• Your group's topics should describe your group in a word or two. Specific topics help interested members find your group. You can edit your group's topics from your group's homepage. 

    You can add topics from any platform, but it's only possible to create a custom topic on a desktop computer. Your group can have a maximum of 15 topics.

    Edit your group's topics

    Desktop and mobile web

    1. From your Meetup group’s homepage, select Manage group.
    2. Select Edit group settings.
    3. Click the Topics section.
    4. Enter a new topic into the field or select relevant topics from the suggestions.
      • Create your own topic by typing it in and clicking Create this topic (desktop only).
    5. To remove a topic, tap the X.
    6. Select Submit or Save.

    Android & iOS Apps

    1. From your Meetup group’s homepage, tap the gear or three dots in the upper right-hand corner.
    2. Tap Group Settings (this will open your group settings page in your mobile web browser).
    3. Tap Topics.
    4. Enter a new topic into the field or select relevant topics from the suggestions.
    5. To remove a topic, tap the X.
    6. Select Save.
    How do I edit my Meetup group's topics?
  • Having a cover photo is a quick simple way to brand your group. Having a cover photo will help your group be more appealing to potential members.

    For best results, you should choose a photo in JPG, PNG, or non-animated GIF format with a 16:9 ratio. The ideal dimensions for a group cover photo are 600 x 338. Please note that the file size limit is 10MB. 

    If you’re setting your cover photo for the first time, you must set it from your

    Desktop web

    1. Go to your group’s homepage
    2. If you’re just starting out and don’t have any group photos yet, select Upload a photo
    3. If you already have group photos, select Change photo
    4. Here you can either Choose from existing or Upload a photo if you want something new
    5. Choose your new cover photo and be sure to Save your changes

    Mobile Web

    1. Navigate to your group's page.
    2. Tap Change photo
    3. Tap Upload a photo or Choose from existing.
    4. Choose your photo, crop it accordingly, add a caption, and tap Finish to confirm.

    Android App

    1. Navigate to your group's page.
    2. Tap the ... Three dots icon, and select Group settings.
    3. Tap Basics. (This will open your mobile web view.)
    4. Select Change photo.
    5. Choose your new cover photo from your previously uploaded photos, and tap Save.

    iOS App

    1. Navigate to your group's page.
    2. Tap the ... Three dots icon, and select Group settings.
    3. Choose Basics.
    4. Select Change photo.
    5. Choose your new cover photo from your previously uploaded photos, and tap Save.

    Note: You can choose from photos you've previously uploaded to your group on the Android and iOS apps. To upload a new photo, follow the Desktop Web or Mobile Web instructions.

    How do I set my group's cover photo?
  • You must close a Meetup group from the desktop computer.

    We always encourage organizers to consider handing over ownership of the group so the community they’ve created can continue to flourish.

    Low event attendance or member activity can feel discouraging, but it doesn’t mean you have to close your group. Our Organizer Guide is filled with inspiration and ideas to help you keep a group alive, rather than closing it altogether. For instance:

    • If you need help getting the word out about your group, these methods have proven effective for many other organizers.
    • If members aren’t showing up to your events, check out all the different ways you can build excitement and boost attendance.

    If you do decide to permanently close your group, the information below will guide you through the process.

    Desktop & Mobile Web

    1. From your Meetup group's page, select Manage group then Step down as organizer.
    2. De-select any members that are selected on the following page and click Skip
    3. Select a reason on the following page and click Next, then Continue.
    4. Linked in the paragraph of text under "Are you sure?" select the text delete the Meetup.Screen_Shot_2019-03-05_at_2.07.36_PM.png
    5. Confirm with the Delete this Meetup button on the following page.
    6. Select Done.

    When an organizer closes a group, everything about the group is permanently removed from Meetup, including photos, discussions, and member lists. We strongly encourage you to let your members know about a closure ahead of time. This gives them time to save any photos they shared or connect privately with members they’ve met through your Meetup.

    How do I close my Meetup group?
  • We wanted to make it simple to engage with new friends through your other social media platforms. You have the option link your Meetup group to your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr, and Tumblr accounts. This will also make it easier to show everyone else in your life how much fun you’re having in your Meetup group.  

