SMCLA Blog Q&A with OXiGEN

oxigen logoSocial Media Club and Social Media Club Los Angeles (SMCLA) are non-profit organizations. To be able to provide quality programming and events, we have companies sponsor us throughout the year.

This year, we are very excited to announce that OXiGEN is the water sponsor for all our events. To get to know OXiGEN a little bit better, we interviewed the vice president of marketing and communications, Rebecca Peters.

When was OXiGEN founded and why? What is the story behind the launch of the brand?

OXiGEN was founded in mid-2014 after we discovered we had the ability to bring to market the first ready-to-drink oxygenated water that actually works! On shelves since November 2015, our product contains an O4 oxygen molecule that’s highly stable, meaning we get it to stay in the water. It doesn’t go “poof” out the top of the bottle when it’s opened like regular O2 oxygen does when you add it to bottled water.  We all know that oxygen and water are vital to sustain life and added oxygen has so many benefits. We wanted to bring those benefits to the masses through our product.

What three words would you use to describe the brand? 

Confident
Real
Happy

How important is social media and digital marketing to OXiGEN’s overall business strategy?

Extremely important. Social and digital media is how we (consumers) get our information about everything, including new products, and social media allows us to easily educate ourselves on a large scale in real-time. OXiGEN has a great story and we use social and digital not only to tell our own story, but also to allow others to tell our story for us. 

What do you hope to gain, or have you already gained, by implementing social and digital marketing initiatives? 

We love our product and want as many people to know about it as possible, while at the same time ensuring they are educated about the “why” behind it. Why they should pick up OXiGEN versus any other water brand — or any other beverage brand for that matter! Why they should incorporate OXiGEN water and shot into their day and what it can mean for their general sense of well-being. Social and digital marketing allows us to do this at a level of intimacy that wasn’t previously possible. It also allows us, as mentioned before, to find people who believe in us and want to help spread the word about us.

Are there any emerging social platforms or digital tools that you are most excited to test in 2017? 

We are still a young brand in the midst of honing in on what really works to get people interested in engaging with us and about us. I’m excited to watch how this evolves in 2017 on all the social channels we’re involved in. Our team at Social Reality has done an amazing job in a very short time, so I’m looking forward to watching our progress over the next 6 to 12 months.

Why are you excited to be involved with SMCLA this year? 

We are happy to be partnering with Social Media Club Los Angeles this year for many reasons. One of which is the opportunity to get our product in the hands of professionals in the Los Angeles area who work tirelessly to run their businesses and/or serve their clients – they deserve a dose of mental clarity and recovery! Secondly, we are passionate about being incorporated into the communities in which our products are sold. Southern California is a key market for us as we are sold in many Vons, Gelson’s, Bristol Farms and Albertsons locations here.

Back to the brand, what are the benefits of OXiGEN products? 

OXiGEN water contains 100x the oxygen you find in regular water. OXiGEN shot takes it even further – with 500x the amount! More oxygen in the form of OXiGEN means you can recover faster from your workouts, twice as fast to be exact. So, whether you need an increase in stamina, greater mental clarify, recovery from a tough workout or even to combat jet lag and hangovers, OXiGEN provides the all-natural daily boost you’ve been looking for…without all the bad stuff like sugar, caffeine, or unhealthy additives. 

Where can people find OXIGEN? 

Head to your favorite grocery store and OXiGEN water is probably there! OXiGEN is sold throughout the U.S. and to find a retailer nearest you visit: https://drinkoxigen.com/products/where-to-buy

About Rebecca Peters, vice president, marketing + communications at OXiGEN.

Finding and telling stories for brands has been the crux of Rebecca Peters’ career for almost 20 years, first as a TV news producer and then in the field of Public Relations, Communications and Marketing. Over the last decade, Rebecca has worked with a diverse set of brands, helping them make their long-term, positive mark domestically, nationally and internationally. She has experience managing brand and corporate communications, creating long-term brand equity, developing and executing strategic communications plans and providing proactive and reactive communications solutions. Rebecca works consistently across all platforms – traditional and digital – building the OXiGEN brand into a household name.

LAST CALL FOR DIGITAL MARKETING INNOVATION SUMMIT!

Digital Marketing Innovation Summit 2016The Digital Marketing Innovation Summit starts today! This conference is a unique opportunity to connect with some of the most senior marketers at some of the world’s most renowned organizations.Social Media Club members can save $200 on two-day passes for September 15th and 16th. Please check your email for the discount code sent in previous newsletters. For help, please email us at socialmediaclubla@gmail.com.

