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IT - Email
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Is There Still A Place For Email In 2021?
Email is one of the services that have undergone a significant transformation over the years that still remain relevant, and although its original function has evolved to include a number of different uses
"It is fair to say that the original idea behind email was to help people keep in touch in a simple yet efficient manner.

However, when we speak of email today, its main purpose seems to be - marketing. Even if email is still being used for communication, particularly in the business setting, other apps and tools have largely taken the role of instant communication..."

Business 2 Community, February 17th, 2021
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IT - Marketing
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The Truth About Video Marketing Strategy That Drives Growth
Video marketing is one of the best marketing methods out there, one that serves a variety of purposes and grows in importance every year
"Today, we discuss the truth about video marketing strategy and show you how it contributes to business growth and improving market performance.

Why you need a great video marketing strategy

As you see in the image above, video marketing content is used by more content marketers than any other type of content. And, content marketers certainly don't choose video marketing for the ease of creating video content, since a good marketing video takes 4-6 weeks from ideation to finished product. They employ a video marketing strategy because it works..."

Business 2 Community, February 16th, 2021
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IT - Sales
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6 Tools To Automate Your Sales Processes In Gmail
Sales is hard work. Without a proper understanding of the target audience, proper messaging to address pain points, and context and insights for personalized offers. it becomes very hard work.
"With huge competition across every market, salespeople need to pay closer attention to processes that really help selling. They should eliminate manual work and all the actions that distract from selling to give them the best chance for success.

Salespeople spend lots of time on Gmail, interacting with partners; handling tons of emails and tasks. Gmail holds the second position in the market share of web-based email services for both personal and business purposes. In the latter case, Gmail acts as a corporate mail service; a database for contacts and correspondence with customers and partners..."

Business 2 Community, February 16th, 2021
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Sales Tech Convergence And Confusion
Three key sales tech categories are beginning to converge with significant overlap in functionality
"Recent years have been somewhat of a golden age for sales technology, as an entire industry has risen up around Salesforce and other customer relationship management (CRM) providers to enable sales reps, managers, and teams with an increasing bewildering array of technology choices (as seen in Nancy Nardin's lastest sales tech landscape) designed to drive efficiency and effectiveness.

Driven by digital transformation, related changing buyer engagement modes, and the COVID-19 pandemic, spending on tech continues to rise as companies look to adapt. In such an environment, how do sales leaders, sales operations, and sales enablement practitioners navigate their way through such an increasingly crowded space?..."

Forrester, February 18th, 2021
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9 High-Converting Linkedin Strategies For B2B Sales
80% of B2B social media leads come from LinkedIn
"Isn't that a promising stat for a B2B company looking to generate leads? It sure is. Here's one more:

LinkedIn outdoes Facebook, blogging, and twitter for individual lead generation (Source)

Having said that, let's dive into how to use LinkedIn for sales:..."

Business 2 Community, February 18th, 2021
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IT - CRM
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CRM Trends 2021: How The Pandemic Altered Customer Behavior Forever
Customers flocked to digital channels and faced life-changing events in 2020. Here's how enterprise companies are changing their CRM practices for a new normal
"In 2020 organizations faced an unexpected and profound change in customer behavior. More customers than ever were choosing to interact digitally with their banks, their grocery stores, their insurance companies, their doctors, and many other industries. To meet the higher consumer demand for digital interactions, businesses big and small leaned on technology.

Chatbots, enabled by natural language processing and other artificial intelligence technologies, are one of the major use cases for how industry used technology to respond to the change in customer behavior driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. But there are a number of other ways businesses are pivoting to anticipate changes in customer behavior..."

InformationWeek, February 18th, 2021
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Top 10 Best Enterprise CRM Solutions For 2021
As businesses grow, their software requirements grow as well
"An enterprise-level company deals with more complexity in its internal processes, has to manage more people and roles, and needs more data to make informed decisions. A simple CRM can't handle this level of complexity. At this point, a business needs to look for an enterprise solution that can support its growth.

