(updated 19 January 2021)
If you are an event host and managing events around the whole year. You must have used Meetup.com
You have used it because it was good enough to bring traction to your group and it has a feature which you can use to connect with your meetup group members via email.
But recently meetup has increased its monthly subscription fee.
That happened because WeWork took over on meetup and not they are trying to get their money back.
Although you are looking for an alternative to meetup because you don't want to pay these hefty fees.
So here is the list of 9 Alternatives for Meetup which you can use.
What are the best alternatives to Meetup.com? Specifically, what sites like meetup would have automatic event messaging capabilities built around a social community core?
Have you tried Bylde? You can start a group with just a few clicks. There are tons of features that will empower you to become an established community chief in your niche. You can email your group members, you can start discussions and host virtual meetings, you can limit the number of attendees in your event, and much more.
One of it’s customer feedback is “It’s F**king easy”
They have built it on mobile-first so you can actually do pretty much everything on your handset instead of going online.
Also, they don’t have a registration form. Everyone who joins in Bylde comes from authorizing their social profiles. So Basically you will only see genuine humans no bots or fake profiles.
Try it Bylde
Eventbrite is a social platform used for hosting and registering for events and is one of the most popular Meetup alternatives. In a few simple steps, you can create an event, set up seating and ticket pricing, and then put the word out using social media to draw a crowd. Users can also register for events, using Eventbrite’s search engine to find events close to them, of a specific type, or within their budget. Though Eventbrite isn’t necessarily intended for regular group meetings, it can still bring people together with similar interests. It also makes it easy to sell tickets and keep track of fees, all online.
To learn more about Eventbrite, check out our course on Eventbrite.
Groupspaces is an alternative to Meetup which functions as a group-coordination and event-planning website. You can create a group, post online membership forms, and collect membership dues from group members. You can easily create email lists and manage your subscriptions, and archive everything from your group meetings online. Groupspaces makes it easy to create events and synchronize them with your calendar and Facebook events. You can even sell tickets to your event online.
OpenSports is a sports-specific meetup platform that’s available on the web, and as an app on iOS and Android mobile devices. It’s used for organizing and registering for pickup and drop-in sports events. Organizers create public or private groups, set up events, and send invites for events to players in their group. The discovery tools in OpenSports also allow local players to find and join groups and events they are interested in. OpenSports makes it easy to recruit players for different positions, collect payment online, create memberships and discount programs, and write waivers when the legal need arises. It even has an advanced automatic wait list system for people wanting to get in on a specific event or group.
MEETin, like Meetup, is a website that was created with the purpose of using the Internet to bring people together from all over the world for fun, free events. MEETin is run entirely by volunteers, so you never have to pay membership fees; the only costs associated with using it are small fees dependent on the type of gathering you were participating in (for example, the cost of a meal if you were meeting for dinner). You can look for events near you by choosing the major city you are closest to.
Foursquare, another Meetup alternative, is a website that helps you find the best places to eat, shop, or visit in any city. What’s more the information is given to you straight from people who have actually been there. You can choose a category of what you’re looking for, and then read reviews from other users. Just choose a location, and see what there is to do around you. You can also read about the experiences of other people who have gone before you, so you always know exactly what you’re getting into before you go.
Citysocializer is a social media app available on Google Android and Apple iOS devices that helps you find cool social gatherings going on around you. Like Meetup, it focuses on face-to-face interactions rather than online connections. As you attend more events, your network will grow, and you’ll be invited to even more events. It’s also a great way to see what’s going on in a new city, or find great places in your city that you may not have known existed!
Start a group. You can also make it public, or private (via invite only). They’ve tweaked their events where your friends select if they’re ‘interested’ in an event. This means your friends are receiving notifications but haven’t committed to RSVPing yes.
You may try NING.com — the biggest platform for creating social communitites (2+ million communities powered by us) of all types.
Would I have automatic event messaging capabilities built around a social community core?
Yes, yes, and again yes.
1# step: You can create unlimited quantity of events
2# step: You are sending invites by uploading list of emails
3# step: You hit the button “Send” and Voila! mails are broadcast-ed
I have listed few more options if you wan to consider:
- AllEvents.in — Free Event Discovery Platform. Learn, Grow And Meet Like-Minded People At Events
- GroupValley — Free — make friends — create/join local activities and chats
- Bookwhen — Group booking system
- Eventpeg AUD 12.00/yr for each group. Full featured event manager.
- NING — has event messaging around your social community
- OpenSports — meetup for sports. Helps you run your pickup/drop in sports group with event management, payment, waitlist, refunds, discounts, communication (event chat), etc!! And Free. Amazing interface
- Meeting Star — Lightweight alternative, focused on ease of use and social sharing
- Far or Near
- EventNinja // Dead Link as of 20171024
- Hashmeet with one Moto meet right people just the way you think #SaveYourTime
- http://www.SmartMoneyMatch.com/events for events in the finance industry
- Peoplegogo create a community around a common goal and attract people and their skills
- LaBOLA aim you to connect with other players near you, to enjoy sports.
- https:labola.jp (for Sport) With big community only in Japan, mainly soccer, futsal, tennis
- Round Media Platform