Support for new contributors to marketing

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WCEU 2020

In the run up to WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. Europe Contributor DayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/. 2020, the Marketing Team will be running support and onboarding sessions. We’ve also made a video to help attendees sign-up for some of the tools ahead of the day.

The event for WordPress contributors at WCEU will take place on Thursday 4 June 2020. Tickets for the contributor event went live today on the WCEU 2020 website.

Onboarding support is a way for newer contributors to discover the 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. WordPress project and its Marketing Team, learn about the tools used and find ways to get involved. The support sessions will include help to:

  • create a WordPress.orgWordPress.org The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. https://wordpress.org/ ID (video also available below)
  • set up SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/., update your profile and join the Make WordPress Marketing channel. Slack is an instant messaging and collaboration tool used by the teams that ‘make’ WordPress
  • set up a Google username you would like to use for contributing to the project
  • use Google Docs collaboratively

During every Marketing Team weekly meetings there is an opportunity to welcome new contributors and to help them get started. The global Marketing Team meets on Wednesdays at 14:00 UTC in #Slack. Attendees who would like to contribute to the marketing area at WordCamp Europe (WCEU) are also welcome to come along.

More resources to help you get started using the tools in the Marketing Team Handbook.

Come and meet the Marketing Team sessions

You can join these informal, onboarding support sessions on:

  • (Monday 11 May 2020, 19:30 UTC)
  • (Tuesday 12 May 2020, 15:00 UTC)
  • Monday 25 May 2020, 19:30 UTC
  • Tuesday 26 May 2020, 15:00 UTC
  • Wednesday 3 June 2020, 14:00 UTC – usual Marketing Team meeting held on Slack
    • this will focus on any remaining support needed to help WCEU Contributor Day attendees and final preparations With volunteers. Event attendees will be welcome to join too
  • Wednesday 3 June 2020, 15:00 – 15:30 UTC – online meeting for volunteers/ those supporting marketing team onboarding at WCEU. This will be held on Zoom.

Videos to help you set up WordPress.org and Slack ID

Who can come to these sessions?

These help sessions will be aimed at:

  • WCEU Contributor Day attendees who would like to contribute to the project’s Marketing Team
  • individuals who have recently joined the team – this is not limited to those who will be going to WCEU
  • longer term contributors who would like a refresher on the tools
  • more experienced contributors who want to help others who are new to the team

It will be a great way to come and meet team members.

There will be a sign-up list for each session to help us plan volunteer numbers and the use of video conferencing tools. This will also help us prepare assistance on particular tools.

As with all contributing events, we want to help make the WCEU Contributor Day experience positive and useful. We’re building on the set up we have used for other contributor events and feedback. This blog will be updated as the team has more details.

How do I offer to help with onboarding?

If you are an existing marketing contributor, please do connect with me or in the #marketing channel on Slack. As this year’s WCEU Contributor Day will run for five hours online, we will need to do more support on tools in advance. We’re keen to welcome even more team members to assist with this. You don’t need to be active on current tasks to help with onboarding, just experienced with helping others set up the tools we use.

Useful resources

We will add to this in the coming week.

Discover why contributing to WordPress benefits everyone

Contributor, WordPress Jargon glossary

Updates from the Marketing Team (22 April 2020)

How individuals contributed to the WordPress.org Marketing, WCEU 2019

Why your company should consider contributing to WordPress

#contributor-day #WCEU

#wceu-2020

Contribute to marketing at WCEU

Could you help spread the word about WordPress and our amazing community? Join the Marketing table at WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. Europe’s Contributor Day on 20 June 2019. You can also work on the many different tasks in the Contributing Area during the main conference days, 21 and 22 June.

WordCamp Europe Contribution Day 2019

In the Marketing Team, we work on research, blog posts, case studies, videos and a variety of other useful content. We have lots of exciting projects planned for this year’s event in June and are looking forward to meeting all the contributors who have booked.

Join the marketing contributors

The team focuses on marketing WordPress and its community to the wider world and internally to other teams within the project. You can get involved in both one-off or longer term tasks highlighting the amazing aspects of this global, 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. platform and its vibrant community.

We will be bringing a selection of these projects to WordCamp Europe’s Contributor DayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/., which is one of the biggest WordPress contribution events on the planet. Here are just some of the ways you can get involved.

  • Subtitling or translating WordCamp talks which promote the community or features of the WordPress platform
  • Helping develop the outreach process for gathering case studies of the amazing websites built with WordPress
  • If you enjoy filming and have equipment for that, you can work with our reporting team and WordCamp Europe communications to document the great event that is Contributor Day
  • And there’s so much more! So come join the marketing table, where you will be able to work on something individually or with others

How can you prepare?

Equipment

You will not need fancy hardware to join the marketing table at WCEU. For most projects, all you will need is a laptop and a charger.

If you would like to help with filming video interviews, please bring audio and video equipment and a tripod, if you have them. If you want to work on subtitling videos or just need to focus a bit more, you may want to bring headphones.

Online tools

We use several online tools to work together with WordPressers across the world. If you do not have an existing account, you can save some time by setting up in advance.  

