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IT - Email
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Best Email Client 2021
Access your conversations straight from your desktop
"An email client? But why would you need one? As more and more businesses seem to be migrating to the cloud, you might wonder whether setting up a software application to receive emails on your desktop is even worth it. Well, to many people, it may not be. However, as any security-conscious business owner might tell you, web-based and cloud-based email services are not the safest way to communicate.

With cloud-based email services like Gmail, your sensitive data rests on the email provider's servers and is open to being scanned for marketing purposes. In fact, Google made it clear as early as 2014 that it scans your emails for tailored advertising. While this kind of thing is usually handled through AI, it still means that there is a watchful eye keeping track of your communications. That's where email clients come in, with many provided by the best email providers..."

ITProPortal, March 30th, 2021
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Best Email Client For Android 2021
Powerful email clients for your mobile device
"Social media sites and messaging apps go in and out of fashion, but email soldiers on, continuing to be an important protocol in personal and business settings. And with a mobile device in your hand, you can check your email wherever you go, making an email app on your phone a virtual necessity in the modern age.

Apps used for accessing your email are known as email clients. Some email clients, such as Google's Gmail, extend the use of web-based email services that you normally access through your internet browser. Other email clients follow the traditional client-server model, where you download all emails to your device from a central email server..."

ITProPortal, March 30th, 2021
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Best Email Client For Linux 2021
From command-line email to slick, modern GUI clients
"While web-based email has become the norm and can be accessed from any web browser, many users prefer a native email client. On Windows, you have applications like Microsoft Outlook and Thunderbird. On Android or iOS, there are clients like Nine and K-9 Mail. But what about Linux?

Hundreds of native email clients for Linux have come and gone, and only a few offer comparable features to Windows native clients. But one of the great things about Linux is that most applications are available for free, forever, so you can try them all out to find the best email client for Linux for your needs..."

ITProPortal, March 30th, 2021
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Best Email Client On Windows 2021
Discover the best email clients for your Windows device
"Although the digital world is changing rapidly, email remains one of the primary communication methods for businesses across the planet. Email apps are available for virtually any operating system, and many programs also have versatile web interfaces.

But selecting the best email provider for your business can be very difficult, especially if you don't have experience or comprehensive knowledge in the field. Every single program comes with its own feature list and target audience, and in many cases, there are various subscription tiers and options available...."

ITProPortal, March 30th, 2021
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IT - Marketing
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25 Best Instagram Marketing Tips For 2021
In 2021, Instagram is still the King of visual marketing tools. In this guide, you will find 25 must-know Instagram marketing tips to tell your brand's story, engage your customers, gain leads, and drive sales
  • 1. Start using a business account
  • 2. Identify your goals
  • 3. Understand your audience
  • 5. Enhance your profile
  • 6. Select an eye-catching profile photo

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Business 2 Community, April 2nd, 2021
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5 Tips For Creating Marketing Collateral That Supports Sales Efforts
Marketing collateral are informative marketing materials that highlight your company's products or services
"While marketing departments are starting to see budgets shift marketing collateral should remain a focus of your organization. It still plays an important role in your marketing mix. So, what are some ways to ensure that the marketing collateral that your team creates supports sales efforts and beyond? Here are five tips that will help you build your brand and effectively support your sales efforts..."
Business 2 Community, March 30th, 2021
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7 Referral Marketing Strategies To Boost Sales In 2021
It's hard to beat the effectiveness of a happy customer referring you to a colleague, friend, or family member.
"Think about it: When a customer refers you to someone in their network, it tells you that you're offering products that work so well, customers are compelled to share your brand with people they care about.

The data backs this up, too, with 92% of consumers saying that they trust recommendations from friends and family over advertisements. This may also contribute to the weakening effectiveness of traditional marketing strategies - and even influencer marketing - when it comes to converting sales.

With so much information available online, it can be difficult to distinguish an organic review from an advertisement. As a result, people tend to go by the recommendations of people they know and trust..."

Business 2 Community, March 30th, 2021
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Local Inbound Marketing That Will Boost Sales
Creating a unique brand for your company is just part of the process of building success for your business
"There are many ways to get your product or service out to consumers with today's technology, and our first instinct is usually to advertise. We've seen it all before: bright and colourful ads on billboards, television, flyers; even during your morning commute on the bus or subway. These eye-catching advertisements, also known as outbound marketing, bring your product or service to prospective consumers. But what if there was a way to bring those potential clients to you?..."
Business 2 Community, March 29th, 2021
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Rethinking Your Marketing Strategy To Survive The Economic Slowdown
With everything that's gone on this year, businesses face bigger challenges than ever before
"Between the global pandemic, protests over Black Lives Matter, and political tensions between world powers, world economies are suffering and consumers are spending less. Have you adjusted your marketing strategies to face these triple challenges? Wherever you are in the world, the coronavirus pandemic and other challenges likely affected your business, mostly negatively. So, ensure your business is relevant and reaching the right customers by rethinking your marketing strategy to keep your business afloat until the world economy improves. So, for some tips and tricks read on..."
Business 2 Community, March 31st, 2021
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IT - Sales
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How To Find Motivated Sales Reps
Getting the right people to sell your products is essential to your company's long-term success. If you consistently hire salespeople who lack motivation, you may find that they start to drag your business down with them
"That's why it's so important to be careful about who you hire to sell your products.

