We want to help you focus on building community, not on logistics. So we’re making it easier to find and book a great space for your Meetup. Eligible organizers can now reserve small and medium sized WeWork spaces online in under a minute.
And it’s free for a limited time. (Yes, really!)
Here’s how it works:
1. Go to your Meetup group page on the web. (Coming soon to iOS and Android apps.)
2. Choose "Book a space" in the dropdown that appears when you click "Plan a Meetup."
3. Browse beautiful WeWork spaces based on your schedule and desired amenities like projectors, whiteboards, and wifi.
4. Reserve a space and get connected with a WeWork Community Manager, who will help finalize the details of your perfect Meetup.
5. Schedule your Meetup. Show up with your members to the beautiful WeWork space and do what you do best. Enjoy free refreshments like coffee, tea, and spa water.
Hosting at WeWork is currently available to eligible groups near participating WeWork locations. If you are not yet eligible, we'll notify you when the program is available for your Meetup group. We're expanding to new spaces in new cities, and including more Meetup groups every month.
Thousands of organizers like you have already hosted Meetups at WeWork. Members love the community atmosphere. Organizers love the ease and support. And yes, it’s free for a limited time.
Learn more about Meetups@ WeWork:
Instantly book WeWork space for your Meetup
Smile! You have new tools to make your group cover photo and (coming soon) featured event photos look great on the page.
Now when you upload a group cover photo or (coming soon) featured event photo, you can easily crop and position the image so that it will fit nicely into the 16:9 space. Grab the crop lines from any corner to best frame your photo.
This tool is currently available on web and mobile web.
Crop and position photos
No one likes spammy or low quality discussion threads. To help address that problem, we’re launching a new feature that gives you more control over your Meetup Group Discussions. Flip the toggle 'on' if you'd like members to be able to start a discussion. Or, toggle it to 'off' so that only organizers and the group leadership team can start discussions, limiting members to reply only.
Currently the default ‘on’ setting allows anyone, including members, to start a discussion. You can change this anytime by toggling it to ‘off.’ As an organizer, having the ability to limit who can initiate new threads gives you more control over the quality of your Meetup Group content.
Further details about this feature:
- The option to reply to a thread will remain open no matter the toggle position
- Only organizers and co-organizers can enable and disable the toggle
- Anyone in the leadership team (including assistant organizers and event organizers) can initiate a thread even if the toggle is set to 'off'
Learn about more ways to manage Group Discussions.
More control over Group Discussions
We’ve heard from you that the new layout of your group homepage makes some things harder to do. So we improved it. Now you’ll find two clear drop-downs on your Group homepage. Use Manage Group to access top features for organizing like email members and edit settings, and Plan a Meetup to schedule from scratch, or use new shortcuts to copy a past Meetup or finish a draft.
We want to make it as easy as possible for you to manage your community, and to make your Meetup Group’s purpose and key info immediately clear to visitors. What we’ve updated:
- Quick schedule tools: Use the “Plan a Meetup” dropdown to copy a past Meetup, edit a draft, or start from scratch, right from your your Group home.
- Easy access to key tools: Your most important tools–including Email Members, Group Settings, and Money–are now consolidated into your “Manage Group” dropdown.
- Cleaner “About’ layout for your Meetup Group: We’ve tweaked how your Group’s key information is presented so that it’s clear and digestible to anyone visiting your Group, and easier for them to share with others on Social Media.
Enhancements to your Organizer Features
If you’re an organizer, check out this article for the tools you need to edit your cover photo, schedule a Meetup, and find other useful features organizers use to build successful Meetups.
Here are a few more tips for navigating the new design:
1. Go to your group page
2. Choose Meetups
3. Select Calendar from the top right
Discussions vs. Message boards
The new Discussions tool helps you get conversations started. Initial posts are limited to 140 characters, and replies have no limit. Discussions sync between the web and mobile apps for a more seamless experience. It’s a great spot for members to brainstorm what to do next.
You can also continue to access the old Message Boards on your group page. That feature only exists on the web.
1. Select More
2. Choose Message boards
Managing member payments
If you’re an organizer, you can continue to manage all member payments from your group’s Money page.
1. Click on Manage Group
2. Choose Manage Money
Looking for something else? Many of the features that were located at the top of your group page in the old design are now accessible via More in the redesign. This includes: Message boards, Mailing list, Polls, Sponsors, and Stats.
Navigating your redesigned Meetup
We know how important it is to manage your attendees and encourage accountability for people who don’t show up. If you didn’t know, before your Meetup, you can keep your attendee list accurate by adjusting “Going", "Not Going" or "Waitlist”. We've had a few recent additions to your Attendee Management Tools as well.
No-Shows is Back
The ability to mark 'no-shows' is now available in your Attendee Management tools on Web, Android, and iOS.
"Search or Add Attendees:" New on Mobile
Managing your guest lists just got a little easier: we added “search and add attendees” to your iOs and Android app tools. Now, you can filter, find, and add anyone from your Meetup group, rather than just the people who have RSVP'ed. Find the option in each of your Meetup RSVP lists.