Self study

If you would like to know a bit more about the team or familiarize yourself with content creation guidelines, you can find more in the Marketing Team Handbook.

If you would like to learn how we use Trello, discover more at our First Time Here Trello Board, which works like a tutorial.

What we will be working on

There are several projects you can choose to work on during WCEU’s Contributor Day. Just come along to the marketing table and we will help you pick a task or join one of the sub groups.

Showcase Case studies

The WordPress.org Showcase consists of case studies demonstrating a range of great web solutions made with WordPress. We are in the process of redesigning this area of the website, and there’s lots of tasks available. We have a number of case studies ready to be written or adapted to the new format. We’re also looking to create an outreach plan or program to gather new case studies.

Video campaign

WordPress.tv holds thousands of great videos that we would like to use in marketing. To do so, we need to know which videos can be used for what. Also, these videos need subtitling (and you can help!)

So if you would like to help by reviewing videos to see whether they can be used for marketing, subtitle them, or even translate while subtitling them, we want to hear from you. We have videos selected in a number of different languages and this list is growing every week! You don’t need video experience to help with this task, but headphones will be useful to listen to the recordings.

We also have some great tools and videos to show you how easy subtitling can be.

Profiles of WordPress contributors

Working with the awesome WordCamp Europe community and communications teams, we will be continuing our interview series. The wonderful community profiles encourage new joiners, promote diversity and inclusion, and help make connections. They can show people outside the community how open source works and how they can join in.

Our interviews and write-ups can be in written, audio or video form. Help us tell the story of the project and its people.

Document contributor events

We enjoy sharing news and examples from contributor events. WordCamp Europe’s event with more than 500 attendees is an impressive example of what the community does and what it can achieve. Watch this video of contributor day at WordCamp Europe 2018 .

Covering the highlights of the event is an easy task for those getting started or who have journalistic or filmmaking backgrounds. We want to help capture some of the stories about what happens during the day, what teams are working on, and the experiences of attendees. If you enjoy filming and editing videos, this could be a great way to contribute. We will not have equipment for video or audio available, but you would be welcome to bring items you want to use.

Here are a few interviews from our series working with WordCamps:

Improving how we encourage new members

We are constantly trying to improve our induction and onboarding process to help those new to the team. We are interested in suggestions from those new to the community as well as those joining from other Make WordPress teams. We want to continue to make contributing to the marketing team easier and an enjoyable experience. If you can’t join the team at this year’s WordCamp Europe, come along to one of our weekly meetings on Slack.

Read our feature on why you should consider becoming a contributor and hear from a number of others on their journey with WordPress.

Thanks to @siobhanseija and @yvettesonneveld for their contributions to this post and for leading the team at WCEU’s 2019 Contribution Day, and to @abhanonstopnewsuk for her work on the contributor series. Thanks to @harryjackson1221 for his work on the case studies and showcase. We would also like to thank the WordCamp Europe community and communications team for working with us on a number of contributor promotion items during the last year.

#contributing, #contributor-day, #wceu

WCEU Contributor Day – Marketing the Community Project List

Marketing the Community WCEU Contributor Day Project List

In our May 3, 2017, meeting, the Marketing the Community subgroup spent our time building a list of projects for Contributor Day. These are our meeting notes as well.

My goal for this day is to align your passion as a contributor in teams of two or three people. Let’s be agile.

What are we missing?

Tell us in the comments.

Overall Goals:

  • Coordinating subgroups suggested by @davidvee
  • Soliciting financial support for marketing WP by @davidvee
  • Creating amazing content to use in those marketing efforts @jenblogs4u
  • Changing time of Marketing Channel to 9am PDT and letting each subgroup have their own SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. channel to collaborate throughout the month @gidgey
  • Cross-Team Info Sharing @mcdwayne
  • Clearer ‘getting started’ notes for newcomers (especially since the monthly slack meetings are a tad chaotic) @mcdwayne
  • A project management board (TrelloTrello Project management system using the concepts of boards and cards to organize tasks in a sane way. This is what the make.wordpress.com/marketing team uses for example: https://trello.com/b/8UGHVBu8/wp-marketing. vs Asana vs Jira, etc) @mcdwayne
  • Clearer goals and timelines for deliverables @mcdwayne
  • Moving to a video call system for the monthly meetings.  Slack is awesome for points of data but group discussions tend to become unfollowable at some point.  @mcdwayne
  • Move to an Agile approach with a SCRUM master leading each meeting @mcdwayne

Action Plan for WCEU:

  • Change time to 9am PDT and discuss implementing Google calls to enhance meeting structure.
  • Austin meetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. will record WP testimonials and donate video to ad/marketing efforts.
  • Discuss personas and how to engage
  • Review and discuss funding operations for the WordPress Community regarding nonprofit versus commercial activities and how that has evolved, organized, and for sponsor rules at WordCamps. Maybe it should be addressed differently for marketing needs.
  • Discuss involving sponsors in marketing efforts.
  • Create a guide for new folks on how to approach local businesses for sponsorships.

 

#contributor-day, #marketing-the-community, #wceu