SMCLA Thanks Our 2014 Event Sponsors!

2014 for SMCLA was a year filled with many great events, people, food, and fun. We could not have held these events with the help of our amazing sponsors. Each of them has made the mission of SMCLA possible and able to continue on.

We hope you’ll follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and any other social networks they may have a presence on. Take a look at their Twitter profiles:

Adam Silver – @kitchensinkwp

Aquarium of the Pacific – @AquariumPacific

Cabo Chips – @CaboChips

Castle Rock Water – @CastleRockWater

DirecTV – @DirectTV

Dogtown Coffee – @DogtownCoffee

Drizly – @Drizly

General Assembly – @GA_LA

Icebox Water – @IceboxWater

Jackery – @JackeryInc

Johnny Rockets – @JohnnyRockets

Maker Studios – @MakerStudios

Marquis – @DrinkMarquis

Monster – @MonsterProducts

Mychal’s Learning Place – @mychalslearning

Nextspace – @Nextspacela

Not Ketchup – @NotKetchup

Petersen Automotive Museum – @Petersen_Museum

PR Newswire – @PRNewswire

Regus Centers – @RegusUSA

ServerPress.Com – @DesktopServer

Spredfast – @Spredfast

The Craftsman – @TheCraftsman

Whole Foods – @WholeFoods

To learn more about SMCLA sponsorship, please send us an email via socialmediaclubla@gmail.com, tweet us @SMC_LA, or message us at Facebook.com/SocialMediaClubLA.

SMCLA’s Annual Holiday Party & Giving Back – Event Recap

Screen-Shot-2014-12-15-at-11.12.07-PMIt’s the time of year for holiday joy, yuletide greetings, and giving back. SMCLA threw the holiday party of the year on Monday, December 15th, to celebrate the season and give back to non-profit, Friends and Helpers.

The night was a great success with almost 100 community participants taking to General Assembly (@GA_LA) and admiring the space, consuming snacks and drinks provided by sponsors such as Drizly, Cabo Chips, Marquis, and more while chatting about all things social media, marketing, and holiday plans. Attendees also participated in a raffle for great prizes from sponsors such as Monster, Not Ketchup, Jackery Inc, Johnny Rockets, DirecTV, and Aquarium of the Pacific.

SMCLA Holiday Party and Charity Benefit Photo Gallery – December 15, 2014

The event also proved to be a great place to introduce our new Board of Directors for 2015. If you missed who’s been elected, please check out this blog post.

Attendees took home Whole Foods goodie bags at the end of the night containing snacks, drinks, Drizly swag, discount codes and more. Pictures of the event can be found here.

SMCLA would like to thank everyone for attending and an extra thank you goes out to all those who brought out donations for Friends and Helpers. There is still time to donate to this amazing organization! Click here for information.

If you would like to learn more about Social Media Club Los Angeles or join us, or want to suggest a program topic you would like to see next, send us an email: socialmediaclubla@gmail.com, tweet us @SMC_LA or like our page Facebook.com/SocialMediaClubLA.

SMCLA Member Exclusive WordPress Workshop – November 2014

Social Media Club LA WordPress workshop
Learning the inner workings of the Internet can be a HUGE challenge. At some point in our professional lives as digital marketers and social media aficionados we have encountered a website or blogging platform. Odds are that the web platform was WordPress.

WordPress is a content management system (CMS) that is relatively easy to use for creating and maintaining fabulous websites and blogs. The WordPress CMS powers approximately 23% of all the web properties on the Internet (source: http://w3techs.com/technologies/overview/content_management/all). That is why Social Media Club LA has organized this SMCLA members-only workshop for our November 2014 event.

Giving our paid members exclusive access to experts and systems that are a part of our daily digital lives is one way that SMCLA brings a great deal of value to becoming a member of the Club. Adam Silver of Kitchensinkwp.com is one of those industry experts and his forte is with WordPress. Adam has a long and varied background in all things digital. Here’s a little bit about him:

Adam Silver: Your Teacher

Adam Silver from Kitchensinkwp.com
Adam Silver from Kitchensinkwp.com

My name is Adam Silver and I have been around technology for a very long time!

From the days of 300 bps dial-up modems and BBS’s to today where we have the Internet just about everywhere we go!

I’ve been working with WordPress since 2008, and really love learning and sharing what I know. Truth be told, I really love technology, figuring things out, and sharing that information. It’s just part of my DNA.

To keep myself busy, I’m the creative director at Silver Lining Productions & Silver Lining Photography, and recently created and lead the South Bay WordPress Meetup.