    • From your Meetup group’s homepage, select Manage Group
    • Select Edit group settings 
    • Select the Optional features section and scroll down to Follow us on…
    • Check the corresponding box for each social network you’d like to add, and enter your social profile URLs into the spaces provided
    • Click Submit to save your changes

    Once you’ve linked an account, you’ll see the icon for that social media profile appear in the bottom of your Meetup group’s homepage where it says 'Find us also at.’

    How do I link my Meetup group's homepage to social media?
  • Creating a good web address can be tricky. Here are some tips to help you create a great URL for your Meetup group. 

    • Incorporate the purpose and location of your Meetup group
    • Put dashes between words instead of combining them all into one word; this will help search engines find it
    • Keep your web address between 6-70 characters
    • Only use letters, numbers, and dashes (no punctuation or special characters)
    • Don’t include topic names alone (e.g., singles, pets, politics, etc.) or only cities/states (ex: New York, London)
    • Don’t use a name of a Meetup group that has already been taken
    • Feeling indecisive? You can change your web address at any time.

    To change your Meetup Group's web address:

    1. From your Meetup group's homepage, select Manage group
    2. Select Edit group settings 
    3. Click on Basics
    4. Scroll to the Where section and find Keep this or create a custom address.
    5. Enter the new web address you’ve created in the field (our system will check and display whether it's available for use)
    6. Once you’ve chosen an available address, click Submit to save the changes
    How do I edit my Meetup group's URL?
  • Start with a good first impression.

    Your Meetup group’s description is one of the first points of interest for potential members. Make sure the description answers these questions: 

    • Who should join: Describe your ideal members.
    • Why they should join: To learn more? Get involved in their community? Challenge their skills?
    • What members can expect out of the group: Paint a clear image of typical activities and outings members can expect from this group.
    • Community: How will your group foster relationships between your members?

    You want to grab a member’s attention within the first few seconds, so it’s important to keep your description brief and informative. Help members have a clear understanding of what your Meetup is about, and whether or not it’s a mutual fit. 

    Desktop & Mobile Web

    1. From your group’s homepage, select Manage group
    2. Select Edit group settings from the drop-down menu
    3. On your Group Settings page, select Basics
    4. Enter your new group description under Meetup group description
    5. Save to confirm the update 

    Android & iOS Apps

    1. From your group’s homepage, tap the three dots icon
    2. Tap Group settings (this will open your Group settings page in your mobile web browser)
    3. From the Group Settings page, select Basics
    4. Enter your new group description under Meetup group description
    5. Tap Save to confirm the update
    How do I edit my Meetup group's description?
  • You can change your group's basic settings, like the name and description, from your group's homepage.

    If you’re changing the purpose of your group in addition to its name, you should consider starting a new group or sending a message to your members so they are aware of the change.

    Changing your group's name

    Desktop & mobile web instructions

    1. From your Meetup group’s homepage, click Manage group.
    2. Select Edit group settings from the drop-down menu.
    3. Select Basics
    4. Enter your new group name.
    5. Click Save to confirm the update.

    App instructions (Android & iOS)

    1. From your Meetup group’s homepage, tap the gear or three dots in the upper right-hand corner.
    2. Tap Group Settings (this will open your group settings page in your mobile web browser).
    3. Tap Basics
    4. Enter your new group name.
    5. Click Save to confirm the update.
    Changing a group name
  • Visibility settings affect what non-members can see about your Meetup group before joining. These settings have to do only with the content of your Meetup group. Private and Public Meetup groups will both appear in search results and be recommended to members. 

    In Private groups, the following information is visible to everyone, including non-members:

    1. Basic group stats (date founded, number of members, group reviews)
    2. Meetup group description
    3. Name of the main organizer(s) and their photo
    4. Sponsors
    5. Date and time of upcoming Meetups
    6. Title of upcoming Meetups
    7. About this Meetup group page in the Pages section and any additional Pages which have been set to be viewable by Anyone
    8. Files which have been set to be viewable by Anyone
    9. In groups where the message board is set to Forum view, any Forums which have been set to Everyone can see it

    In Public groups, the following information is visible to everyone, including non-members:

    1. Basic group stats (date founded, number of members, group reviews)
    2. Meetup group description
    3. Name of the main organizer(s) and their photo
    4. Date and time of upcoming Meetups
    5. Title of upcoming Meetups
    6. Location of upcoming Meetups
    7. List of members RSVPed to a scheduled Meetup, event descriptions & host name(s)
    8. Full member list, photo albums, all message board threads & discussion boards, and mailing list archives
    9. New activity posted on the Meetup group
    10. Recent Meetup details

    Mailing Lists and Discussion Board posts are always public if set to Forum View. 

