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How to attract new members
I have started an expedition group based in London. I have no members currently and only have a small group of people I know within my social circle who would be interested (to boost initial numbers)..
How do I improve my exposure to the group?
My aim would be to have 10-15 regular members who could join once or twice a month.
How have you managed to go from 0 to more than 100 in a month?
I have a huge audience of over 8 million people in London so surely I can reach them better.
Ensure you choose the right topics to describe your group, think outside the box and don`t necessarily limit it to just that subject, eg people who are interested in expedition might be also interested in travel etc. If you use twitter, Facebook or Pinterest let your friends and contacts know about the group there. Think about whether you are going to charge for each Meetup, this can result in cutting down the number of no shows, a constant problem that most organisers face
Also, talk about your group in whatever forums relate to your group's interests.
When I first started my group I had NO members. I did the following:
1. Printed up Meetup cards with the name of the meetup and personally gave them to people I met who I thought might be interestd.
2. When I started having events, I ALWAYS printed a meetup sign and brought it with me and either hung it up or brought it in a small frame and kept it on the table. Curious people would ask about it and then I would hand them a card.
3. When people join, I would always post a greeting and personally invite them to attend the next event.
Once your group starts growing, it will start to grow faster. It's kind of like investing, it's slow at first, but once it starts growing, it seems to grow quickly. Good luck!