We just put out our second Groupon at the yoga studio where I teach.
If you have a small business I think Groupon is a cool way to spread the word. Groupon is something you sign up for and it comes in your e-mail box almost every day when there’s a deal in your area. You have about 24 hours I think to purchase the deal, then it closes. We received a decent response from the first Groupon so we thought we’d try again. This one was a different offering. An offering of 24 classes for $24 with a six month expiration date. Our response has been crazy. So much that I actually had someone teach for me last night.
I know. That’s pretty lame. I taught 3 classes on Monday and in between each class all I did was this. Answer my cell phone and return e-mails and texts from Groupon folks. Tuesday was pretty much a rerun. I only had one morning class on Tuesday. After that I spent the rest of the day returning calls and e-mails. I picked the kids up from school, I made dinner and did a little grocery shopping too. Twice on the last one because I forgot something on the list like I always do. Classic Kirsten style. By the time my evening class came around I was exhausted. I was supposed to teach at 6, but I let someone else do it for me. I was spent and needed to wind down.
The phone has not quit ringing yet. I decided to put up a Groupon holder information page on our website to help with all of this talking. It’s working. People are e-mailing and sending a text message to reserve their spot in class. Cool. I like it when I have decent ideas and they actually work!
I am off from teaching all day tomorrow. Good deal. I will be able to use my cell here at the house instead of while I’m walking in to teach a class or driving down the road. It’s amazing to see so many people interested in yoga. I’ve been teaching a FREE class at the studio for two years now and though that class is large, it’s nothing like the fall out from the Groupon. We sold a total of 448 and that’s quite a few. I had no idea there were that many people in our area even interested in the practice.
One of us even received a phone call about whether nude yoga classes were available. Not the first time that’s happened. I think if anyone out there is interested in starting a nude yoga class, there’s a niche for it. It might just be the million dollar income you’ve been looking for. Don’t look for me to be teaching that one, but you just never know. I might show up in your class.