In 2019, we’ve ramped up our efforts to help our community grow their own local Webflow communities. Their enthusiasm and hard work has brought a lot of success! Read on to hear from some of our organizers about the highs and lows of running Webflow Meetups — and how they’re tackling both.
In support of growing the Webflow community, we published a guide on how to start your own Webflow Meetup. I was thrilled to receive several messages from Webflow community members interested in starting their own meetup.
Thanks to our dedicated organizers, we’ve seen a lot of exciting growth in the Webflow community. During this first quarter of 2019:
- The community rallied together and helped it grow from 4 meetup groups to 33
- Our Webflow Meetup members grew from around 1,500 to nearly 6,000
- Austin had 44 attendees at their first Webflow Meetup
- Tel Aviv had 80 attendees at their January Webflow Meetup
Being an event organizer can be tough, but it’s also very rewarding. We gathered some honest thoughts about running a Webflow Meetup from some of our new and experienced organizers.
Wellington Webflow Meetup group
“It takes quite a bit of time to organize on top of my normal day-to-day work, but the meetup is definitely a labour of love. I genuinely see the value attendees get from it.
When people RSVP and don’t show up, it’s a bit frustrating and throws all the planning out whack. I had 3 leftover pizzas at our last meetup — while I was trying to cut down on carbs. :)
There are a lot of great reasons to host. One reason is the learning and connection that happens when people share projects, tips, and tricks. And the most valuable aspect of the Meetup is bringing people together with a shared passion.”
–Connor F., Wellington Webflow Meetup Organizer
Pro tip: Ordering food
To avoid leftovers, buy enough food for half of the amount of people that RSVP to your event. If more than half of the people that RSVP attend, it could be an incentive for latecomers to arrive earlier the following month.
Austin Webflow Meetup group
“It’s scary to organize everything alone. Sometimes I wish I had someone locally to co-run the Meetups with. Coming up with new ideas and topics, scheduling, and finding speakers is a bit daunting.
But for the most part, everything has worked out well. It’s been good to meet the Webflow community in person — I’ve always wanted something like this in Austin. The online community is so supportive and amazing, so I’m stoked that Webflow is getting us out from behind our computers and into one room.
Our first meetup had a great turnout, which tells me I’m not the only one who’d been looking for a chance to connect. The Webflow team sent over some swag, helped put together meetup assets, and has been really supportive of all their organizers. I’ve even had some local speakers step forward to give talks!”
–Dina W., Austin Webflow Meetup Organizer
Pro tip: Finding help organizing your next event
There are several ways to get help organizing your next event.
My first suggestion would be to rely on the Webflow Meetup Slack channel for help. It’s a great place to get ideas for your next theme or topic and event get help finding a speaker. My second suggestion is to reach out to me directly on Slack. We can hop on a short video call to brainstorm ideas and figure out something for your next event.
Lastly, I would suggest finding a member of your community who shares the same excitement about Webflow as you do — probably someone who regularly attends your events. Invite them to help co-organize the meetup and gain the same Webflow perks in return.
Pittsburgh Webflow Meetup group
“Using Webflow as a design tool has been one of the best decisions I’ve made this last year.
Running the Pittsburgh Meetup has had its ups and downs. Pittsburgh has a small community of users — generating buzz and finding speakers has been challenging. Designers in the area are either hardcore programmers or WordPress users. Attending happy hours and other networking events is my goal for the second quarter of this year.
Introducing something new in a closed-minded community will always be hard. But I won’t give up and will continue to pursue building a large community of visual designers.”
–Brandon M., Pittsburgh Webflow Meetup organizer
Pro tip: Introducing Webflow to your community
Webflow is still fairly new to the Web Design scene compared to other platforms like WordPress, WiX or Squarespace. It makes sense that some design communities haven’t heard about us. Yet.
But introducing Webflow to your community is the most exciting part about starting your own Webflow Meetup. You have the opportunity to show designers the magic of no-code visual development, the speed at which you can build something for the web, and help answer any questions when comparing it to other tools.
San Diego Webflow Meetup group
I’ve been running my own meetup, off and on, for over 3 years. I’ve had anywhere from 2 to 20+ people show up. Regardless of the number, I thank each person for using their free time to join our community.
I’ve learned that consistency is a key factor in growing a community, so I always do my best to show up and be available to help. The Webflow community has always been near and dear to my heart and I’d be thrilled to have you join us or create a meetup of your own.
Join our community
If you’re interested in attending a Webflow Meetup, take a look at our newly redesigned events page. If there are no upcoming events in your area, check for a Webflow Meetup near you. Don’t see one? Consider starting one!