Events/2011/Events Strategy Brainstorm

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Mozilla Engagement - brainstorm for Events Strategy 2011


Mozilla events play a key role in strengthening our relationship with target audiences, raising awareness about our mission and our products, and encouraging fans of Mozilla to get involved in the project. Events also help us take the pulse of the community of contributors, identify and meet new community leaders and get important insight on challenges and opportunities in specific locales.

The different types of events outlined in this document aim to support and energize our existing community while garnering new contributors in key acquisition markets, increase mindshare and drive Mozilla product downloads in targeted geos.

The audiences targeted by the events can be broken down into three broad categories: contributors, new-users and the users. Although there will be one-off and region-specific events, the general aim for 2011 is to leverage community and empower Mozillians, through a set of tools and best practices, to organize and run Mozilla events in their region/locale that are easily reproducible and occur regularly.

The Mozilla Reps program (ReMo) will play a central role in leveraging community and helping Mozillians to design, organize and run their own events, especially in non priority geos. ReMo will be key in raising brand and product awareness, scaling and increasing our community presence in smaller addressable markets, while also strengthening and expanding our contributor base.

Overall goals

  • Energize and motivate our existing community of users and contributors
  • increase mindshare and drive product downloads
  • Lay the seeds for new contributions and identify next generation of contributors
  • Leverage and extend our reach internationally and beyond targeted geos through easily reproducible events

Key Targeted Audiences


  • Engineers & developers
  • Education
  • Security
  • UI/UE professionals, Web designers
  • Localization
  • Support
  • Marketing/Advocates/Students

Rationale: Mozilla contributors are the backbone of the Mozilla project. It is essential to continuously support and assist existing contributions while engaging with new potential contributors.

New Users

  • Consumers
  • Gamers
  • University students
  • Bloggers
  • 18-40 y/o bracket
  • Families
  • Affinity groups
  • Tech savvy individuals
  • Home CTOs

Rationale: New users are those web users who do not use Firefox and/or have never heard of Firefox and/or use a browser but do know what a browser is. A key aim of the events strategy is to help win more of these new users and make them happy.

User Community

  • Longtime Mozilla product evangelists and fans
  • Recent adopters
  • Firefox fans

Rationale: More than 450 million people use Firefox but only a handful are aware of the different Mozilla products that exist. the key aim for events is to raise awareness of Mozilla services, products and its mission.

Major Event Initiatives by Audience


  • Hack Nights - ReMo
  • MozPubs - ReMo
  • Inter-Community Meetups (eg. Balkan Meetup) - ReMo
  • Regional Summits (eg. Mozilla Camp Europe) - staff/ReMo
  • Community Meetups (eg. Cologne Meetup) - ReMo
  • Project sprints (ReMo)
  • Mozilla Summit (staff)

New Users

  • Tutorials/Presentations (eg. Intro to Firefox) - ReMo
  • Tech Consumer tradeshows (eg. CeBit/Mobile World Congress) - staff/ReMo
  • Influencer conferences (eg. LeWeb/Lift) - staff/ReMo
  • Summer music festivals (eg. Vieilles Charrues) - ReMo

User Community

  • Product launch parties (eg. Firefox 4 launch party) - ReMo
  • Student Rep parties - ReMo
  • FOSS events/tech fairs (eg. FOSDEM/LinuxTag/FISL) - ReMo
  • Thematic events (eg. MAOW/Thunderbird) - staff/ReMo
  • Open Web Camps - ReMo
  • Labs events (eg. Design Jams) - staff/ReMo
  • Drumbeat workshops - ReMo

ReMo and Self-Service Events

The Mozilla Reps program (ReMo) is central in our effort to expand our reach and empower Mozillians locally. ReMo will provide a framework for self-service events and the necessary tools to enable Mozilla Reps to request funding for, design, and run their own events. These tools include:

  • SOPs for events (templates and sample event best practices)
  • events toolkit (ie. print collateral, videos, slide decks, presentation templates etc...)
  • swag request form
  • budget request form

For more info, see:


Establishing clear metrics to measure the success and impact of Mozilla events is essential. The following is a list of commonly used metrics, however the mix of metrics that we use will vary per event. Here are the most common metrics used:

  • Anticipated vs. Actual # of attendees or visitors
  • Media coverage (eg. # of relevant articles/blogs posts/tweets published in the aftermath of event)
  • # of new contributors recruited
  • # of locales represented at event
  • # of people participating in event survey/questionnaire
  • # of interviews recorded and/or videos produced
  • # of downloads of Firefox or Thunderbird (through custom URL)