Marketing Team Notes – December 19, 2018

Marketing Team Vision

Our vision for the Marketing Team is to be the go-to resource on strategy and content for other WordPress teams. We reiterate our mission each week so that everyone who is new to the team understands what our goals are. This helps with onboarding.

We’d love you to join the Marketing Team. If you have any questions or feel lost (all of us do at some point), please feel free to ping any of us in Slack. We’re here to help guide and mentor you. xoxo ~ Bridget (@gidgey on Slack)

Getting Involved

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join in, comment on posts, and participate in meetings and on projects. And, yes, you can add yourself to any Trello Card you’d like to work on.

Today’s Meeting

Slack Timestamp

Meeting Attended By: @siobhanseija, @maedahbatool , @yvettesonneveld, @saurabhkulkarni

Last Week’s Successes

  • We’re celebrating a successful contributorsday at WCTessaloniki, last weekend, and look forward to learning more about what was accomplished after the Holidays.

Task Lead Updates

  • No updates this week.

New Business

  • None suggested.

Next meeting

Due to Christmas holidays the marketing team has decided to take a break and skip the meetings for 26th December 2018 and 2nd January 2019. We will resume from the second Wednesday of January which is the 9th.

#community, #marketing

Marketing Team Notes – December 12, 2018

Marketing Team Vision

Our vision for the Marketing Team is to be the go-to resource on strategy and content for other WordPress teams. We reiterate our mission each week so that everyone who is new to the team understands what our goals are. This helps with onboarding.

We’d love you to join the Marketing Team. If you have any questions or feel lost (all of us do at some point), please feel free to ping any of us in Slack. We’re here to help guide and mentor you. xoxo ~ Bridget (@gidgey on Slack)

Getting Involved

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join in, comment on posts, and participate in meetings and on projects. And, yes, you can add yourself to any Trello Card you’d like to work on.

Today’s Meeting

Slack Timestamp

Today’s notes taken by: @maedahbatool

Meeting Attended By: @maedahbatool, @siobhanseija, @daveloodts, @gidgey, @miker, @harryjackson1221, Jesse Owens, @gtarafdar@jenblogs4u, @coachbirgit, @abhanonstopnewsuk

Last Week’s Successes

Task Lead Updates

New Business

  • @abhanonstopnewsuk: From WordCamp Milano Contributor Day. @Max has started a draft blog on ‘why someone should contribute to WordPress’. He has had input in from a number of other contributors and some feedback/fact checking has now been received. I am working with him on this and we are setting up the Trello card. We are aiming to have this ready for the first edit by next week’s meeting.
  • @abhanonstopnewsuk: Request from WP&UP Charity if we can promote its mental health campaign in the WordPress community which has started this month with DecemBuddies (@gidgey has been featured already), will have a survey in Jan and the main campaign in February. Some pointers are being drafted and will be shared with marketing if it is felt this is something that can be promoted on Make WordPress Marketing. 
  • @abhanonstopnewsuk: There is a new sustainability channel being set up by WordCamp organizers and with the community. A draft blog submission to get some help from marketing to promote this. There are questions for the community team on the link to use for the channel so that organizers in other countries can access it. Once they have this, a draft submission will be added to a Trello.
  • @daveloodts: I mentioned this idea of an ‘adopt-a-volunteer’-campaign; or ‘sponsor-a-volunteer’ in this post: https://make.wordpress.org/marketing/2018/12/09/why-your-company-should-contribute-to-wordpress/. Don’t know if #marketing is the place to be or #community. I see it as marketing the community.
  • @miker: https://trello.com/c/IkToXlnz/225-wcus-2018-contributor-day-recap. This would be a great opportunity for a new contributor! This card is for a blog post that will highlight the successes from the WCUS contributor day. The community team also publishes what was accomplished. However, I think we should do a marketing post as well. We spoke a lot about the Five for the Future (FFTF) initiative, and posts like this that show what can be accomplished through contributions are important.
  • @miker: I have one other thing to share from WCUS! We had a number of conversations with different hosts and the Hosting Community team. (Thanks to @Breann McDede and others for participating!). The main takeaway was a strategy to improve our communication with the Hosting Community through more regular direct updates with that team. Using the Gutenberg rollout as an example, the consensus is that it would be useful to have a more formal and defined communication loop. So we are getting direct feedback about what their users are asking, and the types of things they would like to have to distribute to their customers about WordPress. This being said, I will make an effort next year to attend that group as well. The main objective is to establish a communication loop, so we can be more targeted and responsive when creating time-sensitive content.

