We use a service that automatically calls all of the members of our organization for updates and even cancellations. It has a feature to send out either a text or voice call. You can record a message, or type it in and have a computer voice say it. It is nice, but I think an app would better serve most members of the group. Instead of a phone call or text message, I think that push notifications to an app would be better. I looked into mobile app development in Chicago to see what could be made for our group.
Schools, churches and even government organizations use automated call services to send out information to large groups of people at once. Phone calls seem ancient now when comparing to texting or app usage. I wanted to not only make it easier and quicker for members in the group to get the information, I wanted to make it quicker to send. To send a message that was both voice and text, I had to be at a computer. I could record a message and send it from my phone, but that left out the text option many people liked. I would prefer to be able to communicate immediately with the group using an app. Sometimes info needs disseminated immediately, and I am nowhere near a computer. However, I always have my phone with me.
The goal was to create an app that could be used by managers and leaders to send information and another app to receive. We wanted to also include a way to offer feedback from the group. Anything from pressing a button to respond and volunteer to opting out of participating in an announced event or need. Only an app could do that. When I looked for a place that does app development in Chicago, I found a company that could code everything we wanted into a fully functional app.