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How to Start a WordPress Meetup in Your Town

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The who, how, when, and why you should start a WordPress meetup in your town - written for WordCamp Wilmington 2017

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How to Start a WordPress Meetup in Your Town

  1. 1. How to start a Meetup in Your Town WordCamp Wilmington • Sept 24, 2017 (And why you should)
  2. 2. slides slideshare.net/laurahartwig
  3. 3. Meetup.com brings people together to do, explore, teach and learn the things that help them come alive.
  4. 4. Meetup.com was founded in 2002 AFTER 9/11 with the mission of bringing people together locally
  5. 5. WHo am i? (And why do I think i know about this?)
  6. 6. Laura hartwig Wordpress developer Meetup member - 6 yrs Meetup organizer - 3 yrs
  7. 7. Grew WordPress Westchester from 300 members to 800 Members in 2 years Started Columbia WordPress meetup in June 2016 - now over 250 members
  8. 8. WHY YOU SHOULD (start a meetup)
  9. 9. LEARNING
  10. 10. Each month (or however often you choose) you have a different presenter or get together.
  11. 11. Topics depend on you (beginner thru developer level)
  12. 12. Not only them but you, too.
  13. 13. Networking
  14. 14. Meet people who compliment what you do ● If you’re a developer - find a designer ● Find SEO people, security people, video people, etc.
  15. 15. Support
  16. 16. Support ● GROUP EMAILS ● POSTING TO MEEUP.COM ● NETWORKING ● SOCIAL MEDIA
  17. 17. FRIENDS
  18. 18. JOBS
  19. 19. Jobs ● Considered an expert ● Networking ● Resume builder ● Take your experience speaking to other venues (get them!)
  20. 20. Improve your ability to speak and to organize events
  21. 21. FEEDBACK (POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT)
  22. 22. HOW TO
  23. 23. JOIN MEETUP.COM
  24. 24. Groups pay a small monthly fee. The head organizer of a Meetup pays a subscription of about $10-15/month, which they can offset via dues, event fees, or contributions from members.
  25. 25. Venue ● CO-WORKING SPACES ● LIBRARIES ● universities ● COMMUNITY CENTERS ● OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM ● Movie theaters (HOW TO get ONE)
  26. 26. Speakers ● Group members ● Go to other tech meetups ● WordCamps ● Google “WordPress” in your town ● Local Website design businesses that use WordPress ● Local business owners that use WordPress for their site (case studies) ● Ask other members to organize meetups (HOW TO GET THEM)
  27. 27. Speakers ● SPEAK YOURSELF ● PARTIES! ● Coffee & wp ● SHOWCASES ● WordPress TV (WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU CAN’T GET THEM)
  28. 28. “I won’t speak unless I know everything about a subject” Speaking is a great way to learn. (Not!)
  29. 29. The WordPress community is helpful. They want to see you succeed.
  30. 30. SPonsors ● LOOK AT THE SPONSORS HERE ● Local WordPress businesses ● BUSINESSES THAT SPECIALIZE IN WP LIKE HOSTING SERVICES ● CO-WORKING SPACES/Venues ● ASK! (HOW TO GET THEM)
  31. 31. Sponsors can help with not only the meetup fees & venue, but also food, swag & discounts
  32. 32. wordpress.org https://make.wordpress.org/community/meetups/
  33. 33. Meetup fees CAN BE COVERED BY WORDPRESS.org IF YOU ARE WILLING TO FOLLOW THEIR RULES: ● Be interviewed ● CAN’T CHARGE ● Regular meetups ● Try to find free venue
  34. 34. Find their rules here: https://make.wordpress.org/community/handbook/ meetup-organizer/meetup-program-basics/
  35. 35. Members ● MEETUP.COM ● PLUG AT OTHER MEETUPS ● ASK OTHER MEETUP ORGANIZERS TO PLUG YOU by sending emails ● ADVERTISE ON SOCIAL MEDIA LIKE FACEBOOK/slack ● HAVE REGULAR MEETINGS ● ASK MEMBERS TO TELL OTHERS ● ASK MEMBERS TO RATE MEETUP ● Adhere to best practices (HOW TO GET THEM)
  36. 36. Best practices ● Announce meetup a month in advance ● Keep a regular schedule (3rd Wed.) ● Have meetups regularly ● Post to multiple places like meetup.com & facebook/slack ● Have partners in crime ● If you’re not using wordpress.org to pay fees, charge small amount to make sure people don’t rsvp and then no show
  37. 37. Structure ● 6PM - NETWORKING & PIZZA ● 6:15PM - INTRO (THANK SPONSORS) & LIGHTNING ROUND ● 6:30PM - PRESENTATION & qUESTIONS ● 7:15PM - FINAL NETWORKING ● 7:30PM - END (OF THE MEETUP)
  38. 38. Topics ● Theme customization /development ● Plugins ● promotion/marketing/seo ● Advanced basics ● Social media integration ● Plugin development ● Making $$$ ● Security ● WordPress 101 (MOST WANTED)
  39. 39. Other ideas: ● Charity Hackathon – WordPress.org has an extensive handbook. ● Coworking/Workalong – have people to talk to when you get stuck. ● Coffee and Code – This easy event can be done in any space where you can get coffee and they have wifi. People can code projects, ask questions, or learn about making their first commit. ● Brown Bag Sessions – This one is a cross between a lecture and a lunch date. You view a video from wordpress.tv and Everyone brings their lunch, and then discusses the topic afterward. ● Workshops – For this you will need someone who is comfortable walking through a project. It can also be helpful to have a few people who are knowledgeable to help out if needed.
  40. 40. Don’t give up
  41. 41. Nepal WordPress Meetup Founded in July 2012 Now has over 540 Members
  42. 42. WordCamp Nepal 2016
  43. 43. Columbia WordPress Meetup Founded June 2016 Now has over 250 members
  44. 44. Thank you! Slides: slideshare.net/laurahartwig WPDecoder.com @LHartwigDesign #wc_wilmington

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