Step 3: Create your Webflow Meetup event
Now that you’ve created your Meetup community, you’re ready to create and plan an event!
Here are some things to keep in mind:
Finding a space
Coworking spaces are a great choice — you get a venue sponsorship and they get promoted through exposure and social-media love.
WeWork provides shared workspaces and they own Meetup.com — Meetup organizers can use their space for free! Learn how to book a space in one of their participating locations.
If there are no WeWork spaces in your area, you’ll have to get more creative. I would suggest finding a coworking space with WiFi, a TV you can connect to, and capacity for around 15 people.
Designing the format
Hosting a Meetup gives you the freedom to design your own format — one that meets the unique interests and needs of your community.
If you’re not sure where to start, here are a few ideas that might inspire you:
- Portfolio and project reviews: Invite group members to showcase their portfolio site or latest works in progress. Allow presenters 5 minutes to introduce themselves and explain their project’s goal and target audience. Open the floor for questions and feedback.
- Hands-on Webflow workshop: Teach attendees how to build something easy in Webflow, like a simple blog, interaction, or design. You may need a couple assistants to help, depending on your group size.
- Guest speaker and lightning talks: Invite group members to speak on a relevant topic for five minutes. Encourage them to learn some public speaking skills. Follow the lightning talks with a guest speaker come in and talk for 30 to 45 minutes.
Let’s be real: it won’t always be easy
Before you host your first Webflow Meetup, let’s talk about common challenges you might face. We share these in the spirit of solidarity and support — we know you’ll host a successful Meetup regardless of any obstacles.
Creating community is hard
I started my own Webflow Meetup three years ago and there were definitely times I felt like giving up. I learned to be patient and focused on my goal — to create a community of web designers excited to learn more about the craft of web design, versus hosting just another networking group.
Logistics aren’t always easy
After the first couple Meetups, I switched locations several times because the coworking space could no longer host or they increased the price. I learned to “roll with the punches” and luckily, WeWork bought Meetup and we now use their space for free.
Your numbers may not meet your expectations
Numbers don’t matter when it comes to Meetups. Creating a valuable and memorable experience for attendees doesn’t require a full house. In fact, a smaller group can elicit stronger connections, more engagement, and repeat visitors — who hopefully bring friends!
Connor Finlayson, New Zealand's Webflow Meetup organizer, made a video sharing his experience and challenges.
Keys to a memorable Webflow Meetup
Here are a few of the key things to keep in mind as you prepare for your first meetup:
- Cultivate real relationships — regardless of group size. It only takes a few passionate, engaged individuals to build a community. Whether you have 2 attendees or 200 — your role is to make sure everyone feels welcome, safe, and heard.
- Empower your community. Each Meetup should be an opportunity for everyone to meet new friends, learn, and grow professionally.
- Be honest and constructive. Celebrate and support great work happening in your community. If someone is being rude, discuss and handle the situation with the individual privately and thoughtfully. Refer to Webflow's community guidelines for more information.
- Be thankful. Just like our Customer Success Manager, Waldo, always says: have an attitude of gratitude. When you genuinely care for your community members, people will notice, value, and spread that same attitude. They’re also more likely to invite others and grow your group.
- Have fun! Find ways to make each Meetup interesting and fun for everyone.
We’re excited to help you build a community that's passionate about making a better web. Questions? Find me on Twitter.