We get asked a lot: “Why would we choose you guys and not Meetup?” The truth is that for a lot of groups, as they expand and get bigger, they get frustrated with Meetup. Here’s a few reasons why OpenSports is a much more valuable sports specific solution than Meetup:
OpenSports really is the full package that organizers can rely on, covering the full gamut of features that pickup, drop-in, and open play sports organizers need. If you still have apprehensions about switching platforms, in the words of a very happy customer who made the switch, “the bandaid has to come off eventually”!
Throughout North America, the UK, Columbia, France, Australia, and New Zealand, we have hundreds of Sport and Social Clubs and pickup/drop in sports groups. Some have thousands of members, some have fifteen. Common sports that are organized through the platform include: soccer, volleyball, flag football, basketball, badminton, kickball, cornhole, pickleball, hockey, cycling, running, and many more!
Many of these groups have a few things in common. For one thing, they are existing sports and recreation groups that have a thriving community of regulars that come to their events. These are organizers who are so devoted to their groups that they will spend weeks testing and getting to know our web and app platform, before they joyfully and convert with a huge sigh of relief!
To learn more about the stories of these groups moving from Meetup to OpenSports, as well as which features really set us apart to them, read here.
1. Chicago Fire Recreational Soccer
Here’s one of the announcements Dan, the founder of Philadelphia Volleyball, made on Meetup, about switching platforms:
Check out SOPFC’s Pickup soccer page on their website to see how they embed OpenSports events onto their web page.
To create a group on OpenSports, just click Create a Group on web. Then you’ll need to create events and invite your members to your new group! Read here on three easy steps to facilitate the transition!
“Out of 150 new people joining (through MeetUp) every season, we may see 60, of the 60 maybe 30 come out 3 times and maybe 10 come out 6 times and 4 become ‘regulars’ that attend 10 or more times a year.” — MU Organizer of a Paddle Group in Florida
Based on conversations we’ve had with MU Organizers, there is a distinction between retaining all members vs. retaining ACTIVE members. Most MU organizers have been able to migrate about 90% of their active users to OpenSports, because those are the people who want to continue participating in events no matter what. Most MU organizers don’t care about the inactive lurkers anyways. Just bring on the regulars!
Changed our whole sports club operations. Fewer No-Shows, handled memberships and payments all in 1 place. A wonderful messaging system as well. — Jeremiah Thomas, Doylestown Pickleball
Since switching over to OpenSports, management has become so easy, members are happy with the fairness and automation that’s built in, and collecting payments has become a breeze. — Pittsburgh Badminton
That’s it for now! ✌️
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