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How to Grow Your Meetup Group1541

Forum Owner Belew private msg quote post Address this user
On Dec 31st of 2014 I had 4,837 members in my network of Meetups.

On Dec 31st of 2015 I had 17,670 members.

I almost doubled the number of members in my Meetups from 4,837 to 9,188 ...

and I partnered with another Meetup owner in June who's Meetup membership grew from 5,632 to 8,482 members during those 7 months.

What caused the growth spurt?

I have a simple strategy that I apply to my Meetups that is the same strategy I apply to everything I do.

1. I do a LOT of Meetups.
2. I make them the highest quality I can.
3. I offer them regularly.
4. I have been doing the for a long time.

I don't think I can expect the same kind of growth for 2016, (I hope they do) but if they did grow at the same clip....

My Meetup membership will be .... 12,560
My partner's membership will be ... 12,938 (his is growing faster than mine).

For a combined membership of ... 25,498.

That's a big number.

Abt 40% of them are members of more than one of our groups. Even so... that's over 15,000 members.

What would you do if you could reach 25,498 people?
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Forum Owner Belew private msg quote post Address this user
I did another calculation based on growth over the past 2 months.

If the same growth rate continues throughout 2016 ... the membership will reach 26,515 instead of 25,498. Not that much difference.

Curious to know a year from now how my calculations played out.
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Member morrnel private msg quote post Address this user
Have you weeded any members out that are no longer interested? Of the groups I current "belong to" i would like to un-join at least half. Doesn't appear to be an easy way. Is unsubscribing sufficient?
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Forum Owner Belew private msg quote post Address this user
@morrnel

Go to the group you want to get out of. Click on your profile. Then click on leave group. It's easy.

I know that people are no longer interested and many belong to more than one of my groups.

They can leave the group or opt out of getting emails.

From my perspective I have more opportunities to reach out to them.

I have tried to segmentize my Meetup groups into specific kinds of marketing...and I try to be more relevant with my topics.
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Member Tonyyakovlev private msg quote post Address this user
@belew

I've just started with meetup (you know, this Palo Alto Startup Run group). We'll see how it all works out )
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Forum Owner Belew private msg quote post Address this user
If you start one group you can start 3.

Have you thought of the other 2 yet?
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Member Tonyyakovlev private msg quote post Address this user
Well, of course I can. I just want to go step by step, and first make the first meetup. I never did anything like that in US. Only in Russia, and I believe it's very different.
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