Meetup International

Although Meetup is available in 180 countries, it has now truly become a global company by creating an International Team to focus on the needs of organizers and members worldwide.

The International Team consists of native language speakers and translators, copywriters, product managers, engineers and community specialists, all focused on improving the Meetup experience abroad.

The first step towards healthy international growth is localization. This means making sure Meetup’s content and experience is familiar to local members. To achieve this we hired copywriters in each of the languages we support, in order to develop an authentic brand voice. Meetup and its apps are available in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian and Portuguese.

We also launched Organizer Meetups in Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, BerlinMunich, and Buenos Aires to meet with organizers in person and to create a local resource for organizers to connect, share and learn from one another in their native language.

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Photo of the Berlin Organisatoren Meetup

What do members Meetup about in different countries? Let’s break it down:

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Photo of the Internationals in Paris Meetup

France

Tech Meetups are the #1 trend in France. The largest Meetup is Growth Hacking in Paris. The oldest Meetup group in France is the American Expats in Paris, created in 2002.

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Photo of the Barcelona ARTivities Meetup group

Spain

The #1 topic in Spain is Language Exchange. 50% of all Meetup groups are in Barcelona. The most active Meetup group in Spain is Plan B in Barcelona, which offers fun cultural activities like hikes and weekend trips. There are over 300 Meetup groups for Language Exchange.

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Photo of the Rome Explorers Meetup

Italy

It’s no surprise that the #1 category in Italy is Movement and Politics. Other popular categories are Tech and Language Exchange. Italy’s oldest Meetup group is Roma English as a second language. 65% of registrations in the last month have been made by female members.

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Photo of the Munich Lego Serious Play Meetup

Germany

Tech, Socializing, and Career/Business are the top three categories for Meetups in Germany. Berlin is the city with most Meetup groups (over 1,000) followed by Munich and Hamburg. Germany’s oldest Meetup group is The English Stammtisch.

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Photo of the Language Exchange Sao Paolo Meetup

Brazil

Brazil: Almost half of all Meetup groups in Brazil are in the Tech category (48%). Other popular categories are Career/Business, Language Exchange, and Socializing. The biggest Tech Meetup is Net Coders in São Paulo. In the last month, 73% of registrations have been by female members.

“It is fascinating to see how Meetup is used in the different countries: people meet face-to-face to learn new technologies, to practice languages, to start small businesses, to improve their environment, to discuss political issues, to support each other… everywhere in the world, we see communities where innovation, optimism, entrepreneurship and collaboration dominate; enable people to change their society.”  — Odile Beniflah, International Product Manager

This is just the beginning of Meetup’s international mission. The team works continuously to improve the voice, product and experience for members worldwide. Stay tuned for more news and announcements.

When it comes to email, less is more

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Over the years, email has been our main way of letting you know what’s going on. Sometimes there’s a lot going on. So we send a lot of email. Not only is a lot of email annoying, but it also makes it harder to find what’s really important to you.

We get it. We’ve been working on it. And we’re making some changes.

Get less email in a smarter way

We’re working to crack the code to keep your inbox clearer without you missing out on what you want to see. To start, we’re rolling up suggestions and announcements so you’re not seeing each one separately.

See the latest news when you need it most

Now you’ll always see what’s most important right away—like a venue change, timing update, a message from your organizer, or comments posted while you’re still meeting up. The Meetup app lets you see these updates as push notifications. Without the app, you’ll still see the latest as emails while on the go.

Expect to hear less from us very soon.

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Each quarter we host an all staff meeting and family style lunch at Meetup HQ with select local organizers. It’s a fireside chat moderated by Meetup’s CEO and co-founder, Scott Heiferman.

This past week we heard about the fantastic Meetup journeys of three organizers: Ria from Blood Ink: A Horror Writer’s Collective, Josh from Texpats NYC, and Bridget from the Irish/British Genealogy Meetup group.

This was a quiet moment right before things got started.

Thanks to all three organizers for stepping up, telling their wonderful stories, inspiring their members, and being an inspiration to us too.

 

Announcing Meetup Pro

Putting the power of Meetup to work for Organizations

For years, companies and organizations have wanted to use the Meetup platform to build community around their brand. Today, we’re thrilled to announce a new product offering that allows companies to meaningfully engage with their fans and followers in real life: Meetup Pro.

Meetup Pro helps organizations transform their audience into a community. Now organizations can manage, grow and measure face to face engagement with their fans and followers.

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With Meetup Pro, organizations can now:

  • Launch Meetups in towns and cities around the world under a centralized account
  • Visualize Meetup activity on a single responsive webpage showcasing their growing communities as well as who’s hosting

Coming soon:

  • Analytics and reporting that help visualize key network metrics based on member engagement and activity
  • Tools that allow community professionals to communicate with local Meetup leaders and members to spread good news, provide support, and gather feedback
  • The ability to sort member information based on different behaviors or activity levels, and view individual member profiles

Along with targeted promotion within Meetup’s network of over 20 million members, we offer a decade’s worth of learning about what it takes for in-person communities to thrive.

Building community is our mission. We’re excited to help organizations with similar values develop a deeper level of engagement with customers, fans, and followers, forming meaningful connections to create real communities.

If you’re interested in how Meetup Pro can help you, contact us at partner@meetup.com or go to meetup.com/pro for more information.

Introducing Meetup’s Apple Watch app

Making Meetup easier and more fun to use on mobile devices has been our top priority for 2015.

