Interested In Helping Promote Adobe User Groups? We Need Your Ideas!
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Today on Twitter, a number of us expressed interest in a meeting about how to promote and expand our User Groups. This is an important issue because we put a lot of time and effort into providing a quality User Group experience for our members. I imagine most groups are like ours (TACFUG) and have considerably more registered members than consistent attendees. We want to get some ideas out in the open about what is working/not-working and collaborate on ways to extend our reach. Your input is valuable and much appreciated.
I'll be scheduling and hosting a Connect meeting and want to open up to all User Group Managers/Co-Managers that are interested in this topic. The date for the meeting is Monday Sept 29th at 7:00 PM EST. If you are interested in attending, please register by leaving a comment below. If you can't make it and wish you could, leave a comment as well, maybe we'll switch the day/time just for you :).
The URL for tonight's meeting is http://experts.na3.acrobat.com/danwilson/ and it will be open before 7:00 EST.
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I am interested.
Great Idea & I am really glad to see someone take charge with this. I will be there.
Being a co-mgr of a UG myself, I'm very interested in this info as well. Alas, I'm booked on Sept 29, but if you can post the recording of the meeting, that'd be appreciated. :)
You had me at hello. :)
I'll be there.
I'm not a manager, but I'm definitely interested in more user group involvement, so I plan to sit in. :)
Either I or our co-manager will be there!
I manage the Boston CFUG and would like to join but 7pm on a weekday is kid-watching time for me. Perhaps my co-manager can attend.
I think this is a good idea. I have put a lot of effort into my group and lately we get perhaps 8-9 people (sometimes worse) out of a mailing list of 100+. It's disheartening to say the least and often doesn't feel worth the effort.
I'm in. I have an Internal Group at the MN Dept of Health and I am involved with the Twin Cities CFUG here too. I really want to see an improvement in attendance for both.
Sounds good, I'll try to make it. Thanks for the alert Jason. Isn't this part of the 5X strategy? No matter how much swag or food we offer, it's ALWAYS what speaker we have that drives the headcount at our meetings.
Great to see this subject being raised. I am the UGM for Devon CFUG. We're 5 hours ahead in the UK so that is midnight here which is a bit late for me on a work night, but I'll be very interested in what everyone has to say.
I'll be there if there's beer and free software.
I manage the German CFUG and definitely would love to attend. But, that's 2:00 am for me, and unfortunately I'll have to work on Tuesday. ;-)
For those who want to convert to other date and times:
I wish I could make it, but unfortunately it land square in the middle of a High Holiday, so I have religious observances :o(
I assume you will record it?
How about having Adobe put a paper insert into all boxed versions of CS4 products. Likewise, when people register their products they could receive an email promoting user groups. I suspect a large percentage of the user base doesn't realize there are user groups.
Definitely try and make it.
Damn Dan, don't you know that the 29th is my son's birthday? I'd love to attend, but I'll be eating cake. We're actually making a concerted effort to increase attendance at our meetings in Toronto and just put out a survey to our membership to that end. Great idea, but I guess I'll just have to watch the recording.
I would love to participate, but that is the evening right before I fly out of town so I might not be able to. I hope the session is recorded, I'd like to see what ideas everyone comes up with.
I'm a bit late to the party here, but I'm hoping to be able attend if I can.
I am going to still try to make it, but I have had a few things come up today that may make me miss this. I wanted to mention it in case I'm not there.
Thanks for all who wanted to attend. You should get this via email if you have subscribed to the post.
The URL for Tonights Meeting is http://experts.na3.acrobat.com/danwilson/
I should have the room open and ready for business by 6:30 if you want to come in and hang out. I'll also put this in the post above.
Well, funny you bring this up today. I help run the Manager to Manager meeting at Summit each year. We had a great turn out this year and I was just talking to someone who is a Community Manager to start doing a monthly Connect session. I've revamped what was the New Managers Guide to include Co-managers and some of the changes that have happened recently.
So I am saying there are plans in place to help us out as managers, but this is a nice surprise Dan.
I'll try to make it! ... I'm Adobe UG Peru's Co-Manager.
I will try to join
Sounds great myself and my co-manager will try to get there
The meeting notes have been compiled. Simply visit this blog article again and click on the link at the top of the post. Your input is always appreciated.