NOTE: Due to Christmas holidays the marketing team has decided to take a break and skip the meetings for 26th December 2018 and 2nd January 2019. We will resume from the second Wednesday of January which is the 9th. The formal announcement will be made by @siobhanseija in the next week’s meeting. Till then happy holidays folks! 

Marketing Meeting Notes – December 6, 2017

Marketing Team Vision

Our vision for the Marketing Team is to be the go-to resource for strategy and content for other WordPress teams.

Getting Involved

All are welcome and encouraged to join in, comment on posts, and participate in meetings and on projects:

Today’s Meeting

The marketing team has unified at WCUS. Here is the document for our meeting notes. Feel free to read the scroll back in Slack.

WCUS Outcome

  • No more subgroups, we are one unified group. Trello board collapsed into one entity. Thank you  to @mcdwayne and @annelieke who did this merging
  • To reiterate EVERYONE has the ability (AND PERMISSION) to make a Trello Card. We have instructions here: https://trello.com/c/GcNFAQ7x/32-welcome-heres-how-to-get-started
  • The projects from the former subgroups are still valid. We just want to continue to work and function as one team.
  • Be sure to subscribe to the Marketing Blog so you read our weekly updates. Our blog is at https://make.wordpress.org/marketing/
  • Reminder to us all to say and use make.wordpress.org on things and not just use the jargon “P2”. Make it easier for all who are not as up on jargon to follow along.

To Do List:

We have 4 main things at the moment:

  1. Contributor day Suport: https://trello.com/c/wzvtWjzi/8-wcus-contributor-day-support
  2. The End User Persona card is something we are still working on. @Miker updated the card.  We have resources allocated to a formal WordPress User Persona Research project starting in January.  We are basing this on the persona research from the Nielsen Group.  @Miker will provide the results of this research as the project progresses. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YROsrDhUUNHMD0Ph9vdXteSympo2CcTMhHw0pD6H0lo/edit#heading=h.iy9n8zagee9w @harryjackson1221 is also currently working on this today
  3. There are a few pieces of content regarding WCUS teams that need to be merged. A post on our blog will be put together regarding this by @gidgy https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B9wRJsOfSKgzbzFSYkRHZkZhM0U

Task of the Day: Getting word out about Make.WordPress.org

https://docs.google.com/document/d/11X21OcsrNI709QM7fpYKadEF5DMxFN8jC194LMGiNBA/edit

  1. Challenges include that the current naming is a mouthful and not self-explanatory to newcomers
  2. What should we call make.wordpress.org when we tell people that’s how you contribute?
  3. Perpetual Confusion between .org and .com is a consideration and a hurdle
  4. I Make WordPress.org stickers designed by @harryjackson1221 and distributed during WCUS  trying to help alleviate the confusion
  5. Messaging like this on Twitter by @jenblogs4u (in fact everyone Tweet it out!) is important “Do you #design, #develop or #blog in #WordPress? Did you know you can get the latest news, discover events and get involved with the #community at http://make.wordpress.org?” We cannot repeate this message too much https://twitter.com/JenBlogs4U/status/938444151821017088
  6. Vital Hashtag information: We all should be using #MakeWordPress and #Community is to get the other people seeing that tweet.
  7. This is a possible resource, but it’s a little hard to navigate https://make.wordpress.org/marketing/2017/07/05/what-is-a-contributor-wordpress-contributors-speak-out/ that is where the making of a hanbook comes in. @Mcdwayne and @skarjune are on this https://wordpress.slack.com/team/U893BCC13
  8. We are writing copy that promotes make.wordpress.org to the general public (meaning people who want to contribute but don’t know where to start). @tlctara has volunteered to start this.
    1. @angelkiss might provide some graphics
    2. Needs to be language that doesn’t have too much jargon
    3. Must be newcomer friendly, but also understandable for “old timers” who are up on the jargon. So unless something is done to change the term/announce a change in term, leads will still use P2. Currently team reps like @gidgy have the experience that when they were newcomers that this term “confused me and made me feel left out and confused … made it harder to contribute and feel helpful” therefore let’s use new and old terms side-by-side to make all feel welcomed and to stay informed. For example, “Our marketing blog (A.K.A. the P2) recaps the work the marketing group of volunteers is tackline.”
    4. @newyorkerlaura suggested that we need a jargon guide for newcomers. @Mcdwayne made a Trello card for this. https://trello.com/c/kpXnCGls/96-wp-jargon-glossary-for-new-people
    5. Possible resources for several items above from WCUS 2017 website
      1. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day-info-resource-of-team-listing/
      2. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/2017/10/03/slack-101-connecting-with-other-wordcampers-on-slack/
    6. Photos taken from WCUS going to the Google Drive soon via @NewYorkerLaura

