IPA Offers Press Access To Our Members
One of the most common questions a potential member asks is what are the benefits of membership at IPA and what qualifications do they need, to join our organization.
Not only does IPA offer press access to our members, but gives our members the ability to cover real events.
As most of us know, members of the media, have access to so many events and benefits from trade and consumer shows to free upgrades when they travel.
Many museums, attractions, sporting events offer working members of the media free access in hopes they will get the publicity that comes when a positive article is published about their business.
Of course many, as a courtesy, will extend privileges to members of the media. When I travel, I rarely pay for any of those out-of-pocket items, like a tourist bus, river cruises, entrance to the many museums we visit and so much more.
At the museums we usually meet their marketing or public relations manager who will then give us a VIP tour of their facility. In some cases, I only need to show my press card and in others, I show them our website and some of my work on my iPad.
I always email the places I want to visit prior to my trip and let them know I am coming. I will give them links to our sites and request access.
This simple method is how we not only saw the Lipizzaner Stallions of Austria but also had a VIP behind the scenes tour and a visit to the stables. You can see all the benefits we received on our trip to Budapest in my article Budapest Official City Tour.
CITY BUS TOUR & VIP TOURS
As you will read, we did receive complimentary city tour bus, river cruise, VIP tour of the Royal Buda Castle & National Gallery and many other benefits including the upgraded suite we had at the Marriott hotel in Budapest.
The article shows that I did the work and linked to all the websites and my recommendations to not only help those that supported me on my trip, but to help my readers find the best way to tour this city.
Now planning ahead is usually enough to get me those great upgrades at hotels and resorts too. I may have booked a $150 a night room and always, I mean always get the upgrades to those $600 a night suites.
PUBLISH ON OUR SITE TO IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS
Most of our members, that actually publish on our sites, can tell similar stories. I wanted to write this article in my attempt to tell the story even better. By pointing out how members that follow our program, can improve their skills. How they can get more confidence and save thousands of dollars each year.
If you are interested in seeing what benefits our active members have, just visit our IMPress website and see all the articles and photos there, I am sure you will be IMPressed too.
Silver or Gold Membership Level
We realized that our current membership levels were simply not addressing many potential members’ needs. Some inquiries requested a companion or crew membership rate for a mate, travel companion or crew members that didn’t want or need the full membership package but did need Press ID to gain access to events that required press identification
LOW-COST SPOUSE ID
Married couples also requested Press ID for their spouses so they could both enjoy the many benefits afforded members of the Press. Imagine trying to take one’s wife or husband to a trade show that only allowed those in the trade or the press access. Traveling and going to museums, bus tours, etc. meant only the member of IPA would receive the benefit, now their mates can as well.
Other media outlets asked for a corporate rate for their staff. One full membership enables these outlets to publish on our sites and enjoy full member benefits and their other staff members can now join as Silver members at a lower cost.
Check out our new Membership Options and take advantage of our Silver Membership Level now only $125 for the year, the perfect option for your staff or crew too. See our new two and three-year membership options now at the lowest cost ever.
Our Member Support Blog has been designed to help our members too. At our blog, you will find a number of articles that detail everything you need to know, including how to obtain media access, how to publish articles on our websites, how to get exposure and credibility and so much more.
GO BEHIND THE SCENES
IPA members come to us from many countries at all skill levels from beginners to advanced. They all have one thing in common, they want to improve their skills and gain access to events. By getting “Behind The Scenes” at these events they can actually see what is involved in covering a major event and learn how to publish their article or photos on our websites.
Most photographer or journalists never obtain access unless they were already a member of the legitimate media.
As a result, they never have access to the Press Rooms at all these events. In a press room, there is always excitement, refreshments, gifts for the members of the media and one gets the opportunity to meet others and make valuable contacts and friendships.
30 Years Tells You Our Program Works
IPA offers our members over 26 years of experience helping photographers and journalists get experience and access. Our program has received rave reviews over the years and has an excellent reputation, expertise and the knowledge needed to help members at all skill levels.
We offer our members an opportunity to do what they love to do, take photos, videos and write. Seeing our works published in an upscale and credible publication makes it all worthwhile.
This article has been written to offer you some insight into how two members achieved spectacular heights as members of our organization. You will learn that it is easy to fulfill your dreams if you have the talent and aren’t afraid to do the work, just as they have done.
Two Websites To Help You Learn and Earn
Visit our online publication IMPress and see the hundreds of articles our members have posted. Most include extraordinary photos and videos too. You too can learn how to publish on our two websites. Our websites are created on WordPress platforms, so learning how is easy.
Our main IPA site was created to support our members and help them to improve their skills. Teaching them how to gain the exposure and credibility they have earned. Those that are actively publishing quality material on this site will be invited to become part of our staff at IMPress. Working members at IMPress have greater access, better benefits and enjoy the praise for their work.
Leading Corporations Sponsor IPA
Membership fees are just a small part of the funds needed to continue our work. It has never been about the money at IPA, it has always been about our members and will continue this way with the help of our sponsoring companies
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