DALLAS — Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has restructured its membership model to offer three different levels for both planners and suppliers. In addition, the association will soon introduce a new e-subscription for select MPI digital resources. The announcements were made June 12 at a media briefing at MPI’s World Education Congress (WEC) in Atlantic City, N.J.
MPI’s new membership levels for planners and suppliers include the following:
Essential Membership — Provides access to MPI’s online tools and resources, including free education webinars, recorded event sessions, membership directory, job board, MyMPI Online Community, industry research, member discounts, e-newsletters, The Meeting Professional magazine, and more.
Preferred Membership — Includes all of the Essential Membership benefits, plus chapter affiliation, special member rates to chapter events, and CMP application assistance.
Premier Membership — Designed for highly active members, this level provides all of the benefits offered with the Essential and Preferred memberships as well as direct marketing lists, VIP passes to MPI global signature events, advanced previews of MPI’s Meetings Outlook quarterly research report, one-on-one career and academic counselling and the Concierge Line, which provides immediate access to MPI Member Services.
For a limited time, MPI is offering new members the opportunity to receive a complimentary membership upgrade. New members can become a Premier Member for the price of a Preferred Membership or a Preferred Member for the price of an Essential Membership. This special promotion is valid for new members who join MPI between June 12 through July 31, 2016, and may be redeemed by completing the following steps: fill out the online application at mpiweb.org/join; select the desired membership upgrade level; and enter the promotional code NewMPI16.
The path to redesigning MPI’s membership model began in early 2015, when the association engaged an independent consultant for assistance with conducting an in-depth analysis of its membership history as well as market research and testing. A soft launch of the model was implemented in October 2015 and then it was formally introduced to MPI’s volunteer leadership at its annual Chapter Business Summit this past April.