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Richard Millington - How to thrive with your Meetup

This month our speaker is Richard Millington.

Richard Millington is an online community consultant whose clients have included:

Richard has also worked with several youth entertainment brands, digital marketing agencies and non-profit organizations. 

Based in London, United Kingdom, Richard works to help clients understand best practices for creating and building thriving online communities and invaluable communities of their own. In the past 9 years Richard has worked on 10 successful online communities and contributed to the success of dozens more.

Richard's blog,FeverBee, which attracts a readership of 3000 community experts, is ranked amongst the top 10 UK marketing blogs and is widely cited for its influence in helping organizations around the world improve their community efforts.

Richard is also the author of theonline community,Manifesto- arguing for a change in our approach to building communities. In addition, Richard has also worked with Seth Godin (Squidoo founder, author of the world's most popular marketing blog and twelve best-selling marketing books) on community projects.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great meetup. Although far fewer people attended, it was a great atmosphere - lots of ideas and nice to connect with other Meetup Organisers. Richard gave an excellent talk - lots to think about.

    June 14, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Everyone. Richard has provided some links to the paper on community he talked about... http://bit.ly/jxOVvt and http://bit.ly/jezwZl.

    June 7, 2011

  • Robert

    Richard's talk was very good, but felt the chat amongst the group afterwards tended to sway torwards a general business chat, rather than how we run our meetup groups. Some groups fit in with Meetup's aim of getting people off the internet and meeting each other, whilst others seem to be just a portal to make money for their business. Agree with Steve's comments below, I think this group needs to focus more on the groups, tips to make them better etc. I been running my group for almost 5 years and have nearly 4000 members, so I would be willing to chat on what went right and what went wrong with my group and this may help others with their groups.

    June 3, 2011

  • Steve J.

    What Richard presented I found fascinating. There's a lot in it in terms of creating a successful group and it made me want to find out more. In the discussion after I noticed how the concept of meetups has a different meaning for different organisers. I think it's important to identify this in terms of the future of these meetup organiser events. For some, particularly the more business minded, the meetup is an ancillary activity. For others running a meetup group is central. Last night the more 'businessy' types tended to be more vocal. That's not their fault but I do think it gets in the way of finding out what it means to run a thriving meetup group... which is surely a primary aim of this organiser group. I'd like to suggest a presention or two from the guys who run the really happening groups, if they'd be willing, groups like London International, Culture Seekers, some of the language groups... or maybe a panel.

    June 3, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great meetup

    June 3, 2011

  • Julie A.

    It was excellent, not only a great speaker but a lot to learn from each other. About what works and what does not. Thank you so much for putting it on, especialy on a Thursday which is a much better day for me! Julie

    June 3, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Interesting speaker who knows his subject inside out. A very enjoyable talk and useful group discussion.

    June 3, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Richard and everyone for the interesting talk and discussion. Food for thought and much was learnt!!! ;o)

    June 3, 2011

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