As businesses grow and adapt, software shouldn't hold them back. In fact, they need to pick the right solution that simplifies processes and helps reps build relationships. It might sound like a simple task, but choosing an enterprise CRM solution is difficult. More often than not, companies end up with overly complicated systems that actually add more friction and complexity to the company..."

Sales Hacker, February 19th, 2021
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SF IT Sales
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Virtual Monthly Meetup of IT Sales and Marketing Professionals - South Florida
online

This is a group for IT Sales and Marketing Professionals to meet with their peers, learn from each other and share referrals.

I will ask each participant to introduce themselves - who are you, what do you do, what does your company do, etc.

That will be followed by an open discussion.

Hosted by John J. McLaughlin From IT Sales and Marketing Professionals - South Florida

Monday, February 22nd, 2021: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
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SF IT vBeers Broward
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vBeers South Florida - Weekly Virtual Meetups via Zoom February 24th 2021
Online - Zoom
vBeers meetups are informal networking events for South Florida Tech professionals.

In-person vBeers are suspended until the COVID-19 thread is diminished and public gathering are again allowed. I will host a Virtual vBeers every Wednesday until in-person events resume.

After the intros, the rest of meeting will be an informal hangout!

Please join the live meeting at 6:00PM EST with this Zoom link:

You can also join by phone:

  • Meeting ID: 792 850 274
  • 646 558 8656 US
  • +16465588656,,792850274# US (New York)

vBeers@Boca is sponsored by TechLauderdale:

  • "TechLauderdale promotes the growth, connectivity, and awareness of the thriving technology ecosystem in Greater Fort Lauderdale"

Hosted by John J. McLaughlin

Wednesday, February 24th, 2021: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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vBeers South Florida - Weekly Virtual Meetups via Zoom March 3rd 2021
Online - Zoom
vBeers meetups are informal networking events for South Florida Tech professionals.

In-person vBeers are suspended until the COVID-19 thread is diminished and public gathering are again allowed. I will host a Virtual vBeers every Wednesday until in-person events resume.

After the intros, the rest of meeting will be an informal hangout!

Please join the live meeting at 6:00PM EST with this Zoom link:

You can also join by phone:

  • Meeting ID: 792 850 274
  • 646 558 8656 US
  • +16465588656,,792850274# US (New York)

vBeers@Boca is sponsored by TechLauderdale:

  • "TechLauderdale promotes the growth, connectivity, and awareness of the thriving technology ecosystem in Greater Fort Lauderdale"

Hosted by John J. McLaughlin

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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PeopleTek News
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Servant Leadership
Are you familiar with the term Servant Leadership? If yes, what does the term mean to you?
"Servant leaders give more of themselves not because they have to, but because they want to" -- Jeffrey Hayzlett'

"In 1970, Robert K. Greenleaf, coined the phrase and wrote about it in his essay: 'Essentials of Servant Leadership'. Greenleaf's position is that the servant-first leader ensures that other people's highest priority needs are being served, and that servant leadership is about helping others grow.

Former president of the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, Larry C. Spears, states that the 10 most important characteristics of servant leaders are:..."

PeopleTeck News, February 16th, 2021
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Sponsor - TechLauderdale
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TechLauderdale's ITPalooza 3D Sponsorships
South Florida's most exciting tech event & expo is going virtual. But this is no boring Zoom event. Our highly interactive virtual 3D platform will make you feel like you are at a real event.
Exhibitors & Sponsors

Follow this link to register for one of our Demo Sessions which showcases the exciting new platform for this year's event. Learn about your opportunities to exhibit and sponsor at ITPalooza 3D.

Community Partners

We are inviting our Community Partners to help us grow and expand the technology ecosystem of South Florida. Becoming a partner with SFTA/TechLauderdale will be a rewarding opportunity for everyone. Click here to find out more.

Attendees

More information and registration coming soon!

March 24th and 25th, 2021
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Promoting the Growth, Connectivity, and Awareness of the Thriving technology ecosystem in Greater Fort Lauderdale
Become a Member of the Ecosystem, Join TechLauderdale Today
Membership benefits for TechLauderdale were designed to provide individuals and organizations with the choice on how to best utilize member benefits, with a great deal of flexibility and exclusivity. Key benefits of this structure include new ways for members to support the Greater Fort Lauderdale tech ecosystem, while at the same time taking advantage of ongoing tech education and training, exclusive networking and learning opportunities, and making valuable connections.