     

    Note: Making your group private is a permanent change. If you make your group private, you won’t be able to make it public again.


    To adjust your Meetup group’s content visibility settings:
    Desktop Web

    - From your Meetup group’s homepage, select Manage group
    - Choose Edit group settings
    - Select Content visibility
    - Choose either Public or Private
    - Confirm with Save

    Mobile Web
    - From your Meetup group’s homepage, select Manage group
    - Choose Edit group settings 
    - Select Basics
    - Check or un-check the box next to Make group private
    - Confirm with Save

    Android & iOS App
    - From your Meetup group, tap on the  icon in the upper right hand corner
    - Select Group settings from the dropdown menu to open mobile web
    - Follow the above mobile web instructions to choose Public or Private

    How do I edit my Meetup group's visibility?
  • Note: Currently you must change the currency via your desktop web browser.

    1. Go to your Meetup’s homepage
    2. Select Manage group
    3. Choose Edit group settings 
    4. Open the Optional features section
    5. Scroll down to the Currency section
    6. Choose the new currency you'd like to use
    7. Save your selection by clicking Submit

     

    How do I change my Meetup group's currency?
  • There’s no doubt you’ve put a lot of work into building your Meetup communities. If you’re ready to take a break from organizing events, it’s best to have someone ready to fill your shoes, though it’s not required.

    There are two ways to step down from your organizer role:

    1. Step down and nominate a member to take over the event
    2. Step down completely

    We strongly encourage you to nominate someone from your leadership team or another group member to take over for your. If you don’t nominate a new organizer, there’s no guarantee anyone will step up, or that whoever does will be the best person to continue what you started.

    When you’re ready to step down as organizer:

    1. Go to your group's home page
    2. Click Manage group
    3. Select Step down as organizer from the drop-down options

    To nominate another member to take over your group:

    1. Select the member you want to nominate from the suggested list (if you can’t find them, try searching for their username)
    2. Select Next. We’ll notify the member you nominate via email, but you will remain the group’s organizer until they accepts the nomination

    If the member declines your nomination, we encourage you to nominate another member using the same process, until a member accepts the role. Or, if you prefer, you can step down completely to remove yourself as organizer.

    To step down completely without nominating a new organizer:

    1. De-select any members that are selected
    2. Select Skip and choose a reason on the following page
    3. Select Next, and then Continue
    4. Choose Yes, I want to step down.

    We will remove you immediately as organizer, and it will be up to someone else in the group to take on the open role.

    What happens next?

    We’ll notify co-organizers and assistant organizers, if there are any, of your departure, giving them first dibs on the role of organizer. If you don’t have a leadership team, or if nobody from your leadership team takes on the organizer role, we’ll extend the invitation to all group members. Your group will stay open under its new organizer.

    If nobody volunteers, we’ll freeze your Meetup group. New members won’t be able to join, and your current members won’t be able to communicate with one another. If after 14 days, no one steps up as organizer, we’ll close your group, permanently removing all of its content, including photos, discussions, and past events.

    How do I step down as organizer?
  • The process of transferring ownership of a Meetup group starts with the current organizer and ends with the organizer taking over. The future organizer must already be a member of the Meetup group they will organize.

    Organizers can only transfer group ownership via their desktop web browser.

    Current organizer instructions:

    1. From the Meetup group homepage, select Manage group.
    2. Choose Step down as Organizer.
    3. In the search box, enter the new organizer’s account name who is taking your place.
    4. Check the box beside their name and select Next.
    5. Add a custom message for the potential incoming organizer(s) (this is particularly helpful if you have not yet spoken with the organizer you are nominating about transferring group ownership to them).
    6. Select Ask selected members.

    Your subscription will not be transferred to the group's new organizer. They must start their own subscription when they step up. After you’ve transferred your group to a new organizer, you can start a new group or, if you’re not organizing any other groups, cancel your subscription to avoid renewal payments.

    Nominated organizer instructions:

    1. Navigate to the Meetup group's homepage. You should be in the "About" Section from the top navigation.
    2. Scroll down to the "Organizer" section.
    3. Select Accept to confirm the nomination.

