I have worked to strategize, create and present Web content in some capacity or another since 2004, when I started my first (and now largely mothballed) blog. It got me a job as a Community Manager at AOL in 2005, where, among other things, I was able to direct and manage the AOL Blogs community, as well as AOL Gay & Lesbian. My personal blog was also featured on Instapundit, Digg, BoingBoing, ValleyWag, Metafilter, the Washington Post, Consumerist, Wired, and any number of other large, widely read sources of traffic.
After moving to New York City in the summer of 2007, I worked at the College Board as a content creator and Web manager, writing, editing, and uploading articles for the College Board's sizable SAT/LSAT prep site. I also worked to develop a strategy for the College Board to begin incorporating blogs, message boards, comments and other aspects of the social web into their online presence.
I began working as the Director of Digital Communications at Time Warner Cable in May, 2008. I developed, launched, and edited Time Warner Cable's blog and Twitter presence, worked collaboratively to develop crisis communications, and wrote and edited a lot of content for that blog on a very regular basis. You can see examples of that work on my Work Writing page.
After leaving TWC in December 2013, I did freelance social strategy and content development for Brand Connections, an advertising/branding agency with clients including VO5, Nissin Famous Foods, SkinnyGirl Sweetener, Dunkin' Donuts, and more.
I'm also a storyteller, standup comic, and the producer/performer behind 'And I Am Not Lying,' a variety show that combines stand-up, storytelling, burlesque, sideshow and music on the second Friday of every month at UCB East.
I just recorded my first album for Comedy Dynamics, which will be released in mid-April of 2017.
I have won multiple Moth StorySLAMS, including a GrandSLAM in March of 2014. My stories have appeared on This American Life, The Moth's podcast, and in written form on The Paris Review Daily. I also teach a semi-private storytelling class.
You can follow me on Twitter: @jeffsimmermon
I don't mind telling you - as a person who is probably a prospective employer - that I am an extremely versatile, creative, and multifaceted writer, storyteller and producer with 10 years experience.
My major strengths include:
- excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- ability to distill and explain complex issues into simple stories
- connect disparate elements to form new, original content
- ability to adapt and learn quickly
- patiently coach/train others
- produce under tight deadline pressure
- understanding of viral Internet news cycle
- strong writing, photography skills
Areas of expertise include
- digital media strategy
- blog development
- video production
- creative writing
- social media copywriting
- content development
- crisis communications
- communications coaching