March Shines a Spotlight on Instagram Influencers – The SMCLA Instameet

Social Media Club LA is excited to participate in the Worldwide Instameet!

SMCLA InstameetCatch up on our last post, “What’s an InstaMeet?” to make sure you’re in the know.

Instagram has become a part of our everyday lives – 70 million photos are posted per day on average. On Saturday, March 21, join us at Cross Campus in Santa Monica beginning at 11:30 AM to learn about visual storytelling, and how to build brand awareness and engage your community on this visual platform. You’ll get the chance to listen to and chat with Instagram influencers @Jonathan360, @punodostres, and @casetify.

SMCLA Instameet

Jonathan Nafarrete
Jonathan Nafarrete is the co-founder of VRScout, a virtual reality and immersive cinema media publication. He has spent the past eight years in social media marketing and content strategy. Jonathan has a passion for photography and mobile photography, shooting campaigns and social content for brands like Ford, T-Mobile, Sony, Audi, QVC, Chevrolet and Nike. He was named by Business Insider as a “Top Instagram User That Advertisers Are Dying To Work With” in 2012 and 2013. Forbes named him among the “Top 30 Social Media Power Influencers” of 2013.

Jennifer Puno 
A creator, digital designer, and entrepreneur at heart, Jennifer Puno is the Co-Founder of Map, an online platform that celebrates people and their journeys. Map allows you to save and view beautiful photos and stories of places from anywhere on the globe, to inspire real world adventuring. You can find and share incredible locations through its like-minded community of passionate explorers.This past July, she also co-formed ilovecreatives, a digital classifieds website connecting talented individuals in the creative community. You can find her in Iceland making Star Trek gifs, out and about collaborating with other creatives, or in DTLA on the hunt for the city’s best food.

Jennie Yoon
Jennie ditched her black-or-white corporate HR job at Myspace, went to Hong Kong and joined a startup called Casetify (formerly Casetagram) as one of the founding employees. Casetify (case-tee-fy) is one of the largest custom phone case makers online. In short, they turn Instagrams into phone cases on web and app. Three years fast forward, she oversees U.S. and European marketing and partnerships and has worked with Snoop Dogg, Hilary Duff, ASOS, Good Morning America, just to name a few. She’s an entrepreneur at heart, and loves to move fast and break things.

The panel will be moderated by Golin Digital Manager, Corianda Dimes.

Following the panel, we hope you’ll join us in the annual phenomenon, the 11th WorldWide Instameet, where SMCLA will take you on its own, first-ever Instameet – a walking tour of Santa Monica! Bring your phones and cameras, share your pictures, and use hashtags #WWIM11 and #SMCLA!

We are excited to be part of a global community participating in this annual online photo-fest. You can get your ticket here.

As always, we cannot continue to hold wonderful events like this without contributions from amazing sponsors. Please show them some love with a tweet!

SMCLA Instameet

SMCLA Instameet

SMCLA Instameet



Social Media Club LA Kicks Off 2015

CraftsmanBarSocial Media Club Los Angeles kicked off the year with networking, drink pouring, and a photo booth at Santa Monica’s beach-side bar, The Crafstman (@TheCraftsman_LA). The laid-back den was the perfect backdrop for SMCLA’s happy hour, and the event was a great way to greet potential members and welcome back current members as the group gears up for an another exciting year.



Newly elected SMCLA President AJ Feuerman introduced the 2015 Board of Directors and set the tone for the year. Madeline Wright took the microphone with a call for sponsors to support SMCLA’s many programs throughout the year. Membership Chair Michel’le Roddy took the microphone to encourage those passionate about the world of social media to join the group. SMCLA hosts panels monthly as one way to dive deeper into the world of PR. Tie that in with interactive events and numerous networking opportunities, the benefits to joining are endless. For more information on joining SMCLA email us at

SAVE THE DATE: Our next event “The Power of the People – Why Real Time Social Media is King during Awards Season” is taking place February 17 at 6:30 p.m. Follow us at @SMC_LA or “Like” us on Facebook for more details.


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:, tweet us @SMC_LA or like our page

Introducing the 2015 Social Media Club Los Angeles Board of Directors

On December 8, 2014, the members of Social Media Club Los Angeles (SMCLA) elected a new Board of Directors for the 2015 term. The goal this year was to put on a slate of monthly programs to connect, educate, and inspire our membership of LA-based corporate social media professionals, entrepreneurs, and small business professionals that would provide a better understanding of the value of using social media in today’s business environment. We’ve done that by hosting dozens of thought leaders in discussion around Los Angeles to discuss the hottest trends and provide historical insight into how social media has informed a variety of industries. We’ve fostered a forum for our community to come together to help and challenge each other to greatness. This year SMCLA also saw its largest ever Board of Directors tasked with making SMCLA the most engaged — and most awesome, IMHO– chapter in the Club!

It has been my pleasure and an honor to serve as your SMCLA’s Chapter President in 2014. I’ve enjoyed working with the Board and connecting with many leaders in the LA community who’ve genuinely expressed interest in working with SMCLA in the near future. To further enrich our amazing community I want to make that happen, and so I look forward to continuing on in a different role primarily focused on overseeing partnerships and sponsorships.

Presenting 2015 Board of DirectorsNow I would like to introduce you to your 2015 Chapter President, AJ Feuerman, and Board of Directors! Please click their names to read more about each member.

President – AJ Feuerman
Director of Operations – Lindsay Tredent Mauch
Director of Finance – Nancy Tovar Huxen
Communications Director – Jeremy Pepper
Membership Director – Michel’le Roddy
Programs Director – Nicole DeRuiter
Sponsorships Director – Madeline Wright
Venues Director – Nick LaBran

And our Associate Directors:

Programs – Ellen LuChelsea LeeWilliam Zalokar
Communications – Stephen HarveyClement J BryantL. Cacera Richmond
Venues – Erik Roithmayr
Sponsorship – Charles MillerLindsay Tredent MauchAri Sherman

If you’re interested in volunteering with the board or at an event, send an email to let us know! And be sure to grab your ticket to SMCLA’s Annual Holiday Celebration on Monday, December 15, to meet the new board in person!

RSVP for SMCLA’s Holiday Celebration on 12/15

It’s our favorite time of year. The time we get to reflect on all of the amazing people in the Los Angeles community that we’ve had the pleasure to meet and connect with in person– and on social media, naturally. If we haven’t met you yet and for some reason you’re not following us on your favorite social network, don’t miss this chance to connect!

Please join us at our SMCLA Holiday celebration for a night of friends, food, drinks, fantastic fun, and giving back. Until December 1st, you can get tickets for $10.

Date: December 15, 2014
Time: From 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Location: General Assembly in Santa Monica

We’re also partnering with Friends and Helpers, a local charity that provides support and encouragement for the adults, teens and children, trying to help themselves out of a violent, hurtful situation. We will give everyone who walks in the door a raffle ticket but if you bring one of these items, you will get TWO MORE in addition to our deepest gratitude for helping us make a difference. (Please note the items are listed below are in order of priority.)

  • Gift cards – Grocery stores, CVS, Target, restaurants
  • Diapers
  • Toys for all ages
  • Teen Items (jewelry, perfume, fun accessories)