Welcome, New Tea Business Member
ITSS was created to support and promote small, independent tea businesses and to help them connect directly and affordably with Tea Sippers. We currently offer five benefits for the annual $100 membership fee.
1. Tea Business Directory … Value: $100
2. Advertising … Value: $100
3. ITSS Special Events … Value: $100
4. Publishing … Value: $100
5. Marketing Presentations … Value: $100
It’s been challenging to assign values to each of these benefits but I believe that each of them is worth $100/year separately. But, considered as a membership in ITSS, I believe that the value is even more enhanced. But, since the concept is not yet proven, we are offering all early subscribers the lowest possible buy-in and hope that you will find even greater value in being a Tea Sipper Business.
ITSS Tea Business Directory Listing …. Value $100/year
Think of your business profile as a 24-7 x 365 advertisement to a targeted audience of tea lovers around the world.
Your profile page is unique URL intimately and thoroughly introduces you to our tea-focused membership.
Add images, video, 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.
Your advertising on the award-winning tea blog: $100 value in leaderboard ad placement/year
T Ching is the oldest and most diverse tea blog. We have been publishing for 13 years with more than 100 different writers contributing a total of more than 3500 articles in ten different categories. Your ad will be placed at the end posts so that the reader is not interrupted. It will be linked to your website or FaceBook page. You are encouraged to offer a discount or incentive for readers to click on your ad.
Your annual $100 business membership includes one T Ching Leaderboard Ad.
Value – $100/year
Special Events add value of $100/year by creating new content and resources that you can download in your business
What are ITSS Special Events?
In the past, our special events were completely virtual. We interacted with members via email and social media for annual Month-of-Tea themes every January. But, in January 2019 we launched our most ambitious project, Sip for Peace. With this, we opened participating more broadly to the international tea business community and served as a bridge, reaching out to consumers who are thirsty to learn more about tea.
ITSS provides abundant resources for you to participate in these events, creating live events for your customers to participate.
By participating in tea festivals, we’ve been able to make the Tea Sippers Society more real. And more fun! One of our festival offerings is a banner with “Famous People in Tea History” where your face can replace Lu Yu, The Duchess of Bedford, Shen Nong or Sen No Rikyu.
As we promote ITSS membership, we also promote the relationship with Business Members.
Publishing is your best Marketing
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. Publishing in all categories is available to ITSS Business Members. Some categories and contest submissions are available to members.
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.
We launched a series of webinars for business with an adaptation of Babette’s presentation, Creating Your Own Tea 101. She offers suggestions for the importance of and how to create an intro presentation for your business. ITSS Business Members will be invited to join live events. Webinar recordings will be archived for replay.
For $100/year you currently receive these benefits. But, every year we are building out more benefits and looking for the best possible ways to build this global tea community and support the businesses who share this vision.
Not quite sure? Register with a free membership to get to know us better.
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
Frequently Asked Questions
What does an ITSS Business Membership Cost?
The subscription rate for ITSS Business Members is $100 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 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?
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. Email me to schedule a phone meeting.
In how many categories can I list my business?
How difficult is it to create the business profile page?
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?
Contact her: j.moskowitz@TeaSipperSociety.com