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A Free Alternative to Grouply

*Updates on 27th April 2012 to reflect GroupSpaces’ new pricing plans.
In light of the recent shut down of Grouply, we realize that many group managers have been left looking for a suitable alternative! If you were a Grouply user looking for a replacement, we think we have the perfect solution.

In response to all your enquiries, we’d like to say hello, welcome and tell you more about how GroupSpaces can be used for running your group with a quick guide to using our site; we truly believe GroupSpaces is the best alternative to Grouply and will solve all your problems!

We’re Free
Firstly, GroupSpaces is entirely free for groups with fewer than 50 members, and there’s no obligation to pay at any time unless you add more than 50 members, or would like to use some of our premium features. Even then, pricing starts at just $3.99 a month should you be willing to pay in advance up front!

Easy-to-use Group Management Tools

GroupSpaces helps you take all your group-management tasks online into one easy-to-use set of tools.

You can use GroupSpaces to:
• run your own free customizable website or integrate features with an existing website
• run a professional group mailing list with targeted lists and easy handling of subscriptions and bounces
• manage a membership database online, keeping everything together and updated
• organize and promote events – sending invites, collecting RSVPs and selling tickets
• take payments for different types of membership fees and set up an online shop
The best place to get started would be to create a group and play around with our different features to see what works best for you. We also have a tour of our features  and a support section to answer more specific questions.

Especially for Group Managers
While many other sites focus primarily on the users, GroupSpaces was built with the managers and organizers of groups in mind to provide a set of easy to use, comprehensive tools to manage your members, events and site all from one place. This is our speciality. If it sounds like something for you, then I hope you’ll check us out. If you already have your membership database exported and want to migrate from Grouply to GroupSpaces, it is extremely easy to get started right away and import your database to GroupSpaces.

Get in touch!
Thank you to everyone for the interest and messages we have received, please feel free to get in touch with us at helpdesk@groupspaces.com if you need any other help, information or to give us feedback.

Looking forward to hearing from you,
Sam
Community Manager, GroupSpaces

A Free Alternative To The New Meetup

In light of the recent updates to Meetup.com, we realise that many organizers have been left with a site that no longer satisfies their needs. In response to all your inquiries, we’d like to say hello, welcome and tell you more about how GroupSpaces can be used for running meetups with a quick guide to using our site.

Firstly, it’s FREE to create a group on GroupSpaces: http://groupspaces.com/a/group/. Please create a group, play around and try out all our various functionality. We’re free for all groups with under 250 members & pricing starts at $8 / £5 a month for up to 500 members.

Similar to Meetup, we offer:
• A website/home for your site that is customizable. You choose the colors of everything from tabs, to background, to text. Our layout feature lets you pick from ‘recent forum posts’, ‘featured events’, ‘members’, ‘event calendar’, photos, videos and other content to display on your home page. You can also remove the adverts and use your own custom domain.
• Easy event management: e-mail invitations where members can RSVP straight from their e-mail as well as online, RSVP tracking, sending reminders/info to members who have RSVP’s ‘Yes’ / ‘No’, comment on events, sell tickets through paypal, limit event registrations
• Forum: Create multiple categories, opt-in to e-mail notifications of replies to your post or limit access to the forum to the organizers or a sub-set (list) of your members
• Mailing List: full control whether members can reply-all
• Member Profiles: members can message each other and link to twitter, linkedin and other pages
• Collect membership dues: integrated with the rest of the site, with easy tracking of who has/hasn’t paid
• Photo gallery – upload, comment on and view photo galleries. Additionally you can add photos and images to pages, newsletters, events and the homepage.

Extra features we provide which Meetup does not have, include:

• Facebook event integration: import or export events to Facebook easily for maximum event promotion
• Member database: store details & separate your members into sub-groups using lists
• Customizable newsletters: easy templates for a professional, consistent look
• Wiki: great resource for member driven knowledge base

Features Meetup has which we’re planning to add in the future:

• waiting lists: we have full RSVP tracking, ability to limit who can RSVP to events as well limited event ticket functionality, but no specific waiting list feature – UPDATE: coming very soon!
We’re working hard to make our site the best we can and we actively prioritise new development of our product in response to feature requests. So if there’s something you feel is missing, let us know and if enough people want it, we will try hard to make it happen.

HOW TO: Move your Meetup group to GroupSpaces:
1. Create and customize your group
2. Copy over your meetup information to pages in your group and your group profile
3. Invite your members to join by sending them the link to http://www.groupspaces.com/yourgroupname/join
4. Create your next event and add an event box to your group homepage
Members can quickly create an account by ‘Connecting with Facebook’ or by creating a full GroupSpaces account.
While many other sites focus primarily on the users, GroupSpaces was built with the managers and organizers of groups in mind to provide a set of easy to use, comprehensive tools to manage your members, events and site all from one place. This is our speciality. If it sounds like something for you, then I hope you’ll check us out.

Thank you to everyone for the interest and messages we have received, please feel free to get in touch with us at helpdesk@groupspaces.com if you need any other help, information or to give us feedback.

All the best,
Irina, Community Manager, GroupSpaces

P.S. We have a Meetup FAQ here in response to questions we’ve received & have noticed that there are discussions of new meetup and alternatives happening here: http://groupspaces.com/FormerMeetupOrganizers