Countless companies have discovered that one of the best ways to make salespeople motivated is to reward them for each sale they manage. This is typically done through the rewarding of commission.

Since independent sales agents generally work entirely on commission, they are uniquely motivated to convert their pitches into sales. Keep reading to learn how to find the best independent sales agents for your company..."

Business 2 Community, March 29th, 2021
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Sales Organizations Use Data-Driven SEO For Revenue Maximization
Data-driven SEO is helping many sales organizations boost their sales and maximize revenue
"Data-driven SEO and marketing activities leave no space for bad shots. A few years ago, all changes on sites were made virtually at random, based on other companies' cases or theoretical knowledge. The results obtained often came as surprises for the marketers themselves. However, modern business has a huge number of sources of reliable data, which allows you to customize your SEO techniques and avoid annoying mistakes.

According to Forbes, 95% of businesses cite the need to manage unstructured data as a problem for their business. You may imagine what a tremendous amount of marketing data we leave unused? Especially thinking we already have it at our disposal. So, today, we'll share tips on how to use big data, what features to pay attention to, and how each particular metric and feature can help you earn more..."

SmartDataCollective, March 30th, 2021
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The Future Of Sales Compensation Is Insight-Driven
Most compensation plans pay sales reps on a version of committed sales like bookings, revenue recognition, or contract revenue
"This was the best measure because the sales process consisted of shorter sales cycles and less-complex deals in which the rep handled all facets of the process. However, times have changed, and today, the majority of B2B sales reps manage complex sales with long sales cycles in a team selling environment. Closing a sale requires not only a lead sales rep but also an entire revenue engine built to navigate the labyrinth of steps buyers require to get to the point where a closed sale is possible..."
Forrester, March 31st, 2021
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IT - CRM
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CRM's New Normal: It's Complicated
As we slowly climb out of the Covid anis horribilis, advocates of the new normal (whatever that is) may wish to temper their prognostications about working from home or working from anywhere
"While those are good ideas, and the new crop of CRM apps that support such hybrid work lives are genuinely cool, they might only demonstrate the deep functionality of CRM companies' platforms and not a social movement.

In other words, they may not be predictive of long-term approaches to business. Let's not put all of our eggs in that single Easter basket -- don't cancel your lease on high rises in your favorite city because you might still need most of the workspace..."

CRMBuyer, March 29th, 2021
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Three Key CRM Trends In 2021 That Will Allow You To Better Engage Your Customers
For a 30-year-old technology category, it is amazing to see the CRM (customer relationship management) industry continue to grow at a staggering rate. Why?
"Because CRM is at the heart of every business that wants to compete on customer experience. It enables companies to access 360-degree views of customers in real time to drive reliable, trusted, personal, and in-context experiences along customer journeys.

Here are three trends that are particularly important these days:..."

Forrester, April 1st, 2021
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Sophisticated CRM Now At The Core Of Customer Success
Over the course of the past year, adjusting to the challenges of the pandemic on business has made the customer relationship management system an essential tool for maintaining and growing a customer base
"As a result, CRM platforms have evolved into something more than just a digital Rolodex to manage customer contacts.

A key aspect of succeeding in customer management tasks involves addressing the customer experience. Brands and retailers need to become customer-obsessed in 2021 in order to improve the customer experience, suggested Jennifer Conklin, sector lead of unified commerce at Capgemini North America..."

CRMBuyer, April 1st, 2021
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SF IT Sales
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DEMOFEST 2021 Sales Engineering Virtual Conference (May 12-13)
Presales-focused Presales-driven
We can't wait to show you all of the fantastic thought leadership, practical training, and fresh research we've put together for you this year.

Keynote: Todd Janzen, Global Vice President of Q Branch, Salesforce

Todd Janzen serves as the Global Vice President of Q Branch at Salesforce. In terms of sales, Q Branch is where sales teams come for deal closing stories, prototypes, visionary demos, jaw-dropping presentations, and videos. Over the past decade at Salesforce, he's built Q Branch from a napkin idea into 10 unique teams and 180+ employees around the world.

Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 8 AM to 12 PM Thursday, May 13th
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SF IT vBeers Broward
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vBeers South Florida - Weekly Virtual Meetups via Zoom April 7th 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, April 7th, 2021: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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vBeers South Florida - Weekly Virtual Meetups via Zoom April 14th 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, April 14th, 2021: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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PeopleTek News
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Listening While Working Remote
The art of conversation lies in listening. - Malcom Forbes
Listening takes work, it's a skill most of us could improve upon, and working remotely adds to the difficulty.

Wiley's Personal Listening Profile assesses five listening approaches:

  • Appreciative: This style is more relaxed and seeks enjoyment, entertainment, or inspiration.
  • Empathic: This style is supportive of the speaker, does not judge, and seeks to learn.
  • Comprehensive: With this style the listener relates what they hear to what they're already familiar with by organizing and summarizing the main message.
  • Discerning: This style listens to get complete information so they understand the important details while also taking in appearance, tone and behavior.
  • Evaluative: This style tends to look for facts that support the message and may accept or reject the message based on personal beliefs.

Does one style sound more like you than the others?

PeopleTek News, March 30th, 2021
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Sponsor - TechLauderdale
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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.

Tech Hub South Florida
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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), March 12th, 2020
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