IEEE has centralized all its discounted products and services on a single website to make them easier to find. Items on the intuitively named IEEE Member Discounts site include books, conferences, and continuing education programs, all provided as benefits of membership. In addition, the site features offers that were part of the former IEEE Financial Advantage Program, including ones for hardware and software, insurance, travel, home, and office services. The FAP was discontinued in March, but its products live on. The e-mail alias for communicating with the new website is firstname.lastname@example.org.
"In surveys about product awareness and satisfaction, members repeatedly told us they were unaware of many of the discounts we offered, including some they identified as valuable to their IEEE membership," says James Moesch, director, IEEE Member Strategy. "That's why we've included all the discounts on one website."
The site's FAQ page explains how IEEE selects the discounts it offers and why discounts are not available in all countries.
MORE TO COME
Enhancements to the site for this year include a feedback form for member comments and a procedure for vendors to propose their products for consideration. A filtering tool will be added so that members can more quickly find discounts that suit their geographic location and careers, says Nicholas Lehotsky, member benefits online marketing manager. "We are committed to enabling members to easily identify benefits applicable to their needs," he says.