    Once the new organizer accepts the nomination, they will be the primary organizer of the Meetup group. They’ll be responsible for all group membership and support. At this time, the previous organizer rescinds their leadership role and becomes a member of the group, and can leave if they want.

    Transferring a group to another organizer
  • Note: Custom titles can only be assigned from the desktop web version of Meetup.

    Meetup group organizers (including co-organizers, or assistant organizers) have the ability to give custom titles to your members. Assigning custom titles can make your group stick out from the crowd, and can also help keep members engaged.

    Desktop Web

    • Navigate to the member’s profile that you’d like to assign a title to
    • Select "View full profile"
    • Click Give member a Custom Title beneath their name
    • Enter the title of your choice
    • To edit/delete a title click Edit or Delete to the right of the title
    • Be sure to click Save to update the member’s new title

    Custom Titles will always be visible to the members of your group. Don’t worry, member titles aren’t permanent. Only group organizers can edit or remove titles from members.

    How do I assign custom member titles?
  • In addition to the primary organizer (the person that pays for a group’s subscription), there are three roles on a group’s leadership team: co-organizers, assistant organizers, and event organizers.

    To support the primary organizer, each role has different levels of access to a group’s organizer tools.

    Here’s what they’re able to do:

    Leadership-Team-Permissionsgreybg.png

    Learn more about the benefits of appointing a leadership team.

    Appoint new leadership members

    To add, change, or remove leadership members:

    1. From your group’s homepage click Members.
    2. Click the Three dots button next to the person you want to appoint.
    3. Click Change member role from the drop-down menu.
    4. Select co-organizer, assistant organizer, or event organizer.
    5. Click Update role to confirm.

    Leadership roles can be adjusted on Meetup’s desktop and mobile website.

    Event hosts 

    Every event is assigned a one-time event host. An event host can manage an event's location, date, and time. The event host position is assigned to the creator of the event by default but can be assigned to any member of the group.

    Managing a leadership team
  • Note: It’s currently only possible to view your Meetup group’s stats via your desktop web browser.

    When you know more, you can do better. We give all Meetup organizers the ability to access stats about their groups, so they can monitor their success and build towards something even greater. With your stats, you can see how your Meetup grows, how active your members are, and which Meetups they’re most drawn to. 

    Here are the stats you can see for your Meetup group:

    • Member joins (your total new members)
    • Going (attendance records for your Meetups)
    • Total members in your Meetup group
    • Number of group members who have visited your Meetup group’s page within the last 30 days (i.e., active members)

    To view these statistics:

    1. From your Meetup group's homepage, select More
    2. Select Stats from the menu 

    From there, you can choose to view your Meetup group data from the past week, the past three months, or the entire history of your Meetup. 

    By default, your Meetup group’s stats are only visible to the main organizer, co-organizers, and assistant organizers. If you want more people to know how well your Meetup group is doing, you can change the visibility to allow all your members to see, or you can go public to allow anyone to see.

    To change who can view your stats, select your preference from the dropdown menu next to Who can see this?

    How do I see my Meetup group's stats?
  • We want to help you find members who are the best fit for your group.

    By default, anyone can join a public Meetup group. As an organizer, if you want to be more selective, you can enable settings to help you screen members before they join your community.

    Desktop Web

    1. From your Meetup group’s homepage, click Manage Group
    2. Select Edit group settings from the drop-down menu
    3. From the Group Settings page, click Your Members 

    Mobile Web

    1. From your Meetup group’s homepage, select Manage Group
    2. Select Edit group settings from the drop-down menu
    3. On your Group Settings page, tap Members

    Android & iOS App

    1. From your Meetup group, tap the three dots icon
    2. Select Edit group (this will open your Group Settings page in your mobile web browser)
    3. On your Group Settings page, tap Members 

    For all platforms, checking the box next to New member approval allows you to manually approve all new member requests. Meetup will always notify you about any new membership requests, and a members will remain Pending until their request is accepted or denied. 

    To make things personal, you can also require that your Meetup group members have a profile photo, meaning members cannot join until they upload a photo. 

    You can also ask new members to answer profile questions, so that you and others in the group can get to know them better. New members have to answer these questions before their membership request is submitted. You can review their answers from their group profile page. Once accepted into the Meetup, all members have the option to edit these answers at any time from their group profile page.

    Profile questions don’t have to be permanent. Group organizers can edit them, and add up to five profile questions for their Meetup group at any time.

    How do I control who joins my Meetup group?
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