Learn from, and network with, speakers that include:

– Director, Marketing, eBay
– Head of Design & Digital Marketing, Bloomberg
– Head of Marketing, Tumblr
– Chief Digital Officer, Vice
– Director, Social Media, BuzzFeed

For more on what to expect, have a read of this interview with Managing Director of Email and Engagement at Teach for America on how different channels can shape your digital marketing campaigns.

SMCLA Promotes Digital Summit Los Angeles 2016

Digital Summit LA 2016

California’s definitive digital marketing gathering is April 5-6! Join hundreds of your peers and get the scoop on the latest digital marketing trends and practices from leading brands such as Uber, Salesforce, Microsoft, Fox Sports, Visa, Coca-Cola, AOL, HubSpot, Time & more. Fill your brain with essential topics including Content Strategy, Usability/Design, Mobile Marketing, Customer Engagement, Social Media, Email, Search, Analytics & Data, Video and much more!

Special keynotes by bestselling author Ann Handley, Trackur CEO Andy Beal, and Microsoft’s Matt Wallaert. See the full program and speaker list at http://digitalsummitla.com and use promo code SMCLA50 and get $50 off your
pass. Only a limited number of seats available.Digital Summit LA 2016

See what former attendees say about Digital Summit: http://digitalsummitla.com/video/

Digital Summit Los Angeles will be held at the Skirball Cultural Center: 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd · Los Angeles, CA 90049 | (310) 440.4500 | www.skirball.org

Digital Summit LA 2016 location

Register before it’s sold out! http://digitalsummitla.com/attend/

SMCLA Adds To Its Membership Benefits By Teaming Up With Regus

Social Media Club Los Angeles keeps adding to its long list of member benefits. Between top notch panel events and fabulous networking happy hours, SMCLA already provides a tremendous value for its members…. Cue infomercial voice – But wait, there’s more!

smcla-2012-logoWe’ve teamed up with the awesome co-working space folks at @Regus to provide our members with a complimentary one-year Regus Preferred Businessworld membership.

A Regus Preferred Businessworld membership provides you with:

  • Worldwide drop in access to 1500 Regus Business Lounges, with business-class WiFi and complimentary refreshments
  • Access to printing, faxing and scanning facilities, and administrate support on-hand
  • 10% discount on Regus Meeting Rooms, Day Offices and Videoconference bookings

If you’re an SMCLA member, check you email inbox for a link to sign up for your complementary Regus Preferred Businessworld membership. If you aren’t an SMCLA member and are interested in joining, email us at losangeles@socialmediaclub.org for the full scoop on how to join.

Thanks to These Venues, SMCLA Held Premier Events across LA This Year

The Garage - site of SMCLA's jam-packed August mixer.
The Garage – site of SMCLA’s jam-packed August mixer.

There’s plenty of hard work involved in making a Social Media Club Los Angeles event come together each month, and the venues that hosted us throughout 2013 enabled us to deliver insightful panels and fantastic networking parties in style.

SMCLA’s Venues Lead AJ Feuerman handled the behind-the-scenes liaising with each of these facilities, many of which are available as work spaces, to ensure audiences got the most out of each event.

We’ve had a tremendous year and want to extend special thanks to our 2013 venue hosts for helping make it so. We hope you’ll consider them next time you need a venue or work space, and follow them on social media to find out what special events they’re hosting next:

Cross Campus LA, Santa Monica @CrossCampusLA

Attendees tweeting out the wise words of panelists at the stylish Golin Harris offices in DTLA. Photo by Chris Lam, Cup of Joe Social.
Attendees tweeting out the wise words of panelists at the stylish Golin Harris offices in DTLA. Photo by Chris Lam, Cup of Joe Social.

Golin Harris, Downtown LA @GolinHarris

Regus Yahoo Center, Santa Monica @RegusUSA

DIRECTV, El Segundo @DIRECTV

General Assembly, Santa Monica @GA_LA

The Garage, Los Angeles @GarageMotorAve

The Museum of Flying at Santa Monica Airport.
The Museum of Flying at Santa Monica Airport.

Next Space, Culver City @NextSpaceLA

We Work, Hollywood @WeWorkLabs

Bigfoot West, Los Angeles @BigfootWest

Museum of Flying, Santa Monica Airport @museumofflying