CSBJ moves to membership concept


The issue: 

More than ever, journalism is about engaging with sources and readers on many different platforms.

What we think: 

Providing a range of membership choices for our business readers makes sense — and gives them additional value for their money.

At the Colorado Springs Business Journal, we want to create lasting, meaningful relationships with our readers.

And that means providing more benefits, more experiences and more opportunities to meet with our supporters in print, in person and online.

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Starting in January, the CSBJ will move to a membership model designed to align our readers’ expectations and our offered products — in each of those arenas. We’re providing more benefits for our supporters and more chances to meet with other business leaders, learn about local business issues and create lasting connections that benefit business relationships. To do that, we’re introducing a new four-tiered membership system.

A Basic Membership is free and gives readers access to our daily email newsletter and daily stories on our website.

The Digital Premium membership provides online access to the Business Journal, daily news stories and special and awards sections. Members at this level receive a 15-percent discount on events, the digital Book of Lists and the print version of the book.

The Print Premium membership includes both digital and print versions of the CSBJ, as well as the printed Book of Lists. At this level, members also receive premium seating at CSBJ events and steeper discounts for the digital Book of Lists, as well as 20 percent off event tickets.

The Premium-plus level includes a subscription to the CSBJ, both print and online, the Book of Lists, one digital list that includes every business in a specific industry in an easy-to-use file that allows readers to manipulate the data, two free tickets to any single event and an annual subscription to the Transcript, Colorado Publishing House’s paper of public record, which includes listings of newly incorporated businesses, foreclosures, new building permits, marriage licenses and more.

At the CSBJ, we value our readers and we believe journalism is an important public service. Business provides the fuel for the city’s engines. Without businesses, there are no nonprofits, no arts, no streets or bridges, no jobs, no economy. What each of you do every day is vital to the growth and strength of the Pikes Peak region. We’re proud to be a part of it — proud of telling your stories, discussing your concerns, finding answers to problems and investigating policy changes and how they affect the local economy and businesses.

In an era of fake news and biased coverage, we strive to be fair, accurate and objective. If you think we aren’t, call us on it. We value our readers’ opinions.

If you are already supporting the CSBJ, thank you for appreciating the view of the local business climate we provide. You’ll see additional benefits from memberships in 2018 — discounted tickets, lists from the Book of Lists, free events, awards and a host of informational lunches.

If you aren’t already a CSBJ member, take a look at the website or pick up a paper. We believe you’ll see the value in membership — and if you have story suggestions or ideas, please let us know.

There could be some virtual bumps as we travel down the information superhighway, so please let us know if you are having trouble signing up or see a broken link. We’ve set up an email account for trouble-shooting — support@csbj.com — so let us know if you experience any problems.

As always, read the Business Journal today, make better business decisions tomorrow.