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Guidelines for Members Uploading Photos to your Meetup

This post is an edited version of a message board posting on Nashville Hiking Meetup.

Your Meetup site is a great place to upload and share photos after events. There are a few things to think about before members upload every photo from your recent event, though. These guidelines can be shared with your membership:

  • Please pick the best photos you snapped to share on the meetup event; don’t just upload every one you took. If everyone uploads their 50 total photos from an event, just think how long it would take to look through an entire album? And your five photos of one cool wildflower is just too much when you add all the photos up.
  • As of this writing, the meetup site does not allow you to rotate images after you’ve uploaded them, so please do that on your hard drive ahead of time. I know; annoying.
  • Feel free to post links in photo comments to larger online albums such as Flickr, Picasa, Facebook, etc. A post such as “I’ve uploaded my entire album to my Flickr account here…” is totally fine.
  • Please do not upload blurry photos or images that turned out low quality.
  • Organizers have the full right and ability to delete photos that are inappropriate, low quality, repeats, etc.

 

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If you want to borrow my audience…

With running a meetup of over 4,500 members, I receive many requests to promote other organization’s events and fundraising initiatives. I get it. You want to borrow my audience.

Just keep several things in mind:

  • Your offer must be relevant to my audience.
  • Realize I have companies and organizations paying Nashville Hiking Meetup to be a sponsor. How would it look to give you free promotion? I’d be happy to send you a quote for becoming a sponsor.
  • If I decide to promote your efforts, make it easy on me by writing posts (email, Facebook, Twitter) in my voice and in the appropriate format. Don’t just attach a PDF press release that I have to extract content out of.

Questions?

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Five ways to Recycle Content to Promote your Group on Social Networks

I love the connections that I’ve created between my main meetup site and outside networks such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr (and I don’t necessarily mean technology connections). I used to lament that if I wasn’t able to post on the social tubes about a new event on my meetup, then I didn’t have anything to “talk” about.

That all changed when it dawned on me that I have tons of content that can be recycled or reused. Over the years members have uploaded thousands of photos to Nashville Hiking Meetup. Why not post some of the favorites from the past to Facebook or Twitter? I’ve posted almost 60 videos to our YouTube channel. They may not be new to me but with us adding 2.4 members per day on average to Nashville Hiking Meetup, those older videos are new to many people.

Here are five ways to reuse or recycle content:

  1. Post a photo of the day on your Facebook page. Simply grab a photo’s URL from Meetup.com or Flickr or wherever and post it on the social networks. As an extra added bonus, be sure to credit the photographer.
  2. Post video clips from YouTube from your previous events. If you’re not already shooting and uploading short videos (under two minutes is my recommendation) then definitely start shooting or ask one of your members to help you out.
  3. Post links to newsworthy items on your Twitter or Facebook. I set up Google Alerts to email me when certain keywords are found in news articles, press releases, etc. If I think the story would be relevant to my members, I’ll post the URL on our social pages along with my comment on the article.
  4. Automate postings using a tool such as RSS Graffiti, which continuously monitors any RSS or Atom feed and will post anything new to your walls.
  5. Create a publishing schedule and “pre-post” items out in the future using a product such as RavenTools. I love Raven because I can schedule posts days or weeks ahead and I know even if I’m away from my computer the social networks still get fed.

What are some of your ideas for recycling content in order to feed the social networks? Let me know in the comments.

See Kelly Stewart’s Google+ profile.

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Advice on running social events

Recently the management team at Chattanooga Hiking Meetup announced their first social event after hiking together for over a year. This is a great milestone as it shows that members of a hiking meetup want to get together socially.

I emailed the team a few tips on prepping and running a social event:

  • Get people talking about the event ahead of time by posting friendly notes on the event page such as: “Hey, great to meet you on the hike. See you at Big River!”
  • Cross-post on the Chattanooga Hiking Facebook page as well as inviting your friends who aren’t yet members of CHM. Send emails and Facebook notes to your friends who aren’t members saying “this is the best event to meet other members before getting out on the trails with us.”
  • If you send new members welcome messages when they join, include a note like “We’re having monthly socials to get to know each other informally. Our next social is 9/13 and details are here: http://www.chattanoogahiking.com/events/31475952
  • Try to set a consistent place to meet at the restaurant or bar so you can tell your members “we’ll be by the big stuffed grizzly bear.”
  • Work with the venue ahead of time to get drink specials or free appetizers (this gets easier as you have more events and know your typical attendance numbers).
  • Leaders can wear something noticeableand consistent like red shirts and let folks know ahead of time “our trip leaders will be wearing red shirts.” We’ve had fun with this at picnics where all the leaders wear sombreros, for example:

    Nashville Hiking Meetup trip leaders wearing sombreros at recent picnic

    Nashville Hiking Meetup trip leaders wearing sombreros at recent picnic

  • The most difficult thing for new members is meeting the first couple of people. Keep a watch out for folks with that lost look and offer to introduce them around at the event.
  • Speaking of which, don’t be afraid to delegate ambassadorship to another member. You guys are the bosses, so if you feel comfortable, don’t hesitate to introduce a new member to one of your friends and ask them to introduce the new member around.
  • Keep having the social at the same venue until people get tired of it, which they will. Start shaking things up by going to different places and maybe creating monthly themes. We’ve done events at bars, restaurants, a MINI car dealership, outdoor gear retailers, park picnic shelters; we’ve had food bank collections, fundraisers, and used book collections, etc.

Do you have any tips on running social events for your meetup or group? Let me know in the comments.

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How to create a new photo album on a Facebook fan or business page

August 4, 2011 update! Facebook has put back in the ability to create a new album at the time you upload a batch of photos:

The NEW upload photos function, showing the ability to create an album.


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Frustrating, I know, but sometime after March 2011, Facebook removed the “Create Album” button on the photos feature of the fan/business page. As of this post, seemingly you can only upload photos to your Wall Photos album on your fan page (remember I’m talking about a fan page, not your personal profile page). Note, I’m using “fan page” to represent any sort of business page that you administrate on Facebook.

I finally figured out a workaround and like most tricks, is very simple:

  1. Go to your fan page (like http://www.facebook.com/nashvillehiking) and click on the Photos button (usually under your branded image in the left hand column):

    The Photos link usually found in the left column of your fan page

    The Photos link usually found in the left column of your fan page

  2. Click Upload Photos in the upper right hand corner of your page:

    Upload photos button

    Upload photos button

  3. In the resulting dialog box, click Try the basic uploader:

    The Upload Photos dialog box in Facebook

    The Upload Photos dialog box in Facebook

  4. For some reason, the basic uploadergives you the ability to add an album. Here, name your album. Then add a location if you like:

    The Create Album form in Facebook

    The Create Album form in Facebook

  5. Then upload at least one image to your new album.
  6. Once you’ve created this new album, you can then add new images to that album without using the basic uploader.

Does it work for you? Please leave me comments below.

 

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