Corporate Membership Levels

  • Bronze - $500 (1 to 3 Employees)
  • Silver - $1,500 - (4 to 25 Employees)
  • Gold - $2,500 - (25 to 50 Employees)
  • Platinum - $3,500 - (over 50 Employees)

Individual Memberships

  • Individual - $100/year or $10/month

TechLauderdale has recently updated its membership levels with increased benefits for each level to better align the value we have to offer with the mission of the organization and our value pillars of: Learn, Connect, and Grow. Read the full membership letter here that explains the changes to the program in greater detail.


Sponsor - SIM
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Connects the Area's Premier IT leaders - for Business Solution Exchange, Professional Development, and Timely Education
Joining SIM connects you with top IT leaders in the industry, including: CIOs, senior IT executives, prominent academicians, consultants, and other top IT professionals
The Chapter strives to strengthen professional communications among members who direct the application of information technology in private and public organizations. Chapter activities include:

  • Meeting to share innovative ideas and real-world experiences which address enterprise information needs. We have excellent speakers from our membership and bring in industry executives or subject matter experts from many sources.
  • Providing presentations by leading national information-management professionals and executives who benefit from management-information systems.
  • Challenging our comfort levels by exchanging ideas with peers and business counterparts.
  • Being a resource for each other, and personal networking.

The geographical scope of the South Florida Chapter is Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County. Subscribe to receive emails from the chapter to get notified of all relevant events in the area. If you are already subscribed, you will be sent a link to update your preferences.

Society for Information Management (SIM) - South Florida Chapter
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Sponsor - ISACA
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ISACA South Florida Chapter
A diverse group of innovative thought leaders partnering with the community to serve as the first choice for professional development and a global role model for ISACA Chapters by 2024
SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM

  • ISACA South Florida Chapter outreach to more than 1,000 professionals, and partner organizations which represent a range of Corporate IT Audit, IT Compliance, IT Governance & IT Security responsibilities in a cross section of industries and business sizes
  • Extensive networking opportunities, face-to-face contact and one-on-one meetings
  • Display of your latest products and services to all attendees
  • Traffic flow throughout the exhibition area
  • Display of your logo and link to your home page on our ISACA South Florida Chapter web site

Find out more! Contact us at president@isacasfl.org

Corporate IT Audit, IT Compliance, IT Governance & IT Security Professionals
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Sponsor - ISSA
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Not-for-profit Organization of Information Security Professionals and Practitioners
The ISSA South Florida Chapter (SFISSA) is a not-for-profit organization of information security professionals and practitioners
ISSA provides educational forums and peer interaction opportunities that enhance the knowledge, skill and professional growth of its members. Members include practitioners at all levels of the security field in a broad range of industries, such as communications, education, healthcare, manufacturing, financial and government. SFISSA is an excellent vehicle for those who need to acquire CPE credits for certification needs. We need your support, so we hope that you will consider becoming a sponsor to support our chapter.

Sponsorship Options: Chapter sponsorship

Platinum sponsors $1,500/meeting benefits include:

  • Non-marketing presentation at one SFISSA meeting (including attendee/sign-in list)
  • Higher priority in speaker selection for SFISSA Annual Conference
  • Logo signage displayed at meetings*
  • Logo, name and company URL on SFISSA website for event
  • Materials distributed at SFISSA meetings*
  • 5 minute presentation at 1 SFISSA meetings per year

Program sponsors $1,000/meeting benefits include:

  • Non-marketing presentation at one SFISSA meeting
  • Logo signage displayed at meetings*
  • Logo, name and company URL on SFISSA website for event
  • Materials distributed at SFISSA meetings*
  • 5 minute presentation at 1 SFISSA meetings per year

Conference sponsorship opportunities coming soon.

