Looking for inspiration for your next issue, advice on how to create a branded publication or tips for creating a killer portfolio? Consider increasing your networking time to socialize and exchange ideas with those in your industry or with common interests. Networking can be easily done in-person or virtually through association meetings, conferences, forums, NING sites, community websites, etc.
One example of combining the virtual and live worlds is Meetup.com – a site that launched after 9/11 and boomed. It now hosts 79,000 local groups in 45,000 cities worldwide! A whopping 250,000 “Meetups” occur each month on topics ranging from design to publishing to small business owners to marketing and just about any subject matter or topic you may be interested in.
We believe that there is great value to be gained from spending time with people in your profession or who share your love and interest in creating world-class publications. Meeting to exchange ideas, resources and best practices can lead to expanding your skill set and even to new business opportunities. Say you’re looking to find people to start a new cycling publication, check out these meetups with other cycling enthusiasts. Looking to get inspired by or for tips from other designers check out Behance Network’s Tip Exchange.
Below are some other opportunities to meet-and-greet, exchange ideas and network with your peers.
American Marketing Association – Local Chapters
American Society of Association Executives – Communities Section
Business Marketing Association – Local Chapters
AIGA – The Professional Association for Design – Local Chapters
Adobe InDesign User Group – Local Chapters
Professional Photographers of America – Calendar of Events
Behance Network – A Creative Professional Platform
Editor & Publisher – Upcoming events around the world
Folio – Magazine publishers grouped by interest, location, field, etc.
Magazine Dojo – Social networking site for magazine publishers
This is by no means a comprehensive list. Share more of your favorite networking opportunities with us in the comments section below.
As you may have noticed, we’re hard at work to make sure we’re meeting our community where you already live: Facebook and Twitter. But many of you are also working professionals with a presence on the world’s most popular business networking site, LinkedIn. So today, we’re excited to announce our latest online presence, Publisher’s Corner on LinkedIn. This LinkedIn Group was created to act as an additional resource for the MagCloud community. On the Discussions tab, you can share everything from your thoughts on the latest trends in digital- and print-publishing, to the design tips you find indispensable, to your distribution strategy. The Promotions tab can be used to share information about webinars, trainings and other promotions the community might find beneficial. There is even a place to list job openings and discuss opportunities you’ve heard about but want insight from other publishers and group members before pursuing.
We invite you to participate in any ongoing discussions or start one of your own. Connect with other members of the community and trade industry news. LinkedIn is an ideal venue for meeting others in your professional field, and we hope Publisher’s Corner will generate stimulating discussions to the benefit each of you. On that note, you will gain the most from this Group if other influencers throughout our industry join the conversation. Feel free to share the Group with your LinkedIn network and help us build a solid community of digital- and print-publishing professionals.
We hope you’ll visit soon and often. The MagCloud team looks forward to engaging in some great conversations with you. See you there!