Today we’re excited to introduce Meetup’s Apple Watch app, which has the most important information about your Meetups where and when you need it most: at a glance, on your wrist.

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The app allows you to RSVP, see who’s attending, browse your Meetup groups and receive notifications. Tilt your wrist to:

  • Get notified of last minute Meetup time and location changes
  • Find out when a spot opens up on the waiting list
  • Use the map to find your way to your Meetup

Download Meetup for iOS on your iPhone here. If you have Apple Watch, the new Meetup app will automatically show up. You’ll find it featured by Apple on launch day.

Not an iOS user? Get the Android app with support for Android Wear here.

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Celebrating opportunity at the first-ever Tech Meetup at the White House

Adapted from Scott Heiferman’s introduction at the Tech Meetup at the White House on Friday, April 17, 2015 #WHMeetup

We are invited to the White House today because the people in this room are forging the future in a non-obvious way.  People here are opening doors for people who are opening doors for each other.  (I stole that line from Seth Godin, and I love it.)

And speaking of doors, Megan, thank you for opening the doors to the White House to us today, and for seeing the potential in people. You, your team, and the President are making a difference by hosting us today.

We are here to talk about opportunity. To see and imagine how Tech Meetups will create more opportunities for more people.

There are 30,000 Tech Meetup organizers in this country and we’ve gathered 50 of the best here today.  These Meetups help people get training, get jobs, get funding, launch businesses, and help companies take off. They inspire and change lives.

I became a Tech Meetup organizer a couple years after we started Meetup, the platform. (Meetup was used by people like Illinois State Senator Barack Obama in his run for the U.S. Senate. Whatever happened to that guy?)  Meetups were booming, but there weren’t many Tech Meetups.

I was inspired to start the NY Tech Meetup having heard that Steve Wozniak (Steve Jobs’ co-founder) said that if there were no Homebrew Computer Club, there’d be no Apple.  Homebrew was a community where you could demo technology. It gave them opportunity. Maybe Silicon Valley wouldn’t be what it is today without that community back then.

So I started the NY Tech Meetup, and at our first Meetup, only one person showed up. I asked her to be my co-organizer.  Her name was Dawn Barber, and she helped it grow in its early days to where it is today, with over 40,000 members.

Dawn is here today. Dawn, you created opportunity for people.

Now there are Tech Meetups everywhere, and I’m so excited to see you all here, from Alabama to Alaska—poised to grow your local tech economies. I’m excited to see all of you.

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Meetup Messages just got better

No more guesstimating your Meetup’s whereabouts. Now you can share your location privately through Messages with just one tap. No address? No problem. Meetup mid-hike, in the park, or at the afterparty. Open the map to find directions and be on your way—you’ll never be waiting on the wrong corner again.

Available now on iOS and Android.  

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Meetup gets serious about design

We’re declaring it: 2015 is the year of design at Meetup. This year, we’re rearchitecting Meetup for a lightweight, personal, mobile experience, and design is at the heart of that effort. It’s an exciting time to be a designer at Meetup HQ.

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The design team takes Halloween seriously

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Fairer Meetup price plans

Since we first started charging Organizer Dues in 2005, we’ve had one plan, set at one price. Whether you run a 20 member Meetup or a 5,000 member Meetup, to date you’ve paid the same Organizer Dues for the same set of features. Starting this January we’re introducing new Organizer Dues plans, with the aim of making Meetup fairer for communities big and small.

As part of this rollout, we’re excited to introduce a lower-priced Basic plan for smaller scale Meetups. In addition to our Basic plan, we’re rolling out an Unlimited plan. The Unlimited plan allows Organizers with larger communities to manage them with ease. As a third offering, we plan to add a Premium plan with advanced features for even bigger Meetups in the future.

Basic Unlimited Premium
$9.99 per month $14.99 per month Coming soon!
Up to 50 members Unlimited members
Up to 3 co-organizers Unlimited co-organizers

Our new price plans will call on organizers of larger Meetups to pay a little more, while organizers of smaller Meetups pay a little less. By matching group size to price point, we hope to establish a fair playing field that opens the door for even more Meetups. We hope this helps us help everyone, everywhere, to grow the communities they want and need.

Learn more about our new plans here.

President Obama joins Meetup in the fight for net neutrality

Yesterday marked a big win in the battle for the internet—President Obama issued a statement publicly supporting net neutrality. Not only did the President come out in support of net neutrality, he came out in support of the strongest possible version, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. The President urged the FCC to reclassify consumer broadband services as telecommunications services under Title II of the Communications Act. This reclassification would arm the FCC with the strongest possible tools to protect an open and free internet, allowing them to prevent the blocking and throttling of internet traffic, as well as fast lanes and paid prioritization.

Over the past several months hundreds of technology companies and investors have been advocating for strong protections for a open and free internet, and we’ve been proud to count ourselves among them. We met with the FCC, submitted comments in support of net neutrality, and participated in the Internet Slowdown to make our voices heard. The Meetup community rallied with us, contacting their lawmakers and submitting comments of their own. Now the White House has joined our ranks.

This is a big step towards defending net neutrality, and we’re grateful for the President’s leadership on this critical issue. But the fight’s not over yet. As an independent agency, the FCC will ultimately have the final word, issuing a ruling of their own. Having the President’s support is huge, but we need the FCC to listen. Now more than ever it’s important to take a stand, and speak out for what we believe. Share and celebrate the President’s statement, join the conversation on social media, and stand up for what we know is right. Help us keep the internet open and free—we’re getting close.