6 Ways to Convert Groupon Visitors and Drop-Ins

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When is the last time you went on a date? Even if it was a while ago, you probably remember the experience well. Lots of small talk and some awkward pauses as you got to know one another. If you liked your date enough to want to see him or her again, you went on a second date. If you didn’t, you probably went on to date someone else.

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Why do we bring up the topic of dating? It’s similar to how your drop-in and Groupon visitors are dating your studio. These single-visit students come in, check you out and decide if there’s a reason to see you again. This sounds obvious, but the problem is that many studio owners fail to give their single-visit students a reason to stick around. When that happens, they miss out on a golden opportunity to convert them into members.

If this sounds familiar or you think your conversion rate could be better, here are six strategies to help you convert your single-visits into long-term members.

1. Invite Single Drop-ins to Become a Member

Make your single-visit students feel like they matter by inviting them to join your community. Yes, this is a simple suggestion, but verbally inviting them to join is something many studio owners fail to do. And just like our analogy about dating, if you don’t ask for the second date, you won’t get it.

2. Offer Special Benefits

Make being a member an attractive option by offering exclusive member-only benefits. Try the following:

  • Complimentary member-only monthly events
  • Two free guest passes per month (this also helps generate referrals)
  • Discounts on merchandise and workshops
  • Priority class reservations
3. Offer a First Month Special Rate

Catch and convert your drop-ins early by offering an attractive first-month membership deal that auto-renews at the regular monthly membership rate. Use your member management software to automate an email with an offer that triggers after a drop-in or Groupon user’s first class.

4. Provide Low Commitment, Flexible Options

Capture the commitment phobic by offering short-term memberships, like those with three or six-month terms. Also offer a generous cancellation policy, so members don’t have to worry about being locked-in when their life changes.

Offering flexible memberships is another way to move people away from single-visits while still giving them choices. To make this work for your studio, figure out how often your drop-in students come to class. Then build memberships to match the most common frequencies. Here are some examples:

  • One class per week, or five classes per calendar month
  • Two classes per week, or eight classes per calendar month
  • Three classes per week, or nine classes a month
  • Unlimited classes per week and month
5. Enforce Groupon Terms and Expiration Dates

Sell more memberships by being firm on Groupon terms and expiration dates. Sure, we know your passion is to help people get healthy and fit, so being a stickler about terms and expiration dates might not seem all that important. After all, if they’re eventually using their Groupon, they’re working out, right? But the problem is that by being lenient on expiration dates, you’re undermining your ability to sell memberships. And memberships are ultimately the best option for helping people get healthy and fit.

6. Make Being a Member Easy

Sign and keep new members month after month by making it easy to be a member. After all, if paying you each month is a hassle, your members will eventually cancel. To ensure that doesn’t happen, automate your billing and payment processing so your monthly payment collection is done automatically and behind the scenes. Once you set a new student’s membership to auto-renew, it will be billed and charged on their credit card automatically.

Converting your drop-ins and Groupon students isn’t hard, it just takes putting a few key strategies in place.


While Groupon can be a great way to get new members in the door, be careful about continuing to give these individuals a discount. To learn more about how discounts can end up hurting your business, get your copy of our free Boutique Fitness Benchmark Report.

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Shilo Lucyk

Shilo Lucyk

In her spare time Shilo enjoys teaching yoga classes, doing CrossFit® and reading anything she can get her hands on.

0 responses to “6 Ways to Convert Groupon Visitors and Drop-Ins”

  1. Gary Settles says:

    These ideas work in theory but not much more. In my experience, most Daily Deal customers are tire kickers, looking for access to services but don’t want to pay full price as their thinking is: ‘ I’ll just find another deal for a similar business after I use my current Groupon or Living Social’.

    They love the service and won’t miss a session during the time of the Groupon. At the initial orientation or within their first few visits, I’ll also introduce the membership options. They’ll nod and such but like clockwork they disappear after their voucher is used completely.

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