This document contains:
- Benefits to being a MUG Leader
- MUG Leader Responsibilities
- MUG Leader Requirements
- Getting Partners to Sponsor
- What does success look like as a MUG Leader?
- Other expectations of a Leader
- Marketo's Responsibilities
- Marketo User Group Leader Application
To request to start a group near you fill out the Marketo User Group Leader Application but first, read what leading a group entails below!
Benefits to being a MUG Leader
- Networking. Expand your network to include other leading and innovative marketers in your local area.
- Guide the conversation. Personally set the agenda for the meeting and discuss topics that you think are important in the marketing automation space.
- Build your personal brand. Share your expertise and make a name for yourself as an expert in the field.
- Be the voice of innovation. Did the group voice a lot of opinion on a particular topic? Share your feedback and ideas directly with the Product Management team.
- Perks. You will be eligible to receive discounts on Summit* (see below under "Other Expectations of a Leader") and will be kept apprised of great opportunities such as speaking engagements, networking events, social media discussions, points and on and offline rewards and prizes.
MUG Leader Responsibilities
The job of the User Group leader is to plan and facilitate the Marketo User Group meetings for your city on a quarterly basis (minimum). The leader is the main point of contact between your peers in your city and Marketo. You will be made the owner of your own group in the Marketing Nation Community. Have fun with it, make it your own!
Here is what being an owner of a group entails:
- As the owner, your responsibility is to facilitate the entire group.
- Make the group successful by keeping users engaged and informed. Drive conversation, share meeting dates and materials, and enlist participation.
- Create and share your meeting information with the group
- If you were a Leader in 2014: this will take the place of all actions done in Marketo previously
- Membership is controlled by the owner through self-selection or invitations.
- Any member of community can join the group to contribute. All content is viewable without joining.
MUG Leader Requirements (Updated March 2018)
- Must meet within the first 3 months after becoming a leader
- Plan and execute a minimum of 1 meeting a quarter after the first meeting
- Must post discussion topics, meeting information or updates in your group at least once a week to encourage participation among group members
- 1-2 hours a week for managing group
- If the user group is inactive for 3 months +, it will be hidden from search and marked inactive. Activity is measured by posts in the group.
- If you want to reactivate it, contact community manager with the details of your upcoming meeting.
Must be a current customer in a marketing role who uses Marketo
Cannot be a Partner (To learn more about how Partners can get involved, view Getting Partners to Sponsor below)
Meeting planning can generally take up to 5 hours total
Getting Partners to Sponsor (only for regional leaders)
To make planning and having meetings easier, we have a Partner Sponsorship Program. To learn more about what is required of the Partners, read our Partner Guidelines when Sponsoring a MUG.
As the leader, you will receive a triggered Marketo email each time a Partner fills out their interest form, and it will contain all their contact information so you can start coordinating! We ask that you please acknowledge you received the form, and let the partner know if you have any meetings planned or if you aren't interested at this time. Please note that this program is based on demand and there may not be partners in your area. In this case we recommend customers host meetings.
What does success look like as a MUG Leader?
- Facilitating at least one meeting a quarter
- Increasing group membership each year by 25% (Note: membership is measured by how many members you have in your user group in this community)
- 50% attendance rate each meeting (i.e. 25 attended out of the 50 that registered)
- Positive feedback / ratings in meeting surveys throughout the year
Other expectations of a Leader
- Be a loyal advocate of Marketo
- Attend other Marketo events such as Roadshows and Summit when possible
- Engage in Community at least once a week
- Share presentations, best practices and findings with your fellow leaders in the Leader Group so you can share in each others success (and not re-create presentations). Making them successful makes you successful!
- *Execute at least 4 meetings a year to qualify for benefits at Summit
- Get help! It is common for a user group to have at least 2 leaders to you can share the responsibilities, but we allow no more than 3 official leaders. Feel free to recruit in your group!
- Promote upcoming Marketo & marketing events in Community
- Stay up to date on the latest and greatest with Marketo so you can share upcoming events, product info, and best practices at meetings
- Attend calls as scheduled with our Product & Marketing teams to get the most up to date information on products and best practices
- Engage socially using any of the following hashtags and handles: (You will have an individual city hashtag as well)
Marketo can provide assistance and support where needed, however you are primarily responsible for the planning and execution of meetings. We are here to help you be successful!
To request to start a group near you, fill out the Marketo User Group Leader Application.