 

Notes taken by: @NewYorkerLaura

Meeting Attended by: @bridgetwillard @meher @NewYorkerLaura @skarjune @mcdwayne @maedahbatool @alicestill @harryjackson1221 @dhruvpandya @jenblogs4u @taraclaeys @miker @bseekins @chanthaboune @westcountymedia

Marketing the Community – January 4 2017 Meeting Notes

The Community Marketing team met for the first time after WordCamp US. We reviewed what was left from that previous meeting and brainstormed a number of new suggestions and deliverables to discuss and work towards completing.

If you’re interested in contributing, please have a read through our chat and the items listed below and leave a comment with which you’d like to help build! You can read the whole meeting in Slack here or the recap below.

Recap of Goals/Scope: Marketing the WordPress Community: this subgroup feel strongly that the community is a very big selling point of the software, and promoting some of the things that are coming out of the community would raise awareness and encourage adoption of the software; that could include raise awareness about accessibility or internationalization advancements, or even helping local groups with marketing materials or resources for their community. (Read about the other marketing subgroups in The Four Horsemen of WordPress.org Marketing)

Immediate Priorities and Projects Suggested for the Future

The following were suggested in the chat – these are not a definitive nor finalized list of projects, just suggestions! Other suggestions are welcome (please bring them to the next monthly chat).

If a particular suggestion strikes your interest and you have time to work on it, please raise your hand in the comments with a mention about which one so those interested can start coordinating in Slack.

The first two items were leftover suggestions from WCUS working with the community team. Please refer to the content in this GDoc for that.

  1. Editorial Calendar for WordCamp Central to help promote meetup events – currently unassigned.
  2. Email Newsletter Content for Meetup Organizers – @jenblogs4u will review what’s been created in the document linked above
  3. A collection of videos on what makes a meetup great, for both small and big towns. There may be existing content on WordPress.tv on this subject! We can add these to the Meetup Organizer Handbook. @jenblogs4u will take a look and see what we have.
  4. Marketing templates for local meetups to self-promote: posters, written copy for local community listings, etc
  5. A Foundation-backed online advertising strategy (for the Community) for 2017 – if there’s a solid advertising proposal, it’s possible funds could be allocate for this, but not guaranteed.
    1. @rosso99 notes: “in the open-source way, let’s see what we can do for free, first – we should be using our efforts and ideas to help as many in the community as possible, whether or not they have access to funds. Let’s assume they don’t.”
  6. Testimonials from meetup attendees, talking about the value of these meetups. Can be written, video, audio. @andreamiddleton will look at adding this recommendation to the monthly Organizer email.
  7. A guide with tips on promoting one’s local meetup, such as co-promoting with other relevant local meetups, coworking spaces, other open-source projects. @gidgey started a Google Doc with ideas here.
  8. A “Humans of WordPress” style of promotion – showcasing what WordPress has done for the lives of people who use it, what happens at meetups and WordCamps, etc.
  9. Support for meetups with low content – a list of interesting WordPress.tv talks + blog posts for group discussion, improving and sharing a list of Meetup ideas, or a list of speakers that can Skype in for meetups that have no speakers. @meaganhanes and @andreamiddleton are continuing chats about this.

#community, #meeting-notes