Categori Archives: User Groups 2.0

Take Your Group to 2.0: Make It Personal

One of the best things about being part of a Mac User Group is the sense of fellowship and camaraderie that comes with getting together with people of similar interest and enthusiasm. However, most groups get together only once a month for a few hours, new members join and group membership waxes and wanes. As […]

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Take Your Group to 2.0: Stop Killing Trees

One of the most venerable traditions in the Mac User Group community is the production of a monthly newsletter. They range from a simple couple pages to magazine-style offerings that might rival many of the commercial entries in quality and content. And the time has come for the to evolve: If you’re still delivering on […]

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Take Your Group to 2.0: Spring-Cleaning Your Web Site

Yesterday we told you about this year’s annual spring-cleaning of The MUG Center’s Surfboard, our analog list of Mac User Groups around the world, and how we learned a few things from visiting several hundred MUG sites in the span of just a few days. We want to share some of those with you, combine […]

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Take Your Group to 2.0: Evaluating Your Group’s Affiliations

Each year The MUG Center receives at least a couple dozen emails asking about signing up with the various Vendor Programs available to Mac User Groups, affiliations with some of the purported user group organizations out there and the many other offers that come to user group leaders. The questions are always the same: Do […]

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Take Your Group to 2.0: Easily Survey Your Group

A common challenge for any user group is delivering on the wants and needs of the membership. Sure, a group’s tone is often set by the leader(s). That can be a very good thing of the leader’s orientation is similar to that of the group members, but can limit or even damage the group if […]

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Take Your Group to 2.0: The Do’s and Don’ts of iCal

Virtually every user group needs to communicate a common class of information to their members and to the world: their meeting and/or event schedule. For Mac User Groups, Apple’s iCal is the obvious choice to accomplish this goal, but it must be used with care or it can actually become an obstacle to getting the […]

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Take Your Group to 2.0: Take Advantage of Apple Sales Web

Mac User Group leaders have many resources they can take advantage of to inform their members about the latest happenings in the Apple world, and several of them are provided by Apple itself. Among them is access to Apple Sales Web. Apple gives the ambassadors of recognized Mac User Groups access to the secure part […]

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Take Your Group to 2.0: Look Beyond The Mac

Every Mac User Group (or at least the physical MUGs as opposed to the virtual groups) has the challenge of developing a meeting topic each month. They have to have a speaker to present it and do their best to be sure that it is relevant to a significant portion of their membership. With the […]

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