Adam is an icon in the South Bay WordPress community and will be a fabulous person to learn from at the SMCLA November WordPress workshop. Here are several ways to connect with him:
Facebook WP Group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/275389062645542/
Twitter – @kitchensinkwp
Meetup – http://www.meetup.com/South-Bay-WordPress-Meetup-Group/

We are also pleased to have ServerPress.comServerPress.com as a part of the WordPress learning adventure on November 8. Gregg Franklin, Developer & Co-Founder, will be onsite and happy to talk with anyone who has local WordPress development questions. ServerPress.com has pioneered DesktopServer as an application that greatly simplifies local website development that can be seemlessly pushed to a live web server. The development software is intuitive and can make the process of pushing a WordPress site that has been created on a local machine to a live, real world web server. If you have ever done any “live” development or updating to a website, then you know how that process can go arie quickly and ruin an otherwise fantastic day. Research and investigate what they do, you will be pleasantly surprised:
ServerPress – http://serverpress.com/
Twitter – @DesktopServer

Now that we have your interest piqued, here are the details for the November Social Media Club LA member-only WordPress workshop:

Date: November 8, 2014
Time: 12:30PM – 3:30PM (Noon:30 people arrive, 1PM workshop starts, last 90 minutes plus 30 min Q&A at the end)
Location: Mychals Learning Place, 4901 W Rosecrans Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250 (Google Place link)

Please register for the workshop here if you are a current paid member of Social Media Club LA. (http://bit.ly/SMCLAwordpress)

If you want to take advantage of this exclusive WordPress power training, then join SMCLA (http://www.socialmediaclub.la/join-smcla/) and then register for the November workshop. We would love to see you join the “Club” and come to the WordPress event.

SMCLA is working to provide more value to members, so be sure to signup for the email list or check back often to see what other member-exclusive activities we have planed for your digital improvement.

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.

SMCLA Social Media Expert Panels Brought to You by These Generous Sponsors

Big thanks to SMCLA's 2013 sponsors! Some of our sponsors included (clockwise from top left): Comerica Bank's Nancy Tovar Huxen with Debra Dilger, Zevia, Pretzel Crisps, and the Pulso Viral wall
Big thanks to SMCLA’s 2013 sponsors! Some of our sponsors included (clockwise from top left): Comerica Bank’s Nancy Tovar Huxen with Debra Dilger, Zevia, Pretzel Crisps, and the Pulso Viral wall at Cross Campus LA.

It can take weeks and sometimes months of hard work to make a Social Media Club Los Angeles event come together, which is why we’re grateful for the companies and brands that sponsored SMCLA in 2013 – they made it possible for the chapter to deliver 10 insightful panels and three of the year’s most exciting networking parties.

SMCLA’s Sponsor Committee, Charles Miller and Debra Dilger, worked with brands, venues, food and beverage companies, tech companies, authors, publishers and more to create one-of-a-kind events for SMCLA audiences.

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Some of SMCLA’s generous 2013 sponsors (clockwise from top left): Cross Campus LA, Vina Sympatica sparkling wines, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Pico Party Rents, Dutton Books’ “Data: A Love Story,” and Julie Spira’s “The Perils of Cyber-Dating.”

We’ve had a tremendous year and want to extend special thanks to our 2013 sponsors for helping make it so. We hope you’ll give them your patronage and follow all these great brands on social media:

Trinet @Trinet

Comerica Bank @ComericaCares

Regus/Yahoo! Center @RegusUSA

DIRECTV @DIRECTV

Golin Harris Public Relations, Los Angeles, CA @GolinHarrisLA

WIX @WIX

Cross Campus LA @CrossCampusLA

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf @TheCoffeeBean

TechZulu @TechZulu

Zevia @Zevia

Pico Party Rents http://www.picopartyrents.com/

Hurry Curry of Tokyo @HurryCurryTokyo

Vina Sympatica @VinaSympatica

Mayhem Studios @mayhemstudios

Have Bike, Will Churn Home-made Ice Cream: SMCLA's Charles Miller on the Peddler's Creamery  bike.
Have Bike, Will Churn Home-made Ice Cream: SMCLA’s Charles Miller on the Peddler’s Creamery bike.

Peddler’s Creamery @PeddlersIce

Julie Spira, Perils of Cyber-Dating @juliespira

The Misfit Restaurant & Bar http://www.themisfitbar.com/

Karen Kang @KarenKang

Pretzel Crisps @PretzelCrisps

Dutton Books @DuttonBooks

Perrier http://www.perrier.com/en/index.html

Mud Hen Tavern @MudHenTavern

Bigfoot West @BigfootWest

The Gourmandise School @gourmandisela

Mainspring Pictures @MainspringPic

Big Fat Pita @BigFatPita

Pulso Viral @PulsoViral

Lagunitas @lagunitasbruhws

Sencha Naturals @senchanaturals

Social Media Club Los Angeles is a nonprofit organization. If your brand, company or venue would like to sponsor an SMCLA event in 2014, please email us at losangeles@socialmediaclub.org.