You’re probably wondering who the heck I am…
I’m Jess, and I want to show you how to leverage social media to drive results, revenue, and really awesome engagement.
I know why I care about you, but here are three reasons you should give a hoot about me:
- I will help you make sense of social media and running legendary campaigns.
- I’ve worked with some of the world’s largest companies to optimize their online properties and execute social strategy.
- I’m obsessed with growth and helping others achieve it.
How it all began
Growing up in Madison, WI, I basked in the glory of early entrepreneurship as the head of my neighborhood’s lawn mowing empire and saleswoman of radio-recoded mixtapes. I graduated shortly thereafter to building websites, fixing computers, and a handful of other hustles. I proudly graduated college with two profitable companies in hand.
Sure, I worked hard. But I loved the stuff. While other students sat in class checking Facebook or surfing Reddit, I was coordinating over 40 contributing writers and managing user acquisition for a site named ‘Top 10 Career Blog’ 3 times.
How did I get here?
I’ve always been here, on social media that is. I’ll never forget the moment the University of Wisconsin got Facebook – a dorm mate ran down the hall yelling, “WE’VE GOT FACEBOOK!.
Kids these days will never understand not being able to get on Facebook for lack of the proper .edu email address or having to wait weeks to get approved to join Pinterest or tracking down that ever elusive Google+ invite. Glad we put those dark times behind us
My big moment.
I started running social media for the site and zing! bam! pop! the world made sense. Testing different Twitter copy and Facebook images and watching the change in traffic and ads revenue was my chessboard, my Rubix Cube, my map, my recipe…
These were the problems I was born to solve.
I was hooked.
I began working for an exciting, fast-growing startup where I combined my passion for social media and conversion optimization to help an entirely new set of clients. And get this: This startup happened to be API partners with Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest so I had exclusive access to insights, tools, and techniques generally reserved for power users and rarely shared publicly. A social nerd’s dream.
While there, I split my time between training, developing strategies, and executing paid campaigns on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter for some of the world’s largest publishers, media companies, startups, and entrepreneurs. I learned and grew so much.
I spend my days working with media and entertainment clients to leverage paid tools to enhance their holistic social strategy at an agency. Here, I am challenged to think in the details and see the big picture all at once. I love implementing new processes and strategies, and seeing a campaign develop still gives me a thrill.
On my own time, I write content for a handful of social media and digital marketing sites, speak at events around the country (e.g., Social Media Week, Social Media Breakfast, Social Media Bootcamp), advising budding startups and NGOs on their digital strategies, and tweet the occasional cat photo. I am also an avid gym-goer with a deep and abiding passion for lifting. You can learn more about that side of me at Lifting with Jess.
One last thing.
I want to thank you for stopping by my site, I’m so glad you’re here! In return, I offer you the chance to request any specific content you’d like to see or ask any and all social media questions on my Ask Me Anything page.
Looking for a speaker? I’m your gal. Visit my Media page for speaking opportunities.