Would you like to know how to use Meetup.com to build your business?
“I don’t know anyone.” or “I’ve run out of people to talk to.”
First of all, if you’ve been alive for at least 20 years, you must know at least 1000 people (unless you’ve been living in a cave). But that’s a subject for another day…
Today I want to focus on showing you a simple way to get rid of the “I’ve run out of people to talk to” objection once and for all. It’s called Meetup.com.
What is Meetup.com?
Meetup.com is a website that helps to connect like-minded people of all kinds. It’s one of the most amazing networking sites around.
The real beauty of Meetup.com, though, is that it’s not a virtual networking site like Facebook or Twitter, it’s a site to help you meet people, face to face, right in your own community.
Meetup.com is a free service… you can just go to http://www.meetup.com and create a free account. Then you can select which types of groups you want to know about. There are Meetup groups for basically anything you can possibly imagine… dating, hiking, music, book clubs, entrepreneurs, internet marketing, moms, photography… it’s unlimited what you can find there.
Once you select the types of groups you’re interested in, you will receive an email every time a new group in your selected categories starts up in your area. When you read the email it will give you specifics about the group and any upcoming events they’re having, and you can decide if you want to join.
You can also start your own groups (I have one called Moms Empowering Moms Entrepreneurs Mastermind). Once you start your own group, Meetup.com will email eveyone who has that category selected and tell them about your new group (and people will be able to find it when they search for the topic of your group) and they can join. There is a small fee to run your own group ($12/month), but it’s well worth it, in my opinion (and you can just join other people’s groups without starting your own if you don’t want to pay the fee).
Meeting Like-Minded People Through Meetup.com
Joining groups through Meetup.com makes it REALLY easy to meet like-minded people in your local community. Even if you’re attending groups that aren’t business-specific, Meetup groups make it really easy to make new friends (which is always a good thing). Down the line… who knows? Some of your new friends might want to join you in your business or become a customer. (This has happened to me multiple times… without even trying). 🙂
I’m actively involved in many groups. I have my own, as I mentioned, called Moms Empowering Moms Entrepreneurs Mastermind… but I’m also a member of many other groups. For example, I’m a member of an acoustic music group, some singles groups, some business-related groups, some moms groups, etc.
I Love Meetup.com
I have to say, Meetup.com has helped me make a ton of new friends… some who have become some of my best friends on the planet.
Let me give you an example…
When I moved back to Boulder a year ago, I decided I wanted to start playing music again and make it a priority in my life. I found a group in Boulder called Acoustic Music Community and joined it. The first Meetup I went to was a jam session with about 17 people. It was so much fun… but the issue I was having was that It was hard for me to attend a lot of the sessions with my single-mom schedule.
Well, out of that official Meetup, I met a couple of other single moms and we formed a smaller group of women and set a regular meeting on every other Friday, when all of our kids were with their dads and we all had some down time. Through this Meetup, we have all become really good friends, and we now spend time together with our kids, etc. I have literally made some of the best friends of my life… and it just so happens that we all happen to be musicians.
Our group (because it’s so active) happens to be featured on the home page of Meetup.com today. Check it out… the picture is from a jam session we had at a music venue last week:
The moral of the story is that Network Marketing is all about building relationships. What better way to make new friends than to join free groups with other like-minded people. Meetup.com makes this process so simple.
So, now that you know this, you can kiss that lame excuse “I’ve run out of people to talk to” goodbye forever. And have fun making new friends through “Meetup.com”!
Also, if you want to learn some advanced strategies for using Meetup.com to build your business, check out this free recorded webinar. You’ll be amazed by what’s possible.
In this webinar Casey teaches things like
- how to find Meetup groups in the places you travel to and be able to write off your entire trip
- how to market to the members of your Meetup group using the internet
- how to become a sponsor of different Meetup groups to increase your exposure
- how to save 50% off your own group for the first 6 months
- how to take over your competitors prospects
- and so much more…
I hope this has been helpful, and I’d love to hear your thoughts…
Please leave your comments and questions about building your business using Meetup.com below…
To Your Success,
Amy Starr Allen
p.s. Don’t forget to take advantage of this free recorded webinar that teaches advanced strategies about how to use Meetup.com to build your business.