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Social Media Club South Florida turns five years young, holding celebration event Tuesday

By Christine de la Huerta

SmcTime flies when you spend so much of it online!  This fall, Social Media Club South Florida (SMCSF) turns five years young.  From its humble beginnings, the founders simply wished to create a space for like-minded people to connect.  Somehow, the club grew into much more than that.

Today, SMCSF is one of the largest chapters in the country.

Social Media Club South Florida aims to raise awareness and educate local professionals and students about the value of emerging social media tools for marketing communications, public relations, customer service, recruitment, knowledge sharing and more. The club promotes social media as an essential communications tool, working alongside traditional media to improve the exposure, efficiency, and prospects of all organizations. This applies to commercial, not-for-profit, educational and governmental institutions. To meet these growing needs, SMCSF holds monthly meetings and disseminates information to engage participants in social media, including presentations from social media enthusiasts, open discussions, and networking opportunities.

One such opportunity has arrived this week as SMCSF celebrates its 5-year anniversary. 

On Nov. 12 at The LAB Miami, SMCSF is hosting a celebratory meet-up: "Stop Faking It!"  The program will reveal a myriad of  dos and don'ts in social media when it comes to authenticity. Why should you choose real followers over fake ones? How can companies and individuals alike truly create a an authentic online brand presence?  How do genuine engagement and grounded grassroots initiatives gather speed to benefit your bottom line? These topics and much more will be addressed while the panel answers questions and invites audience participation.

The panel discussion will feature local notables from the social media club circles, including:
* Craig Agranoff @lapp, Co-founder, Gripd.com
* Gary Bahadur, CEO, KRAA Security
* Maria de los Angeles @vicequeenmaria, Freelance Multimedia Storyteller
* Janie Sederberg @janiec, Executive Vice President, Brand Experience at ONE Sotheby's International Realty
* Grant Stern @grantstern, Owner, Morningside Mortgage Corporation 

Please visit the event page on Facebook for more information. 

Christine de la Huerta is vice president of rbb Public Relations and a board member of the Social Media Club of South Florida.