Meetup Updates

Meetup update · September 4, 2017

New for Meetup: Use Zaps to Upload Photos to Event Albums

In events as in life, a picture is worth a thousand words. With the latest update to the Meetup-Zapier integration, you can set up Zaps that automatically upload photos to a Meetup album. For example, upload a photo to Meetup when you like a Tweet, or add a new photo...read more
Meetup mention · August 8, 2017

101 Smart Ways to Use Social Media Automation for Sales and Marketing

Social networking is perhaps the easiest way to waste your day away. You can scroll through Facebook and Twitter all day and still not read everything that’s posted. Try to be friendly and reply to everyone, and you’ll quickly decide that social networks are a Rube Goldberg machine...read more
Meetup mention · March 3, 2014

Meet the 28 New Apps on Zapier Plus a Free Email Parser

Time after time, you've told us that you love Zapier when it supports the tools you use. When it doesn't do so, it's cool, but ultimately not useful. In January, we revamped the Zapier Developer Platform to make it easier than ever for anyone to add an...read more
Meetup update · February 15, 2014

Hook Meetup to Hundreds of Apps to Automate Event Marketing

28 Apps in 28 Days: Every day this month, we’re launching a new connected service on Zapier. Meetup helps groups of people with shared interests plan meetings and form offline clubs in local communities around the world. As of today, Meetup is now on Zapier, meaning you can plug...read more
Matthew Guay
Reviewed by Matthew Guay
Last updated September 12, 2016

Starting a group about anything can be surprisingly simple online. What formerly would have required a want ad in the local paper or a flyer on a community center's bulletin board now only requires a post online.

If you're already got a large community, perhaps you could just post your meeting idea on a social network and get people talking about it. But how would you start a new group when you don't already have a group? And either way, how would you make sure everyone knows about the group's meetings, gets notified if the event changes, and can see what's happened in previous events? Or how would you find a new group if you want to just join in with likeminded folk?

Meetup is a tool for all of that. Open their site, and you're first greeted with popular meetups in your area. You might find a hiking group a bit out of town, a writer's gathering that meets down the street, and much more. These meetings and groups are sorted by recommendation, with a preview of the group's cover photo and member count. Or, you can view them on a calendar to join in a group that's meeting this week.

Each event page looks a bit like an older Facebook profile, with a sidebar that lists stats about the group (its organizer, members, number of meetups, and more). There's a group description in the center of the page, followed by a list of upcoming events. And in the top right, there's a Join us! button to join the group. Depending on the group, you might also find a message board with discussions, photos of previous groups, and pages with further details about the group and its meetings.

Groups are organized by categories—and sometimes, there's no group for that category even through people are interested in it. Those groups will show up on the main Meetup page with their name in plain text and no background photo. If that group sounds like something you want to start, just tap that not-yet-existent group to start it up yourself. Or, to launch any other group, just click the Start a Meetup Group link in the top of any page.

New groups don't require much to get started. Just select a hometown for your group—nothing too precise, just your general area—along with up to 15 topics to describe what your meetups will be about. Add a name and description, then choose the plan you need for your meetups.

With that out of the way, you can start using the rest of Meetup's features, adding the same features to your group that the other pages have. You can schedule meetups, and decide whether or not to charge fees for membership in your group (many charge a small fee to cover Meetup's costs, or perhaps for the event venue). People will start discovering your meeting through the Meetup search and its recommendations, and you can spread the word on your own. And, once it's time for a meeting, you can message members to remind them, schedule recurring meetings to run regularly, and even invite others to help manage events. You can then share photos and more after the event to keep your community engaged with your Meetup page.

Running a community is hard, so Meetup makes it simple to manage its administration. All you'll have to do is run the events and keep people excited about them—Meetup will handle the rest.

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