2020 Meetup Organizer Survey results

We recently published the 2020 Meetup survey results, which shared several insights and statistics about our meetupMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. group members. It’s time to analyze the results of the 2020 Meetup Organizer survey. This year’s survey is unique because it is tailored for online meetups in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have removed some questions on in-person events and added some questions about online events.

2020 Meetup Organizer Survey Participation

  • Total organizer respondents: 65
  • Total countries participated: 26

Key Insights from the survey

  • Most of our meetup organizers are experienced folks. Most respondents have been an organizer of the group for the past 2-4 years (37%). While 22% of respondents have been involved for 4-6 years, only 13% have been a part of their local group for the past 1-2 years. Additionally, a whopping 49% of respondents had been using WordPress for over 10 years!
  • Most meetup groups have pivoted online during the pandemic. 82% of respondents had organized at least one online event for their group in 2020, with 42% of folks organizing at least one event per month. 26% of the respondents stopped organizing events due to COVID-19. 85% of organizers intend to continue organizing online meetupsMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. in 2021 and beyond. 
  • Zoom is the favored online meetup platform amongst organizers. Like the meetup member survey results, Zoom emerged as the most preferred tool amongst meetup organizers, with 55% voting for the service. Google Meet achieved a close second, with 23% of respondents choosing that tool. StreamYard, YouTube Live, Facebook Live, and Jitsi were also the top contenders. 
  • Learn WordPress and Meetups: 66% of organizers expressed interest in contributing to learn.wordpress.org, and 71% of organizers expressed interest in organizing discussion groups based on Learn WordPress for their meetup. This shows that given enough support and encouragement, meetup organizers can offer support for Learn WordPress by organizing workshops and discussion groups!
  • Online event fatigue seems to be one of the top blockers faced by organizers while planning WordPress events. Many organizers cited a general lack of interest and high cost of online tools and captioning services as blockers faced by their meetup group. 

Want to explore the results of the 2020 Meetup Organizer survey in detail? Read on!

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2020 Meetup Survey Results

The 2020 WordPress Meetup survey wrapped up on April 30th, 2021. This year’s survey was unique since we made quite a few changes, primarily to reflect our pivot to online events. This post contains some statistics about 2020 meetupsMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. and some interesting findings based on feedback from our meetupMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. group members. 

Please note: This survey is a recap of the 2020 Annual survey for our Meetup members. We will publish a separate post on the results of the 2020 Meetup organizer survey shortly. Results of the 2020 Meetup Organizer survey are now available!

WordPress Meetup Chapter Statistics in 2020

  • Total WordPress chapter meetup groups: 745
  • Total countries with chapter meetups: 138
  • New meetup groups joined the chapter: 47
  • New members joined: 55,924
  • Total members: 448,128
  • Total number of organizers: 3,439
  • Total number of events: 4,985

2020 Meetup Survey Participation

  • Total member respondents: 806
  • Total organizer respondents: 65
  • Total countries participated: 68

Key Insights from the survey

  • Overall, most people seem to be satisfied with the meetup program in 2020, with 50% of folks reporting that they were 100% satisfied. 92% of respondents mentioned that they are likely to recommend WordPress meetups to others.
  • People are attending online meetups outside their local group. More than half of the respondents had attended at least one online meetup in 2020. Additionally, more than half of the respondents attended online meetups outside of their local meetup group. 
  • Zoom is the most popular tool for online meetups. With 69% votes, Zoom is the number one choice of platform for meetup attendees. Google Meet is a close second and YouTube comes third. You can now request a Community Zoom Pro account for your online meetup if you don’t have one.
  • Most people seem to like online meetups. 48% responded that they want online meetups a lot, with 31% saying they are okay. 13% of folks mentioned that they prefer in-person meetups over online meetups. 8% are tired of online meetups. An overwhelming majority (88%) wanted in-person events to be streamed online when they are back.
  • Reasons for attending online meetups: Folks seem to be divided about their reasons for attending meetups. The time/date of the event, their availability, and the location of the venue – are significant factors that govern members’ attendance in a meetup event.
  • Popular event formats: Online events, in-person events, workshops, and formal presentations were the most popular event formats for WordPress Meetups.

Read on to take a deep dive into the Annual Meetup Survey results for 2020!

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2020 Annual WordPress Meetup Program Survey

A similar message to this post was sent to all WordPress Chapter MeetupMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. members via meetup.com, but we are also sharing below.

If you are a Meetup Organizer, please feel free to share the survey link via discussion boards, email, social media, or even announce at a Meetup event!

Hello WordPress meetup members!

As we’ve reached a full year of online Meetup events, we would like to get your feedback on WordPress meetupsMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. in 2020. Even if you did not attend meetup events this past year, your opinion would be valuable! The survey takes less than 5 minutes to fill out, and the results will be shared by the Global Community TeamGlobal Community Team A group of community organizers and contributors who collaborate on local events about WordPress — monthly WordPress meetups and/or annual conferences called WordCamps. to help all WordPress meetups improve.

Here is a link to the survey:
http://wordpressdotorg.survey.fm/annual-meetup-program-survey

This survey contains general questions relevant to the global WordPress Meetup program, and closes on 30 April, 2021.

WordPress Global Community Sponsors

A big thank you to our 2020 global sponsors!

Their generous support keeps the meetup program free for the whole community and helps to make sure ticket prices for WordCamps (when in-person events return) stay affordable.

The 2021 Global Community Sponsorship program was recently announced, and is offered on a quarterly basis to keep the program nimble, if our path to global in-person events accelerates in ways we don’t currently expect.

