#CMGRHangout presents: Moving from Faves to Hugs

If you know me at all, you know I’m a huge fan of meet ups and events. I’m a bit notorious for hosting them everywhere I go. While it’s true that video makes us closer to each other, hugs are even better. As part of the Magento community, I was able to form in-person friendships at their first annual conference, four years ago, that only continue to grow stronger as time passes. Because this skill is so powerful and essential in our industry, one of our CMAD awards was focused to recognize community managers who excel at bringing their online communities offline.

Join us for this week’s #CMGRHangout panel on Friday, March 27th at 2pm EST to talk tips and tricks for successfully bringing your online community together in an offline environment.

+Jonathan Brewer, +Dom Garrett and +Sherrie Rohde will be hosting the Hangout with +Mike Al-Naji, +Ally Greer and +Stacey Miller as panelists. +Carrie Keenan and +Sarah Nagel will be moderating the Twitter chat using #CMGRHangout.

Discussion Questions

1. Do your community members tend to meet each other online or offline?
2. When planning on an event, do you have help? Is your event team part of your organization or volunteer based?
3. How do you create an environment to foster engagement (venue, food, drinks, music, etc)?
4. What tips have you found to help community members continue to connect after the event?
5. How have you seen your community benefit from in-person events?
6. How do you help community members plan and host their own events?
7. What is your favorite memory from attending, or hosting, a community event?

RSVP & Watch the Hangout

RSVP here to let us know you’re going to watch. This will add the event to your calendar and remind you to attend! If you want to be on air, please let us know in advance by commenting here.

Let’s discuss ways you can attend:

Watch: You do NOT need to join the hangout. Just stay on the Google+ Event and you’ll see the video on YouTube. (Don’t worry, it will be there and start playing as soon as the broadcast begins.)

Talk and Be Seen: If you decide you want to talk, not just watch, please let us know in advance. (We will only invite a few people for this event, so let us know why you would like to attend.) 

Chat: You can watch here and/or follow the conversation on Twitter using     .

Any questions? Just let us know in advance. Please don’t wait until 2pm EST to ask questions. 

If you join us on the hangout, a wired internet connection is preferred and if you have a headset with mic or earbuds, that works best for the audio. You will also need a working webcam.

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