Thinking of Moving your Meetup group to OpenSports?
If you’re planning on moving from MU, here’s a site that’s been working for others and some easy steps to facilitate your move
As an organizer myself, I have experienced the same frustration with Meetup. I stopped using it and was searching for a long time to find an alternative (which ended up costing me a lot of members from my group). Then I found OpenSports. I actually reached out to them and eventually I got an internship with them so I could have my input into how they ran their site so that I didn’t have to go through what I did with Meetup.
OpenSports is free to join as a member AND an organizer, only takes 5% + $0.30 transaction fee (compared to Meetup’s 8% + $0.50), and helps build actual relationships within groups. I noticed with my Meetup (and others) that the group would have thousands of members, but talking to organizers, most of those members were inactive. Whereas with OpenSports, members of groups are way more active (smaller groups, higher activity), which creates a more personal feeling.
I know there are many different alternatives, but I think OpenSports is the best (from my perspective as an organizer). I hope you will check it out: https://opensports.net/
You will love it! Jake
What types of organizations are using OpenSports as an alternative to MeetUp?
Everywhere from swimming and basketball groups in the UK, to big racquet sports facilities Illinois, to pickup soccer and basketball groups in Chicago, Germany, Massachusetts, Philadelphia, Florida, Alabama, and Toronto!
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!
Worried about losing your 4000 MU members?
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!
As for the cost of being an organizer on OpenSports, as Jake indicated above, it is much more affordable than MeetUp. There is no cost to sign up or create groups. You can read the post here for a quick breakdown of the transaction fees when you collect money through the two platforms.
🌟Get started + Helpful Tips
To create a group on OpenSports, just click Create a Group on web. Then you’ll need to invite your members to your group, explained below! Here’s our recommendations on how to facilitate this whole process:
- Make a thoughtful announcement to your members that explains the situation and why it is necessary to move from MeetUp.
2. Collect as many email addresses of your group members as you can if you don’t have them yet (Tip: you can use Google Forms to collect them).
3. Create your group on OpenSports and start sending invites through:
- Email addresses;
- The drop-down list of suggested local OpenSports users;
- The group URL with your own unique code (watch the video, below on how to do this in 20 seconds!)👇
4. Keep growing your group: Increase group visibility online (and get more members and event attendees) by posting your events on FB, Instagram, and Twitter.
Other Relevant Concerns
🗓 I have years of group history on MU. Can I transfer all of my past activities and photos?
This is one of the toughest parts of leaving MU, after building a group for years and years and years. We are currently working on streamlining the process of transferring your activities and photos from Meetup to OpenSports. This particular process will take some time for us to develop, but is a priority this year and we would love to see your group grow with us!
Our Support 🏋
We provide all the tools needed to launch, maintain and grow your Group! OpenSports Organizers always get access our one-on-one support because we basically never sleep! Just let us know how we can help and we will chat til the cows come home :)
That’s it for now! ✌️
I’d love to hear from you at email@example.com :)