South Florida Chapter of the ISSA
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Sponsor - Refresh Miami
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Educate, Inspire, Connect and Grow South Florida's Tech and Startup Ecosystem
Be front and center at all our monthly speaker events, get training on the latest technologies, break bread with our distinguished speakers, and find qualified candidates via our sponsored job listings
Be front and center at all our monthly speaker events, get training on the latest technologies, break bread with our distinguished speakers, and find qualified candidates via our sponsored job listings.

Refresh Corporate: $2000/Year

  • Guaranteed ticket to all speaker events
  • Complimentary ticket to three (3) Refresh Miami workshops ($150 value!)
  • 40% discount on all other Refresh Miami workshops ($160 value!)
  • Preferred Access to VIP/Speaker Dinners
  • Discounts on Community Events
  • Partner Discounts
  • Refresh Miami T-Shirt
  • Ability to post relevant events to Community Calendar
  • Ability to post jobs to Refresh Job Board
  • Ability to post business to Refresh Miami Tech Map

$2000/Year


Sponsor - Palm Beach Tech
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A Nonprofit Membership Association Building the Palm Beaches into a Tech Hub
Check our Membership options and help build the Palm Beaches into a Tech Hub!
Our Memberships are based on Exposure, Talent, & Business

  • STARTUP - $500/year
  • Tier 3 - $1,000/year
  • Tier 2 - $2,500/year
  • Tier 1 - $5,000/year

Palm Beach Tech is a nonprofit membership association Building the Palm Beaches into a Tech Hub.


Sponsor - SFHIMA
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Create and Encourage an Environment Conducive to Promoting HIM Practices and Emerging HIM Occupations
We are the SMEs in health information! So whether you are a student, a recent graduate, seasoned professional or profession partner, your local chapter is here for you.
South Florida Health Information Management Association.

The theme from FHIMA for this year is 'Smooth Sailing Ahead'.

SFHIMA is ready to set sail with more great informational sessions, networking and continuing education opportunities. Sessions this year will be offered in person and via remote web connections.

South Florida Health Information Management Association (SFHIMA)
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Sponsor - PMI
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Advance the PM Profession Through the Promotion of PMI Certification Training
To be a conduit of innovation, networking and support for the next evolution of Project Managers through strategic focus, customer centricity and operation agility
Mission

  • Advance the PM profession through the promotion of PMI certification training and project excellence acknowledgement.

  • Provide members and volunteers with networking, leadership roles and superior development and education events and activities,

  • Ensure alignment with PMIs talent triangle, compliance with PMIs core values and contribution to the improvement of the PM body of knowledge.

We are only one of over 270 Chapters serving Project Management Institute (PMI) members and communities in more than 70 countries around the world. These local communities help spread awareness of the profession and PMI by reaching out to local governments and organizations, hosting events or seminars for local practitioners and providing opportunities to learn, network and earn Professional Development Units (PDUs) toward maintaining credentials.

PMI South Florida Chapter
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Sponsor - IIBA
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Premier World-Wide Professional Association for Business Analysts
We are the local representative of the International Institution of Business Analysis (IIBA), the premier world-wide professional association for business analyst
Sponsorships are available.

The objectives of the Chapter are to:

  • Promote and advance the profession of Business Analysis
  • Provide opportunities to our members to gain knowledge and network with experienced professionals across various industries and government agencies
  • Provide access for members to a formal "knowledge base" as well as forums for sharing expertise, expressing professional opinions and building a reputation within the industry
  • Provide pathways to learn about business analysis best practices
  • Create corporate support for the IIBA within the local market by superior marketing/awareness programs that demonstrate the value of business analysis and the IIBA
  • Liaise with industry and association partners to increase awareness and benefit of IIBA Chapter members
  • Encourage and provide opportunities for our members to become Business Analysis certified professionals

As our events calendar and past events reflect, we have a mix of day time symposiums for professional development, after work meetings focused on a topic of particular concern to business analysts, and online meetings and webinars to develop your technical skills and analytical competencies, as well as one to two premiere dinner events per year with at least one distinguished guest speaker.

International Institution of Business Analysis (IIBA)
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