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IBPA Unveils New Web Portal Based on the Power of Social Media Technology

Monday, December 19, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Angela Bole
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(Manhattan Beach, CA – December 19, 2016) -- The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) today revealed an updated, user-friendly web portal for its over 3,100 members, www.ibpa-online.org. The portal’s mobile-first, responsive design makes the power of social media available in a private member community.

“Several months ago, we took a detailed look at our current web platform and considered its front-end structure and back-end functionality in terms of how we know people interact on the web today,” said IBPA CEO Angela Bole. “Following the review, we knew we needed to make some changes to our online presence with the goal of providing our members a modern means of positively impacting their businesses through increased networking and education.”

The new web portal, called SocialLink, offers IBPA members the ability to build detailed member profiles and connect with one another across an integrated online networking platform. Increased community collaboration links members with relevant discussion forums, experts, and membership benefits.

“IBPA’s vision is a world where every independent publisher has the tools and knowledge needed to professionally engage in all aspects of the publishing industry,” said Bole. “The power built into our new SocialLink technology will provide like-minded members the ability to share information and work together toward goals they couldn’t achieve alone, moving the publishing industry closer and closer to this vision.”

In addition to the new SocialLink technology, IBPA also revamped their membership levels to minimize a one-size-fits-all approach. Rather than offering only two broad categories of membership – one for “publishers” and one for “non-publishers” – IBPA now offers various levels for future publishers, author publishers, independent publishers, and publisher partners.

Screen shot of the new IBPA website's homepage
Screen shot of the member profiles within IBPA's new SocialLink portal

IBPA’s new web portal will be updated on a regular basis with industry news, events, and member information. Visitors are encouraged to explore the website and become a member in support of the association’s mission to lead and serve the independent publishing community through advocacy, education, and tools for success.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
View the online instructional videos and contact IBPA CEO Angela Bole at angela@ibpa-online.org or 310-546-1818 with questions and feedback.


About the Independent Book Publishers Association

Founded in 1983 to support independent publishers nationwide, the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) leads and serves the independent publishing community through advocacy, education, and tools for success. With over 3,100 members, IBPA is the largest publishing association in the U.S. Its vision is a world where every independent publisher has the tools and knowledge needed to professionally engage in all aspects of the publishing industry. For more information, visit ibpa-online.org.


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