Why Meetup.com -- with Sallie Goetsch

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Sallie Goetsch (organizer of the East Bay WordPress Meetup) explains how consultants can benefit from joining and starting meetups.

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Why Meetup.com -- with Sallie Goetsch

  1. 1. Bits and Bytes BACN www.bacnetwork.com
  2. 2. What Is Meetup.com? • An online tool for offline networking. • “The world's largest network of local groups.” • “Meetup helps people find others who share their interest or cause, and form lasting, influential, local community groups that regularly meet face-to-face.” BACN www.bacnetwork.com
  3. 3. To Find a Meetup • Go to Meetup.com. • Enter your Zip Code and the distance you’re willing to travel. • Choose a meetup type or enter a search term. BACN www.bacnetwork.com
  4. 4. There Are All Kinds of Meetups BACN www.bacnetwork.com
  5. 5. A Few Local Meetups BACN www.bacnetwork.com
  6. 6. Why Join a Meetup? • To Network • To Learn • To Have Fun BACN www.bacnetwork.com Members 15.92 million Meetup Groups 142,319 Countries 196 Monthly Meetups 315,827 Monthly RSVPs 2.07 million Meetups Happening Now 2,890
  7. 7. Start Your Own Meetup BACN www.bacnetwork.com
  8. 8. Why Start a Meetup? • Position yourself as a thought leader • Force yourself to become a thought leader • Meet potential clients and people who can refer you to them • Meet people you can refer clients to • Give back to the community BACN www.bacnetwork.com
  9. 9. East Bay WordPress Meetup BACN www.bacnetwork.com • Started 2009 • 853 Members • 10-50 people per meeting • 62 Meetings • Organizer: Sallie Goetsch • Format: Intro, Q&A, Presentation • ≈50% of presentations by Sallie
  10. 10. Conclusions 1.Yes, it’s work. 2.No, I’ve never regretted it. 3.We meet the third Sunday of the month in Oakland, if you want to come. 4.BACN has started a Meetup.com site to attract new members. Feel free to sign up to help welcome them. BACN www.bacnetwork.com

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