Everyone enjoys a hug. But here we’ll be talking about a different kind of HUG, one that offers support to the HubSpot user community. It also enables meets, events and other types of assistance to HubSpot users.
The basic definition for the uninitiated: HUG stands for HubSpot Users Group. If you are a HubSpot developer or are aspiring to become one, attending such an event is a must. Let’s chat about some of the benefits of attending a local HubSpot meetings
What are HubSpot Events?
A lot of like-minded professionals, who happen to be passionate about HubSpot, get together to stay on top of the latest and greatest HubSpot news. They share experiences and knowledge, meet, swap stories and network. That is why you should never shy away from this kind of event and make a point to attend the next one.
Local HubSpot support
The local HUG meetups are great for meeting a lot of the people in your immediate vicinity that use HubSpot The networking options are only possible if you decide to attend a local HubSpot event. Note that not only HubSpot developers attend these meetings, but also potential clients that use HubSpot.
Pro Tip Don’t be shy and talk to people. A conference is a chance to meet people that are potential clients and you can spread your contact info and talk directly to interesting people. Or you can use this as a chance to meet HubSpot developers which you can later recruit in your company.
I know that we live in the digital age, but many people still prefer good old paper card as a way of sharing their contact info, so have your cards ready.
Meet Interesting People
All HubSpot User meetups usually have a keynote speaker that is an expert in their field. Hearing them talk live is an experience by itself, and the learning opportunities are plentiful.
Pro tip Do not hesitate to ask questions. If you leave the event with more questions than answers, you‘ve missed the point. During the Q&A, stand up, introduce yourself and ask your question that is relevant to the discussed topic.
Seeing as the HubSpot platform is evolving and providing the chance to introduce new things and integrate it with various other tools, learning new tricks of the trade is essential in staying on top of your game.
Pro tip Take notes and mark interesting things that are new to you. You get a chance to learn about the HubSpot platform and the inbound marketing approach that is very difficult to obtain otherwise.
Positioning Yourself as an Expert
Showing your expertise and leadership skills during a HUG conference can take some getting used to. It is however an amazing opportunity to share your subject-matter expertise.
Social media is an amazing way to tell people about an event. Don’t forget to post during the conference and be the first to share the unique content with other HubSpotters.
San Francisco HubSpot events and opportunities
So where in San Francisco, you can find great HubSpot gatherings? HubSpot developer events and Meetups are frequently held in the City. Here’s a short list for your reference:
This is the official HubSpot HUG page for all events organized or supported by HubSpot in San Fran. Here you can find all relevant data about any local HubSpot happenings. Use the local SF HUG as a way to connect with local HubSpot community of users or developers.
The San Fran HUG is organized by HubSpot as one of 150+ HUGs across the world. This event is attended by a large number of people that share their interest in HubSpot and are interested in sharing their knowledge and learning something new about HubSpot and inbound marketing.
This is a global event series that helps sales professionals to grow their business. There are events held all across the world, and you need to check their website for the next event held in San Francisco.
This event is sponsored by HubSpot and is attended by 1000+ people. It is a one-day event where people share knowledge, experience and get in-person advice from industry leaders.
This is actually a career development program hosted by Reforge. The programs are held in San Francisco and some are online. Leaders from major leading platforms and companies like HubSpot, Uber, Pinterest and more offer their knowledge to professionals from various fields of technology in order to improve professional growth and development.
The duration of the programs is six weeks, and is attended by 1000+ people every year. The next session is in 2020, and for more detailed info, interested parties can subscribe to their newsletter.
Why Dreamforce? A lot of HubSpot clients integrate with Salesforce. We receive requests to integrate the two systems all the time. This makes Dreamforce an amazing place to meet someone who is already on HubSpot or perhaps share with them what HS can do, if they are looking for an out-of-the-box CMS/Marketing Automation System.
Dreamforce is an inspirational even that covers all things technology. Held in San Francisco, this event is a great opportunity to learn from some of the industry’s leading experts.
Over four days, Dreamforce conference enables great opportunities for networking, as it is attended by over 170,000 people. The tickets are pricy, but if you have the budget – it’s so worth it. For more info you can also follow the social media profiles of Dreamforce on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Why Disrupt? The original tech conference is an event where everyone is treated equally. Hosted in SF, this conference is a chance to meet startups that are looking to get their business off the ground or to get it to the next level.
It is hosted by TechCrunch, it means that a great number of fields are covered during the conference, and it is expected to attract over 10,000 people. Follow them on social media for daily updates: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
18-21 August 2020, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston, USA.
Yes, this is a 6-hour flight from San Francisco, but it’s so worth it! If you are a true HubSpot devotee, this is a must-attend event. This conference is organized by HubSpot and is full of educational events, entertainment, and opportunities to meet and mingle with a lot of interesting people.
It is attended by more than 24,000 people each year, which means a lot of learning and mingling opportunities for you. For more info, you can follow their Facebook event, Twitter feed or on Instagram.
In the end, if you’re on a tight budget, attending a local HUG event or a conference is a wise move that requires only your time. The opportunities for meeting new people, learning new things and sharing experiences are helpful to widen your circle of professional acquaintances and spreading your business within the community.
The inspiration one can get during these events is supported by the energy of the people, as well as by the same goal of everyone present - a lot of like-minded people in one place, sharing ideas, knowledge and experiences. Oh, yeah – and don’t forget to tweet while you’re there!