Become an Event Organizer

WordPress is an open sourceOpen Source Open Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL. project, open to anyone who wants to join. That is true for event organizers, too! Many groups still have one event per month, often a presentation or lecture followed by Q&A or a social hour. These regular events are great, but it means that people who cannot make that time each month are left out, as are people who are interested in different topics. 

All meetup groups on the WordPress chapter account allow any trusted, reliable member of the group to organize an event. If you’ve been wishing for a particular kind of WordPress event in your town, this is a great time to become a WordPress organizer. 

Here are some ideas for event formats to inspire you: Meetup Event Formats

The possibilities are endless, and if it relates to WordPress, you can organize within your meetup group! Start a conversation on your group’s discussion board or contact the local organizing team with your ideas!

Contribute to the WordPress Project

One of the things we have heard from people is a desire for their meetup group to be more connected to the overall WordPress open source project. If you haven’t stopped by the community team’s blog in a while check that out! There may be a few new projects you might be interested in.

Thank you for being a part of our community, and as always, thanks for using WordPress!

–The WordPress Global Community Team

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Contributor Survey

Did you contribute to WordPress through any of the contributor teams in 2015 (including the community team, which includes local event organizing)? If so, could you contribute few more minutes to fill in the 2015 contributor survey? It will help us establish some baselines around the contributor experience so that we can see how things change over time.

The survey is anonymous (so you can be extra honest), all questions are optional (so you can skip any that you don’t want to answer), and we’ll post some aggregate results by the end of January. It took testers 5-10 minutes to complete on average (depends how much you have to say), so I bet you could knock it out right after you read this post! 🙂

There are two sections of the survey. The first has questions about team involvement, recognition, and event involvement, and is pretty much what you’d expect from an annual survey (which teams did you contribute to, how happy are you as a contributor, etc).

The second section is about demographics so we can take a stab at assessing how diverse our contributor base is. All questions are optional, but the more information we have the better we can figure out what we need to improve. If there’s some information you’d rather not identify, that’s okay, but please do not provide false information or use the form to make jokes — just skip those questions.

The survey will be open until January 15, 2016. Whether you have 5 minutes now, or 10 over lunch (or whenever), please take the 2015 contributor survey. Thanks!

DeputiesDeputy Community Deputies are a team of people all over the world who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and generally keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about deputies in our Community Deputy Handbook., WC orgs, and MeetupMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. orgs: I know you all filled in an annual survey specific to your role. This one is less specific in the part about team activity, and more specific in the demographics part, so it would be great if you could fill it in, too.

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Meetup Program Recap for 2014

Each year we send a survey to all MeetupMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. organizers and members within our chapter program and post a recap. I neglected to post a snapshot of the program at the beginning of this year, so you’ll see another survey right on the heels of this recamp to provide a snapshot of 2015. 🙂

Next year’s snapshot will be up by the end of February 2016. No foolin’.

2014 Snapshot

At the end of 2014, we had 120 groups participating in the chapter program with (roughly) 30,000 members in them. Of those ~30,000 people, about 18,000 (60%) actually attended any events.

Of those 120 groups, 106 (88%) held 1,119 events over the course of the year (averaging about 93 a month). Our most active month for Meetup events was October at 115 events during the month.

The most active groups in 2014 were:

  • The Albuquerque WordPress Group
  • The Austin WordPress Meetup Group
  • Seattle WordPress Meetup
  • WordPressKC
  • Greater Milwaukee Area WordPress Meetup

Survey Snapshot

Along with the data that came directly from Meetup.com, there is also a little information we can gather from the survey itself. The sample size was remarkably small compared to the pool of recipients (718 responses out of, ostensibly, 30,000 contacts bringing us to a response rate of 2%). As a result, these findings are specific to respondents and not applied to the program overall.

Respondent Stats
79% lived in the United States.
50% live in the city their Meetup group is in.
25% live in a suburb of the city their Meetup group is in.
20% live within driving distance of the city their Meetup group is in (it’s unclear whether this excludes all suburbs).

Most of the respondents have been members of their groups for over a year (53%) with those who had been members between three and twelve months coming second (33%) and those less than three months at 14%.

Of the top five reasons folks don’t attend, the most common was the topic. However there was a clear trend around scheduling conflicts and attendance.

  • 56% – The posted topic
  • 48% – Work schedule
  • 42% – Day of week
  • 39% – Time of day
  • 37% – Location/venue

Event types most are interested in:

  • 81% – Formal presentation with a speaker followed by Q&A
  • 77% – Workshop/training
  • 61% – Discussion groups
  • 58% – Show & tell of what people are doing with WordPress in the community
  • 47% – Working on your WordPress sites/projects at a coffeeshop with others

A scant quarter (23%) wanted to help with organizing events, but only 5% of respondents had actively planned something in 2014.

Who we, the respondents, are:

  • 48% – Developer
  • 46% – Small Business Owner
  • 42% – Site Admin
  • 40% – Blogger
  • 37% – Advanced User

62% of all respondents had never contributed at all. Common comments from those who hadn’t included concerns about lacking knowledge, not knowing how to begin, and general embarrassment that can potentially be defined as imposter syndrome.

Conclusion

While 2014 was generally a good year for the Meetup program overall, we saw a very low level of engagement ranging from events and attendance all the way to survey responses. After the push at the beginning of 2015 to open up event planning to any member, we’ve already seen a difference to date but you can expect to see the same encouragement from the team again this year!

Next week you’ll start to see surveys for this year in your inbox (for both organizers and members). Help us all to continue making progress by encouraging participation from your entire organizing team as well as your members!

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