Refer. Repeat. Reward.
Your affiliation with FICP is important to you. But is it important enough to share? We think so. In an effort to empower YOU to share the value FICP has brought to your career, we’re proud to introduce the FICP Referral Program (formerly known as the recruitment contest).
The 2020 FICP Referral Program takes place November 14, 2019 – September 1, 2020.
Thank you to the following meetings professionals and hospitality partners who have earned points through the FICP Referral Program!
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What's In It For You?
Both meetings professionals and hospitality partners are eligible to participate in the new Referral Program. The top-referring participants will be recognized in a variety of ways, including onsite recognition at events and guaranteed attendance at the Annual Conference.
How Does it Work?
Hospitality Partners & Meetings Professionals
- A new member must put the referring individual’s name on their membership application for the referrer to receive point(s).
- Referrers will be awarded referral points by:
- Referring a new meetings professional member from a company that is currently represented in the FICP membership: 1 point
- Referring a new meetings professional member from a company that is not currently represented in the FICP membership: 5 points
- If a referred meetings professional member who joined in 2019 renews his or her membership in 2020, the referrer receives 2 points*
- If a new meetings professional member is referred by more than one individual, the eligible points are divided among the referrers.
- A new company is defined as “a company that has not held any FICP meetings professional membership within the last 12 months.”
*Members who join after July 1, 2020 are not eligible for these additional points, as their membership is automatically extended through 2021.
- The five hospitality partners with the most referral points at the conclusion of the Referral Program will receive:
- One guaranteed entry at the Patron Level to the 2020 FICP Annual Conference OR a 2021 FICP event of his or her choice. The entry fee is the responsibility of the hospitality partner.
- Recognition on the walk-in & walk-out slides and on-stage acknowledgement if in attendance at the 2020 Annual Conference
- An invitation to the 2020 Annual Conference Chair’s Reception
- In addition, the hospitality partner with the single most referral points at the conclusion of the Referral Program will receive:
- Their name etched into a “Referral Plaque”
- Recognition in the 2020 Annual Report and 2021 Printed Directory
- The ten meetings professionals with the most referral points at the conclusion of the Referral Program will receive:
- A complimentary membership for the 2021 calendar year.
- The meetings professional with the single most referral points at the conclusion of the Referral Program will receive:
- A $1,000 travel stipend and a free registration to the 2020 Annual Conference or the 2021 FICP event of his or her choice.
- Free membership in 2021.
Tips for Recruiting and Referring
Start reaching out to your network to share the benefits of FICP membership. Need tips on how to spread the word? Here are some ideas:
- Send an email invitation to your network
- Share the benefits of membership with your peers
- Add a link to the FICP website to your emails
- Share NewsNet with a potential member
- Post or re-share FICP announcements on your social media channels
- Utilize this PPT slide
- Take a meetings professional friend for coffee to talk about FICP
- Consider inviting non-member meetings professionals to attend an FICP Symposia
Questions regarding the Referral Program? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 18 month member referrers are not eligible for receiving credit for membership renewal that is worth 2 points.
- Referral Program winners will be announced in September. Regardless of participation in the Referral Program, hospitality partners are encouraged to participate in the go-live sales process on April 23 to apply for the 2020 Annual Conference.
- Trail member referral points will count towards the 2021 Referral Program, provided the trial member converts to a paid member.
- As FICP receives qualified referrals, the referrer will be notified of their points received.
- Quarterly updates will be posted to the Referral Program page of the FICP website.
- Referrals under the corporate flat-rate membership program are not eligible.
- Any new financial and/or insurance meetings professional individual referred after September 1, 2020 will count toward the 2021 Referral Program, which is subject to change annually.
- Recruitment efforts must be accomplished by the referring individual. Referring on someone else’s behalf, enlisting FICP staff or asking other hospitality partners or meetings professionals to assist in the recruiting while utilizing your name is prohibited.
- The referral prize is not transferable to other individuals within the company, anyone at another company or a representative of the company.
- New meetings professional members who do not indicate a referring party when submitting their application will not be considered.
- The purpose of the Referral Program is to build a strong FICP membership base. Hospitality partners and meetings professionals may not pay for another meetings professional members’ dues, as experience has shown they are unlikely to engage in the community. Additionally, this is inconsistent with FICP’s ethical guidelines.
- TheNetwork online member community directory will be used as the official record for member companies. Companies can be searched within the current member list, and past member companies are listed