Comparing the Five Best Studio Software Consumer Apps
There’s no shortage of yoga studio software solutions out there, and one thing is for sure: the top software providers are intensely competing for your business as a studio owner.
So how do you know which of the “best” software really is the best? How can you know what business to trust to run your studio? Better yet– how do you know which software has an app that will uplevel the consumer side of your business?
We put together a comparison of five of the best studio business software apps for consumers so you can make an informed decision for yourself.
MINDBODY is used by a variety of fitness and wealth niches including gyms, personal training centers, salons, spas, dance schools, and yoga studios. It’s a cloud-based club management software capable of appointment scheduling for the needs of small to midsize businesses. It includes a consumer app that puts your studio in front of people who are looking for you.
Scheduling with waitlist management
Appointment booking through Facebook
Automated scheduling of email, texts, and online bookings
Membership management– notifications and alerts, targeted marketing campaigns, etc.
Staff management– check-ins/check-outs, payroll management, calendar integration
Very popular app, so many yogis are already familiar with it
Great for managing daily tasks
Plenty of useful features
The app saves your business once potential customers have found you so it’s easy for them to come back again and again
Online training available to better understand how to use MINDBODY products
Way over-priced and loyal customers are not grandfathered into old rates when prices rise
The software is not intuitive nor user-friendly and offers features that many users don’t even want or need
The consume app isn’t exclusive to your studio and also promotes your competition to potential customers
Questionable customer service
Price: Packages start at $129/month
Conclusion: MINDBODY’s consumer app does not help you uniquely market your business, but it does help get your studio name out there.
2. Zen Planner
This is a member management software for gyms, affiliate gyms, martial art schools, MMA schools, and fitness studios. There is a consumer app that many users find helpful.
Includes integrated payment processing and automated billing
Self-service kiosk iPad app
A consumer app for Android and iOS devices
Scheduling, automations, workout tracking, belt and skill tracking, site templates, and more
Integrated, mobile-friendly websites with in-house management
Digital marketing funnel features
No contracts or startup fees and pricing of software is based off your number of active members
The app enables class details and signups, pay portal, community building, and workout tracking.
Software is clunky, complex, and not very intuitive
Does not yet integrate with credit card machines nor retail sales and payment functionality is lacking
The app is not uniquely branded for your studio– it promotes Zen Planner rather than your studio.
Price: Packages start at $117/month
Conclusion: The studio app is useful and multi-functional but does not help much with your marketing, plus, many business reviews reveal Zen Planner has a poor consumer experience.
This is a cloud-based business management software for salons, spas, and fitness studios. The consumer app allows potential customers to search for services, compare results, and book an appointment.
An integrated solution to bookkeeping, payroll, client databases, and inventory management
Automated email marketing as well as email and text notifications to clients
Users can search for your facility and book appointments through a web portal or mobile app
Both businesses and customers can create profile pages through Vagaro to connect with one another
Customizable reports with graphs and charts to track business performance
Easy solution for small businesses and solopreneurs
Very affordable and has a mobile app capable of managing payments
Offers branded check-in app and useful forms feature
The business app allows you to manage class bookings, accept payments, sell products, and automate some marketing
Not a great software for businesses with several employees
Merchant processing is limited
Search function prevents you from being the only business clients interact with
Your business is not uniquely branded on the consumer app
Price: Packages start at $25/month
Conclusion: The app is pretty powerful and has more functionality than MINDBODY or Zen Planner, but it’s still branded as Vagaro and the user end still promotes you alongside your competition unless you’re willing to shell out more money to come up higher in search results.
This is a cloud-based business management system for wellness studios of all sizes. The consumer app does just about everything that Vagaro does.
Online booking, payments, class scheduling, and marketing management
Capability to send automated reminders to clients about class
An online store that enables users students to register, pay, and buy retail products
Automated marketing campaign features for emails and text
Consumer app compatible with both Android and iOS devices
Intuitive and user-friendly
Capability to easily manage multiple locations
Many customizable features
Customers can write reviews about your studio in app
App offers competitive rewards program
Issues with glitching and slow load time
Lacks integrations with third-party tools
Search function prevents you from being the only business clients interact with, and again, is branded for Wellness Living and not for your individual studio.
Price: Packages start at $39/month
Conclusion: Again, a powerful app with many useful functions including loyalty rewards, but not branded for your unique studio– so you have to be ready to compete with other local studios in this app.
We are a cloud-based yoga and fitness studio management solution for small and midsize businesses that enables users to schedule classes, appointments, events, and workshops. Unlike other software, the consumer app is branded for your unique studio.
Scheduling similar to Google Calendar
Website integration so customers can sign up and pay directly from your website
Branded mobile app for customers and a business app for remote backend software use
Custom visual reporting with clickable graphs
Built-in social features to encourage referral marketing
Affordable, intuitive, multiple location management, and user-friendly for both customers and staff
Visual reporting that’s both easy to understand and identify trends
Branded for your studio– not the software –and built-in marketing features to grow your business
ClassPass integration should be anyday!
Key integrations such as Mailchimp and Loyal Snap are anticipated for September 2019
We’re not super cheap like Vagaro– because we offer so much more!
Price: Packages start at $100/month
Conclusion: The app not only boasts the basic useful features, but it also cuts out the competition by branding specifically for your unique studio– not fitDEGREE. After all, your studio experience online should be just as branded as it is in the studio. This option is like no other studio software out there!