We start low, $50-$99/month and grow with the client as needed. We provide 1 year term commitments to alleviate the need to pay overages monthly. Monthly allotments can get away from you, so we provide an annual bucket to pull from all year long. But, our biggest difference from anywhere else is our support and reliability. Our on-call support wait time is non existent, and our up-time is through the roof. We can handle entry to enterprise level plans and support.
What would you say to a church thinking about streaming their services online? Any advice?
Thinking about it? Form a plan on your end. Think of your goals and vision for what you want to accomplish. This technology is designed to work for you, and not the other way around. Then, come to someone like us and you’ll learn that we can come alongside that plan and make it happen. Advice? You’ve got a message that you want to deliver and engage your user with. That’s your most precious asset. Make sure to choose a path that will make your delivery a success. The more consistent you are at doing that, the more your viewership will grow. I worked at a church for almost a decade. We were able to take an online congregation of maybe a few hundred people to 4,000 in just a couple of years by simply being consistent and designing an experience that was just for them, as if they were another campus or venue. Stream Monkey sees our clients the same way. The more consistent we can be and the better experience we can provide you, the more successful you can be in the very same way to your congregation.
How did Stream Monkey get started? What is the vision of Stream Monkey?
Stream Monkey started as an answer to a call. The call came from churches wanting a simple, consistent streaming company that offered decent support. The founder and I worked together at a large church in the Orlando area and came in contact with these other churches in need constantly as our department was giving away what innovation we had been developing. We still had our full time commitments to manage as well, and as a church, we couldn’t handle their hosting needs. That just wasn’t in the scope of our budget. So, Chris (the founder) decided to do a one-off project. He then formed the company. We went to play golf together one day and I pitched my idea of helping him take this to the next level…basically to two clients! That’s how we started, and our vision, at a basic level, hasn’t changed that much. Stream Monkey wants to provide a simple, working solution to improve the experience of our customers. We want to do this with a one by one customer experience, but be able to scale with ease so that we can support the masses. I feel, 3 years later, we are still doing just that and doing it in strides! Our support has proven itself necessary and Stream Monkey wants to continue developing and innovating as far as we can go.
Thanks Nicholas and the entire Stream Monkey team for all you do for churches.
You can learn more about Stream Monkey at www.streammonkey.com.