Are you a community manager and live in area with a number of other community managers & social media types? Would you like to see them more? Well lucky for you, there’s this handy new Community Manager Meetup.com page.
TheCommunityManager.com is looking for community managers in cities across America (and the world) to get together and do whatever you’d like to do. Have presentations by local businesses doing amazing things in social, have happy hours and tweet ups, schedule seminars, do case studies about your work and have others provide insight and in person, or anything that would enable you to take all of those amazing online relationships, offline. Meetups can be as frequent as you’d like them to be. Maybe once per month, or once per quarter – whatever works for your area. Bigger cities may have bigger populations of social media folk, but don’t count out small towns with dedicated people!
How to Get Started
Go to meetup.com/CM and search for your city. If it hasn’t been started already, then start one! For example, our friends in Los Angeles have already started their own #CmgrLA page (www.meetup.com/CM/CmgrLA), and have also created a Facebook group for all those in the area (if you’re in LA – Request to join here).
You’re more than welcome to continue the #Cmgr title for cities like #CmgrSF, #CmgrBoston, #CmgrDenver, etc. The names of the meetups would also serve as good Twitter hashtags surrounding your events, but that’s just our idea in order to be consistent across the US (..the world?). Feel free to get creative if you’d like! Own these events, they’re yours!
Are you international? We’d love to have you start this as well. I think a #CmgrIndia or #CmgrUK sounds pretty awesome, and there’s no limit to what you can do. (Just remember to invite us Americans over from time to time!)
After you’ve had your meetup, write up a short re-cap of the event and post it on TheCommunityManager.com. For an example, take a look at #CmgrChi‘s most recent get together. Let others know what your group is doing, and cities across the country can share best practices and ideas. Maybe instead of happy hours, presentations, and speakers your group decided to go out and volunteer for a few hours on a Saturday. Meetups don’t have to be limited to professional development – they can be about building relationships in your own city and personal development as well. And most importantly – take pictures! Show off your community members!
As always, if you want any help getting started, feel free to contact us here at TheCommunityManager.com. We look forward to seeing what you come up!