ITSS For Business Members
An opportunity for tea entrepreneurs to join an international network of tea enthusiasts.
Founder, Babette Donaldson, signing books at the 1st San Francisco International Tea Festival. As one of the original organizers of this event, she realizes the importance of creating new ways to introduce Tea to more consumers.
Dear Tea Professional,
Whether you own a brick & mortar teashop or are an online purveyor, a tea blogger, tea author, tea educator, organizer of tea-related events such as festivals or have some other related enterprise that may be of interest to our community, you can become a Business Member of ITSS and enjoy the benefits of our community.
Our mission is to provide a meaningful platform for consumer members can navigate the complex world of tea – all kinds and qualities of tea, from all countries of origin – and to support businesses offering products and services. This page is an overview – linked to several more detailed pages about becoming a Business Member of ITSS. (See details below.)
As a Business Member you will have several ways to promote yourself to our General Tea Sipper Members: page profile, event calendar, contributing interesting content and, eventually, sponsoring contests and member events. Plans for the future are to promote tea drinking and ITSS in popular media which should benefit all participating Business Members. We’re banking on the idion that “a rising tide lifts all boats”. In raising the level of tea-appreciation, ITSS wants to increase the success of all our Business Members.
Babette Donaldson, Founder
ITSS Business Member Benefits
Complete Business Profile Page
Think of your business profile as a 24-7 x 365 advertisement to a targeted audience of self-selected tea lovers around the world. Where else could you get that kind of value and convenience to promote your business?
Your profile page is unique URL intimately and thoroughly introducing you to our tea-focused membership. Add up to 5 images, an unlimited description of your business or service and complete contact information. The field for your special value to ITSS members is an opportunity to reach out and welcome tea lovers to contact you directly. Be sure to share what make you unique in Tea Land and why you have chosen a life in tea. What’s your tea story?
List Your Profile in Multiple Categories
The dozens of business categories are the real power supply of our business directory. We encourage every business member to list themselves and their business in five different categories that define what they do. The directory system organizes them in response to member searches for types of businesses and geographic locations.
You may own a tearoom, with a tea gift shop, online tea store, cater tea parties and be a tea speaker offering talks and classes in your area of specialty. Check the growing list of categories and offer suggestions if we haven’t added what you need.
List Events on the ITSS Calendar
In addition to your complete profile page, ITSS Business Members may submit their events to add to our online calendar. Each event listing will also have their own “page”.
Members will spot your events in order by date. They can select to see the calendar by list with the featured image and a short excerpt from the entire description or the full-month view with event titles only in the square for each day.
Members click to view the complete listing. Provide your descriptive details and at least one photo – up to three + logo. The live links should have curious sippers clicking on your website or picking up the phone for reservations.
Events can include classes, themed tea parties, festivals, tours . . . or even a Grand Opening! What about an anniversary party to celebrate your years in business?
Publish Articles On ITSS Website
Publishing your work to ITSS is an excellent way to be recognized in our community of tea lovers, helping to establish your professionalism and experience in the tea industry. This option is generally limited to Business Members; few exceptions apply.
We offer several categories for which you can submit content. Write on your personal and professional experience. Your love of tea history. Tea party themes with your favorite recipes. Travel stories to countries of origin or tea travel in your community. Consider participating in an ITSS webinar or hosting an online seminar for members.
Publishing your work builds your professionalism and advertises your business.
Advertise On ITSS Website
Following our official launch month – January 2016 – with an established membership and documented analytics, ITSS will make display advertising space available on select pages. Most of these will be located on article pages and in select sidebars. Affordable rates will be established once we have and established membership and page analytics to establish actual page value. Display advertising will be limited to ITSS Business Members. (Some of these spaces being temporarily filled with our first supporting Business Members and Google Ads.)
Sponsorship opportunities – similar to advertising – will be announced to Business Members as they become available. This will support events, webinars and contests.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does an ITSS Business Membership Cost?
The subscription rate for ITSS Business Members is $50 per year.
Business Members enjoy the same benefits as Standard Sipper Members at $25 per year + a complete profile page with images and generous descriptions to promote their business, the opportunity to list tea events such as themed tea parties, classes, lectures, festivals and meet-ups and eligibility to submit content to the growing Tea Sipper Library.
How will ITSS generate new interest in tea?
ITSS will use print & online advertising, informational articles, events and social media contests to attract people new to tea and then guide them through an exploration of all things tea – focusing on making it fun and accessible, not stuffy and snobbish.
ITSS will always encourage members to explore and broaden their range of tea experiences without demeaning any preferences. Teabag lovers and Tea Leaf lovers alike. We sincerely believe that, by sharing the incredible story of tea, we will encourage members to further involve their families and circles of friends.
What's different about ITSS over all the other (free) social media opportunities?
ITSS is a community, making meaningful connections between business and consumer members. Certainly, social media plays an important part in promoting ITSS but we believe that we can be far more focused and organized, giving members a premium experience to search the world of tea without being harassed by aggressive advertising robots studying every click.
While the business profiles and event listings are, essentially advertising, they also bring value to members.
Can I speak with an ITSS staff member by phone?
Yes! We’d love to talk to you.
Record a message and call-back number: 815.550.2064
Phone Babette directly: 530.263.4501
In how many categories can I list my business?
You can list up to five categories as long as they accurately describe your business. Our staff will contact you if your listing in a particular category may lead to a misunderstanding with members and will work with you to make your professional listing as accurate and as beneficial to you as possible.
How difficult is it to create the business profile page?
For anyone with basic computer experience – such as sending email with images – it should be fairly simple. Check out our info page, Creating Your Business Profile.
If you don’t have time or someone on your own team to help, you can work with our graphic designer, Joan Moskowitz:
I don't have time to make my listing look and sound as well as I like. Do you have anyone who can do this for me?
For an additional fee, our graphic designer, Joan Moskowitz, will create your profile page.
Contact her: j.moskowitz@TeaSipperSociety.com