One of the things I love about living and working in Newcastle upon Tyne / the North East of England more generally is the way the region punches above its weight in terms of tech and digital meetups.
I already organise the WordPress North East and Magento North East groups, and love bringing people who are passionate about those topics together – as well as learning a lot about the topics too from the depth and breadth of speakers they attract.
One of the many meetups out there is the Ecommerce North East meetup. The group meets monthly at Campus North here in Newcastle upon Tyne on the first Wednesday evening of each month, as well as using the online community of around 250 members to discuss issues and best practice in between meetings.
Tony, the previous organiser, has done a fantastic job building a community of store owners, businesses, web designers and marketing experts all interested in ecommerce, but had limited time to continue organising the meetup. I jumped at the chance to help, as it fits closely with all of the Magento design and development projects I work on already at Peacock Carter. Alex, another attendee, also promised his help, and we became joint organisers – with a good grounding in both ecommerce web design and development, and with Alex’s experience in running an ecommerce business too.
Our plans for Ecommerce North East
After a quick discussion with Alex, we have a few plans for Ecommerce North East over the coming months and years to help maximise our impact for attendees, including:
- Making more use of social media via Ecommerce NE’s Twitter account, and a Facebook group for members too.
- Plans to provide workshop-style content for popular topics such as Amazon fulfillment and listing optimisation
- We’ve launched a new website for Ecommerce North East to help provide an archive of previous topics, where slides and notes from speakers are available
- Growing attendance to create an even more diverse, stronger community of people with an interest in ecommerce in the North East of England
If you’d like to come and learn more about ecommerce – or come and tell us about your ecommerce passion – it’d be great to see you at a future Ecommerce North East meetup. You can join us at meetup.com/ecommercene – it’s free to sign up (and you’re notified of future events too that way), and there is no charge for events.