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Why did it seem every Meetup I joined ceased meeting?

Weeks away from moving to Chicago, I started researching Meetup communities to network with other marketing professionals. SEO (Search Engine Optimization) groups, marketing groups, copywriting groups; it seemed there were many out there getting together to discuss interesting topics but:

The landscape was a digital ghost town. 

That’s not to say groups didn’t exist.  Far from it – there were (still are) local Chicago meetup groups on a bevy of topics touching on web design to weaving.

However, most of of the ones I stumbled upon had many members with exactly zero upcoming meetings scheduled.

Hold up, Jon.  Meetup?

Meetup is a website that anyone can join and create a community around a topic they enjoy (or search to join existing communities).

Since the beginning on 2013,  we’ve contemplated the idea of inviting local business professionals to Cushing (or partner venues in the Loop, around River North etc.) to meet, share marketing ideas, network and potentially invite guest speakers to present on a number of topics.meetup-icon

Why?

It could be a powerful think tank! One of the most appealing aspects of working at a printing services company is collaborating with a variety of organizations. Fine artists, photographers, marketing professionals, architects, designers – the list is longer than a perfect bound book. Wouldn’t it be great to create a community of businesses, from across the spectrum, that have different experiences and can share what works?

Not to mention (and I just did), from social media to email newsletters, the marketing and communications landscape is forever evolving.

So, What’s Next?

Meet New People

We are excited to announce the Chicago Marketing & Communications Experience, (you may need an account to view) an opportunity to connect, share ideas and increase your marketing acumen. Our objective is to be active, keep topics interesting, cover the latest marketing trends and grow organic participation. Anyone interested in shaping the conversation and contributing is welcome.

Here are the general details:
Marketing Meet & Greet
Wednesday March 19

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

To officially reserve a spot, follow the link, join the group, ask questions (if you like – there is a community message board) and RSVP for the first event.

And if you know someone who can benefit from joining, please share the details with them!

Jon Davis
Jon Davis

Jon Davis is Cushing’s Marketing Manager. From blogging to online communications, Jon writes about general client developments, Cross Media and marketing trends. Originally from New York, Jon and his family reside in Brookfield, Illinois. Click here to see his Google + profile.

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