Create a Meetup group that attracts the right people
Ready to start your Meetup group? Here are a few tips for creating a successful group.
Create an inviting name
Your Meetup group’s name is an invitation to your future community. Make sure your future members feel welcome and know what you’re all about.
- Be specific. Make it easy for everyone to know they’ve found their home here.
- Use accurate adjectives, locations, and action-oriented verbs. Ex: Bearded Hikers of NYC or Seattle Boat Lovers
- Use words that reflect who you are or who you want to be. e.g. Girls Who Code
- Keep it short — what if your new community wants team shirts someday?
- Avoid using your own name — your group is for your community, not just you.
- Spelling counts — check for typos. Unsure? Download Grammarly.
Craft a captivating description
Be clear and authentic — this builds trust with your future members.
- Why are you starting this Meetup group?
- How does it create community?
- What do you want people to take away from your events?
Let them know what this group is going to do for them, and what they need to do for it.
Choose the right topics
The topics you choose when you’re making your group are what we use to locate your future members. Choose the topics that best relate to your group. Having too few or too many unrelated topics will make it hard for the right members to find it. You’re limited to 15 total, so use them wisely.
Be real and welcoming by giving your members a clear picture of what they’re signing up for.
- Upload a cover photo — if you have a logo ready to go, use it. If not, choose something else that represents your group’s identity (and you!). Try a free stock photography site like Unsplash or Pexels until you have some event photos of your own.
- Schedule your first event right away — that way, when members join, they’ll be able to attend and get involved from the beginning.
Congrats! You’re ready to start your Meetup group.
Once your group has been reviewed and approved, we’ll look for members that have expressed interest in the topics you selected. Those members receive an email announcing your group, and they’ll be invited to join right away.
Take a second and make sure you’ve said everything you need to say. Your announcement is your first impression in the world — make your mission clear.