Kelly StewartI’m Kelly Stewart, and I run two meetups in Tennessee: Nashville Hiking Meetup and Chattanooga Hiking Meetup. Because of the success of the former (3,800 4,200 5,200 members and average of five events per week as of this writing), I get many requests for advice on managing and promoting a meetup. This blog is meant to be the documentation of success tips, what has worked, what hasn’t, and applies to more than just meetups. Many of the tips are applicable to overall social networking, promoting conventional websites, email marketing, event promotion, and partnering with like-minded organizations.

Hope you enjoy.

Contact me at kelstew@gmail.com.

Claire Sale says:

Hi Kelly – Thanks so much for compiling this resource! I am the community curator for NetSquared and part of my job is to help launch and sustain meetup events for people interested in using technology for social change in 50+ cities around the world. This website is an excellent resource for our organizers – thank you!

I’d also encourage you to check out the Community Organizer Handbook Wiki. It’s a tool that we started to compile resources for our network, but quickly realized that it’s useful to all organizers around the world. You’re welcome to use it or add to it, of course. Here’s the link: http://organizershandbook.wikispaces.com/.

And – if you want to connect directly, shoot me an email. It’d be great to hear from you.